Saturday, August 19, 2017

If you would like quotes in your inbox each day (except Sundays)

Send an email with no title to

HB John Dryden 19Aug 1631 - 1st poet laureate of England

You hoard not health for your own private use,
But on the public spend the rich produce.
When, often urged, unwilling to be great,
Your cuntry calls you from your loved retreat,
And sends to senates, charged with common care,
Which none more shuns, and none can better bear:
Where could they find another formed so fit,
To poise, with solid sense, a sprightly wit
John Dryden - Epistle 15

His grandeur he deriv'd from heaven alone,
For he was great e'er fortune made him so
And wars like mists that rise against the sun
Made him but greater seem, not greater grow.
|No borrow'd bays his temple did adorn,
But to our Crown he did fresh jewels bring;
Nor was his virtue poison'd soon as born,
With the too early thoughts of being King.
John Dryden, Heroick Stanzas consecrated to his Highness Oliver.

Few know the use of life before 'tis past.--John Dryden, quo. J. R. Lowell, "My Study Windows"

If passion rules, how weak does reason prove! --John Dryden (1631-1700) _The Rival Ladies_ [1664]

If this were the last day of your life, my friend
Tell me, what do you think you would do then?
Stand up to the blow, that fate has struck upon you?
Make the most of all you still have coming to you? or
Lay down on the ground and let the tears flow from you
Crying to the grass and trees
And heaven finally on your knees:

Nor is the people's judgement always true,
The most may err as grossly as the few."
John Dryden, _Absalom and Achitophel_

Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
John Dryden,, Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 163.

Death in itself is nothing; but we fear
To be we know not what, we know not where.
John Dryden. 1631-1701. Aurengzebe. Act iv. Sc. 1.

They can conquer who believe they can-- John Dryden. Book V of Virgil's Aeneid.

If passion rules, how weak does reason prove!--John Dryden (1631-1700)_The Rival Ladies_ [1664]

Mrs. Dryden     Lord, Mr. Dryden, how can you always be poring over these musty books. I wish I were a book, and then I should have more of your company.
Dryden              Pray, my dear; if you become a book let it be an almanack,for then I shall change you every year - Dictionary of Biographical Quotations, Sphere Reference 1985.

Look round the habitable world, how few
Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue.-John Dryden

Beware of the fury of the patient man. -- John Dryden, Absolem and Achitophel

Welcome as kindly showers to the long parched earth.--Dryden

Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she's at rest, and so am I.-John Dryden (1631-1700) (Epitaph intended for his wife)

So softly death succeeded life in her, 

Labels: ,

The National Trust and LGBTQ

My letter and the response.

Full name Graham John Weeks:

Address (first line and post code):71 Lee Rd, UB6 7DA

'National Trust volunteers at a country house who decline to promote the LGBT agenda are being told they cannot meet the public.
The Trust is currently holding a “Prejudice and Pride” season to celebrate homosexuality and transsexualism. 
But around ten helpers at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk have reportedly declined to wear a LGBT lanyard or badge – and so therefore cannot be on duty in “a visitor-facing role”.’
If you persist with such a policy my membership will not be renewed.


NT response

Dear Graham,

Thank you for your recent message about the ‘Prejudice and Pride’ programme and the exhibition at Felbrigg.

As you will know, our founders set up the Trust ‘for the benefit of the nation’ and that is why we believe that we must make everyone feel welcome when they visit our properties and in the stories we tell, reflect the diversity of the society we live in. Like many other heritage and cultural organisations, this year we’re marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality at a small number of our properties.

Many of our volunteers across the country have taken the opportunity to get involved in our ‘Prejudice and Pride’ programme, which explores LGBTQ heritage. At Felbrigg, many volunteers have supported a new six-week exhibition, which looks at the life of Robert Ketton–Cremer. His decision to leave the house to the Trust was the result in part of the fact that he had never married and had no heirs to inherit. The thoroughly researched exhibition features a thoughtful and respectful video presented by Stephen Fry about Ketton-Cremer’s life. The question of his sexuality is only one part of the story it tells.

As part of the programme at Felbrigg we asked our staff and volunteers to wear a rainbow lanyard or badge, as a welcoming symbol to all of our visitors. However, we’re aware that some volunteers had conflicting, personal opinions about the badges and felt uncomfortable wearing one. This was never our intention. The issue around wearing badges also risked distracting attention away from the message of the LGBTQ programme and discussion of more important issues. We have contacted all our volunteers at the house to make it clear the decision to wear a rainbow lanyard was optional. Many have chosen to do so and continue to enthusiastically support the programme.

Conservation of our places remains at the heart of what we do, and thanks to the support of our members and donors, we are now spending more than ever before – more than £100m a year – on conservation work, mainly on our houses and collections. Our membership numbers continue to grow and are approaching 5 million this year, while the number of visits we receive each year is rising too. So I hope I can reassure you that the National Trust has not lost sight of its core purpose.

