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English Christian male who is not backward in coming forward with opinions.

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Diary w/e 17 Mar 18

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:20:00 +0000

Sun 11 MarGood adult Sunday School, Chris Roberts on Justification in Christ, morning Paul Levy on Thou shalt not kill. I had questions to him about his identification of anger with murder as it does not apply to all anger and some anger is righteous. In the evening his 35 minutes on Num 9, Passover, seemed longer than usual. Only once before in 15 tears have I thought him prolix.   We enjoyed Mother's Day lunch courtesy of Rachel. Adrian's parents there too. After lunch Rachel, Ethan and and I walked to the park. Some years ago I received an electronic pedometer. Now i am using it for the first time. 4.2Km yesterday, 3.1 Km today.   Thanks to two of my fellow elders I have received Grappa via our Synod meeting.Mon 12 MarWalked the canal Kensington Road to Hayes Bridge, 2.7 Km in rain. Cooked chicken and leek bake for dinner. Attempting to brew ginger beer.Tue 13 Mar 18As well as reading less fiction I am also watching less visual fiction on TV. Documentaries are my favourites now - until the returns of Have I got news for You and Doc Martin. In the Central Library local history section I asked for books on the history of Greenford. I perused three including Greenford, Northolt and Perivale Past, 1999, by Frances Hounsell A good one to buy second hand I thought until I looked on Amazon. £54.07 (5 used & new offers). I am astonished and keeping my money. ELT Levy excellent on calming the storm and victory over Legion. Pastoral visit to aged member whose legal power of attorney I am to have.Wed 14 MarA 2Km walk to Northolt Sorting Office to collect a parcel too big for our letterbox. First day of Spring? Warm enough to sit out and to put washing out to dry. Sickened by uncritical eulogies on Hawking. Too sleepy in ! Sam 12  house group.Thur 15 MarWalked through Ravenor park and on to the cemetery where I nibbled some lunch before a CT scan of my kidneys at Ealing Hospital.Fri 16 MarFlying back from Los Angeles I had constant pain in my left big toe. Gout? Do not say, too much port. Au contraire. Not enough. But last night, though the pain had not really been a bother since nay return, the gout pain was very bad. So phone consultation with GP today and within a coupe of hours medication and a blood test and pain abated.   E5 to Top Locks. 3.7Km walk to Bulls Bridge. E6 home.Sat 17 marA little snow did not put us off a visit to our friends of 47 years, the Braitwaites, near Bedford. [...]

IM Stephen Hawking

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:04:00 +0000

Amid all the eulogies I long for some balance and honesty. When Castro died there was much praise for his achievements but voices like those my friend whose family fled Castro's Cuba were not heard. I recall eulogies for the mass murderer Mao too.
   Much of the praise for Hawking the scientist is about his views on cosmology which IMO are not science but faith based philosophy. The faith is based on the presupposition of the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system.  But that is accepted orthodox dogma - not science.
   Then there is the character of the man.  This is from my review of his first wife's biography.
   'Jane Hawking gave up any hope of a career for the love of a man she knew to be suffering from an incurable disease. Stephen Hawking is a genius scientist but he is not an attractive man as portrayed here. He is shown to be self-centred and demanding, coming from a family that could be insensitive in the extreme. What sort of a mother in law asks if a child is her son's or someone els's? Jane is a woman who devotes 25 years of marriage to care for her eccentric, demanding husband. For many years he insists only his wife nurse him. When eventually nurses become necessary, one of them manages to seduce him away from his wife, estranging them and breaking up the marriage.' -
   On the positive side - "The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope"- Stephen Hawking,on euthanasia: , Quoted in People's Daily Online, June 2006
   But the philosopher?
"If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God" -Stephen Hawking, On the reason why the universe exists: A Brief History Of Time, published 1988

Diary w/e 10 Mar 2018

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:27:00 +0000

Sun 4 MarMorning at Dean Hall as the school closed to us due, I presume, to the now thawed snow. Levy his usulal good self on Mat 5, Christ fulfilling the law. For the first time ever I observed a preacher halting his sermon to rebuke his child in the congregation. He tells me he did it once before.   Lunch four guests, one Austrian but you would not know from her perfect English. This couple are leaving IPC due to a new job elsewhere. I told them they do not need to take their standing order for church finance away when they go. They have invited us to a seaside break   Evening service Levy Num 8 then the Table led well by a new young elder.Mon 5 MarWell done my son David. He has rooted out a line via my paternal grandmother taking me back to John Collyborn 1539 -the year Anne of Cleves came to marry HenryVIII. He is my 12th great-grandfather. We know no more about him but he was a man who was around for the Reformation n England. He has also found a line of Weeks emigrants to USA 200 years ago.Good elders meeting - 8/9 of us there with our usual visitors from our churches in Ilford and Liss.Tues 6 MarU3A World Religions on 'Your religion. Have you changed?' Three RC women spoke. Only one was from a thoroughly RC family and she was the one still well committed. Then a pastoral visit. I have a problem of not sleeping long at present. Today I thought I got up ar 2:45. Two hours later I found it had been 12:45. I may feel tired and return to sleep before Katy has her 7am tea from me. So I was up and England were doing pretty well in NZ with two Yorkshire centuries. But dopey me knocked over a mug of tea and so smashed the Charles and Di wedding mug. It lasted longer than their marriage and her life.I still have my 1953 coronation mug as given to all children at the time. Rarer is the mug for the coronation of Edward VIII which of course never happened. The unworthy prince preferred the woman he loved to the duty to which he was born. God saved us from a fascist sympathising king - God and Churchill. Hitler would have put Edward on the throne. Instead we had the God fearers, George and Elizabeth to lead.Wed 7 marNine years ago I was in my second term of two years as IPC presbytery moderator. I was ordained 40 years ago in Nigeria and installed in Ealing 35 years ago. I am now IPC's longest continuous serving elder AFAIK.U3A here, Current Affairs on Artificial Intelligence. I shall argue it is a secular myth.Good U3A on Artificial Intelligence which I still call a misnomer. One new attendee whose particular interest is Tudor church history so kindred interest. Next time we will tackle customs union, single market and the Irish border. Expect no solutions. Walk to post office with American sweets for a friend. Cooking baked chicken, potato wedges and broccoli in cheese sauce. Chicken coating from Bass Pro USA.Thur 8 MarA countryside walk discovering the rural close to home. Marnham Fields and along the canal.Paul Levy excellent on John 10 at Greenford Lunchtime Talk. I had never heard this 'I am" expounded as a kingly title before. Cooked chicken casserole with celery.Fri 9 MarMy final and fourth injection into my left eye this morning. Went well in under three hours. Doctor says to check with DVLA on driving. The site is not user friendly at all and the phone engaged.Sat 10 MarMorning walk, 3Km along the canal to The Black Horse. Our old friends the Wells to lunch. Friends for nearly fifty years. Trevor was the accountant at Vom. I always said he only had red ink pens. Jean was one of the doctors who helped deliver our eldest three. Trevor pointed out we met first June 1969. Out came my diary. 23rd June, All nations Missionary College sports day. Trevor remembered I was head student. So next year we plan a grand Wells and Weeks reunion to celebrate a golden friendship anniversary. There should be 209 of us to deter. Our children and theirs grew up together but the next generation have not met.[...]

