Monday, October 16, 2017

On this day in 1555 Latimer and Riley martyred in Oxford

On April 14, 1554, commissioners from the papal party (including Edmund Bonner and Stephen Gardiner) began an examination of Latimer, Ridley, and Cranmer. Latimer, hardly able to sustain a debate at his age, responded to the council in writing. He argued that the doctrines of the real presence of Christ in the mass, transubstantiation, and the propitiatory merit of the mass were unbiblical. The commissioners tried to demonstrate that Latimer didn't share the same faith as eminent Fathers, to which Latimer replied, "I am of their faith when they say well... I have said, when they say well, and bring Scripture for them, I am of their faith; and further Augustine requireth not to be believed."[6]
Latimer believed that the welfare of souls demanded he stand for the Protestant understanding of the gospel. The commissioners also understood that the debate involved the very message of salvation itself, by which souls would be saved or damned:
After the sentence had been pronounced, Latimer added, 'I thank God most heartily that He hath prolonged my life to this end, that I may in this case glorify God by that kind of death'; to which the prolocutor replied, 'If you go to heaven in this faith, then I will never come hither, as I am thus persuaded.'[7]


Burning of Latimer and Ridley, from John Foxe's book (1563)
Latimer was burned at the stake with Nicholas Ridley. He is quoted as having said to Ridley:
Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.
The deaths of Latimer, Ridley and later Cranmer – now known as the Oxford Martyrs – are commemorated in Oxford by the Victorian Martyrs' Memorial which is located near the actual execution site which is marked by a cross in Broad Street (then the ditch outside the city's North Gate).

Friday, October 13, 2017

Diary w/e 14 Oct 17

Sunday 8 Oct

Chris Roberts on continuing revelation. He is definitely cessationist. Gethin Jones excellent on Psalm 131, psalm of ascent and on ! John 2:18-27 in the evening.

Mon 9 Oct

Movers booked to pack 19th and move 20th. Abdominal CT scan at Northwick Park.

Tues 10 Oct

Urology at Northwick Park changed my appointment time without notification but my kidney lesion is stable. Gethin Jones of the kingdom like a net then Specsavers managed to have no trace of my appointment but I was given an eye test. No change.Cooked Cajun chicken.

Wed 11 Oct

Moving garden pots and plants that are to go to our new home. Excellent introduction to 1 Sam by Gethin Jones tonight. Memorable for his playing two pieces by a fellow Westminster graduate who does theology in hip hop style replete with references to the original languages. Awesome.

Thurs 12 Oct

At early morning elders prayer we heard our four candidates for eldership have been approved by Presbytery so ordination is planned for November 5th. 

Fri 13 Oct

To our friends of 47 years, the Braithwaites, near Bedford for lunch.

Sat 14 Oct

To Hauxton celebrating Hannah's 14th with the best Chinese takeaway for lunch.

Monday, October 09, 2017

IM David Brainerd died on October 9, 1747 at the age of 29 from tuberculosis.

I know I am unworthy...But what of it? For there stands in my place One who calls me his own and wraps a robe of perfect righteousness around me. I exalt in my Savior and triumph in his finished work on my behalf. He is my great righteousness and nobody and nothing can snatch me from his hand! - David Brainerd (Missionary, written on September 19, 1747. David Brainerd died on October 9, 1747 at the age of 29 from tuberculosis. Brainerd had enjoyed a particularly fruitful ministry among the Delaware Indians of New Jersey)

I find that both mind and body are quickly tired with intenseness and fervor in the things of God. Oh that I could be as incessant as angels in devotion and spiritual fervor. -- David Brainerd

Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose. Oh, that God would make me more fruitful and spiritual.... David Brainerd (1718-1747)

There is a God in heaven who over-rules all things for the best; and this is the comfort of my soul. DAVID BRAINERD

We are a long time in learning that all our strength and salvation is in God.-- David Brainerd

It is good to follow the path of duty, though in the midst of darkness and discouragement. - David Brainerd journal

God designs that those whom He sanctifies...shall tarry awhile in this present evil world, that their own experience of temptations may teach them how great the deliverance is, which God has wrought for them.--David Brainerd- tract, 3 Februaury 1744

