Posts Tagged ‘power’

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Le Pen, Trump, Putin as Crusaders

So Donald has Trumpit the Brexit. Nigel (Farage) told us in the early hours that 2016 opens a new era.  Indeed.  For what?  In a British pub in Moscow last night, I saw them sit up and cheer Trump.  A painting is brought in, of three mounted Crusaders.  But the portraits are of Marie Le Pen, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.  It is derived from a famous painting of Adolf Hitler as a mounted knight in armour, holding a standard, searching for The Holy Grail.  A crusade you want to be part of?

No mistake – this is epochal.  We are all revolting against the elites that patronised us for years now.  Popular disgust is being captured and (more…)

desadeSo The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse struggles with resignations and credibility, while Penguin Books announces it is publishing “The 120 Days of Sodom” by the Maquis deSade.  The first – seeks to uncover sexual crimes against children.  The second – a fictional account of what sexual crimes an aristocrat, a politician, a bishop, and a banker comit against eight boys and eight girls aged between 12 and 15.  One seeks justice for the many who have suffered.  The other, many gratifications including murder.  There is no direct link of course.  But while the Inquiry seeks to uncover crimes of the powerful, deSade seeks to describe the crimes of the powerful.

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How do we express God’s special expedition that is Christmas for a new babe (not a relative)generation? Something that captures the less-is-more to the point of complete self offering.  In a way that makes sense to the 21st century. Often we trot out the familiar words that are closer to James Stewart (“It’s a Wonderful Life”) or Charles Dickens (“A Christmas carol”), than the original vision.

This poem (below), used in Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols”, expresses the bizarre ironies of God-coming-in-might as a baby, in terms of a renaissance army with all it’s force. The poet made the contrasts so vivid, striking. Read on:

Poem: New Heaven, New War

This little babe, so few days old,
Is come to rifle Satan’s fold;
All hell doth at his presence quake.
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email overload

Good intentions need not lead to good outcomes we found this week.  That was the case for us in the Labour Party leadership contest.  One member of our family, though their union membership had the opportunity to become a £3.00 supporter.  As a conscientious Christian, they were aware that they should support political processes and not be cynical.  So being a left-of-centre sort of person, they embraced this particular opportunity.

What a horror.  Blizzards of emails.  Unsubscribe seemed not to work.  Email (more…)

Garbage

“Peace in our time” –certainly wasn’t
“The pound in your pocket” –suddenly was only 86p
“Every child a wanted child” – is still not true
“Homes fit for heroes” – weren’t
“Work-life balance” – remains unbalanced
“I do” – becomes “for now”
“Low fat” – ha ha, means more sugar instead.

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Peace In Our Time

So much noise and anger,
passive aggression,
or simply aggression.

Oh, for a quiet compromise.
Does it really matter, that matter
that issue, that principle?
Should it cost
me my job, my marriage, my life?
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Newbie Trustee

Tap on the shoulder. That’s how I became a Trustee and Treasurer. I had originally wanted to become a trustee and treasurer of a new cutting edge charity with big vision. I applied and was accepted – but an unexpected build up of work prevented me taking the role. A year later I got the metaphorical “tap on the shoulder” from a friend. And as Trustee and Treasurer, I joined an old charity that was no longer in step with the current needs, and was reputedly cosy and genteel. All the things I didn’t want.

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