More testimony concerning Garba Adamu

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:28:00 +0000

Garba became a Christian in around 1978. From 1979 I was his colleague teaching the Hausa language in Jos, Plateau State , Nigeria. I taught the grammar which is beautifully simple. He did the drills; essential when there are three consonants not in English, and vowel lengths and tones are not in the written script but have to be learned through drills. grab whose only education was koranic schooling is a natural teacher. he taught himself to read Biko, that is hausa in Roman script, a colonial invention. He read originally in Ajemi the Hausa Arabic type orthography.
  He is not baptised. Two wives mean no baptism in Nigeria. It he sent one away what would she become? The wife of a Muslim or a whore. No real alternative.
   When I discussed this with a senior pastor he told me that my missionary fathers had told his fathers to send away wives two and more and now they were not changing for these Muslims. They were the people who before the British came had spread Islam by the sword, enslaved and killed his father.
   So when Garbs visitors England around 1984 I offered baptism. he refused saying he would wait until there were others like him to form a congregation.  So far no such movement.
   I discussed with garbs a contextualised approach to worship after the writing of par shall et al. I said how will you confess your belief. he said the church uses the Apostles Creed. I said yes but it is not Hausa. Holy catholic church is iklisiya mai tsarki katolika. Only holy is Hausa. She gave us a shade for the Almasihiyya - followers of Messiah. It was, I believe there is no God but God and Jesus Christ is the Word of God, Spirit of God, Son of God.This parallels the Islamic, No god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet. The first three titles of Christ here are in the Koran. I asked if son of God was not provocative. Garba said that without it it was not A Christian creed.
   He had an acute theological understanding. he always taught students to respect Muslim beef and their book. So I asked if when he read the Bible it was the same as when he read the Koran. he said that the Koran spoke about God. In the Bible God speaks.
   I said that told be two things. First the Bible is God's word from the Holy Spirit. Secondly, He, Garba has the Holy Spirit.
   We discussed more on contextualised worship. Man and women sis apart and on mats. Facilities for washing at the door. Clean]n premises, no animals, birds or bats. Sing Psalms antiphonally with a precentor singing the line. No instruments.
   There has never been a Hausa Muslim convert church since the first one in Zaria over 100 years Tat was from Isawa, Muslims who had learnt to honour Jesus from the Koran before any missionaries came.
   Garba's home was Mango, a village near Jos. His family had moved there from Katsina. So he was part of an ethnic hausa minority in a predominantly Christian village of a different people. For a century there was peaceful coexistence, Pax Britannia the independence. After 9/11 everything changed. Hausas had to leave Mango and migrate to their community in the city of Jos. So Garbs the Christian has to live among his Muslim fellow Hausas. He is now in his eighties.  The Plateau is no longer a peaceful place. Hausa/Filanis in Jos North want politics control. The nomadic Fulani cattle herders have killed many local Christian farmers complain they rustle their cattle. The local Christians say Fulani cattle ruin their crops and the Fulani have attacked them with the aid of Muslim mercenaries. This is not the Boko Haram conflict which is in the North east but people fleeing BH are in displaced persons camps in the area.

Quotes 9 Mar 18

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 03:26:00 +0000

He who perished by a tree is saved by a tree. He who died by an apple is restored by eating the flesh of his Saviour. - Robert Farrar Capon, Bed and Board, p 69-70 (not an apple - ' the tree of theknowledge of good and evil 'GJW)This theology of an immoral Arab—is a dead thing. Possibly it might have suited tribes in the desert. It is no good for modern, progressive state- Kemal Ataturk 2 mar 2018A tiger doesn't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.- unknownRevenge is sweet and not fattening. - Alfred Hitchcock"The average American who was asked to back same-sex marriage on the principle of justice and tolerance is seeing that those who requested their support are not living by their own rules. They are finding that “marriage equality” is not enough. They are finding the deal has been unilaterally renegotiated: “You will not only support our right to marry, but you will also support our marriages in every way that we ask. If you do not, we will take you to court, ruin your business, take your money, slime your good name, and even threaten your life.” The remarkable examples of these injustices are surprising and alarming many good citizens." Glenn T. Stanton, with Focus on the Family[...]

Quotes on International Women's Day

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:05:00 +0000

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.--Abigail (Smith) Adams (1744-1818)_Letter to John Adams_ [March 31, 1776]We are obliged to go fair and softly and, in practice, you know we are the subjects. We have only the name of masters, and rather than give up this, which would completely subject us to the despotism of the petticoat, I hope General Washington and all our brave heroes would fight.-John Adams , replying to Abigail's March 1776 letter.I can conceive of nothing worse than a man-governed world- except a woman-governed world. -- Nancy AstorA man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality ~ Jill BriscoeThis is a feminist bookstore. There is no humour section. --John CallahanA liberated woman is one who rises up and says to her menfolk, 'I will not be dictated to,' and proceeds to become a stenographer. - ChestertonWomen are early taught that to appear to yield is the only way to govern. - Sarah Moore Grimke (1792 -1873)We're tired of having radical feminist ideology passed off as the lock-step view of all women. As heirs of a tradition of strong, capable Christian women, we emphatically affirm that we are beneficiaries, not victims of our strong Christian faith.-Diane Knippers, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. Her organization criticized the National Organization for Women's (NOW) attack on the PromiseKeepers. Washington Times for Setpember 17, 1997. Front page.Women's Rights are men's duties. -- Karl KrausWomen's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister Newsweek, October 23, 1972I feel that 'man-hating' is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.-Robin Morgan, editor of _Ms_ magazineI resolved to claim for my sex all that an impartial Creator had bestowed, which, by custom and a perverted application of the Scriptures, had been wrested from woman.- Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)Anyone familiar with academia knows that it breeds ideological cults that are prone to dogma and resistant to criticism. Many women believe that this has now happened to feminism. In her book _Who Stole Feminism?_ the philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers draws a useful distinction between two schools of thought. _Equity feminism_ opposes sexual discrimination and other forms of unfairness to women. It is part of the classical liberal and humanistic tradition that grew out of the Enlightenment, and it guided the first wave of feminism and launched the second wave. _Gender feminism_ holds that women continue to be enslaved by a pervasive system of male dominance, the gender system, in which "bi-sexual infants are transformed into male and female gender personalities, the one destined to command, the other to obey." It is opposed to the classical liberal tradition and allied instead with Marxism, postmodernism, social constructionism, and radical science. It has become the credo of some women's studies programs, feminist organizations, and spokespeople for the women's movement.Equity feminism is a moral doctrine about equal treatment that makes no commitments regarding open empirical issues in psychology or biology. Gender feminism is an empirical doctrine committed to three claims about human nature. The first is that differences between men and women have nothing to do with biology but are socially constructed in their entirety. The second is that humans possess a single social motive -- power -- and that social life can be understood only in terms of how it is exercised. The third is that human interactions arise not from the motives of people dealing with each other as individuals but from the motives of _groups_ dealing with other groups -- in this case, the male gender dominating the female gender.--Steven Pi[...]