On 8 Oct 1559 in Spain

ON THIS DAY IN 1559 DON CARLOS DE SESO WAS MARTYRED. He was not a typical martyr. Noblemen in Spain did not usually become Protestant converts. Known for his dignity of character, the Italian De Seso served Emperor Charles V with distinction and married a Spanish noblewoman. His imperial duties brought him into contact with Lutherans during his travels, who converted him to their thinking. Upon his return to Spain, he led hundreds around Valladolid into Lutheranism. 
De Seso and a fellow worker, Domingo de Roxas, were betrayed and tried to escape. Captured in Navarre, they were brought back to Valladolid and subjected to the inquisition. Told that he must die, De Seso asked for paper so that he could write a confession. Here he penned a firm declaration of his Lutheran faith and a rejection of the doctrine of purgatory: “I believe that there is no other purgatory than the blood of Jesus Christ.” 
King Philip II of Spain, hearing of the Protestant inroads in Spain, cut short a visit to the Netherlands where he was dealing with a general uprising provoked by his cruelty. Pope Paul IV and Philip II each issued harsh orders to stamp out the Lutheran “heresy” in Spain. Upon the King’s return, the Inquisition put on a great auto da fé (literally “act of faith,” a public ceremony where heretics were paraded, sentenced, and executed) at Valladolid on this day, 8 October 1559, with Philip as guest of honor. De Seso and twelve other people, a corpse, and an effigy (image) were to burn. The corpse was of a woman who had slit her own throat with scissors rather than die by fire. 
Two men had to prop up forty-three year old De Seso when he was sentenced, so weak had fifteen months of imprisonment and torture left him. When he was led past Philip, he exclaimed, “Is it thus that you allow innocent subjects to be persecuted?” Philip’s response was, “If it were my own son, I would fetch the wood to burn him, were he such a wretch as you are!” 
At the stakes, in dread of the flames, all but two of the victims made confession to the priests. Lutherans did not accept that a priest could absolve sins. By confessing, these people were not recanting, but were retreating from a principle of Lutheran teaching. Because of this, they were strangled before being burned. De Seso however, refused to make a confession, which he felt would be equivalent to saying the Inquisition had been right all along. When the flames rose slowly around him, he called on the soldiers to heap up more fuel. Seeing how bravely De Seso died, De Roxas shouted to the king that he was dying for the true faith—that of Luther. The king ordered him gagged. A clip of wood was forced onto his tongue, causing him agony. In the end he, too, confessed in order to die by strangling. One other victim, Juan Sánchez, inspired by De Seso’s bravery, refused confession and consequently was burned alive.

Diary w/e 7 Oct 17

Sunday 1 Oct

Adult Sunday School on special revelation. Levy on the Shema, Debt 6 morning. Brovolli chicken bake by Debbie at Lille's whose home is still in throes of redecoration. Gethin Jones on 1 John 2 in the evening.

Monday 2 October

Legs dressed in Northolt  Improving. Maybe stockings by Christmas. Started making sloe wine.

Tuesday 3 October

U3A world religions on Islam and liberal democracy, bought some yeast for the sloe wine, then cardiology nurse in Greenford and at night IPC elders. The latter was supposed to be brief but the report from Lass took nearly an hour. Only the pastor is an elder there at present so the church is under the Ealing elders' supervision.

Wed 4 Oct

U3A current affairs on housing. Good church prayer meeting.

Thurs 5 Oct

Dentist refers me to hospital for three extractions. Contracts received, signed, witnessed and returned to the solicitors.

Fri 6 Oct

Contracts exchanged with completion due 20th. Informed all utilities etc except the incommunicado Sky.

