Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Religious Education Dilemma, Again

We just got a notice from my daughter’s state school yesterday inviting us to choose which religious education class we’d like to enrol her in. There were a multitude of choices: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Ba’hai, Buddhist and Hindu (an accurate reflection the nature of her school, I think). Finally, there was the choice to ‘opt […]

The Zen of Knitting

I quite like knitting. As it happens, I haven’t really had the time to do any since I went back to full time work, and so there’s a plastic box containing half a shawl and half a kid’s jumper under Eaglet No. 2’s bed. But there is something really soothing about it. It can feel […]

Here come the Parliament Acts, 1911 and 1949…

Well, this is is starting to get interesting. As most of you know from DEM’s posts, the Welfare Reform Bill is currently making its way through the Lords (having enjoyed easy passage through the Commons). Well, almost: The government has lost another vote in the House of Lords over its plans to reform the welfare […]

Greater love hath no man…

A picture of a man who stripped down to his underwear and crawled across a frozen river to rescue his trapped dog has emerged. But why do people risk their lives to save dogs? The tale of dog owners taking extraordinary risks to save their furry friends from freezing or fast flowing water is a […]

A-ha? Uh-huh

All the way from Pyongyang, where the hep cats of North Korea are at it again. According to Tom G. Palmer — who visited last year — they like accordion playing there, it seems. Everyone who visits gets to see a room full of girls playing the accordion, with a photo of the Maximum leader and […]

Nine Lions

Nine men who plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp have been jailed. Three of the men – all members of an al-Qaeda inspired terror group – received indeterminate sentences for public protection at London’s Woolwich Crown Court. The court heard they had planned to raise funds for a […]

Advice, please…

We try to avoid meta around these parts, but the trainwreck on the #equalmarriage thread has prompted some necessary thinking on all our parts, and an admission from me. First, the thinking. This blog — in having four writers with differing politics — is a risky venture. Going by other blogs around the traps, a […]

Review of ‘Freedom of Religion & The Secular State’

On 2 February 2012, I attended the launch of Russell Blackford’s new book, Freedom of Religion and the Secular State. I’ve finished the book so I thought I’d write a brief review as well as some comments on the visible move to secularism in one of my areas of study, trusts law. Blackford’s central thesis […]

Pedants are We

Dolphin slaves

Via The Australian today, I see that PETA has filed a case against Sea World on behalf of dolphins, whom it claims are enslaved: US District Judge Jeffrey Miller called the hearing in San Diego after Sea World asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) […]