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Rationalism’s on the rise

I saw this in my news feed yesterday. Glory be! For the first time ever attendance at Church of England services has dropped below one million. Britain’s becoming a better place to be as bronze age morality and superstition gives … Continue reading

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Civilisation: Avicenna (980 – 1037 )

Welcome to the ‘Civilisation’ blog series. This is my attempt to categorise some of history’s most famous (and infamous) names. Sometimes it’s serious and sometimes it’s silly. I hope you like it. In today’s world science and theology are usually … Continue reading

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Civilisation: Lubna of Cordoba (late 10th century)

What is clear is that Lubna was far from unusual in her time and culture. Women intellectuals were common in Islamic Al-Andalus, not least because of the example set by Mohammed’s first wife, Khadija and his second wife, Aisha who, with her husband’s blessing became one of Islam’s most respected scholars and teachers. Continue reading

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Civilisation:Olaf Tryggvason (968 – 1000)

Welcome to the ‘Civilisation’ blog series. This is my attempt to categorise some of history’s most famous (and infamous) names. Sometimes it’s serious and sometimes it’s silly. I hope you like it. Olaf Tryggvason’s father, Tryggve Olafsson (confusing, isn’t it?) … Continue reading

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A gift from St. Nicholas

I know it’s a bit early but the Christmas spirit isn’t limited to dates when people really need help. That’s the situation in Carlisle at present. The last few days have seen torrential rain, floods and devastation on a scale … Continue reading

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The Battle of Cable Street – 79 years ago today

The Battle of Cable Street was the day that ordinary British people showed the fascists exactly what they thought of racism, Nazism and Fascism and it wasn’t pretty. Continue reading

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The Purpose of Writing

Originally posted on The Politics of Writing:
The purpose of writing has always been for the writer to convey a message to the reader, but I think this escapes many writers today. The majority of writing is not focused on…

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Human rights in the UK?

Everyone should read and understand this. We need the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights. Without them this vicious tory government realky will be able to treat us all like expendable cattle. https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/uk-becomes-the-first-country-to-face-a-un-inquiry-into-disability-rights-violations/ We are more … Continue reading

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The ‘family tree’ of mental health exercise

The advantage of this exercise is that it works as a warm up, it gets participants talking early on and it boosts their confidence. It also provides the participants with a rough and ready mental schema to hang the rest of the day’s training on to. Continue reading

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Dear troll

David, you seem to be quite slow of understanding so let me spell it out for you… Your comments are not welcome on my blog and will not be published. I am not in the least bit interested in your … Continue reading

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