Sat 7 Oct

Items to the dump. Stamps from my youth to IFES.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

On this day 4th October 1535

On this day 4th October 1535, 
Miles Coverdale published the first complete printed translation of the Bible into English, based partly on Luther's German Bible.
“He who has no regard for the past has very little respect for the present” 
The Bible translation that William Tyndale had begun when he was arrested in May, 1535 only included the New Testament, the Pentateuch and a few historical books of the Old Testament. England was still without a complete Bible in the English language. Who would finish the work?
Using Tyndale's work as his starting point, Miles Coverdale stepped in and filled in the gaps with his own translations based on the Vulgate (the Latin Bible of the Middle Ages) and Luther's German Bible. He worked quickly to piece together a complete English Bible. It is thought to have been published on this day, October 4, 1535, probably in Zurich, Switzerland.
For several years after that heroic effort, Coverdale was busy with other versions of the English language Bible. He made a fresh translation of the New Testament three years later (1538) based on the Vulgate. In 1539, he helped put out the Great Bible, so called because of its size. This was the Bible King Henry VIII of England ordered placed in every parish church.
Coverdale began his religious life as an Augustinian friar, becoming a reformer thanks to the influence of his prior, Robert Barnes. During Mary's reign he fled for safety to the European continent. After her death, he came home and was made bishop of Exeter. He was looked upon as a leader of the Puritan party of the English church (The Puritans were those who wanted to "purify" the English Church of old Roman Church practices.)
Parts of Miles Coverdale's work found their way into English church services and are used to this day. When you hear the Westminster Choir sing a psalm, it will usually be based on Coverdale's translation. Although his translations never was the most popular in England they advanced the important work of giving English speaking Christians full Bible in their own tongue.

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More on Drayton Green IPC History

From Historic England.

Chapel to former St.Helena's Home  

II Chapel, 1912-3 (the laundry of 1897 and link corridor of 1965 are not of special interest.)

ARCHITECT: John Ninian Comper (1864-1960)

MATERIALS: Brown brick with limestone dressings; plastered interior with concrete vaulted roof.

PLAN: Simple basilican plan with four-bay arcades and narrow passage aisles.

EXTERIOR: The unbuttressed side elevations each have four tall two-light Gothic windows connected by projecting string-courses; secondary glazing units have been fitted into the window reveals. The east elevation has a larger three-light window with flowing Decorated tracery set between two stepped buttresses. The west elevation has similar buttresses but is windowless. A small bellcote, with an ogee-arched head and a cross finial, is set into the parapet. The west doorway, enclosed within a link corridor, is a moulded three-centred arch containing double six-panel doors.

INTERIORS: The four-bay arcades have unfluted Doric columns of stone supporting simple pointed arches, their soffits now plain but originally coffered; similar transverse arches span the concrete groin-vault of the nave, with smaller arches across the aisles. The east arcade responds, one of which contains an arched piscina, are treated as flat Doric pilasters, while those to the west are double scroll brackets. The windows are filled with bulls-eye roundels of plain glass set in thick lead cames. The original fittings have been removed with the exception of a single oak stall-front, now set against the east wall, with floral relief ornament and the text 'Ecce Ancilla Domini' ('Behold the Handmaid of the Lord', from the Annunciation scene in St Luke's Gospel) carved on its mid-rail.

HISTORY: Drayton Green, originally small hamlet centred on a triangular strip of common land just north of the Uxbridge Road, was gradually incorporated into London's outer suburbs following the construction in 1870 of the GWR station at West Ealing. One of the older houses around the Green, Cleveland Lodge, was acquired in 1884 as the premises of St Helena's Home, a women's reformatory founded by the Revd Richard Temple West of St Mary Magdalene Church, Paddington, and run from 1892 by an Anglican religious order, the Wantage-based Sisters of St Mary the Virgin. In 1896-7 the house itself was replaced with a larger purpose-built structure designed by the Westminster architect Ernest Pilkington, with a separate laundry building to the north. The chapel, which replaced an earlier temporary structure, was added in 1912-3 to the designs of John Ninian Comper, who had previously been engaged in remodelling the crypt at the Home's 'mother' church in Paddington. The Home remained in the care of the Wantage sisters until around 1940, when it was requisitioned by Middlesex County Council for use as a girls' remand centre. In 1965 the main building reverted to the Sisters, who used it as a base for religious retreats. The former laundry building was altered to gain extra residential accommodation, and the link to the chapel was rebuilt in its present form. The Sisters finally left in 1980, and the chapel and laundry buildings passed to their current owner, the International Presbyterian Church.