The Testimony of Garba Adamu

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:56:00 +0000

Assalamu alaikum. All thanks be to the Lord of the heavens, the earth and all creation. My name is Garba Adamu. My parents came for Katsina in northern Nigeria. I was born at Miango, near Jos in Plateau State. Writing this in 1982 I am fifty years old, but I cannot be certain for we reckoned by important events, not the calendar.When I was three years old, before I could talk very well, I entered Koranic school my only formal education. Little by little I learned to read and write the Arabic like script of Hausa, my mother tongue. After thirteen years I finished learning to read the whole Koran and went to look for work at the large missionary compound nearby. I asked the man in charge if he would have a job for me, but he burst out laughing because I was a very small teenager. Thank God, I was given a job sweeping floors and washing dishes. My employer saw that worked well and after a while I learned how to cook European food. I was able to bake bread, cookies and cakes, in fact anything they wanted.While I was still unmarried , one night I had a dream which was very special yet frightening. I saw the heavens open and an angel from God coming down with a message held tight in both hands. He came before me and said, " God says to you,'Take this message.'" With thanks, I took it in both hands. Right away, the angel ascended into heaven. I watched and saw a beautiful shining light. I was amazed. All this happened very quickly, in about one minute. In the morning, before I started work, I went to the office of my supervisor to tell her what had happened. Instead of telling me what the dream might mean, she did not take me seriously at all. At first I was very unhappy about this, but as time went by I began to forget about the dream.I was very much involved in my Muslim way of life. I married and after some years I married a second wife from among my own Hausa people. The missionaries did not like to employ a man with two wives and I was dismissed from my job. I began to earn my living as a market trader selling cloth. In my spare time I taught myself to read and write Hausa in the Roman script, which had been introduced by the Europeans who found our own Arabic script too difficult. At that time no-one else among the Hausa of my town could read and write the Roman script. I learnt with the help of the Hausa newspaper.Some Muslim preachers visited our town with the aim of establishing a branch of their Muslim Mission in our town. Being able to read and write I was made secretary of the Mission in our town. I was a zealous Muslim, so after a while I was made secretary for the Muslim Mission for the whole of our local government area. The state headquarters provided me with a motorbike. I was appointed to assist the local Imam then appointed to the state executive committee of the Muslim Mission. As my responsibilities had grown I was to be provided with a car for my work.Then one day the local Christian Pastor came and asked if I would help at their mission. They wanted someone to help teach Hausa to Europeans. It was only for six weeks. He asked me in such a way that I could not refuse, though I told the missionary lady in charge of the course that I wanted nothing to do with the Bible. In fact. if I so much as touched a Bible I would wash with soap and water.But this lady, Miss Oliver was not bothered at all. In fact she even helped me with my religion. On Fridays she would arrange transport for me to go to the mosque. She never criticised my faith or my way of life, except when I failed in my Muslim responsibilities. If I was engrossed in my work she would remind me it was time for prayer. When I said I was too busy she asked if I feared God. That was the strongest possible rebuke to me.We taught Hausa using the Roman script but one day Miss Oliver showed me a booklet in the Arabic script. It was about Jesus Christ, Isa Almasihu. I read it and kept on reading it[...]

I have done my bit against the local strip club.

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:33:00 +0000

Dear Mr Weeks,Thank you for you for lodging a representation to this application. Please see attached the letter acknowledging this representation for the LA Confidential application.Please also note that if matters are not resolved, a hearing date has been set for this application for which further details will be sent in due course.Kind RegardsSarah Heer0208 825 6655From: GRAHAM WEEKS [] Sent: 06 March 2018 10:49To: Licensing>Subject: Re: LA confidential application 18LIC10581SEXEVI want no leafleting of this.67 Ferrymead Avenue, Greenford, UB6 9TL, Graham J Weeks My blog 10201 quotes 654 topics 2452 authors Our daily quotesIn Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity- =================================================From: Licensing>To: 'GRAHAM WEEKS'  Sent: Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 10:32Subject: RE: LA confidential application 18LIC10581SEXEVDear Mr WeeksThank you for your email- the contents of which we have noted.Please, could you clarify the following points that you have raised in your  objection to the renewal of SEV licence:-          Regarding your point about the leafleting do you have a radius in mind for the leafleting or are you requesting no leafleting at all-          Please provide more details about any other concerns you have regarding the premises.-          You will need to provide your full postal address in order for the objection to be accepted, this will not be revealed to the applicant or their agent.Please also find attached the licensing policy for your reference.RegardsRita PankhaniaLicensing TeamRegulatory ServicesPerceval House14-16 Uxbridge RoadEaling W5 2HLTel: 020 8825 6655From: GRAHAM WEEKS [] Sent: 03 March 2018 12:58To: LicensingSubject: LA confidential application 18LIC10581SEXEV18LIC10581SEXEV Objection for Prevention of crime and disorder,Public safety, Prevention of public nuisance,  It is reported that this club was closed for a few days last year because the 'door men' i.e security guards who are supposed to protect, badly attacked and beat up a young man in the street. The Police insisted on a review of their alcohol licence because they (the police) said,  in their view the Club was connected with serious crime. The Police gave a long list of violent and other incidents connected with the club during the previous year. None of these  had been disclosed to the licensing Committee at the previous Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence renewal. None of these incidents were actually followed up by the police because no-one wants to officially report them and have their name connected to this venue. Consequently there are without  doubt many other incidents connected to the club that do not come to the notice of the police.Objection for Prevention of children from harmLeaflets advertising a sex club will no doubt be picked up by all and sundry including inquisitive children.Graham J Weeks My blog 10201 quotes 654 topics 2452 authors Our daily quotesIn Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity- =================================================**********************************************************[...]

Diary w/e 3 Mar 18

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 05:01:00 +0000

Sun 25 Feb6:30 downstairs putting on my shoes to constant barking. Libby is one impatient female demanding instant gratification. Dennis up earlier than of recent, a good sign of pain healing a little.   Calvary Chapel Newcastle with Julie. The leader wore a cloth cap and was the only musician, guitarist. No call to worship. About twenty minutes of singing standing first, sit-in, standing. All thee and later songs contemporary and new to me. Somewhat repetitive and subjective but not wholly so. But when one mentioned a thousand tongues I longed for Wesley and some acknowledgement that the church has millennia of psalms and hymns and wisdom does not begin and end with the contemporary. No confession of sin nor promise of forgiveness. no real pastoral prayer. From song to sermon with no Scripture first. Only greeting of one another a la the peace which I try not to join in anywhere as I deem it artificial and no part of the worship of God. The sermon was expository from 1 Co:1 and was expository.We had good reference to the death of Billy Graham this week. I had a good chat after with the pastor who has been there over a decade and seen the church grow. male leadership and emphasis on prayer. I can forgive them being confessionally premillennial. Schaeffer was. I was welcomed before and taken with after.   Dennis has given me a couple of presents including a razor sharp skinning knife with sheath. Its three and a half inch blade will be illegal to carry in our nanny state England. Dennis points out that the blade is only sharpened for three inches but I do not think that reasoning would be accepted by plod. However, being old and white not young and black I will not fear stop and search if I ever carried it out of the home. It fixes to one's belt. Sunday afternoon drive to Auburn. Dennis must be some better as he came too. First I photographed the million dollar plus mansions with a fifty mile view to Sacramento. Then to the American River canyon and its bridges. Dinner at Sizzlers - steak and lobster. I am replete. Back home for a local 7% IPA - and a walk for Libby.Mon 26 FebLast night I heard noise as if children were crying outside.SKUNKS.Up before the sun and out with Libby in the RAIN which is an answer to California’s prayers as drought (and fires) are the fear here. So it was walk by moonlight. I hear the gasman due to repair today cometh not. He is snowed in up at Grass Valley. I hope we can drive up there in the Jeep.Grass Valley is the retirement home of a very famous Yorkshireman, Jimmy Binks, wicketkeeper par excellence in the sixties. Evans was the one who had the England caps but banks kept for the champions.We went to see the snow recently fallen at elevations around 2000 feet. My first ride in a Jeep and this time Libby came too. I wanted to find a famous Yorkshireman but could only leave him a message at his club.Dinner with Esther and Christian, Joshua and Clementine. A good spread from Esther.Tues 27 FebAfter lunch to the hospital. My fourth visit with Julie and Dennis.Urology and pharmacy, the last a more inefficient time wasting drag than the NHS. Then we dined with Joanna and Nate. I had a lobster feast. Comparisons may be odious but Joanna is a favourite feisty female friend. Lobster, crab, prawns and mussels. Crab was messy eating. Beer only available cold.Wed 28 FebLast walk with Libby was before dawn. Then I was reading the Bible and she was barking to go out again. I left later than expected as instead of going via Seattle Was rerouted via Los Angeles getting in half an hour later. I availed myself of wheelchair assistance. It can get you on the plane quickly and certainly is swifter through immigration. From Sacramento to LA I was seated next to a Russian Baptist who could recite whole psalms to me. LA was only an hour between flights and different termin[...]