I hope this makes our position a clearer, thank you for the support you have shown us.

Kind regards
Jake McNally
Supporter Service Centre
National Trust

---- Original Message ----

Labels: , ,

Friday, August 18, 2017

Racist - me?

A thought provoking passage written by an Englishman about the current situation in HIS homeland - this is thought provoking and is equally relevant in any other (once) white country.

I have been wondering about why whites are racists, and no other race is? 

There are British Africans, British Chinese, British Asian, British Turks, etc, etc, etc. 

And then there are just British. You know what I mean, plain ole English people that were born here. You can include the Welsh, the Scottish and the people who live off our shores of Great Britain on tiny islands. Yes, we are all true Brits. 

The others that live here call me 'White boy,' 'Cracker,' 'Honkey,' 'Whitey,' 'Caveman' 'White trash' and that's OK... 

But if I call you, Nigger, Spade, Towel head, Paki, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook or Chink, you call me a racist. 

You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you. So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live? 

You have the Muslim Council of Great Britain. 

You have Black History Month. 

You have swimming pools for Asian women. 

You have Islamic banks for Muslims only. 

You have year of the dragon day for Chinese people. 

If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists. 

If we had White History Month, we'd be racists. 

If we had any organization for only whites to 'advance' OUR lives, we'd be racists. 

A white woman could not be in the Miss Black Britain or Miss Asia, but any colour can be in the Miss UK. 

If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships, you know we'd be racists.

There are over 200 openly proclaimed Muslim only schools in England. Yet if there were 'White schools only', that would be  racist!

In the Bradford riots and Toxteth riots, you believed that you were standing-up for your race and rights. If we stood-up for our race and rights, you would call us racists. 

You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you're not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists. 

We fly our flag, we are racists. If we celebrate St George's day we are racists. 

You can fly your flag and it’s called diversity. You celebrate your cultures and it’s called multiculturalism. 

Labels: ,

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17: “Six Johns”

by archivist
Dangerous Times Demand Vigorous Faithby Rev. David T. Myers
The Protestant Reformation had been a long time in coming to Scotland. But finally, that reformation which had begun in Germany and Switzerland under Martin Luther and John Calvin hit the shores of Scotland under the spiritual leadership of John Knox. His presence was not without its suffering. which we have seen thus far in these pages to Knox and other Protestants before him. But in 1560, members of the Protestant faith took control of the Scottish Parliament. Then, Knox and others wanted a Protestant nation from the top down. And this Reformation parliament agreed, instructing Knox and six other ministers to prepare a creed summarizing of the faith and life of the Scottish church.
This group of ministers led by John Knox had met before to hammer out a book of discipline for the Kirk. Their names were: John Winram, John Spottiswoode, John Willock, John Douglas, and John Roe. Along with John Knox, they were famously known as “the six John’s.” They returned back to the Parliament with the doctrinal statement after just  four days, on August 17, 1560. Obviously, they were at home with the Scriptural truths and texts within this document.
It consisted of twenty-five chapters, supports with Scriptural texts, strengthened by words such as “cleave, serve, worship, and trust.” They had to be some knowledge of church history by its readers in the distant past, as it condemned the heresies of Arius, Marcion, Eutyches, and Nestorius by name. Obviously, Roman Catholicism was thoroughly denied in the confession. It was read twice, first to the Lords of the Articles, and second to the whole Parliament, with members of the “Six John’s” standing up to answer any and all protestations. Very few were enunciated. The votes of every member of the Parliament were then recorded. While there were a few negatives, the majority in the affirmative was clear and strong. Scotland has a Reformation Creedal standard.
Two acts, as John Knox wrote in his History of the Reformation, were passed in additions to the Scots Confession. The one was against “the Mass and the abuse of the Sacrament, and the other against the Supremacy of the Pope.” (pg. 233) All laws at variance to the Reformed faith were set aside.
The entire Scot Confession of 1560 can be read online here.
This Reformation Confession would provide the spiritual foundation of the Scottish Reformation until the Westminster Confession and Catechisms would replace it in 1648.
Words to Live By:
This author in his forty years of ministry within Presbyterian churches has often heard visitors, upon hearing of our Confessional Standards, reply that they hold to “no creed but Christ.” Now that succinct statement sounds good, but in truth even the apostate would affirm it.The only difference would be that his “Christ” is very much different from the Christ of the Bible. And that is the reason why a Confessional standard is needed by the true church today. To be sure, it is never held above the Bible. It is always a subordinate standard. We receive and adopt it as elders of the church. We look upon it as a summary of the teachings of the Old and New Testaments.  Reader, if you haven’t cracked open its pages for a long time, spend some time this week in reading again its chapters. You will be thankful again of this historic standard of our Presbyterian and Reformed churches.