Reformatories for 'fallen' women - at first mainly ex-prostitutes - were in existence from at least the C13. These institutions were not (in theory at least) prisons, but rather voluntary reformatories to which women committed themselves for a fixed period of penitential activity before either emerging to begin new careers as respectable members of society, or else taking permanent vows and remaining within the order for life. Suppressed at the Reformation along with other religious houses, women's reformatories sprang up again in secular form during the C18, in response to the social problems created by urbanisation: the London Magdalen House, established by a group of City merchants in 1758, was the first British example. During the Victorian period, stricter codes of gender ethics saw the concept of fallenness extended to other 'problematic' women, including unmarried mothers, rape and incest victims, petty criminals, alcoholics, vagrants and the 'feeble-minded'. Christian groups came once again to the fore: Nonconformists and low-church Anglicans focused on home visiting and street-level evangelism, while Tractarian Sisterhoods founded quasi-monastic 'homes' in rural or suburban locations, where inmates could escape from their impoverished and often brutal home environments for a fixed period of penitential seclusion. The regime of labour (often laundry work) and spiritual discipline was sometimes harsh, but the aim was to combine vocational training with moral rehabilitation, allowing these outcast women eventually to return to normal society on more advantageous terms. In some cases at least, a remarkably broad-minded attitude prevailed in respect of the inmates' past lives: as one late-C19 woman missionary remarked, "I am certain that no-one among us would ever have the courage to cast the 'first stone' if we could know the awful straits which bring so many of our sisters into sin."

Sir John Ninian Comper was one of the last major architects of the Gothic Revival, and a key figure in the development of C20 Anglican liturgy and church furnishing. Born in Aberdeen, the son of a high-church Episcopalian clergyman, he initially trained with the glass painter CE Kempe before being articled to the great Gothic Revival architect GF Bodley. Bodley's mature style, a rich but refined adaptation of English C14 Gothic, decisively influenced Comper's early independent work, undertaken in partnership with William Bucknall; increasingly, however, he favoured the sparer forms of the Perpendicular Gothic - most strikingly in 1901-2 at St Cyprian's Church at Clarence Gate in London, modelled on the great C15 churches of East Anglia. Visits to Greece and Sicily in 1905-6 led him towards a syncretic style fusing late Gothic with Classical and Byzantine elements, a method he called 'Unity by Inclusion'. His chapel at St Helena's was one of the first of his buildings to reflect this new development, which reached its fullest fruition in his lavish church of St Mary the Virgin, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, completed in 1931. The decline in church-building in the C20 meant that much of Comper's work went into producing fittings, vestments and stained glass; in these fields he ranked with the leading designers of his generation, gaining such prominent commissions as the Warrior's Chapel in Westminster Abbey (1925-32) and the Parliamentary war memorial window in Westminster Hall (1952).

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Films seen in October 2017

1.  Kajaki Mark Stanley (Actor), David Elliot (Actor), Paul Katis (Director) 
I gave this four stars because it is too horrible to love with five stars. A very realistically gory portrayal of the effects of landmines on a patrol. So gory I had to look away several times. Screen red, language extremely blue. It makes one feel for the soldiers in their suffering.

2. The Ghost [DVD] Ewan McGregor (Actor), Pierce Brosnan (Actor), Roman Polanski (Director), Herve De Luze (Director) 

I had read the book some years agouti could not remember the plot in any detail. I found it a credible thriller with obvious implications about a recent British prime minister who was an unwitting instrument of the CIA thanks to his scheming wife.  Who could they be hinting at? Who was involved in the crime of extraordinary rendition?

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A poll of Conservative Party activists commissioned by the Coalition for Marriage has revealed major support for our drive to put traditional marriage at the heart of education policy.
The poll of 550 councillors also found that nine in ten believe the party should concentrate on core issues like Brexit and the economy rather than politically correct causes such as transgenderism.