C of E schools' selection of pupils sucks

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:16:00 +0000

C of E schools' selection of pupils is a disgrace. First of all they naturally prefer their own kind. They pay the pipers so may choose who can follow them. But they are fully aware that shortly before the selection process there are lots of new Anglican attenders, instant Christians fooling the selection.
Then there was preference for other denominations as long as they are in Churches Together. This means that those not following the ecumenical dance are disadvantaged. You might as well be an atheist or Hindu and have the same priority as a Christian from an independent black or a Presbyterian church like ours.
Finally there is William Perkins where children from Horsenden get priority over the nearer Oldfield which defies logic. The school reckons it has a valid reason but logical it is not.
Incidentally Twyford was the only school where I failed in my attempt to be a governor over twenty years ago though five other schools including one in Brent found me acceptable. Outspoken non-conformist not welcomed though I had four children who went there.

Films seen March 2018

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 12:02:00 +0000

1. Paddington 2

I thought it was a children's film until I saw it flying back from California. A film for all ages. Brilliant  all round. Love that bear and his facial expressions. I do not usually like fantasy but this is special. It made me LOL several times. Love it.

Books read Mar 2018

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:21:00 +0000

1.  The Oxford Dictionary of Classical Myth and Religion (2003)A valuable and comprehensive reference work. But as someone who believes that the Bible is revelation not myth I depart from the liberal theology here expressed with regards to Christian myth and the non-historical writing, allegedly, in for example the article on Acts of the Apostles. Also the article on atheism does not reference what the Bible says on this.2.Samuel Johnson's Dictionary: Selections from the 1755 Work That Defined the English Language by Jack Lynch (Editor)   Johnson's was not the first to compile an English dictionary.  I do not have the exact quote I have heard it said he worked alone in a much shorter time than it took a committee of  Frenchmen to produce their National Dictionary Johnson is the most quotable of men and his work a delight. Here one can find hidden gems, words little known or obsolete. Frigorfick anyone? I could enjoy tripudiation.3. The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature by Michael Cox  (Editor)Published 2004 the entries are chronological from Caxton's first printed work n 1474 year by year until three years before publication. There is also listing by author so this is a valuable reference work. Look up your year and fine other books by the same authors. Major events are listed each year too. What is missing is an index of all titles so you can find the author of any. But a search engine will find that out. One can be detective. Starting with the 1611 King James I was able to trace Bible versions back to Tyndale then reference all of Tyndale's works including the years he published his New Testaments. Then one can see who were contemporary authors. Fascinating.4. History In Quotations: Reflecting 5000 Years Of World History by M.J. Cohen and John MajorNot that Major! Though he is quoted six times. Who said what and when. After a little from the ancients of the fourth millennium BC to 2003 then an assortment of topics for the future. Within each arranged time period quotations are arranged topical rather than all being strictly chronological. This is in fact helpful. Authors are indexed as is needed.5.The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations by Robert Backhouse (Editor)A veritable treasure store. Quotations arranged by topic. Sometimes far more than a brief quote. One has on Calvinism a whole sermon by Spurgeon. Te source index leaves something to be desired though. Authors are listed with the subjects where they are found quoted. Pages are not given and there may be inaccuracies. I could not find Churchill on predestination. But a great resource for preachers and enlightenment and edification for any Christian.6. The Burning Time: The Story of the Smithfield Martyrs by Virginia Rounding  (Author)An excellent account where the author tries at objectivity concerning the Protestant and Roman Catholics burned at Smithfield though occasionally her own sympathies show before being finally declared. She shows good understanding of the theological disputes of the time and who believed what. First we have the history of early martyrdoms in the Tudor period and explanation of the changing religious situation so why heresy changed under Tudor monarchs defending on the faith the ruler. What constitutes martyrdom is considered and why stoicism in the flames may or may not be a witness to the truth of the martyr's faith. Why heretics were punished is historically surveyed from Roman times. The Biblical justification for the death penalty and why the civil authorities were the agents of punishment are considered and there is a grues[...]

Proverbs by topic - (1) Wisdom

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:56:00 +0000

This is the start of a concordance type study of the words in Proverbs from that book and others in the Bible. Job 28:12 - “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?Job 28:20 - “From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?Wisdom is with GodJob 12:13 - “With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.Psalm 51:6 - Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.Psalm 51:6 - Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.Job 12:16 - With him are strength and psound wisdom;Proverbs 2:6 - For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.Daniel 2:20 - Daniel answered and said:“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.Daniel 2:21 - He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;Daniel 2:23 - To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king's matter.”It is fear of the LordJob 28:28 - And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”Psalm 111:10 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!Proverbs 9:10 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.A gift for the one with whom God is pleasedEcclesiastes 2:26 - For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.Wisdom is with the agedJob 12:12 - Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days. Job 32:7 - I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’From the righteousPsalm 37:30 - The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.Proverbs 1:2 - To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,Fools despise itProverbs 1:7 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.Blessed to findProverbs 3:13 - Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,DesirableJob 28:18 - No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls.Proverbs 4:5 - Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.Proverbs 8:11 - for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.Proverbs 4:7 - The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.Proverbs 16:16 - How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.Proverbs 23:23 - Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.CharacterJames 3:17 - But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good[...]

February 28: Signing of the National Covenant (1638)

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:52:00 +0000

by archivist
It was on this day that we could say the name “Covenanter” was born.
For it was on the 28th February 1638 that the National Covenant was read out and signed in Greyfriars in Edinburgh. Upwards of 60,000 people had gathered in the city for the event.
On a ram skin parchment, the people of Scotland pledged to defend the Scottish Church against any such innovations that were against the Word of God and against anything that would undo the work of the Reformation and take the nation back to Roman Catholicism.
On the original Covenant there were more than 4000 names, hardly a space was left on it. In the days and weeks following hundreds of copies were made and sent throughout Scotland with hundreds of thousands flocking to sign them.
One minister describing the scene wrote "I have seen more than a thousand at once lifting up their hands and tears falling from their eyes, entering into Covenant."
Oh that we would see a day like this again in Scotland! Sadly, today will pass for most Scots as though it were just another date in the calendar.