Diary for week ending 19 Aug 17

My week started in hospital from where I blogged daily But Tuesday I was home.  So Wednesday is back to retired normality wondering how much fitter I
 am thanks to my excess of two weeks in hospital with congestive heart failure.

Wed 11 Aug 17
at 02:30

Home, home at last - after 17 days in Northwick Park Hospital

Christian of the Reformed tradition,i.e. a Presbyterian. Father of four, grandfather of six too. D.O.B. 12 May 1946, and I don't believe in zodiac signs.

Katy, Bethany Weeks,Hannah, Rachel, Elissa and Ethan all off to Wisley. I alone am left.


While the family was at RHS Wisley I cut the grass, picked fruit, weeded and repaired a light sp not an inactive day my first out of hospital. Excellent IPC weekly prayer tonight.

Thursday 17 Aug 17

Prayer meeting last night we prayed round our IPC churches and church plants, 10 in England, four in Scotland. I note our brethren in EPCEW list 13 in England and 3 in Wales. I favour a merger. What we have in common is so much greater than our differences.


I did this before then dropped it after the last time I was in hospital. Having resumed daily in hospital where one has more time I shall now see if I can keep up each week.

Christian of the Reformed tradition,i.e. a Presbyterian. Father of four, grandfather of six too. D.O.B. 12 May 1946, and I don't believe in zodiac signs.

Friday 18 Aug 17
Thursday morning the nurse came round and dressed my legs. She says exudate is now minimal so there bandages will stay on six days. The downside is difficulty in showering and itch which interrupts sleep. After nurse, games with the family. Ethan the youngest triumphant at Uno. I treated them all to MacDonalds in Greenford. Back home I watched the first day/night Test in England with centuries from Cook and Root putting the Windies to the sword. But that was as nothing to seeing the tail end to Yorkshire's record breaking 20:20 innings with Lyth breaking the English innings record and scoring the third highest ever in the world in 20:20. We had Jonathan and Miriam join us for Indian takeaway supper. I negotiated a 10% discount ordering 10 main courses plus sundries for 11 of us. After the meal the Cambridge party left for home as did the Greenford four so the household was back to the usual three of us and Katy should be able to have a rest from hospitality.
2 mins
I now have 14 different drugs to take each day plus two more when needed. So I am thankful for free NHS prescriptions and happy to live in UK not USA.


We should be moved house by early November so lots to do. Yesterday we sorted through old vinyl classical LPs and are thinking of selling on Ebay. Any advice? Will not try Amazon as they messed me about over book selling years ago. Judge, jury and executioners with no appeals.

Cooked Nyonya for dinner - told it is Chinese, Indonesia, Malasian fusion. Loved it. Then a visit from a very kind Ugandan friend.

Saturday 19 Aug 17

Labels: , ,

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hospital Diary 15 Aug 17


I have paced this ward as over 100 yards long. I walked up and down briskly with no shortness of breath so will tell the doctors I want to go home.

 feeling optimistic.

The best of news. Consultants meet later. I may be home this afternoon. If so let the pharmacy remove their digit. St Marks took nearly three hours for discharge meds and then it was wrong. Hospital pharmacy, the perfect illustration of the ills of monopoly. In the community my dispensing speed was less than five minutes per item. On a busy day I did an item a minute

thinking about going home.

Good chat with Senior House Officer, Dr Sethi a man of the Punjab and Southall. He explained the causation of heart failure is multifactorial. The one factor now ruled out is narrowing of the arteries. I should be home today or tomorrow and have to watch my weight keeping off the 25lb lost so far. As that was fluid I have to watch fluid intake and expulsion. It would seem I have an excuse for whisky and not beer. I have promised to exercise more when the leg ulcers are sorted. That matter s being referred to district nurses. I am also hoping to be off warfarin after eight and a half years and start newer anticoagulant. I will though be on furosemide or bumetanide so no early morning public transport for me. All in all I am a happy bunny and a thankful one despite having a heart only doing 27% of optimal performance. Now I can take the grandchildren to the awful MacDs and Katy to Lisa's, the best eatery in Ealing to celebrate our recent wedding anniversary. PTL. Amen and Amen. Deb and I will also get to see the new house ASAP.

Consultant talked.  
I am being discharged, awaiting only the drugs. Waiting for the pharmacy to produce my drugs for home. Patience needed.Short supply.

The only drug awaited from the pharmacy is the new anticoagulant. Is some clot holding it up?

Rachel brought me home. Me and five females tonight. Katy, Deb, Bethany, Hannah and Elissa.
Travel and transportLondon

Labels: , , , ,