Greening out of touch with grassroots activists

Our exclusive poll, published this afternoon, shows grassroots support across the Coalition for Marriage’s campaign agenda.
The poll results also represent a striking rejection of major initiatives proposed by Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Equalities Justine Greening in both of her portfolios.
Findings in the poll, conducted by ComRes, include:
  • 87 per cent say Conservative voters want the party to focus on the economy and Brexit rather than socially progressive causes
  • 79 per cent believe parents, not schools, should teach children about adult relationships
  • 75 per cent want schools to promote traditional models of family and marriage
  • 62 per cent say the party is overly focussed on politically correct issues like gender identity
  • 51 per cent say it is increasingly difficult to be a social conservative in the Conservative Party
  • Only three per cent believe that plans to make it easier to change gender will win votes
  • Support for traditional marriage is seen as a vote winner (52 per cent). Transgender reforms and unisex toilets in schools are seen as liabilities with voters by more than half of respondents.

A wake-up call

This needs to be a wake-up call to those in the Government who sometimes appear more interested in indoctrinating children than educating them.
Just like our supporters, Conservative Party councillors want the Government to ditch the extremist attitude to gender and obsession with adult sexual identities, and concentrate on ensuring schools are well funded and teaching effectively.
They also want the Government as a whole to concentrate on its core portfolio and stop wasting time and money pursuing fashionable causes which undermine family life.
We believe that this poll sends a very clear message to Theresa May from her own grassroots supporters: back traditional marriage, stop the dumbed down, politically correct box ticking and concentrate on the job in hand.
Our thanks to our supporters whose generosity allowed us to commission this poll. If you are able to support our campaigning, then please donate.

Yours sincerely,
Thomas Pascoe
Thomas Pascoe
Campaign Director
Coalition for Marriage (C4M)

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Books read in October 2017

1. The Camp of the Saints by Jean Raspail  (Author)

This is the most shocking novel I have ever read. Written 44 years ago it is uncomfortably prescient. For its fulfilment look around and read Murray's The Strange Death of Europe. I had not recognised the title as biblical but it is from Revelation 20 where the hordes of God and Magog encompass the campus the saints on the last day. Here is the last day of Western Christian civilisation as France is invaded by a million starving Indians in a commandeered fleet of 100 ships from the Ganges, the precursor to Europe falling to invasion from the Third World. This is an apocalyptic satire mocking the attitudes both of the liberal West and the ruling class of developing nations. The invasion is both violent and obscenely sexual. It results in total anarchy and the collapse of civilised life. Sicking is too mild a term. At times it is rather verbose but the overall effect is one of horror. I am not surprised that no film has been made from this. It would be too terrible to view and the makers labelled scaremongering racists. But look and see how Europe is being invaded. See how the establishment in the West has lost pride in its own history and culture as well as its religion. Shudder and fear.

2. Contending for the Truth: Papers read at the 2016 Westminster Conference

It is fitting that approaching the 500th anniversary of Luther's 55 theses the conference heard two papers on the history of the man and his  theology. Hamilton on the impassibility of God is worth the price of the book. Excellent survey of sixty years of recent evangelical history from a man who has lived through it all and of course Iain Murray is the historian with as usual an excellent biography on Ryle. He does not tell us which prime minister made him a bishop to spite his successor but I believe that would be Disraeli to spite the high church Gladstone.

3. The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution by Christopher Hill 

A masterful analysis of the radical revolutionaries of 17th century England, political, social and theological. Some are well known like the Levellers and Quakers, others obscure like Grindletomians and Muggletonians.. Of all the groups only Quakers have continued but the Marxist Hill sees in others the precursors of later revolutions. One learns many new things including about some wild people. The general social revolutionary impact of Puritanism is well described giving the lie to stereotypes and for an unbeliever, Hill copes well with the theological niceties. I have one criticism of Hill's judgement. Baxter was not well to do. He gave away most of his curate's income when he had one and refused royalties to keep the price of his books low. One thing missing is any indication of the numbers of adherents to these various groupings.I know there will be no accurate figures taken at the time but some indication could be offered.

