August 27, 2018

Practising Gratitude

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:45 am by aleksan

The mistiness after rain, the soft touch of a water anointing branch, the return of the gentle green carpet of the Goddess, the freely given but intoxicating scent of Mother Nature, I greet and thank the Spirits of our Natural World for all that is good,in the past, now, and to come.

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August 19, 2018

Feeling colder with age – and longevity

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:43 am by aleksan

As I age I feel the cold more. Even in the heatwave I had to keep warm, though I did go skyclad in the garden on a few very hot days. I used to be surprised at my grandmother and mother, and Penny’s mother wearing cardigans in hot weather. It seems that as we age our metabolic rate goes down and the subcutaneous fat thins. We eat less, and have to cover up more to maintain a normal core body temperature. And this core temperature is also lower in old people. The risk in severe cases of cold is hypothermia, a killer. But on the positive side research has shown that a lower calorie intake and feeling cold are associated with a longer life. So my advice to fellow oldies is don’t worry what people think – cuddle up to that hot water bottle, wear socks in bed, drink lots of warm drinks – and enjoy a longer and cosier life!

August 10, 2018

Dehumanising Burquas?

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:39 am by aleksan

Johnson has said that people wearing Burquas should be allowed to do so, but look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”. Is he demonstrating freedom of speech or is this offensive to a minority? Is being offensive part of free speech or does this sort of comment lead to more racism, or more radicalism? A Moslem lawyer on the radio this morning said that his comments were unacceptable because they were “dehumanising”. But is this not Johnson’s point – that people who wear clothes like this are dehumanising themselves or more likely dehumanised by their culture? This has led to an interesting debate, but there is a tendency by some to close down discussion by saying they are offended. So what? Being offended is indeed a part of a healthy democratic life, part of free speech. Bring it on! If no one is offended by this post I will be disappointed!

August 9, 2018

Sexual abuse in Christian Schools

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:17 pm by aleksan

The Abbott of Downside School once came to my old school, Kings College, Taunton. He gave a sermon, and I never forgot his words “We prepare our boys for death” – now do we know what he meant?

To elaborate:

Having been the victim of a fumbling attempt at sexual abuse at Marsh Court School by Mr Hugh—Jones, the assistant Latin Master, I received a leavers warning talk from Mr Wright to watch out for “Pansies” at my Public School. As HJ was, in retrospect, so obviously one of those, I do not really believe that our upright Head Master really knew what a pansy was…I didn’t see any pansies, or did not know what to look for, at Kings College, Taunton, but well remember a Sermon by the Visiting Abbott of Downside School – who frightening declared “We prepare our boys for death”. Now I know what he really meant – death of the Soul through sexual abuse of boys by the Monks. Of course he did not mean that, but that is what his words mean to me now, hearing the appalling news about continuing sexual abuse of boys at Britain’s top Roman Catholic Boarding Schools, especially in the Junior part of those schools.

August 7, 2018

Let’s plant more trees and save the Earth from over heating…

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:25 am by aleksan

We are apparently near the point where the world gets hotter in an irreversible way. I spent several hours on Sunday in the cool of the New Forest. The micro climate was refreshing, and walking and exercise were pleasurable. There was an airy feel and a sense of being at home in the best place. The trees breathed oxygen out for us animals and we breathed out carbon dioxide which the leaves took in to give the trees life. When we came out of the Forest the heat was searing and exhausting, moving was difficult and we got some respite from the car’s energy using air conditioning.

More than ever I realised how much this planet needs trees, and more trees. The whole planet now needs to keep its trees, and plant more and more of them. We are essentially a forest people and the planet functions most equably when it is covered in living, breathing,trees the natural air conditioning system of Earth.