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An Octogenarian in the modern world

Archive for October 2014

THREATS POST AFGHANISTAN

October 30, 2014

The October 27th papers gave substantial coverage to the end of British military involvement in Afghanistan. Some writers doubted the possibility of Britain ever again wanting to, or being capable of undertaking such a campaign. I felt called to consider my own attitude. I am conditioned, of course. When I was a young man significant […]

WE CAN’T PAY THE RENT

October 21, 2014

Welcoming mail at my new home included the parish magazine. (Church of England). It offered the above headline, referring to the problem of many parishes, including my old one. The institution can’t attract sufficient adherents to get the money it needs to meet its commitments  – in this case the ‘parish share’ required by the […]

HYPER-CRITICAL

October 13, 2014

Why is it that I disregard so many of the enticements to read books that I see promoted on twitter? Is it because there are so many that I could never tackle them all? Is it because I assume that promotional material always lies? Is it because I am jealous of people with the skill […]

DOOMSDAY SCENARIOS

October 11, 2014

Resuming the life if a blogger after six months enforced absence is a bit like the surfacing after a realistic and dramatic dream. “Where am I? What is this that I am seeing? What is going on?” In this new-to-me world I find that some of the issues that concerned me when I went to […]

THE CHANGE

October 8, 2014

I am not using that term in the normal sense. But since my last post life has changed in a manner almost as dramatic. Medical problems made it necessary to move to a retirement village closer to my daughter and the upheaval pushed blogging right to the bottom of my list of priorities. Getting back […]