REFERENDUM WATCH: Britain closer to the heart of Europe? More likely to its knees.

14th January 2016 1

2016 is being hyped-up to become a momentous year in British political history, as we head for a decisive ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’ referendum vote that will settle once and for all the matter of the UK’s membership of the European Union. This, it is solemnly pronounced, is surely the most important constitutional event for a generation with massive ramifications for … [Read on]

Second Death of Christ? No, of David Bowie.

14th January 2016 0

According to an article in The Guardian, a hole has recently been ripped in the fabric of the universe. Though I am no astrophysicist, this sounded pretty serious, as if we are all about to be annihilated in a hail of antimatter and turned into photons. Even ISIS would be preferable to that. Readers will, I am sure, be relieved … [Read on]

When is rape allowed?

12th January 2016 0

In church on Sunday migrants were mentioned in the prayers and there was a call for the churches in Germany to keep hold of ‘justice.’ All very vague and I didn’t feel that the problems of German women living in a new society were being addressed. In the evening I went to a neighbourhood party. I wasn’t intending to talk … [Read on]

Lock Up Your Daughters

7th January 2016 1

Many ladies of a certain age give up on joining New Year street festivities. The pleasure of being jostled about in a huge melee for hours in the cold palls after about the age of thirty. Many young people love it of course, especially in Germany where ‘Sylvesternacht’ is a huge festival with fireworks. I enjoy it vicariously so my … [Read on]

Why not kill yourself while you are still healthy?

27th December 2015 0

In theory, at any rate, I am opposed to euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the like – except for myself, that is. Recently I was laid low by an illness among whose symptoms were slight nausea, fever and severe headache. It wasn’t even the worst illness I had ever had in my life, let alone the worst illness imaginable, but it … [Read on]

The Companions of Silence

22nd December 2015 0

I have reached the age when friends start to suffer serious illnesses and today I had to take one of them (whom I have known for more than 40 years) to hospital for his radiotherapy. Oddly enough, this was not the depressing experience one might have expected it to be. In the first place, all the staff were kindly, even … [Read on]

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