4. Preaching With Spiritual Vigour: Including lessons from the the Life and practice of Richard Baxter by Murray A. Capill  (Author)

Expository preaching is essential but not enough. The preaching must be done with spiritual vigour, with rigorous application. This is taught from the preaching of Richard Baxter. The preacher must preach to himself first. He must purposefully shepherd souls, stealing to the heart and driving the message home with thorough analysis of doctrine and detailed application. All to be done with passion and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Learn form the man who because he was chronically ill from his youth said he preached as a dying man to dying men.

4.CH Spurgeon Forgotten College Addresses:Forgotten annual conference, college and communion addresses by Terence Peter Crosby (Author)

Unpublished conference addresses plus some previously in The Sword and the Trowel, as were some of these lectures to his students, also communion meditations. Useful too is a chronological index to Spurgeon's 3563 sermons published up to 1917.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Diary w/e 30 Sep 17

Sun 24 Sep 17

Communion at Jennyfields FIEC. Seemed to be a memorialist Zwinglian commemoration only. My brother received as an elder but both this and the reception of a new member were to my surprise done with our questions and promises. But eldership three is for a fixed period only and new members have to be voted in by the membership. Evening service was preceded by a brief prayer meeting. I was invited to bring news of IPC in the service.

Mon 25 Sep 17

Visited Harlow Carr, coffee at Betty's and the RHS shop which is excellent for books as well as plants. See photos. Would have visited Nidderdale Show but a wet day and the local art gallery was not open.My brother's local. Samuel Smith's £1.60 a pint. Amazingly less than half London price.
 I can see why Harrogate is the posh place to live in Yorkshire. The restriction of building materials to local stone is attractive. The new stone looks good and contrasts with the old if cleaned or left with original grime.

Tues 26 Sep

Back to London. Fruit cheap in Leeds market. Satsumas at 20 for a pound purchased as better value than a drink but I will not pay 20p for toilets. 27 passengers, 2 drivers, 27 empty seats on the coach. Coach in half hour early. For the first time ever someone refused to give me their tube seat, saying he had a bad neck. Brass one IMO. But tree different people helped me carry my case and bag down steps.

Wed 27 Sep

I had a ticket for The Oval today but sold it when we booked to go to Nigeria. Trip cancelled so now I will be watching Sky.

Thur 28 Sep

Good house group last night and all elders present for early prayer this morning. Demolition has started on our IPC building. Buyers pushing to exchange end of next week.

Fri 29 Sep

We may be moving October 20th DV.

Sat 30 Sep

Surprised how many seem to mourn death of a pornographer or have hope for his salvation on the basis of a youthful profession. Also why does no-one say Stokes should go to Australia whatever his off the pitch antics. And why am I criticised for unfollowing those I judge to post nonsense?

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Diary w/e 23 Sep 17

Sunday 17 Sep 17

Took Adult Sunday School on Tyndale. Enjoyed it and received appreciation though I could've done with an extra half hour. Levy on Is 66, excellent. The last in a series of over 40 on Isaiah. Good lunch at Perivale Farm in the company Rachel and family, also Debbie, my two Presbyterian children. The others are baptist and charismatic by marriage. Evening service excellent again from Paul on seeking of the Spirit, Eph. 1. No reference to the Doctor and his error here. Mentioning this afterwards to Paul he tells me he heard Dick Lucas remark that Lloyd-Jones spent a lifetime teaching there are only two classes of people until he.came to Eph, 1 and found a third.

Mon 18 Sep 17
Ulcer clinic says good progress so now fortnightly dressing. Physiology says post operative progress is good and may improve with a slight change in medication. Now fasting before starting the purging for a colonoscopy tomorrow, my third this year.

Tues 19 Sep 17

Colonoscopy preparation and procedure is bad enough but to be told the preparation was not effective so the endoscopist may want a repeat procedure is disconcerting to put it mildly.

