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Quantum 152 – Including Abuse…Swearing…and some Great News!

This week we have the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Tea; Anglican Abuse; Hong Kong; Taiwanese Chips; Sweden; Climate Change in London;  Swearing; The Top Ten Most Expensive Cities for Ex-Pats; Turkmenistan; Barnaby Joyce and John Anderson; Ed Davey; Euthanasia in Scotland; Laurel Hubbard; Dengue Fever; Jon Stewart on Wuhan; Ronaldo and Coke; Raheem Stirling; Enid Blyton; Brendan O’Neill; Humza Yousaf; Alistair Begg; and Nightbird.

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Fairplay for Women –

Nightbird –

A line from my favourite poem says this:

“There’ll be days like this, my mama said,
When you open your hands to catch,
And wind up with only blisters and bruises…

When your boots fill with rain,
and you’ll be up to your knees in disappointment.

And those are the very days you have all the more reason to say thank you

Because there’s nothing more beautiful
than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline,
no matter how many times it is sent away.”

I haven’t come as far as I’d like, in understanding the things that have happened this year. But here’s one thing I do know: when it comes to pain, God isn’t often in the business of taking it away…

I am still reeling, drenched in sorrow. I am still begging, bargaining, demanding, disappearing. And I guess that means I have all the more reason to say thank you, because God is drawing near to me.”

Quantum 151 – Including…GB News, K Pop, and the Properties of Tea


  1. I watch a lot of programmes on Channel 81: Talking Pictures. What they show is mainly a mixture of films made in the 1930s to 1970s and televisuion prgrammes from the 1950s and 1960s. Befiore each programme is broadcsat they give it a rating. ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ from the 1950s is given a PG rating. Goodness knows why. Must be all those arrows hitting Norman soldiers. A common announcement before a programme is shown is to warn viewers that the programme contains language which some viewers might find offensive. Given what viewers have to put up with on many television programmes nowadays Talking Pictures ought to have a fit if it showed any of them.

  2. David, you are once again claiming that the Family Violence Project Top Line Results report is inadequate. The authors acknowledge the limitations of their survey but you seem to have misunderstood what those limitations are. It isn’t that only 20 people were interviewed. This relates to only one part of the project which, by the way, appears to have been conducted by NCLS. You seem to be ignoring the actual survey and the Clergy and Lay Leader Study. In comments to your previous post you claimed that the latter says ‘nothing about the prevalence or otherwise of abuse within the Anglican Church.’ But what about the statement on p.15: ‘Three quarters of clergy had been aware of people in their churches who were victims of domestic violence, and around half were aware of perpetrators.’ Also, uncomfortable though it may be, it seems that ‘Misuse of Scripture by the abuser was considered to be implicated at least some of the time by nine in ten (of 383) clergy, while the theology of male headship was a factor at least some of the time for eight in ten clergy (seven in ten Evangelicals, nine in ten Anglo-Catholics).’

    1. The critique of the report still stands. It is a very limited survey from which it is impossible to draw conclusion. I am astonished that only three quarters are aware of domestic abuse…what are the other quarter doing. The rest of what you cite is nonsense – driven more by theological prejudice than reality.

  3. Loved the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Zal Cleminson on guitar – brilliant! Just my period. Never got to see them though.

    Have you heard ‘Faith Healer? Quite something.

  4. Completely agree Michael J. Only in Scotland could the Alex Harvey Band have toured as a support to Sydney Devine. Possibly it was payback for Alex narrowly beating Sydney in a contest to find the Scottish Tommy Steele. Faith Healer is good but There’s No Lights on The Christmas Tree has to be the best.

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