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BRITS WEEK IN REVIEW – the power of ideas, the courage of women, hospitality, and what if?

There is a wonderful moment when an idea becomes reality and we see its truth. Some of the kindest, most hopeful ideas fail the truth test because in the real world they lack reality. They become husks that can be inhabited by whatever huckster wants to exploit them. GK Chesterton helps to explain how ideas can be wrong for the world.

A true idea is the ideal of hospitality and kindness to strangers. It can be seen in many places. We focused this week on the rugged island of Newfoundland and its hospitable citizens, descended from British and Irish forbears.

We learned more about the one-hundred-year-old garden of Hidcote Manor, and put up a file for those of you who like gardens and beauty.

We wrote about Roz Savage, setting out to row the Pacific. We put up a new file about an amazing woman, man and boy who dared to sail the world's oceans.

The importance of Christian ideas can be found in Blood Eagle. That is perhaps the biggest what if question that never gets asked. What if men and women had not followed Christ, established universities and hospitals, fought to free slaves, fought for the right to silence, fought for representative government, fought for jury trials and the presumption of innocence and habeas corpus?

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I hold the precepts of Jesus, as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have ever been preached to man.” We just have to try to put them into action.

One man who tried is Bill Deedes, who has just died. May he rest in peace.

May your week be good.

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