Category: Diary

25th December, Newton’s birthday

Sir_Isaac_Newton_(1643-1727)On 25 December a very special person was born, says New Humanist, offering thanks and praise to … Isaac Newton, born on 25th December 1642, and to many other scientists and thinkers in the NH daily series of Advent Podcasts. For a “daily blast of reason”, sign up for their email alerts.

(Before anyone emails to complain, the date of Newton’s birth is disputed – some say he was born on 4th January. To heck with that – buy a Newton birthday card).

Season’s Greeting, again

Hello Friends,

Yes another cheap and pointless Xmas update email.

Can it be 12 months since we last sat down and wrote? YES it’s in the diary every year for heaven’s sake!

Well what a strange year; Betty is now 47 and Frank died in a hideous boating accident in Holland. It’s not easy getting a waterlogged body through customs at Heathrow.


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A nasty piece of work

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

The true measure of a man

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Don’t be fooled by Samaritan’s Purse

Last year, I persuaded one of my local churches to withdraw their support for Operation Christmas Child, run by the Samaritan’s Purse charity, by explaining that its agenda is destructive. We still hear of local schools and organisations that are taken in by its ostensibly charitable purpose, encouraging children to fill shoes boxes with gifts for needy children overseas, unaware that they’ll arrive with a toxic message.

“There Probably Is” website


I went to the “There Probably Is” website because Pharyngula said there was a poll on which the atheists were (slightly) winning. Sadly, they’ve pulled it.

They’ve also redirected all the testimonies to email, so that they can be vetted before publication. So any slyly Swiftian ones will have to be very subtle to get through. Probably so subtle that the average evangelist will take it at face value.