Second Draft

This tale started life as a short story. It was called 'The Examination of Father Blake'. It was about five thousand words long. I put that first draft up and invited criticism. The comments I received made it obvious that the story was rather too...

Cycling classics: the saddle

  John Boultbee Brooks was the owner of a leather goods company. He was in the habit of riding his horse to his workshop each day. However, one morning he found that his mode of transport had departed for pastures new and greener. So, being an...

Jesus Freak

So, according to Christian theology, Jesus was born of the virgin Mary via god - someone who was not a human being. If we taken this claim seriously, we can only deduce that Jesus had only the X chromosome, no Y. That makes him female. It also means...

Tintin comme reactionaire

The release of Steven Spielberg's new film will inevitably revitalise interest in the adventures of Tintin. A whole new generation of children will doubtless discover the Tintin books. And, one may reasonably think, anything that encourages children...

Ask a silly question.

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Soviet Art

The Russian revolution provided a great impetus to the world of art. Its Constructivism and Suprematism helped to lay the foundations for geometric abstract art. Indeed, it would be difficult to over state the seminal and widespread influence that...

Fixie

The fixed gear bike is back. From Tokyo to New York, from Jakarta to Copenhagen, from Boston to Melbourne, all over the globe people are riding fixies. The fixed gear bike is the original. And it is simplicity itself. That's a major part of the...

Nazi aesthetic

The Great German Art Exhibitions were the pinnacle of art under the Nazi regime. These exhibitions ran from 1937 to 1944. Together they comprise a monumental amount of work and illustrate the Nazi aesthetic in minute detail. The whole collection,...

An act of selfless service

Here on thoughts.com I often come across people with strange ideas. One of these is that there is a way of knowing about the world that is superior to empirical inquiry. However, the bloggers who like to promote this notion seem to have little in the...

Stand up

Many appear to think that the Occupy movement is something new. But it is not. We, the common people, have have always known these things. Just we seem apt to forget, until the rapacious greed of the rulers forces us to remember. Here's a song from...

Broadcasting ignorance

One of the many wonders of the world is how some people seem so happy and proud to broadcast to the whole planet the extent of their ignorance and arrogance. There is currently a rather neat example of this phenomenon posted here on thoughts.com. ...

Cities without cars

For almost a hundred years, the automobile has dominated city planning. Our towns and cities have been developed for the convenience of the motorists. The needs of pedestrians have been seen as secondary, at best. Cyclists have barely registered;...

The Poverty of Religious Thinking

This morning BBC Radio Four broadcast a discussion chaired by Andrew Marr between two scientists, Richard Dawkins and Lisa Randall, and Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. You can listen to it here:  ...

School Run

In Beit Shemesh the term school run has taken on a whole new meaning. In seeking to uphold the will of their god, ultra-orthodox Jews picket and protest an orthodox Jewish school. The children and their parents are forced to run a gauntlet of hate and...

Faux science

Baroness Greenfield, the well known scientist-impersonator, is at it again. Her latest piece of faux science allegedly shows that video games and the Internet generally pose a serious danger, especially to young people, as such activities can cause...

The 'Good Christians'

History has come to know the people who called themselves the 'Good Christians' as the Carthari. They lived in southern France in the middle ages. They believed that the divine light inhered in all people. They wished to return to what they saw as the...

Just wondering?

You know how god talks to people? Sure you do. Maybe you are one of the people god talks to. If not, well you will surely have heard others who say that god talks to them. Now here's what I am wondering about? How come god never seems to tell these...

A devout Christian

Frey Tomas, who was born in Castile in 1420, was a devout Christian. He joined the Dominican Order as a young man and dedicated his life to the service of his god. He refrained from eating meat. He wore only a monk's rough robe and he slept on a...