Monthly Archives: November 2011

‘Assassin of Secrets’ author/compiler Q. R. Markham describes how he plagiarized from seventeen other books

‘[My sources for Assassin of Secrets] have all been found I believe.  All the books mentioned by the great spy novelists Charles McCarry (Second Sight, Tears of Autumn, The Last Supper, Old Boys, Christopher’s Ghosts, The Secret Lovers), John Gardner (License … Continue reading

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John Stott’s daily prayer

‘Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more. Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. Holy Spirit, I pray that … Continue reading

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‘Assassin of Secrets’ author/compiler Q. R. Markham (real name Quentin Rowan): worst plagiarist in history?

Read the gory details here: Q.R. Markham, Plagiarist Assassin of Secrets Highway Robbery: The Mask of Knowing in Assassin of Secrets Press Release from Mulholland Books re: Q R Markham’s Assassin of Secrets ‘Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown … Continue reading

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Idiosyncratic but powerful writing advice from the great Flannery O’Connor

From her collected letters, published as The Habit of Being: 1. I’m a full-time believer in writing habits . . . You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent … Continue reading

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Matthew Parris condemns Trafford Housing Trust’s “persecution” and “bullying” of Christian Adrian Smith

Matthew Parris slams ‘reverse persecution’ against Christian The decision to demote and slash the pay of a Christian housing manager for his comments about civil partnerships is “reverse persecution” and “bullying”, a homosexual journalist says.

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Thought for the day: Blaise Pascal on the two kinds of people one can call reasonable

‘There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable; those who serve God with all their heart because they know Him, and those who seek Him with all their heart because they do not know Him.’ ~ Blaise Pascal … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Amazing picture of acrobatic seagull stealing a shrimp dinner — by flying upside down!

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Quote of the day: Pope Benedict XVI on salvation though the resurrection of Jesus Christ alone

‘Apart from Jesus Christ risen from the dead there can be no salvation.  He alone can free the world from evil and bring about the Kingdom of justice, peace and love to which we all aspire.’ ~ Pope Benedict XVI, … Continue reading

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Fringe view: the crazy world of Jesus mythicism

The Fringe World of Jesus Mythicism by James McGrath One of the poignant ironies about mythicism is its popularity among those who style themselves as freethinkers.  Such individuals usually have no trouble criticizing apologists for young Earth creationism or other … Continue reading

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Tintin “a Catholic hero” says Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano

Steven Spielberg’s latest film, has turned the spotlight once again on the character created in 1929 by Belgian artist, Hergé.  Tintin: A catholic hero Tintin is a hero of Catholicism, imbued with the ideal of the scouts, which was important … Continue reading

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What other world leaders really think of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: they’re sick of the “liar”

Sarkozy called Israeli PM Netanyahu ‘liar’ French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “liar” in remarks to US President Barack Obama overheard by journalists. “I can’t see him anymore, he’s a liar,” Mr Sarkozy said in … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Arizona mayor on Britain’s eternally clubbing, forever fornicating Prince Harry

‘There are probably some fathers here in Gila Bend who would go to extremes to protect their daughters.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we have some very pretty girls here.  Some of the dads won’t take … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: The shoebox-sized rooms inspired by artist Graeme Webb

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Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi of the Vatican says, ‘Preachers, stop being so boring!’

Catholic priests urged to liven up sermons Sermons delivered by Catholic priests are often painfully “grey and dull” and need to be livened up with the “scandal” contained within the Bible, the Vatican’s most senior cultural official said. Cardinal Gianfranco … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens’ Remembrance Day lament

We have failed to keep faith with the men who died for us Some actions ought to be unthinkable.  Even the lowest, dimmest lout ought to know that you do not defile monuments to the dead.  Till a few years … Continue reading

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Author Spotlight: Alice Thomas Ellis, her great personal tragedy inspired great art

How great tragedy inspires great art Alice Thomas Ellis’s life was overshadowed by tragedy, and so makes great reading in this, the month of death, says Alexander Lucie-Smith: She makes great November reading; this is the month of the dead, so … Continue reading

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Did Pope Pius XII go undercover to save Jews during World War II?

Researcher thinks Pius XII went undercover to save Jews The Jewish New Yorker who has made it his life’s work to clear the name of Pope Pius XII of being anti-Semitic believes the wartime pontiff actually went undercover to save … Continue reading

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Canada human rights watch: Quebec’s new secularist norm is $144 fines for carrying out religious worship

Quebec’s new secular norm: $144 fines for religious worship On a Sunday morning two years ago, Paula Celani and about 80 members of her Catholic lay group gathered in a hall they had rented from the city.  They watched an … Continue reading

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Canada human rights watch: secularist Calgary City Hall officials show blatant bias against Christian evangelist

Calgary street preacher smells bias in the city’s unwillingness to deal with occupiers Mr. Pawlowski isn’t calling, as many Calgarians are, for the occupy tent city to be cleared out.  “I respect them and I respect their rights to free … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: polar bear dives into icy pool

More: Polar bear attacks seagull — but the gull fights back and wins!

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Quote of the day: Baroness Warsi, a Muslim, on “being proud of Christianity, not downgrading it”

‘We need to create a country in which people can be unashamedly proud of their faith – where they don’t feel that they have to leave religion at the door.  That means being proud of Christianity, not downgrading it.’ ~ Baroness … Continue reading

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