My best read on marriage

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:09:00 +0000

One of the good things I found in California was the loan of this great book.BED AND BOARD PLAIN TALK ABOUT MARRIAGE by ROBERT FARRAR CAPON (Author)My Amazon review.The best book on complementarity I have read though published in 1965 I do not think it uses the word. The author was a married episcopal clergyman with a family six.He knew whereof he wrote. His style may at first strike one as eccentric and verbose but hang in there. The man is a genius on this subject. Do not be put of by his his churchmanship. Marriage is not as he believes "a very great sacrament'.  Divorce is not 'a metaphysical impossibility'. His is Catholic marriage theology. mine is Protestant reformed with marriage a covenant which may be broken by persistent unrepentant failure to keep vows. However this disagreement takes nothing from the profound teaching herein given on all matters bed and board, husband, wife and children. I think he is weak on hospitality and surprisingly reticent on child rearing but on the fundamentals of marriage this is genius. One reviewer could not tolerate his sexism. Rot. This man is a counter cultural Christian who speaks truth not discerned from the prevailing culture but from the Bible and the wisdom of the ages. He wrote before the electronic age but that is no deficit. His world had no internet but it has real communication between people. Read and learn. Publisher reprint please.QuotesWe get too sook old and too late smart, but with a loving God and forgiving friends, I am grateful and glad. - Robert Farrar Capon, Bed and Board, p 18The Christian mind has lo these many years been pretty well switched off as far as ordinary life is concerned. ...Of course in religion and morals it has tried to do its own cooking; but across the rest of life - schooling, housing, marrying; working, playing, spending- it has been content to buy whatever packaged mixes were available on the shelves of the secular idea market. - Robert Farrar Capon, Bed and Board, p 33About sex especially men are born mad; and they hardly reach sanity until they reach sanctity.- G K Chesterton quoted in - Robert Farrar Capon, Bed and Board, p 48For a nun's life of course is utterly sexual....Of course, she omits as an offering to God,one particular expression of her sexuality; but it is only one out of a hundred. The sexual congress she does not attend is not life's most important meeting, all the marriage manuals to the contrary notwithstanding. - Robert Farrar Capon, Bed and Board, p 49...the Bible does not say that men and women are unequal. Neither does the church. There are no second class citizens in the New Jerusalem. It is husbands and wives that are unequal. It is precisely in marriage (a state, you will recall, not to be continued as such in heaven) that they enter into a relationship of superior to inferior,- of head to a body. And the difference there is not one of worth, ability to intelligence, but of role. It is functional not organic.It is based on the exigencies of the Dance not on a judgement as to talent.In the ballet, in any intricate dance, one dancer leads, the other follows. Not because one is better (he may or may not be), but because that is his part. Our mistake here, as elsewhere, is to think that equality and diversity are irreconcilable. The common notion of equality is based on the image of the march. In a parade, really unequal beings are dressed alike, given guns of identical length, trained to hold them at the same angle, and ordered to keep step with a fixed beat. But it is not the parade that is true to life, it is the dance. There you have real equals assigned unequal roles in order that each may achieve his individual [...]

The changing world (48) Aug 76

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:46:00 +0000

Aug 1 At Hillcrest a rambling homily on Feb 1. Wrote to Iain Murray complaining about the publication of Thornwell’s defence of slavery.2nd    At Vom for vaccinations. Frustrated they would not give smallpox and typhoid at the same time. Jonathan miserable with a sore arm.3rd    Jonathan had us up early with his groans. back to Langtang . We hear it rumoured that Vom hospital will be taken over by the government. It happened. Envy. People went o the government hospitals and it was in theory free. Reality was bribes and shortage of drugs. With us you paid for what you got and we never ran out of medicines.4th  Langtang preparing to give talk to teachers on sovereignty of God. The paper says Vom will be taken over by April 78. A critical article which Rev Damina says should receive a rejoinder.5th Vom criticised over finances. 6th  Pankshin TEE. 11/15there. Lunch with Dennis Reddish at Kabwir.7th  TEE Amper and then Garga. David Molyneux engaged to Sylvia. Peter Clark back from UK8th  English service cancelled due to heavy rain.9th  Boi where Doreen Collingham had her landrover immersed in a flooded river. I pulled her out with my l/r.10th Boi too TEE Bokkos. Home via Kabwir.11th Going to Pie TEE but Honda failed to start. Battery died and could not be charged in time for the class.12th To Kabwir but Honda died near Amper. Hitched a lift. Lunch with Gulas. Brain Boddy brought me and Honda back to Langtang in L/R.13th Good day at Bakin Kogi with all Langtang and Kwalla teachers.14th Bwarat TEE. Peter Clark drove me to Jos. Road very poor by Bukuru. Visited Bulmers.15th Too boys to Hillcrest morning seraice. Chaplain poor sermon. Katy St Pirans. Coffee with Bulmers, tea with Rules.16th Bible Schools Committee. TEE complimented. Vom for jabs. Tea with Middletons. Cholera second jab not as painful as first. Later we were to see smallpox eradicated. Cholera which lasted the shortiest time was the least effective. 17th Shopped in Jos. back to Langtand.18th Tired. Sorted post and books.salas have raised a profit of over N900.19th Kabwir TEE teachers with Colin Bulley. Aisa Beech to supper.20th Langtang TEE teachers. Pastor not happy with proposals to hand over mission’s responsibilities to the church.23rd Baxters here on bookshop trip. Good letter back from Iain Murray on Thornwell and slavery.24th Paul Baxter found my Honda problem was a loose rectifier wire. 26th Enjoying reading book of Hausa proverbs.27th I have had several idle days. Reflecting over forty years later I see my bipolar symptoms in waves of hardware followed by inactivity and depression.28th  Colin and carol Bulley visited from Kabwir30th We took Kathleen Gula to Jos. Staying in William’s flat. Vom for jabs. 31st Visited Bulmers. Shopping. Expected TEE books not yet printed.[...]

