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May 03, 2016

We loathe crony capitalism

Corporations At The Heart Of EU-US Policy Making

David Barnby has written persuasively about this in The EU: A Corporatist Racket: How the European Union Was Created by Global Corporatism

Read it and rebel.


We love underdogs

They played championship football. Leicester City!

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April 27, 2016

News we like to hear

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The National Forest 'founded 25 years ago with the express purpose of returning a derelict, coal-pillaged Midlands landscape to its former glory, has planted more than 8.5 million trees -- the Duke of Cambridge planted the eight millionth in 2012 -- and has created or restored 5,435 acres of wildlife habitats . . .' (Country Life)

Bluebells triumph. More about Brits and trees here

April 25, 2016

The St George mushroom

Pictured by Will Walk, who makes some interesting observations about St George.

Will's post came to us thanks to Angela Plowman.

April 23, 2016

Everybody has dragons to face - Happy St George's Day

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Everybody has dragons to face. If you do, St George may be the saint for you.

Considerable hot air is blown at George, but George always retains his cool.

He likes travel, adventures, and underdogs.

He has principles. George defends a vulnerable woman and her city.

Having polished his skills with horse and sword on previous adventures, George confidently tackles the resident dragon.

These are some excellent reasons for admiring George, and even following his example, but historians say that George never arrived in England.

This is probably true if you own a material view of saints.

Howe'er, George appeared in a stained glass window at the monastery of Jarrow in the 7th century and in the history of the Venerable Bede in the 8th century. By the 10th century he was the patron saint of English farmers (his Greek name combines the words for land and tilling). Not long after Magna Carta, at the synod of Oxford in AD 1222, he was given a feast day. In 1381 the farmers and artisans who marched on London seeking economic justice in the Great Revolt, marched under George's banner. He was finally recognised as patron saint of England in the 15th century, during Henry V's reign, and given Shakespeare's stamp of approval 180 years later - 'God for Harry, England and St George!' Both George Orwell and a young prince bear his name.

George may only have visited England in spirit, but he made an impression.

Unsurprisingly George was a Christian. Trusting in Jesus Christ makes all the difference to George and to Britain's history of fair play and freedom .

As patron saint of England, George is 'linked by name to beneficent institutions of all kinds, to hospitals and charities as well as churches. . .' (Oxford DNB). Guilds and associations call him their champion. He became an action hero in plays and patron saint of the Scouts.

Pub signs sometimes show George reviving with an ale after his encounter with the fiery reptile. Reptiles coming in many shapes these days, we raise our glass to George and to heroes of every age.

This is a slightly edited, previously published post

If I don't like what you do, you go to the back of the queue

Words of effrontery from Mr Obama.

A mind so beautiful, ingenious and true

William Shakespeare. Still. After 400 years.

We love his respect for women.

We've noticed that countries that treat women as second class people are third rate.

April 21, 2016

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty

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Your faith, dedication and courage are sterling.

We hope that the British people will give you a real birthday present by voting to leave the European Union.

Happy Birthday, ma'am.

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