Miscellaneous in April

I missed a blog post last week, because: Thought A: Well, here goes, let's blog about the wedding of the century! Thought B: Oops, didn’t I say when I started this blog that my family were off-limits? I did! Thought C: OK, but a quick thought about weddings...

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Being grumpy about books

For family reasons, this week's post is a day early. What turns you off a book? I’m in a small book club (two members) which is very enjoyable. However, I’ve noticed that when I know I’m going to be asked for intelligent comment, my beady eye searches...

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Bang! Article 50 has been triggered

On Tuesday, our Prime Minister sent a letter to the European Union, triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, and thus applying for the UK to leave the EU. I am unashamedly horrified by this, and would like to ask any of my nice readers...

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Not a proper post

I apologise for not providing a proper post this week; it has felt busier than usual in various different ways. All I have to offer is: a political thought: many people feel (post Brexit referendum) that any referendum instituting major constitutional change should set the bar higher...

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Considering loss

My father died at the age of 57 (when I was 26) and my mother at the age of 89. My in-laws also lived to ripe old ages. So I can say that I have experienced bereavement, but not in its sharpest forms – sudden...

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Telling People Apart

A problem that I don’t think film-makers fully appreciate is the difficulty, occasionally, of telling characters apart. If one is a Dalek and one is a Victorian lady, there is no problem, but if both are humans of the same gender and similar age (and...

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Consequences

Three weeks ago, I posted about the Bible, and came to the apparent conclusion that, in the last two thousand years, “we’ve learned, most of us, to approve of fun and play, and disapprove of slavery and capital punishment for heresy. In other words, we’ve...

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Visiting a mosque

Almost by chance (thank you Facebook, and my cousin Helen) I learned that last Sunday was Visit My Mosque Day. In February 2016 80 British mosques opened their doors to visitors; this year it was 150. Oddly none of the mosques in Nottingham took part,...

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