Smoke in the USA

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:39:00 +0000

One delight in coming to the USA is that the tax on tobacco is not so burdensome as at home. Today a tobacconist said that steep increases in price in California is the result of the anti-smoking lobby getting state tax raised. But pipe tobacco here is less than a third of UK price and small cigars are my recourse not having brought my pipe. BTW I sometimes do not touch my pipe for weeks or even months on end. It is neither as addictive nor carcinogenic as cigarettes. But the small cigars enjoyed while I walk the dog reminded me of Rudyard Kipling.The Betrothed "You must choose between me and your cigar." -- BREACH OF PROMISE CASE, CIRCA 1885.Open the old cigar-box, get me a Cuba stout,For things are running crossways, and Maggie and I are out.We quarrelled about Havanas -- we fought o'er a good cheroot,And I knew she is exacting, and she says I am a brute.Open the old cigar-box -- let me consider a space;In the soft blue veil of the vapour musing on Maggie's face.Maggie is pretty to look at -- Maggie's a loving lass,But the prettiest cheeks must wrinkle, the truest of loves must pass.There's peace in a Larranaga, there's calm in a Henry Clay;But the best cigar in an hour is finished and thrown away --Thrown away for another as perfect and ripe and brown --But I could not throw away Maggie for fear o' the talk o' the town!Maggie, my wife at fifty -- grey and dour and old --With never another Maggie to purchase for love or gold!And the light of Days that have Been the dark of the Days that Are,And Love's torch stinking and stale, like the butt of a dead cigar --The butt of a dead cigar you are bound to keep in your pocket --With never a new one to light tho' it's charred and black to the socket!Open the old cigar-box -- let me consider a while.Here is a mild Manila -- there is a wifely smile.Which is the better portion -- bondage bought with a ring,Or a harem of dusky beauties, fifty tied in a string?Counsellors cunning and silent -- comforters true and tried,And never a one of the fifty to sneer at a rival bride?Thought in the early morning, solace in time of woes,Peace in the hush of the twilight, balm ere my eyelids close,This will the fifty give me, asking nought in return,With only a Suttee's passion -- to do their duty and burn.This will the fifty give me. When they are spent and dead,Five times other fifties shall be my servants instead.The furrows of far-off Java, the isles of the Spanish Main,When they hear my harem is empty will send me my brides again.I will take no heed to their raiment, nor food for their mouths withal,So long as the gulls are nesting, so long as the showers fall.I will scent 'em with best vanilla, with tea will I temper their hides,And the Moor and the Mormon shall envy who read of the tale of my brides.For Maggie has written a letter to give me my choice betweenThe wee little whimpering Love and the great god Nick o' Teen.And I have been servant of Love for barely a twelvemonth clear,But I have been Priest of Cabanas a matter of seven year;And the gloom of my bachelor days is flecked with the cheery lightOf stumps that I burned to Friendship and Pleasure and Work and Fight.And I turn my eyes to the future that Maggie and I must prove,But the only light on the marshes is the Will-o'-the-Wisp of Love.Will it see me safe through my journey or leave me bogged in the mire?Since a puff of tobacco can cloud it, shall I follow the fitful fire?Open the old cigar-box -- let me consider anew --Old friends, and who is Maggie that I should abandon you?A million surplus Maggies are willing to bear the yoke;And a woman is only a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke.Light[...]

The changing world (47) Jul 76

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:22:00 +0000

July 1st Work on Old Testament TEE book. Prayer meeting.2nd        God TEE at Gazum led by Rev Bitrus but no food or drink. In twelve years I ate and drank what was put before me, no questions asked. It included eating dog. Only once did I have the runs because I was unknowingly given unspoiled wall dater. I thank God for a cast iron digestion! And for parents who made me clean my plate whatever the food.3rd           Failed to get to Bakin Kogi class by car due to rain. Depressing. Two American teachers to tea.4th           With the Isaacs at the secondary school as they cerebrated the USA Bicentennial. So the ex-colonials honoured their originators with a dinner. Hugh preached later.5th           In landrover to Rich class. No drinks. Welcomed at Daffo by Pastor and Joyce McQuone. Good food with local potatoes.6th        Rev Joshua led Daffo TEE well. Cold. Rain.Glad of L/R 4WD on way tp Panama where Jill Joyce beat me at Scrabble.7th  TEE Tapshin. Home on Honda. Hugh brought L/R.8th  With Hugh to good class at Gidan Adamu. Road blocks still since the coup. Did prayer letter.9th  TEE Kabwir went well followed by chicken and rice. Visit from David Carling. I was down. Katy made conversation. 10th Hugh lot  Jos  Me Mban TEE in L/R. Stuck in mud and river. Saw heron flying with a snake in its beak.11th Took boys to Hausa service12th Hugh did not bring the post back. Tried to radio about it. We has short wave radio with the mission stations like Jos but not a phone in 12 years. When at Limakara we would check in daily by radio calling Molai.13th Bokkos TEE. Frustrated when Hugh failed to bring post from Jos.14th Duplicated TEE calenders at Zamko. Good Sabon Gida TEE. David tipd a scorpion out of a cardboard box and killed it. Heavy rain. Katy cutting stencils forTEE.15th Too much rain to go to Gwari so did Kabwir TEE instead. Preparing TEE tests.16th Good Bakin Kogi class. Beef and rice. To Jos and meeting with SIM’s Ernie about TEE books.17th Vom for wedding of Pam Spendlove, pharmacist, and Eric Middleton, accountants. Reception Rockhaven. They were to have a severely hadicapped son who died when a toddler followed shortly by Pam from cancer. Eric remarried with a Yorkshire doctor.18th CRC preacher, expository at Hillcrest. Hannah Kimber 3rd birthday party.19th Picked up L/R Kabwir. To Mwari class. Stuck in grass covered road at Fadama. Boi overnight.20th Boi class. Meat and rice.Tapshin TEE chicken and rice. From Kabwir to family at Jos by car. Family found to be with the Bulmers at Hillcrest.Chat with Aussie Kieth Black, formerly in Sudan until expelled.21st TEE Association with Ernie, SIM and Sue Davies of CMS. Sue was to die in her forties breast cancer, refusing to finish her tour early to go home for treatment. A great missionary lady.22nd Kabrir TEE teachers then home to Langtang.23rd Langtang teachers Paul Baxter with his usual grumbly self.24th Lagtang students TEE then Was class. Given a chicken. Beat Hugh at Scrabble. He died of cancer in Belfast, 2018.26th Work on OT TEE book. No Zechariah cook because of rain. Bad excuse.27th Editing OT TEE MS then Scrabble with Hugh the best matched of opponents.28th Gagdi TEE in LR. Road badly eroded by rains. I took the class. Chicken and rice served.29     Finished the OT book editing30     Yelwa TEE . Given rice and four cokes. To Jos for a TEE editors meeting but found it cancelled. There overnight.31     Editing with SIM’s Ernie. L[...]

Diary w/e 24 Feb 18

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 02:01:00 +0000

SUNDAY 18 Feb 18As dawn came I took Libby on a fifty minute walk. We came across two large noisy guard dogs and Libby gave a good barking contest. We sa four peahens by one house and found a quarter on the road so this walk profited me 25c as well as the exercise of my longest stroll for many months. This is hilly country so we were not on flat roads.Fewer than ten vehicles on the road all that time.   After breakfast Jule and I left Dennis for church in Sacramento half an hour away. This is a new CRC church plant, City Life, where Joanna and family now attend. I was the oldest person there among perhaps fifty adults. Very reformed with lenten liturgy. I do not think any prayers were extempore. Only three songs and one of those was in Spanish so obviously this is missional. It was not at all dumbed down and was seeker friendly. The sermon was lengthy and relevant though not a verse by verse exposition. It was about baptism and the wilderness with good theology and application . The one criticism I have is the Lord's Supper. The table was not fenced and they did what I think is called tincturing, dipping bread in wine. Why? Hygiene? I cannot see this in scripture. Bread and wine IMO were taken separately and I simply o not like my food dipped in my drink with one exception. Ginger biscuits in tea.   Lunch was with Joanna and her three eldest and her inlaws the Jonson's. Her father in law Wayne is a Reformed elder in RCUS Sacramento. He is very well read in all matters theological and a  political consultant so we had a great time of lunch conversation on all manner of things. Local craft beer good at the second eatery we tried. The first wanted us to wait two hours for a table. I commented loudly that I thought the US was known for service but having dined on four continents I had never been so treated. Obviously too popular a restaurant.   Back to Dennis and later ready for bed, Dennis was in such pain from his catheter that we took him to the VA hospital in Sacramento where I waited until after midnight for the results of examination by urologists. He is on opiates for analgesia and we hope to have him home with a diagnosis of bladder spasms. Been here four hours so far.Mon 19 FebThe urologist gave Dennis opiates by injection and sent him home saying he had bladder spasms. I got to be at 4:30. At 7:30 I was up walking the dog for 55 minutes. I photographed a fowl on the Drakes lane pond, saw two deer I believe and had a resident tell me it was a private road and there were unfenced dogs. I had walked to the end. No barking from alleged pit bulls and no sign for a private road and where the surface was the same as a public road. I reckon she was a lying unfriendly local.woman. No more journeys out except walking the grounds with Dennis and dog. She goes mad when you throw a stick running round and round you on the leash so fast I was becoming dizzy and had to stop her. She does not retrieve the stick, only runs fast in circles with it.Tues 20 FebLibby wanted out before dawn so off we went for an hour and went minutes. Half way we saw the sen rise and the dawn chorus was heard. Once again it was cold. This time I borrowed gloves but I still came home with a frozen fight hand. The left was kept warm by controlling the dog.   Name dropping. The son in law of my host with whom I have been chatting today is the cousin of the governor of California.   Visited am amazing sporting goods store, Bass Pro. Full of taxidermy, trophies and guns. Then a Walmart for shopping. Daughter Esther ca[...]

