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An Octogenarian in the modern world

Posts Tagged ‘Power

STILL GOING ON ABOUT EUROPE

April 18, 2016

The papers yesterday reported some vigorous talk by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove in support of the OUT campaign. They rightly identified the approach of Cameron and Osborne as one based on fear. Do those two really think the nation will like that? Who do they think we are? But they might succeed if people […]

PUTIN AND POWER

March 31, 2014

There is extensive news coverage about Ukraine and Putin’s land-grab of Crimea. What will happen next, and why? It is pretty clear that nobody is going to start a shooting war to stop him. Not the EU and not the USA. Putin knows it. The politicians and the commentators talk a lot about economic sanctions […]

TWO THOUGHTS ABOUT RELIGION

March 19, 2014

The Daily Telegraph of Monday 17th March has two interesting pieces about religion. One reports statements made by the author Philip Pullman whose main argument is that extremist religious views provoke evil behaviour. That is 100% true. But some of the reported comments are more questionable. In describing one excess he is reported as saying, […]

SCIENCE, SORCERY AND RELIGION

December 26, 2013

I am interested in “the unknown” and like to speculate on the ¬†ways that knowledge is handled by Science and Sorcery and Religion Their devotees have different views about what constitutes knowledge and where it comes from and what you should do with it. I am going to present this as a story, inventing as […]

WITCHCRAFT AND PROOF

April 6, 2013

Nshila Ileloka here – fictional heroine of Chris Elgood books. I saw a tweet about assisting married friends to conceive. Could imitative magic help? Failing body parts, would names on back of images be enough? I believe one should make every effort to do the job thoroughly. Witchdoctoring works through a spiritual agency and the […]

WITCHPOWER SIX

February 28, 2013

Nshila Ileloka speaking again – fictional witchdoctor and consultant assassin. I am still annoyed that skills like mine are dismissed because they are seen as lacking scientific credibility. At a time when huge numbers of people are interested in paranormal ideas – and serious scientists are speculating about alternative universes – why is there so […]

WITCHPOWER FIVE

February 18, 2013

Nshila speaking. My present thinking about what works and what does not work, and why, is that the real power lies with the spirit agent who responds to my need. The procedures and artefacts (rituals, bones, etc) may or may not be aids to concentration, and any aid they provide may be to the spirit […]

WITCHPOWER THREE

February 5, 2013

This is Nshila talking – the fictional heroine of three books. In my last post I explained a pseudo-scientific experiment I was planning to test the efficacy of my witchdoctoring procedures. It failed, but also helped me. I set up my control by doing all the usual things and Ellie McFain ignored her usual dog-walking […]

WOMEN BISHOPS

November 21, 2012

I was surprised by my own reaction to the news, because if I had been a member of Synod I would have voted FOR since it is bound to happen sometime. So why did I feel RELIEF? My reaction may be connected with a dislike of being rail-roaded by fashion. It felt as if the […]