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Quantum 181 – Who Guards the Guardians? Bread of Heaven – with Welsh and Dutch!

In this week’s Quantum we look at Boris’s apology; the VIP lane; the infantilisation of society – how to climb a ladder in Victoria;  Johnny Cash; Inflation; Myanmar; Twitter in Nigeria; Flo RIda; the Gay Cake Case; Disability and Abortion; Eminem and Ed Sheeran; Indiana Jones; Rewriting Enid Blyton;  Welsh Government, Speech and Singing; Don’t Look Up; Sydney Poitier;  Scottish Baptist Heresy; The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Address; The Decline of Church in the Netherlands; Michael McIntyre; Bread of Heaven….

Catch up with last weeks Quantum here – Quantum 180 – Ten Predictions for 2022

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  1. “that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.” Thanks for pointing out the Justin Welby video. It’s interesting at many levels! He even manages to name Jesus, at least once, in the final 30 seconds. On reflection, though, it’s an interesting talk, which draws to mind famous words from Jonathan Swift. Are fresh water, vaccination and enough food, pro-life interventions?

  2. You are spot on when it comes to the latest Partygate episode in the UK. I feel the Prime Minister has no option other than to step down. However, I am left wondering how much more serious it would have been had he, for example, sent Covid 19 infected patients back into care homes.

  3. I’m very disappointed that you should seek to trivialise ladder safety particularly since the main victims of ladder accidents are older men like you and me.

    I wonder if you’d have given this safety message air time if it hadn’t come from Victoria, but for the sake of balance this is what your government has to say on the subject: “Around the home, ladders are linked to more deaths and serious injuries than any other product. You don’t have to fall far off a ladder to be seriously injured: 1–2 metres can be enough. Broken limbs, spinal cord damage, severe brain injury or even death can result”, followed by 500 more words on the subject and four short videos.

    In short, it’s a real and serious issue and the challenge (as with evangelism) is how to get the message across effectively.

    1. There are lots of safety issues that are important – but we don’t need the government to tell us. Imagine a government telling us – now its important to feed your children..because if they don’t get food, they will starve? ! Or this is how you avoid walking in the middle of the road! The point is not that safety is unimportant – but that adults should be treated like adults – not children. Its the infantilisation of society I am objecting to – not being safe on ladders!

      1. Hi David – Thanks for The Wee Flea website and Quantum, I really enjoy it!

        Having worked in both healthcare (many years ago as a Physio…) and construction (as a Plumber…) I’ve seen first hand what goes wrong with people and ladders! I don’t think addressing ladder safety is infantilisation in the same way that telling people to feed their children would be – we instinctively know to feed ourselves and our kids. I’ve lived in both Australia and the UK and am aware of the high number of accidents and deaths from folk using ladders. Quite simply, people don’t instinctively know how to use them properly.


  4. As you well know , Juvenal was a satirist .

    Hence his dissolute poet’s ” Mens sana in …….. ” quote.

  5. We all must pray for Boris. We have been assured in all sincerity by Conservative and Unionist Party MPs that No10 is a huge building, a rabbit warren of offices, with the result that it would be all too easy for a Prime Minister not to be aware of partying and other inappropriate activities being carried out. There are obviously countless numbers of people, working in No10, who have succeeded in pulling the wool fully and completely over Prime Ministerial eyes, with the result that he has been rendered fully and completely unable to see the sinful conduct that is obvious to us all. Prayer can turn him round.

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