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Monthly Archives: December, 2015

Lunch at the Grand Balcon

Sunday we went to lunch at the Grand Balcon. It’s been open for over 100 years. The back of the wine list is an amusing page of little notes and … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 19 Comments

A Tildeb Moment: The dangers of interpretation bias

As I said a few days ago, this blogging thing is fascinating. Yesterday Tildeb was pointing out in one of his comments the dangers of interpretation bias. That is, when an … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · 32 Comments

The best Christmas gift EVER.

So I finally did it, I took my courage in both hands and emailed the pictures of the work on the house to the family who built it… who had … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 20 Comments

This must be their leader! The results of religio-political propaganda: video

So sometimes we’re on wordpress or elsewhere on the internet- we read a post/article (or perhaps a comments section) and we’re flummoxed, right? The disconnect from reality seems too extreme to … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 44 Comments

I’m half fixed + random thoughts

This morning I can twist to the right. Progress!!! Random terrible fact: Every day 4 women in Colombia are murdered as the result of domestic violence. That’s not an estimate, … Continue reading

December 26, 2015 · 17 Comments

All I want for christmas is- not a back injury!

The heather (Erica darleyensis (x) ‘Kramer’s Rote) for the driveway border on the west wall arrived yesterday. 20 plants, 20 holes. It was all going so well until the last hole- … Continue reading

December 25, 2015 · 25 Comments

New York Times Sparks Breitbart Article Scapegoating against LGBT Human Rights Advocacy | Melanie Nathan

NEW YORK TIMES SPARKS BREITBART ARTICLE SCAPEGOATING AGAINST LGBT HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY By Melanie Nathan, December 22, 2015. Who has hurt African LGBT people more?  Is that the question?  Ask yourself … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 6 Comments

Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone has a great time! Thanks to all for the contributions you make to my life on such a regular basis. I didn’t know what to expect of blogging … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 18 Comments

bad research and the dangers of groupthink | violetwisp

“Recently there was much outrage over the alleged anti-homosexuality law in Uganda, but if you read the actual law it was speaking of forced sexual contact with minors with the intent … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 4 Comments

UK growth revised downwards. Spanish stocks fall. Oil & gold at record lows.

And there are more floods in Britain. That’s what I get for reading the news every morning. Oh, and a British muslim family was not allowed to board an aeroplane … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 22 Comments

Another beautiful day. Gentleman of the camellias revisited

Today is winter solstice, the year’s shortest day. “The solstice is usually on 21 December, but comes a day later this year for the same reason we have leap years … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · 16 Comments

AMAZING message for everyone #noelsansprejuges

This just came up on television. I’m thoroughly impressed. I could hardly believe it. Vive la France! Even if you don’t understand French, watch it anyway. The message is clear.

December 22, 2015 · 37 Comments

So your qualification to speak on this topic is… sexism?

Goodness gracious; the garbage that’s out there is truly, truly appalling. Just when you think you’ve already seen the worst of it, you hear of something called a Milo Yiannopoulos. A promoter … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · 31 Comments

The head spinning Spanish election results

Spanish politics are in chaos! Hurray! There was no absolute majority for any party. Forming a government won’t be easy for any of them. On the right are the PP … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · 4 Comments

More Christmas in the Languedoc (Mazamet by night)

We took a walk last night to see the Christmas market. The products that were for sale inside weren’t really our sort of thing. There was however a cute new … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Christmas in the Haut-Languedoc

I took a walk into town yesterday and it seems they take Christmas quite seriously here. You wouldn’t know it on our street, where none of us have put up … Continue reading

December 20, 2015 · 17 Comments

Ab Fab movie accused of racism

Janette Krankie and Ab Fab movie accused of racism Full text: Ab Fab movie accused of racism And most unfortunate is the accusation comes from comedian Margaret Cho. Ab Fab … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 13 Comments

Are roses still supposed to be blooming?

  I’ve never had roses before, so this is a learning experience. After the big blooming experience of the summer, the occasional few flowers still pop up. This week it’s … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 14 Comments

Lesser Known Bible Passages by Modern Jesus

I have no idea who this guy is, but he’s brilliantly funny. My two favourites of the day: And

December 14, 2015 · 6 Comments

Chinese Ancestor Portraits, Dog Blankets & Tapas

In practical news I’ve had blankets made in the same colours as the sofas in the green salon. As you can see in the pictures, I can just yank them off … Continue reading

December 13, 2015 · 33 Comments

The Myth of the Neronian Persecution – Cambridge Journals Online

Exceptionally well researched piece! The Myth of the Neronian Persecution Brent D. Shaw  Department of Classics, Princeton University ABSTRACT: A conventional certainty is that the first state-driven persecution of Christians happened … Continue reading

December 12, 2015 · 12 Comments

Are the Best Things in Life Free? – The New York Times

Turning Points asked Yao Chen, Karl Lagerfeld, Andreja Pejic, Yanis Varoufakis, Richard Hell and others why people are so rarely satisfied with life’s necessities. Continue reading: Are the Best Things … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 20 Comments

Déjà Vu, Global Radicalism Edition | Right Wing Watch

Sometimes, covering the Religious Right every day, we feel like we’re hearing the exact same talking points repeated over and over again. And then, sometimes, we actually are hearing the … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 14 Comments

Work at the 1 bedroom

A ton going on this week. The double glazing is in place in the 1 bedroom flat. Big, lots of light. Showing off the bedroom window is Ted Thatcher, our friend … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · 10 Comments

Austin Ruse’s C-Fam Conjobbery

First, I recommend anyone who has a sense of humour visit the (anti-gay and anti-women’s rights) C-Fam site and read through Austin Ruse’s bio. It’s just hilarious. One gets the impression … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · 23 Comments

The face that launched 1000 women running across the street

… in fear of being raped. In case you’ve never heard of him, he’s part of the anti-gay & anti-women’s rights Faust/Lopez/Edelman circle. He also happens to be the man … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · 14 Comments

Acceptance Of Profound-Sounding “Bullsh*t” Linked To Lower Intelligence | IFLScience

As Marcello Truzzi, a renowned skeptic and professor of sociology in the United States, once said: “An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof.” This notion unfortunately doesn’t stop people the world … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 14 Comments

Trying to save her homophobic sinking ship: Katy Faust is at it again

We had a short break from her chronic homophobia, but she’s at it again. After her Australian fiasco, her blog went private, then she simply decided to remove the comments section. … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 21 Comments

Please do detest me; and don’t hesitate to offend me.

  Just because I think I wouldn’t be half the person I am had I not been as truculent as I was born to be. The other day someone from … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 19 Comments

Magnificent: Victim Leaves Man Who Attempted To Rape Her Battered And Bruised – Yahoo News UK

A would-be rapist was left with a bruised and battered face after the woman he tried to attack fought back using her keys. Source: Victim Leaves Man Who Attempted To … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · 22 Comments