Wednesday 20 Sep

Today in U3A history I gave a paper on The History of Divorce Worldwide. I had enough material for next month too. After that,  in November, The disappearance of the stiff upper lip: the rise of counselling and therapy. 
Podiatry tells me my feet are doing well. I am applying for a blue badge claiming reduced mobility. This is on the advice of friends. If I get it for the cost of a doctor's letter it will be a bargain.
House group tonight on IPC church distinctive. Our new IPC Book of Liturgy, 1st Edition,  has arrived. Now to review. Good house group on IPC church distinctives

Thurs 21 Sep

Lunched at Kenton Beefeater with the senior Littles who have returned from a Mediterranean cruise.  A wet walk to the surgery for the annual flu jabs. Amazed we did not have to queue. Switched off Doctor Foster' which represents what is wrong with BBC drama. Nasty characters obsessed with sex.

Fri 22 Sep

Tube to town for I was travelling to Harrogate, North Yorkshire from Victoria Coach Station.
45 minutes or so late into Leeds. Good news I can recharge the Mac in the coach for the WiFi.
With my brother who met me from the coach and bought the best fish and chips -Yorkshire by gum.

Sat 23 Sep

Walked the mother in law's dog or rather I was with my brother who does this twice a day. Picked up cousin Dorothy from her Catterick Mancap home. After a great pub lunch we took Dorothy home and visited our aunt Vera who is bedridden in a large new residential home since a fall.

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Quotes Mistakenly Attributed to Shakespeare

Oh what a tangled web we weave 
When first we practice to deceive. - Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808) 

No man is an island. - John Donne (The Bait, 1624) 

Come live with me and be my love. - Christopher Marlowe (Passionate Shepherd to his Love, 1599) 

For you suffer fools gladly, seeing yourself as wise. - II Corinthians 11:19. 

Remember, that time is money. - Benjamin Franklin (Advice to a Young Tradesman, 1748) 

For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. - 14th-Century proverb famously recalled in Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack 

Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, 
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. - William Congreve (The Mourning Bride, 1.1) 

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, 
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. - William Congreve (The Mourning Bride, 3.8) 

I am the master of my fate 
I am the captain of my soul. - William Ernest Henley (Invictus, 1875) 

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height 
My soul can reach. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Sonnets from the Portuguese, 1850) 

So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear, 
Farewell remorse: all good to me is lost; 
Evil be thou my Good. - John Milton (Paradise Lost, bk.iv,1.108, 1667) 

War is the trade of kings. - John Dryden (King Arthur, II.ii, 1691) 

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. -- Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities, 1859) 

The law is a ass. -- Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist, 1838) 

These lovely lamps, these windows of the soul. -- Guillaume Du Bartas (Divine Weekes and Workes, Sixth Day) 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017


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Coalition for Marriage


Dear marriage supporter,
It is a pleasure to write to you for the first time as the Coalition for Marriage’s new Campaign Director.
The war on traditional marriage is being waged as fiercely as ever in Parliament and over the airwaves.
To combat this we have been working flat out over the summer to ensure that the Coalition is equipped to meet the challenges of the year ahead.

Public advocacy for traditional marriage

My priority for the coming months is ensuring that Coalition for Marriage is a vocal and unapologetic voice for truth in our national life.
Our 2017/18 brochure sets out our campaign priorities for the coming year. It explains what the immediate challenges are, why they matter and what we can do about them.
Over the coming weeks we will share a number of initiatives which support this. We will also be planning a number of events across the country to meet supporters.
In the meantime I have recorded a video explaining why I believe the Coalition’s work is now more important than ever:
Campaign Director video

A new look website

To support our campaigning we have refreshed the look and feel of our website –
We have also acted on the many requests from our supporters for additional donation options. You can now donate using Apple Pay, if using the Safari browser, or by downloading a standing order form.
You can also contribute by card as before, and a PayPal option will be live on the site by the end of this week.

Please support our new campaigns

Our work is impossible without you. It is your donations and the time you spend writing letters and responding to consultations which keeps C4M going.
If you support our campaign priorities for the year and are able to contribute to the cost of them then we would be deeply grateful. Thank you to all who have supported us to date and I look forward to working with you.
Yours sincerely,
Thomas Pascoe
Thomas Pascoe
Campaign Director
Coalition for Marriage (C4M)

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