Monthly Archives: August 2012

Writers’ quote of the day: Angie Abdou on the discipline of writing

‘The discipline of the writing life is much like the discipline of the athletic life.  Set your goal and work towards it every day, even (especially!) on the days it feels like work.  Don’t listen to the people who say … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis on how to remain an atheist

‘A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. ~ C. S. Lewis

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G. K. Chesterton on gratitude

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Should fiction writers really “start with a hook” as American* thriller writer Linwood Barclay claims?

Here’s a quote from highly successful thriller writer Linwood Barclay: Some authors, when starting a novel, imagine a place first.  Others, a character starts taking shape in their head.  I start with a hook, a situation, a ‘what if.’  What … Continue reading

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Writers’ quote of the day: Linda Wiken on good openings

‘I love reading a book that gets you straight into the action.  A body.  A sleuth.  Both in the first paragraph.  However, it needn’t be so.  Only if that’s an indicator of  what the reader can expect on the following … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Thucydides on recording history; something to think about when you read the New Testament

‘In this history I have made use of set speeches some of which were delivered just before and others during the war.  I have found it difficult to remember the precise words used in the speeches which I listened to … Continue reading

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The meaninglessness of the word ‘biblical’

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Writers’ quote of the day: Anne Emery on setting

‘When I read a novel, I want to know where I am without wading through long paragraphs on the gorse or the scrub grass.  Setting is more than landscape, streetscape, architecture.  It’s the culture of the locals, their dialects, music, … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: A couple of cats that I happen to like

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Christian prayers ARE answered: Abusive Canadian preacher Todd Bentley is banned from entering United Kingdom

Canadian ‘punching’ preacher banned from UK: A Canadian preacher, who claims to cure sick people by hitting them, has been refused entry into the UK for a controversial tour Mr Bentley has been told he was “not conducive to the … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Greg Carey on the cure for fundamentalism — reading the Bible

‘Biblical scholarship is an academic discipline, taught and studied at universities, colleges and divinity schools all around the world.  So it should be no surprise that biblical scholars run in all shapes, sizes, colors and denominations.  What would surprise many … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Craig S. Keener on women’s ordination and ministry in the Christian Church

‘Most of those who oppose women’s ordination do not follow biblical instructions to greet one another with holy kisses or wear head coverings in church.  Most recognize that these were cultural expressions of principles (such as friendly greetings) that may … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Japanese maple tree

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Pic of the day: Faroe Islands

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Quote of the day: Francis Phillips on Helen Gurley Brown

‘The Telegraph obituary reveals a lot about Helen Gurley Brown in its dry and understated way: “By her later years her face had been so lifted, botoxed, dermabraded and plumped with silicone that it was only residually human.”  Poor old girl. … Continue reading

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Just what was there to objectively admire about Gore Vidal?

Gore Vidal’s Fan Club: What, exactly, did they admire about the man? asks Andrew Ferguson The most puzzling thing about the career of Gore Vidal, who went toes-up last week at 86, was the reverence in which he was held by … Continue reading

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Where I don’t want to live: Shitterton!

Shitterton in Dorset has been voted the UK’s most embarrassing place name.  More embarrassing place names here.

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Buddhists behaving badly: Sri Lankan monks march against Muslim mosque, demolish Muslim shrine, burn Muslim flag

Buddhists Behaving Badly: What Zealotry is Doing to Sri Lanka by William McGowan In Sri Lanka last September, a Sinhalese mob led by some 100 Buddhist monks demolished a Muslim shrine in the ancient city of Anuradhapura.  As the crowd … Continue reading

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Where I want to live, vol. 49: Cliff-top luxury cottage in Christchurch, Dorset, England

A beautiful cottage-style house in Dorset, England: Front view of the large house: The interior of the house: More details here.

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on the anti-Christian London Olympic Games closing ceremony

‘The closing ceremony was explicitly anti-religious.  It gave a central place to the anti-religious song ‘Imagine’, getting children to sing it (doesn’t that rather fly in the face of the Dawkinsite rage against children being brought up with religious belief? … Continue reading

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Huldrych Zwingli on why Baptists are wrong and “crucify Jesus Christ afresh”

‘Children born of believing parents are children of God, like those who were born under the Old Testament, and consequently may receive baptism.  Baptism under the New Testament is what circumcision was under the Old; consequently, baptism ought now to be administered … Continue reading

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Christian faith alive and well at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Ethiopian athlete Meseret Defar provided one of the most emotional moments of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she crossed the finish line in the 5000 metre race to win the gold.  She then pulled a picture of the … Continue reading

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Book Recommendation: If you like ‘Rogue Male’ you should also read ‘Watcher in the Shadows’

If you’ve read and enjoyed this book: You should seek out and read this one: Geoffrey Household was a very variable writer but, in my opinion, Watcher in the Shadows is every bit as good as, or perhaps even better … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Latest image beamed back from Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover

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Book Review: ‘Death Walks in Eastrepps’ by Francis Beeding

‘Death Walks in Eastrepps’ by Francis Beeding (pseudonym for Hilary St. George Saunders and John Palmer) This classic British crime thriller has multiple ingredients: a double identity, an illicit love affair, extortion, a soaring count of gory murders, and an extended … Continue reading

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