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Piss Christ | Sanitising Death and Torture

Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ is back in the news again after Christian fundamentalists took a hammer to a print of it in a gallery in France. If you’ve never seen the photograph ‘up close’ then I’d highly recommend it. It’s far more beautiful than the title suggests, and a subtle piece of trickster-work. It is

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Happy Birthday Earth: 50 Years Old Today

Very special day today: 50 years since the first human being orbited the earth. On 12th April 1961, Yuri Gagarin was launched by a Vostok rocket into space, and completed an orbit of the earth. He became an international celebrity and travelled the world to talk about his trip and promote the Soviet Union. 50

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Direct to Kindle: ‘Into Great Science’ available now

Amazon now allow anyone to publish to their store using ‘Kindle Direct Publishing‘ so I’ve uploaded a short story called ‘Into Great Science’ which I wrote last year. “Fumbling, floating, he found the hammer, and headed for the window…” In lean times NASA has gone into partnership with the Catholic Church, launching a ‘Voyager’-style probe

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Emerging Revolutions | Fighting the Power | The Gospel and Twitter

I want to retain a healthy skepticism about the power of Twitter and other social networks to bring about substantive change. There has been a lot of hype about the Green revolution in Iran, and whether it was tweeting that caused it, and I’d be tempted to side with Malcolm Gladwell – substantive change comes

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This Site Complies with the ASA Rules on Marketing Claims

Good news – the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority is now extending its remit to cover marketing claims on websites. Just to make sure we’re clear, I’ve been through all claims made on this site, and can safely say that I am fully compliant. All the below can be fully verified, viz.: – Buying ‘Other‘ is

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Emerging Faith Must Be Combined with an Emerging Politics

The political shake-up in the Middle East is going to have serious repercussions across the West too. A democratic system does not prevent those with extremist views coming to power by the will of the people, and there are many in the US and Israel who are concerned that releasing Mubarak’s stranglehold in Egypt will

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Why I’m Done with Ian McEwan. And Why You Should be too.

I’m perfectly sure he won’t give a crap, but I’m certain I’ll feel better for it – I’m done with Ian McEwan. He’s a gifted writer, no mistake about that, and I’ve genuinely enjoyed some of his books. But then Saturday was just…too knowing. Too aware of its own cleverness. A bit showy. But whatever,

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Ridiculous Sentence for Edward Woollard

Been meaning to post on this all day, but I’m disgusted by the 32 month sentence that has been handed down to Edward Woollard – the 18 year old student protester who threw a fire extinguisher off Tory party HQ. Let’s be clear: what he did was awful. It could have killed someone. It was

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What About the Homeless Who Don’t Have Golden Voices?

Undoubtedly a moving story – a guy fallen on hard times begs by the side of the road and is ‘rediscovered’ as having the perfect voice for radio and voice-overs. Just begs the question… are the homeless who aren’t so blessed with some great talent not worth helping? –//– Click here to receive updates, and

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