IM Billy Graham (1918-2018)

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:42:00 +0000

Jesus invited us, not to a picnic, but to a pilgrimage; not to a frolic, but to a fight.  He offered us, not an excursion, but an execution.  Our Savior said that we would have to be ready to die to self, sin, and the world.      --Billy Graham (1918-2018)       (In Martin H. Manser's _The Westminster Collection        of Christian Quotations_ [2001], "Discipleship") Jesus invited us, not to a picnic, but to a pilgrimage; not to a frolic, but to a fight.  He offered us, not an excursion, but an execution.  Our Savior said that we would have to be ready to die to self, sin, and the world.      --Billy Graham (1918-2018)       (In Martin H. Manser's _The Westminster Collection        of Christian Quotations_ [2001], "Discipleship") If I didn't have spiritual faith, I would be a pessimist. But I'm an optimist. I've read the last page in the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.--Billy GrahamAnxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short God and His will for us.--Billy GrahamNo matter how hard we try words simply cannot express the horror, the shock, and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a day to remember.--Billy Graham, Speech, "Nat ional Day of Prayer and Remembrance" (14 September 2001)We've always needed God from the very beginning of this nation but today we need Him especially. We're facing a new kind of enemy. We're involved in a new kind of warfare and we need the help of the Spirit of God. The Bible's words are our hope... --Billy Graham, Speech, "National Day of Prayer anRemembrance" (14 September 2001) [...]

The changing world (45) May 76

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:35:00 +0000

May 1st   Holiday.Family to Jos  and met up with Bulmers at the Lutheran Dogon Dutse accommodation.2nd         All to church at Hillcrest except for me to our EKAN Church - the Hausa title for COCIN, Eklessia Kiristi in Nigeria - not a word of Hausa in fact!3rd         Two family’s children very happy together. Enjoying seeing the steam trains.4th         Travel restricted by the new governor touring the city.Saw him at the station5th          Took the boys to the zoo.6th         Visited friends who were leaving the Institute of Linguistics. That was the name taken, in error by Wycliffe Bible Tranlators. They were to change again to Nigeria Bible Translation Trust.8th           Ate with Jones of SIM, pharmacist with whom we did Hausa school in 1971.9th           With boys to EKAN in the morning and with Katy and Dick to Hillcrest in the evening.10th       Bought cloth to have a riga (gown) made. Sorry to hear Clarks to go home soon as Elizabeth is pregnant and they fear hepatitis at term. David locked himself in the toilet.11th       Ate with the Williams our pharmacist who suppose all the missions from Jos.14th       Took Jonathan to see Hillcrest School. He is not yet ready to board aged five.15th       Governor Gomwalk and murderer Dimka executed in Lagos. Back to Langtang via Gills for lunch at Vom.16th        Boys had Sunday School with the Campus Crusade teachers children. Heavy rain.18th        Bokkos TEE teachers then to Mushere. overnight.19th        Mushere TEE student class. Pastor Joshua led well. Books overnight.20th        Rev Dauda led Bokkos student class well. Took Geof Kimber back to Langtang.21st        To Kwalla class in landrover taking Geof Kimber. Came back due to heavy rain lest the river prevented our return tomorrow.22nd        Shendam TEE led well by James. Kimber complains I drive too fast. Not the first to complain but I have many miles to travel and never had an accident in a country full of hazardous roads.23rd         The boys cried at secondary school Sunday school. David unsettled by my travelling so much.24th          Mwari TEE. Heard Hausa Bible read with lack of understaning bringing hilarity to me alone. Abraham looked for a city with foundations = birne mai tusa (plural of tussa - foundation) Instead was read, mai tusa - owner of a fart. No-one else laughed. All our Christians are second language speakers not versed in the intricacies of Hausa. Later I was to be told how  the Hausa Muslims despise the Christians mudering their mother tongue. For the Christians ignorance of the finer points is bliss.   Boi overnight.25th Mart TEE on Honda but  Yakubu the teacher had failed to distribute the book and so get the course started.26th On Honda to Tadnum TEE after rain. Fell where the road was washed away with the Honda exhaust on the back of my naked knee. I was wearing short. Home with a painful burn.27th  Kimbers have been staying at Langtand. Breakfast with them. Leg stiff.28th   Dressed a weepy painful legend hobbled to church.29th Katy drove us to Vom. Dr Thomas said I was to be admitted for four days as the leg was infected. In Priv[...]

The changing world (46) Jun 76

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:31:00 +0000

June 1st  More mobile known hospital. Alhaji Ahmadi in agony after his piles operation. He has brought his TV but the programmes are not up to much at all.2nd   Dressing change less painful. Visits from Joyce McQuone, Bulleys, Christine potter and Peter Dominy.3rd   Discharged to the great house where the family have been. Visits from Hugh Jones and Bentleys.4th   Looked after Rachel while Katy took car into Jos for generator repair. Still weak at knee.5th   Back to Langtang with Hugh Jones6th   To Zamko to pickup Clark’s cook Zechariah who is to work for us.7th   Editing TEE book on Old Testament introduction. Visit from Phylis Shorter and Elizabeth Burns.9th   Kurgwi TEE with Hugh driving. Back via Bakin Ciyawa we stuck in mud. 10th  Jos with Hugh and editing the OT Introduction with Ernie of SIM.11th  Jos to Vom to Pankshin TEE led by Rev Joel. Vehicle had to be lifted out od a hole on way home.12th  Piapung class. 14/14. No food but good book sales.14th Garkawa class well led by Rev Daniel. 15th Family and Hugh to Bokkos TEE then to stay at Gindiri. Supper with Birches.16th Gave three talks at Pastors College on TEE. Dined at Birches then Bulls and Rev Luther’s.17th Kabwir TEE class. Lunch with Gulas. Can leave bandage off the leg now.18th Kwalla teasers at Bakin Kogi. Good discussion on predestination.19th Tuttung class with Hugh and Amos from TCNN.21st Mwari with Hugh over roads made difficult by erosion after rain. Stayed overnight.22nd Mrari to Lusa where we were stuck in clay. Boi, Tapshin, Gindiri where we stayed after supper at Mathers.23rd  Chat with Rev John Audu then rocky road Zango, Lere Gindiri. Chat with Wibberleys and supper at Drews.24th  Kabwir teachers. Brought Dick Tyler to Langtang for two days.25th Full class of Langtang teachers.26th With family to Jos then with Hugh to Bauchi TEE and back to Jos.27th  Disgusted by Rev Ezekiel at EKAN’s sermon on road safety. Greeted Koops of CRC. 28th Back to Langtang. Rev Damina agrees I am travelling too much so I dropped going to Garga TEE tomorrow.29th  Very tired so no study after lunch and no visit to class at Garga.30th  Found morning very tired but some afternoon study[...]

