Monthly Archives: September 2008


In today’s Guardian, Philip Pullman reacts with some glee to the news that his book The Golden Compass (aka as The Northern Lights) is in the top five of the American Library Association’s list of most-challenged books in 2007. In passing he … Continue reading

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Round the Hurin

Henry Gee, over at his blog, The End of the Pier Show, pens a pastiche that views Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings through the lens of Round the Horne. British people of a certain age and sensibility (e.g. me) will … Continue reading

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The author and cartoonist Alison Bechdel blogs about the strange phenomenon of segregated drinking fountains in Indianapolis airport…

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Proofs of God

Ontological, Teleological, Physiological… I can’t help feeling that we need to add in Psychological in there somewhere as well…    

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We had a bit of excitement this morning. First of all, we were woken up at 7 am by a maize harvester working the field that is ten yards away from the bedroom window. Then, while I was letting the … Continue reading

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Two Analyses of a Disaster

My understanding of economics is pretty basic. I can understand, and try to follow, the financial principles espoused by Mr. Micawber in Dickens’ David Copperfield: "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income … Continue reading

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Jesus and Mo explain the difference between a cult and a religion. I thought the difference was at least 1,400 years… 

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The Ghost of Miguel Servetus

An excellent and eloquent statement by Austin Dacey in yesterday’s meeting of the Human Rights Council being held in Geneva.

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The Human Odyssey

I see that the cartoonist Martin Rowson has a new book coming out entitled Fuck: The Human Odyssey. It consists of a series of images tracing the human journey from its beginnings. The majority of the images have a speech … Continue reading

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The Chronophage

I’m a bit late coming to the party, but I do want to draw your attention to the marvellous work of engineering art that is the new Corpus Christi clock: the Chronophage. It was unveiled last week by Stephen Hawking. … Continue reading

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Hippisch Festijn 2008

This weekend saw the Hippisch Festijn 2008 – an annual international horse eventing spectacle – taking place in our neighbourhood. I went out this morning to take photos of the cross-country event.               The full … Continue reading

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Dear god, but I cannot believe how bad the new BBC series Merlin is. What a waste of some good actorly talents (John Hurt, for example) on a pile of utter crap.   Update: Mark Pickavance’s review puts into words the … Continue reading

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Moral Quandary

Abstruse Goose poses a moral quandary at the family reunion…

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A Plea for Reason

A promotional video from the Center for Inquiry. It’s a worthy effort, but I couldn’t help but think that during the opening minute, when the "once we believed in superstition" trope was being laid out: don’t look now folks, but … Continue reading

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Managing Photo Libraries – Part 6

Time for another episode in my saga of trying to manage my library of photos. This has been prompted by the release this week of the beta of what will be the next major release of Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo … Continue reading

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Lindsay Anderson

A good article in today’s Guardian about the film director Lindsay Anderson. By coincidence, earlier this week I watched if…. again. While I’ve seen it more than once, I suspect that the last time I saw it was probably thirty years … Continue reading

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While this news story is depressing enough, what is even more depressing is reading the comments on it that follow. Barking doesn’t even begin to describe them. I’m sorry, I now need to go for a quiet walk in the … Continue reading

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Religious Rights Triumphing?

Worrying news from the UN where it seems that religious rights are in the process of being elevated over human rights. Austin Dacey reports on the developments in the UN’s Human Rights Council. He is eloquent on what he means … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Nature

Carl Zimmer, over at The Loom, draws our attention to the world’s first Fungus Opera…

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