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In support of Christian Brady and John William McKenzie Brady – Mack, the best boy ever

John William McKenzie Brady – Mack, the best boy ever

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Curious Presbyterian’s 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year.  This blog was viewed about 240,000 times in 2012.  If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Walter Hungerbühler tackles 450 feet tall frozen waterfall in Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland

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Writers’ quote of the day: Cheryl Rogers on making a start

‘I don’t pretend to understand how the writing process works.  I do know it is never, ever easy.  And that something happens; bits from the past come together to help form characters, plot, even dialogue.  That’s if I make a … Continue reading

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The utterly inconsistent and mealy-mouthed Franklin Graham: how Billy must be disappointed in him

Franklin Graham: Islam is “wicked” and “evil”, but Mormonism as a “cult” is “calling people names”. Then there’s also the issue of how many Christmas shoe boxes Franklin Graham’s obscene $561,000 annual Samaritan’s Purse salary could fill.

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Writers’ quote of the day: Andrew Cowan on the importance of reading

‘I don’t believe you can be a writer unless you are also a reader.  If writing is the out-breath, the exhalation, then reading should be the in-breath, the inspiration.’ ~ Andrew Cowan

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Obama vs. Romney: The American Presidential election viewed from Britain and Europe

‘From a European perspective, it doesn’t matter who wins this election.  Only US foreign policy is important to us — and Obama is no dove and Romney no hawk.  The incumbent president prefers to wage his wars with drones instead … Continue reading

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One man and his cat: True story of busker and the ginger tom called Bob who got his life back on track

A heartwarming cat story that I can’t resist sharing: One man and his cat: True story of busker and the ginger tom called Bob who got his life back on track

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on [emigrating to West Coast] Canada

‘I’ve a fondness for the Pacific North west of the USA, and imagine I’d feel much the same way about British Columbia round about Vancouver.  I became something of a Canadian nationalist while I lived in the USA (I particularly … Continue reading

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Worth your reading time: James Hannam on medieval Christianity and the rise of modern science

Medieval Christianity and the Rise of Modern Science, Part 1 Medieval Christianity and the Rise of Modern Science, Part 2

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Pic of the day: David Byrne’s photograph of upturned boats on the coast of Lindisfarne, Northumberland, England

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Oh dear, yet another disappointing reversal for Richard Dawkins — can he get anything right?

Seems Dawkins not only gets Christianity and religion badly wrong, but evolution too: Far from random, evolution follows a predictable genetic pattern, Princeton researchers find Evolution, often perceived as a series of random changes, might in fact be driven by … Continue reading

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Christians are being persecuted throughout the world

Christians persecuted throughout the world The deeper truth masked by all the ranting — and, it should be added, by the blinkers of many Western secularists — is that Christians are targeted in greater numbers than any other faith group … Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins’ favourite poster

Soviet poster from 1965.

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Pic of the day: Lightning strikes over a pier during a storm in Atlit, near the northern Israeli city of Haifa

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Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on World War I

‘I treasure the fantasy that at Christmas 1914, the truce in the trenches had spread and spread, across time and distance, until the soldiers of both armies, recognising the whole thing was futile and wrong, piled up their weapons, shook … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Jesus wants you to think for yourself (and that’s in the Bible)

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Photograph of the day: Dying star

Click on the image to enlarge it. A dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer.  In death, the star’s dusty outer layers are unravelling into space, … Continue reading

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Being grumpy can be good for you

It’s not all bad news for grumpy people like me: You make fewer mistakes and are better at communicating: Why being a grump can be GOOD for you Optimism is not always as healthy as it might sound.  Rather, being … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Syoma the Siberian cat who chases away foxes but is (fairly) friendly to humans

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Writers’ quote of the day: crime novelist Martin Edwards on improving a manuscript by revision

‘Revision is, for me, a crucial part of the process.  Although, to an extent, I try to improve what I write as I go along, the reality (for me, anyway) is that until I’ve finished the book, it isn’t possible … Continue reading

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Josh Horn: One of many Atheist converts to Christianity (and the persecution that inevitably followed)

From Atheism to Catechism by Leah LeMoine Averroes Paracha, another former president of the Secular Free Thought Society and a close friend of Horn’s during his atheist days, recalls the group’s collective shock when they heard the news. “There were a … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: The world’s smallest dictionary

The smallest English dictionary in the world has been discovered by West Country book shop owner Graham York.  Although only 1×3/4 inch the tiny book’s 384 pages contain thousands of words, and even comes with a lens in its case … Continue reading

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UK human rights watch: Christian in Britain demoted in job for having an unacceptable opinion

Christian demoted for posting opposition to gay marriage on Facebook as ‘an equality too far’ takes employer to court A man who was demoted for attacking gay marriages as ‘an equality too far’ in Church has taken his former employers … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: My kind of room

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