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Off.

This blog is off for a week. Iona. No internet. No phone. No CCTV. No police. Whiskey, northern light, golden sands. And rain probably, but who cares?

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The Long Road | Restorative Theatre

I went to see The Long Road at the Soho Theatre on Tuesday night. It’s a new play by Shelagh Stephenson based on her experience of working with Synergy Theatre and The Forgiveness Project in some of the UK’s toughest gaols. It’s been directed by Synergy founder (and brother of Jonny) Esther Baker, and follows [...]

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United.

Champions. Premier League and Europe. Great match, well fought, but the best team won it. Come on!!!

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“Money Having No Impact on Youth Crime” | “MPs Reject Need For Father in IVF”

Two pieces followed one-another on the radio this morning: MPs voted last night to remove the clause that required IVF clinics to consider the need for a child to have a father and a mother – essentially opening the way for women to have the treatment without any father-figure being present in the prospective child’s [...]

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UK Wants Database of Every Phonecall, Email and Page View | Stop This Madness!!

Shocking news today: the UK government is proposing to create a database of every phonecall made and email message sent. (Update – original article in The Times here.) Yes, you did read that right: that would mean the government would effectively be tapping every phone call and intercepting every email and monitor every page view. [...]

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“The Man Who Betrays God is the Stronger of the Two”

I’ve been reading some Yeats recently. In his short play, Calvary, Jesus is confronted by Judas as he walks with his cross: Judas: I betrayed you because you seemed all powerful. Jesus: My Father, Even if now I were to whisper it, Would break the world in his miraculous fury To set me free. Judas: [...]

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Clinton? Obama? McCain? This Guy Gets My Vote…

Thanks so much to Shane and his people for sending me a copy of his new book, written with Chris Haw, Jesus for President. It’s gorgeous to look at and hold, fabulously designed, and perfectly balanced between seriousness and playfulness… starting with the title. Why can’t every Christian book be like this? I just hope [...]

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Saviour Sibling?

A bill regarding the use of human embryos is currently passing through parliament at the moment, and, naturally, causing a huge amount of debate. One piece on the BBC caught my ear the other morning – a Bishop was asked what he thought about the creation of so-called ‘saviour siblings’: human beings created for the [...]

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“If It’s On Google, Why Teach It?” | Intel | Education

At a recent education conference I was at, one of the big-wigs at Intel gave a keynote about the future of technology and education. He talked about Moore’s law, and some of the probable developments in educational tools, and also about the effect connectivity is having / will have on our lives. Holding up his [...]

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The Final Word on Politics, The Credit Squeeze, Iraq, Boris and Everything…

A wonderful letter in today’s Independent: Sir: After a decade in which the electorate have been treated like idiots; when alternative political visions became a thing of the past and voting became a choice between different sets of accountants or fund managers; when a prime minister takes us into a catastrophic war based on lies, [...]

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