Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Best Booksale in All Methodism

(with thanks to Methodist Preacher for the text)

The grand book sale in Quinton starts today! 10,000 volumes!

The renowned Englesea Brook book sale in the West Midlands starts today and runs until next Saturday, except tomorrow Sunday. There will be 10,000 good quality second hand books on sale.

This is truly an exceptional event and draws in book lovers from all over the region. All proceeds go to support the excellent museum at Englesea Brook in Cheshire.

The museum attracted a rave review in theGuardian last year so you can be assure it is for a good cause commemorating both Methodist and working class history.

The venue is Quinton Methodist Church in Ridgeway Avenue, between Spies Lane and Halesowen Road. It is on the route of the 9, 140, 141, 202 and 636 bus routes and is opposite the Reel Cinema, Quinton. 
The post code is B62 9AU. There is a large (free) car park and the entrance to the sale is off the car park. It is right next to the M5 and equidistant between Junctions 2 and 3.

Opening hours are 10am to 5pm with late opening until 8pm on Thursday 

PS - it would be appreciated if other Methodist and local  bloggers would mention this sale 

P.S - Having attended previous years' sales i am very happy to repeat what a wonderful repository of books this is.  Discussions made clear what the shelves themselves tell - the booksale is recipient of many a methodist luminary and leaders book collection and just puts them all out for sale.  I am tempted to attend tomorrow...see you there?

Sunday Song - Queen - Is This The World We Created? #UN #justice

"Social justice is more than an ethical imperative, it is a foundation for national stability and global prosperity. Equal opportunity, solidarity and respect for human rights -- these are essential to unlocking the full productive potential of nations and peoples.."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the 2011 World Day of Social Justice
20 February 2011

Social Justice are two key words to my very being therefore I wanted to dedicate this Sunday Song to UN Social Justice Day, which falla today.  Queens 'Is this the world we created' is a painful, yet humbling, song which takes a birds-eye view on the principles of the planet and reflects them back for our consideration.  As the song asks:
Is this the world we created?
We made it on our own
Is this the world we devastated
Right to the bone?
If there's a God in the sky looking down
What can he think of what weve done
To the world that he created?  (Lyrics by Freddie Mercury and Brian May) 
There are many different reasons that people get involved in movements for justice.  Within the UK there have been stirrings of something.  From a backtrack on cuts in housing benefits to noises about enabling religious institutions to bless same sex marriages there are protests and supporting groups winning. However, this Sunday, - whether religious or not - take some time to consider a simple truth.  Over half a million people got active and lobbied hard to protect the forests from being privatised (myself included), can we now show the same passion to ensure things like Disability Living Allowance aren't destroyed or immigration capped all for want of 'a lower deficit'. 

Or is the UK's main campaigning (outside of uk uncut) only concerned with middle class comforts? If so then we cannot claim to be truly campaigning for social justice, just social comforts.