Diary w/e 17 Feb 18

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:28:00 +0000

Sun 11 FebLevy good on the second half of the Beatitudes. David and family here from lunchtime. Excellent roast beef. He came with me to evening service, Chris Roberts on Ps 139 part 2.Mon 12 FebLove your enemies, yes. But for hackers I am looking up imprecatory Psalms.Since I cleared my cache on advice I now have lost much stored on my mac like log ins and the facility to post a page to f/b in one click. The cache clearing did no good only the opposite. All this is a spin off of the hack. I am 54th out ofTotal players: 397167After seven and a half months of leg ulcers I am pronounced cured PTL! Doppler in 3 months DV.Continuing to give thanks for my healed legs. I am now wearing shoes for the first time in eight months. Goodbye sandals until summer.Lovely visit to Hampton Court, Henry VII apartments and garden - but I cannot upload any of the photos.Tues 13 FebTravelled the E10 to one stop from its Northolt terminus to pick up a parcel the P.O. could not get through our letter box nor return to deliver on the date requested. They came the wrong day. E10 to Ealing for bargain lunch at the Weatherspoons which has the best real ale selection in Ealing. Good chat with Levy concerning my determination to go to USA without full medical insurance. Gethin Jones at ELT the pastoral visit with a phone call from our member's solicitor in which I was nominated to be her attorney, able to give consent on her behalf in all matters including finances and medical.I am honoured tone given such a responsibility. Her family approves her decision. Back from Ealing Historical Society lecture on Luther by Lyndal Roper 24th Regius Professor of history at Oxford.Wed 14 FebMy U3A history only had one person join me so we enjoyed a chat in preparation for our postponed topic, Indian History. Anyone care to comment of the religious breakdown in the subcontinent before the British? The person leading us found no statistics.Packing for two weeks near Sacramento visiting my friend recovering from major surgery and collapse. Thankful for my wife every day for the past 48+ years.Shopping and library via the Greenford E10.Good house group on 1 Sam lead by Chris Craddock.Thur 15 FebAt noon Debbie dropped me at Northfields for the tube to Heathrow T3 three hours early to check in for 3:20 Virgin to LA, an 11 hour flight. I foolishly chose window seat. With my diuretic it should have been aisle There was little to see for we flew north over Iceland, Greenland before going south over Canada. Nothing was really visible and we merely followed he dusk to land 6pm in LA. Virgin service was rather lacking in liquid on refreshment rounds. I managed little reading and reverted to the entertainment system. It is sophisticated but the in the classical..I watched two films. music is lacking. The selection is secular. No gospel nor oratorio. We were into LA on time. I foolishly declined a wheelchair offered when I had my stick. The immigration was very slow. Their electronic check in was inoperative. An official on hearing I had a connection make called a wheelchair and I was whisked through immigration, bag reclaim, customs and the long trek to the domestic terminal. There I asked for and got priority boarding on a full plane to Sacramento. It arrived early before Julie met me. She drove me to their new home where I could give Dennis my greeting at midnight. He is in pain, in bed but[...]

Fims seen in February 2018

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1. Victoria & Abdul (DVD) Judi Dench (Actor),‎ Ali Fazal (Actor),‎ Stephen Frears (Director) I have seen this criticised as pro-Islam. It is very positive on Islam and lacking in Christianity. Would Victoria start a banquet with no grace? This smacks of the secularism in Downton Abbey where they never showed grace said. I do not believe Victoria's death bed was so bereft of Christian prayer. The Munshi was a delight. His friend was so loyal to him too. The court and Bertie were so prejudiced and wicked. Dench and Izzard were very good. Great cinematography. Captivating story. Most enjoyable despite the Islam. Do women wear burkas outside of Afghanistan? A very human queen and never mad though lonely.2. Viceroy's House Hugh Bonneville (Actor),‎ Gillian Anderson (Actor),‎ Gurinder Chadha This is too horrible a subject for pleasant entertainment. The horrors of partition. Bonneville and Anderson brilliant. He took his promotion from Downton well. The part suits him. I  think the romantic interest was an overdone sub-plot. The politics of it seem realistic. Mountbatten was betrayed by those he was sent o represent.[...]

The changing world (43) Mar 76

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:34:00 +0000

Mar 1st  Kabwir to Mwari teachers’ meeting. To Jos via Kabwir and Vom. 2nd        Bible School Committee in Jos. To Katy at Vom   .3rd         Took Katy back to Langtang.4th          Kabwir TEE teachers. Photographed grave of Rev Lloyd from Newport, pioneer Anglican there. I have a plate of Newport Castle which I presume he brought out.5th         Langtang TEE teachers’ meeting. Sold many books. Dimka, murderer of Murtala apprehended.6th         On Honda to Marti TEE via Boi. Tough ride. Back to Langtang.7th         Brought American teachers to Hausa service. Preached in English in afternoon.8th         Mban class in Zamko landrover on bad road. Given bananas and mangos.9th         Tuttung class. Unusually not given food or drink. 10th       Sabon Gida classs. Given yams and bananas. Greeted water driplers at Yelwa.11th       Long journey to Bokkos class. Plateu cold and cloudy. Langtang hot and sticky. Theirty plotters executed in Lagos. The first relatives knew was seeing executions on TV.12th       Bakin Rijiya, Was class. Katy upset at my many travels away.13th       Road blocks still with soldiers saying it was a Plateau coup. Dimka was Ngas but exiled Gowon was accused and stripped of rank and pension. He did a PhD in Warwick, settled in N London and served as a church warden. Years later he was reinstated and the new Jos airport named in his honour.14th       Once again brought the secondary teachers to Hausa service and translated for them15th        Richa class then Daffo and Kwalla. Chat with Joyce McQuone at Panama,16th       Daffo class. Slept in church vestry Tapshin. Heard Harold Wilson resigned from premier. No-One knew why but years later it was because he saw signs of the dementia which ran in the family. Later events proved him right. The last Labour leader I supported.17th      Tapshin class. Very hospitable. Katy a bit easyer about my travels.18th      Kurgwi class in Landrover.Carried yams back.19th      Tafawa Balewa classs. Stayed with pastor who had been to the Emir of Bauchi with a dispute over butchers. They would be Muslims, the locals not. They are building a church with local stone not mud bricks. This is Sayawa country. They still resent the fact that the British put them under the Bauchi Hausa rulers.20th   Bauchi class overnight  pastor’s home 21st    Preached to mainly young people at Bauchi. Two lunches, one Nigerian, one European.22nd   Mrai class on Honda. Then Kabwir where Katy and the children spend the weekend.23rd    Bokkos class. Took family back to Langtang where the church convention has started.24th    Class at Pie. Given a chicken. Selling books at convention. Ten to supper including Jill Joy, Peter clark, Keith Black, Bitrus Pam and Joseph Jibi.25th   Took class at Kabwir.26th   Kwalla  in landcover. Overnight  there after Bakin Ciyawa class.27th   Kwalla class. Home to Langtang where convention has ended.28th   Very tired in hot and sticky weather relieved a little by nearby rain.29th   Mwari teachers. Still [...]