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  • St Peter and Paul

    29 June 2017

    St Peter and Paul Peter. Saint Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, misunderstanding, and the opposition of many to Jesus. Now Peter makes his great confession of faith: “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29b)....

  • Portuguese St. Elizabeth 

    04 July 2017

    St. Elizabeth Elizabeth is usually depicted in royal garb with a dove or an olive branch. At her birth in 1271, her father Pedro III, future king of Aragon, was reconciled with his father James, the reigning monarch. This proved to be a portent of things...

  • flowers

    08 July 2017

    In the Middle Ages they had a lot of plants too, some growing wild and others imported by the monks from southern countries of Europe. During the Middle Ages the term 'pleasure gardens' appear. These are gardens made, not for practical purposes, but for...

  • St. Benedict

    11 July 2017

    St. Benedict It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography was written of a man who has exercised the greatest influence on monasticism in the West. Benedict is well recognized in the later Dialogues of Saint Gregory, but these are sketches to illustrate...

  • The Lady of  Mount Carmel

    16 July 2017

    The Lady of Mount Carmel Hermits lived on Mount Carmel near the Fountain of Elijah in northern Israel in the 12th century. They had a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. By the 13th century they became known as “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” They soon...

  • the field

    16 July 2017

    Here blue Chicory flowers, there, fragrant Yarrow, Wood Sorrel, Chamomile and Queen Anne's Lace Above, blue sky with white fluffy clouds passing over leaving shadows on the grass Timothy, wild oats--tall stems that together roll like waves in the swift...

  • Tractor

    17 July 2017

    A tractor is chugging its way across a field, cutting the hay swathes that have in them, among the grasses, so many different kinds of flowers - which all contribute the lovely sweet scent. If you should walk among the swathes you will find, if you are...

  • owls

    19 July 2017

    Owls Owls cannot turn their heads 360 degrees. It does appear that they can by just watching them, but after studying them scientists have discovered they do not actually turn their head 360 degrees. Owls have fixed eye sockets, which means they can’t...

  • The Haystack

    20 July 2017

    The haystack Thunder-clouds have darkened the northern sky. In the foreground, sunshine is still bright on the bramble flowers, the foxgloves and the pink campion. From the clouds a fork of lightening flashes to earth, and nearby the thunder crackles....

  • Country roads

    20 July 2017

    Almost heaven, West Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains Shenandoah River, Life is old there Older than the trees Younger than the mountains Blowin' like the breeze [Chorus] Country roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take...

  • The Fox-Gloves

    21 July 2017

    The foxgloves (which are poisonous plants) are already beginning to shed their lower bells, and as the month progresses the number of bells will get less and less until there are only a few left at the tip. Each seedpod contains a surprising number of...

  • Ronald Reagan

    21 July 2017

    A painting depicting a smiling President Reagan in blue jeans and cowboy hat astride a white horse was confiscated by Russian officials It was a painting by Louisiana artist George Rodrigue, It had hung briefly in a private food restaurant in Moscow ....

  • St. Bridget of Sweden

    23 July 2017

    St. Bridget of Sweden From age 7 on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors. She lived her married life in the court of the Swedish king Magnus...

  • The first English Parliament

    28 July 2017

    The first parliament in England was in 1265. This came about after the bad rule of Henry III. Henry III became king when he was just nine years old. He became King after King John died whilst he was at war with the barons. Henry made the mistake of offending...

  • St. Peter Chrysologus

    30 July 2017

    St. Peter Chrysologus A man who vigorously pursues a goal may produce results far beyond his expectations and his intentions. Thus it was with Peter “of the Golden Words,” as he was called, who as a young man became bishop of Ravenna, the capital of the...

  • Edward III

    31 July 2017

    Edward III The English King. Edward III spent most of his time fighting the French. He introduced the Treason Act 1351. He made it illegal for the Crown to be a vassal of a foreign power except for defeat in war making EU membership Treason. The son of...

  • St.  Lawrence

    10 August 2017

    St. Lawrence The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in the fact that today’s celebration ranks as a feast. We know very little about his life. He is one of those whose martyrdom made a deep and lasting impression on the early Church. Celebration...

  • Squirrels

    15 August 2017

    Squirrels The number of red squirrels in Britain, which is the native squirrel, is rapidly declining with only 140,000 left. The grey squirrel, which came from North America about 150 years ago, outcompetes the reds squirrel for food and carries the fatal...

  • Duolingo now crowdsourcing!

    02 March 2017

    . Crowdsourcing is now being adapted by lots of established firms. Duolingo are crowdsourcing so as to make computer conversations more realistic. Crowdsourcing is a way to achieve a business plan at a cheap layout. A wonderful way to exploit workers...

  • Love, Patience, Charity and Freedom

    09 March 2017

    On the Ninth of March 1522 This was a time when Martin Luther started to put his emphasis on Love. This was one of his key ideas that welded our Modern West on patience. He also promoted the idea that any decent society should contain charity. This was...

  • The Language of Kiribati

    16 March 2017

    "Kiribati is a Micronesian language spoken in Kiribati, Fiji, Nauru, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu by about 100,000 people. The Republic of Kiribati was formerly called the Gilbert Islands and their languge was called Gilbertese. The islands...

  • Excessive food waste

    17 March 2017

    Britons waste on an annual average of 200kg of food per person. Numbers that big are hard to picture. That is the equivalent of one African elephant’s weight in food thrown away for every 25 people. The U.K. tops the food waste charts of all other E.U....

  • Storytelling.

    20 March 2017

    Today, stories are an intrinsic part of our societies and culture. Movies, books, music, news media, religions, architecture and painting, you name it, and the influence of storytelling is to be seen in all aspects of our life. Defining our values, desires,...

  • A walk on the Hill by Malcolm Wakeman

    25 March 2017

    A walk on the Hill.The air is still on Malvern HillI walk above the cloudColwall and Welland and hidden nowBy a whitened dampened shroud I'm above The Chase Inn nowAway from Malvern town" Right side of the hill" they sayYou'll see by at sundown And in...

  • La Princesse de Montpensier

    26 March 2017

    La Princesse de Montpensier L’histoire : Sous le règne de Charles IX, le jeune duc de Guise s’éprend de Mlle de Mézières. Bien que la jeune fille réponde à ses sentiments, elle est contrainte d’épouser le prince de Montpensier. Résignée, Mlle de Mézières...