Monday, April 26, 2010

Quite Simply...

...cos I love this picture!

(Edit: Anji in the comments is right - should have said where this is! Just put "Formby Point" into Google Earth or Maps)
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Friday, April 09, 2010

In Nomine Humanitatis

I have been trying to avoid commenting on the stomach-churning revelations about child rape which have been oozing out all over Ireland, Germany and many other countries of the Holy Roman Empire.

Like many people I suppose I have been waiting for the top knobs (oh sorry) in the Roman Catholic Church to come out and make some kind of statement which is not just an incredibly insensitive attempt to suggest the Church is the victim - yes, victim - of some crazed media campaign or put the blame on the parents for taking so long to complain about what some horrific anti-example of moral virtue (i.e. a priest) did to their vulnerable children or blame celibacy or argue that this is simply homosexual abuse because some of the children were over 12 or simply muddy the waters by saying child rape happens in other organisations too, so it's ok or that the children were asking for it anyway, etc, etc.

So when I saw a comment on the Pharyngula website which had in quotation marks:

"Members of my church have abused their positions and perpetrated abhorrent, abusive crimes against young persons in my church's name. There is no way to excuse this, and these priests should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and excommunicated from the church. The church does not condone this behavior."

I thought - as you are probably also thinking, "WOW! Who was decent, brave and honest enough to come out and say that?? Where's the link to the article???"

Well, the comment simply continued:

Would that be so hard for anyone to say? Anyone? Donohue? Benedict? Nobody?

Silly me...

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Διονύσια τὰ Μεγάλα!

It's the Great Dionysia, so nip down to ancient Athens (you will need to borrow the new Doctor's Tardis for this), catch a tragedy by Aeschylos or Euripides and a comedy from Aristophanes and then fill your wine-skins and go on a drunken revel.

Saturday, April 03, 2010


...hey the Doctor is back! Doctor? Doctor who? Doctor Who!

Just seen the newly regenerated Doctor (having been there from the very start with Doctor no.1) and I have to looks good. I can well imagine there will be a few episodes which will have to be watched from behind the couch.Link