Saturday, June 14, 2008

Shut Down Guantanamo

U.S. Finally Gets Around To Closing Last WWII Internment Camp Guantanamo Bay is still open and operating. It has no set closure date. Lawyers have to fight hard to guarantee what we would even begin to consider as basic human rights. In short, it is a barbaric travesty against humanity. A flashback to the middle ages in the 21st century. It is done in the name of the 'war on terror' Our government supports the war on terror We are, in part, responsible for this atrocity. We must ensure the people held are not forgotten. Shut down Guantanimo Bay.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Donald Trump : A Local Hero?

Mr Trump responded by saying: "No-one has ever told me I don't know how to buy property before. I appreciate that." (BBC News)
Up in Scotland Donald Trump is somehow living out the story of 'Local Hero'. His plan, for a $1billion development (including housing and gold course) was thrown out by the local planning authority. But, he has flashed his cash (and fame) and forced the matter I just hope Alex Salmond doesn't give in to the lure of big bucks and fame. This story really is a battle between beauty, nature and big bucks. For a full timeline, including the evoloution of the SNP government's (techincaly legitamate) involvement, read this. For more on the potential for environmental disaster read this comment. Take Care Y'All John

You Have the Nerve to Call Me Coloured?!

When I am born, I am black When I grow up, I am black When I am sick, I am black When I am out in the sun, When I am cold, I am black When I die, I am black BUT YOU?!?! When you are born, you're pink When you grow up, you're white When you're sick, you are green When you go out in the sun, you are red When you're cold, you go blue When you die, you're purple And you have the nerve to call me coloured?! (Anon)
Nothing more to add... Take Care Y'All John

Thursday, June 12, 2008

And you have the nerve to call me coloured?

Excuse the slightly' rude language. I found the 'original' words this was based on when tidying up today. I'll post them later. Enjoy... though possibly after 9pm Take Care Y'All John

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Put me to your will

Lord, you asked for my hands that you might use them for your purpose. I gave them for a moment then withdrew them for the work was hard. You asked for my mouth to speak out against injustice. I gave you a whisper that I might not be accused. You asked for my eyes to see the pain of poverty. I closed them for I did not want to see. You asked for my life that you might work through me. I gave a small part that I might not get too involved. Lord, forgive my calculated efforts to serve you Only when it is convenient for me to do so, Only in those places where it is safe to do so, And only with those who make it easy to do so. Father, forgive me, renew me Send me out as a usable instrument That I might take seriously the meaning of your cross.
A prayer released by the Anglican Bishops of Central Africa.

Equalities and Diversity

Another cracker from ASBO Jesus. Take Care Y'All John

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Age of the Train


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Have we hit the age of the train yet? I don't know but the good weather meant stunning views on the way to Edinburgh this week.

Take Care Y'All


Archbishop Tutu : What he said

Read a full report of the Archbishop's words last night on the Ekklesia newswire. The service it'self was very much a 'traditional' Anglican service served up with a few Iona tunes within - I must admit it made me pine for Africa yet all the same remind me why concepts of world church have alot of growing up to do! Take Care Y'All John [EDIT: For photos of the event see these supplied by Zimbabwe Vigil


One hundred cm's make a meter One hundred years makes a century, One hundred minutes and you've read the entire bible One hundred pounds could buy someone real freedom One hundred deaths has solved what? Yesterday the hundredth soldier was killed in Afghanistan.  There doesn't look to be any end to the occupation It still isn't in my name.

What the Archbishop did to a Methodist

I met Desmond Tutu last night. I clutched a copy of one of his books and he signed it. I sang a wonderfully random mix of hymns that reminded me of Africa. Last night was special. More on the evening later... Take Care Y'All John

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Sunday Song

Recently, I was introduced to the wonderful singer/songwriter Dave Rovics. If you haven't heard of him imagine the political comment of Billy Bragg mixed with the musical talent of Ralph McTell. In short he is fantastic. If you want more then visit his website, else for more audio fun visit his myspace page or visit his soundclick page. I was pleased to see that he was influenced by that stalwart of English Folk 'Atilla the Stockbrocker' who I had the pleasure of seeing perform a few years ago. Oh go on, since it's the weekend here's a video of a gig he gave in Edinburgh... Take Care Y'All John