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After Magic – Preview 2 – Tell All The Truth, But Tell It Slant

Very excited that After Magic will be available in the next few days now. It’s a compact read at around 25,000 words, but covers a lot of ground within that. As I’ve increasingly found with the books I’ve written, the source material that’s given rise to After Magic isn’t really the kind of stuff you’d [...]

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Football As Religion | Pele as God

I’ve been asked to contribute to what might be best described as a theological dictionary of culture – coming out sometime at the end of the year I think – and one of the entries I’ve take on is football, through the lens of perhaps its greatest player, Pele. Nice to be able to pass of [...]

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Soul Synaesthesia

This month’s Believer documents a strange case from Hungary of audio-kinetic synaesthesia. The subject, whenever he hears certain words, ‘sees’ them as discrete and definite actions or gestures. Colour synaesthesia is more common: sounds or numbers are seen as distinct colours, and some estimates reckon that around 1 in 23 experience it. And I just [...]

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Into Great Silence ¦ Sound Pollution

I enjoy most things about city life, but one of the perennial frustrations is noise. Light pollution, on the micro scale at least, is fairly easy to manage. We can shut our curtains or buy special blinds, and shut our eyes if need be. And, while some objects are foul to look at, we only [...]

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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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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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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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Cans Festival | Get Your Stencils Ready

“A street party of stencil art” Leake Street, London Waterloo. 3-5th May. Technorati: London

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So What’s Worse…?

Your one-time minister saying some outrageous things about 9/11, or being married to a man who had his cigar smoked in the Oval Office? I don’t get it – surely Bill should be the persona non grata on the campaign trail? Technorati: Clinton | Obama

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