Here are the Blogs in the Esmerelda Weatherwax category.
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Monday, 24 April 2006
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  Yesterday was St George’s Day patron saint of England (and lots of other places). There are more and more celebrations of St George's Day in England these days, encouraged by our brothers and sisters in the rest of the UK who celebrate the days of St David, St Patrick, St Andrew, St Piran, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/24/2006 4:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 22 April 2006
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Pakistan's military ruler, President Pervez Musharraf, has tussled with Islamist terrorists, fundamentalist mullahs and liberal intellectuals in the struggle to shape Pakistan's identity.  But he is now facing an altogether different foe: the cross-dressing son of a retired colonel. Ali Saleem, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/22/2006 7:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 21 April 2006
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   Earlier this week I rather factitiously commented on one of the Samuel Becket items, indicating that the song Waiting for an Alibi by the rock band Thin Lizzy was rather more to my taste than Waiting for Godot.   Valentino's in a cold sweat, placed all his money on that last betAgainst ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/21/2006 5:24 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 20 April 2006
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Jail toilets face away from Mecca   Facilities in a prison are being built so Muslim inmates do not have to face Mecca while sitting on the toilet. The Home Office said two new toilet blocks are being installed as part of a refurbishment at Brixton jail in south London. Faith leaders had ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/20/2006 1:43 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 16 April 2006
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From The Telegraph. White working-class families feel so neglected by the Government and angered by immigration that they are deserting Labour and flocking to the British National Party, a minister admitted yesterday. In a sensational claim, Margaret Hodge, one of Tony Blair's closest allies, said ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/16/2006 8:20 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 14 April 2006
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From The Times TO REACH her church to celebrate Good Friday today, Sameera Girgis will be smuggled on to a bus at a secret location, walk through a chicane of razor wire, and submit to a body search by gunmen guarding the Evangelical Protestant Church in central Baghdad. Security teams will check ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/14/2006 6:12 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 11 April 2006
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This is a article by Dr Patrick Sookhdeo the International Director of the Barnabas Fund which I have just received as a subscriber to the Fund's electronic newsletter.  It is a longer version of an article published a few days ago in the Church of England Newspaper. As such it provides ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/11/2006 11:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 11 April 2006
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From The Telegraph Basic domestic skills that were commonplace a generation ago are vanishing, with one in four people under the age of 30 now unable to change a plug.   Blaming a lack of time and poor training from their parents, half of all young people who responded to a survey would ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/11/2006 4:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 11 April 2006
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Mary beat me to getting the story of the loathsome Ken Livingstone in Tiananmen Square onto the Iconoclast. The BBC were very late in reporting it, for some reason. Perhaps they thought if they kept quiet no one would notice yet another sinister incident. Whatever, this is Martin Samuel's comment ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/11/2006 2:57 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 9 April 2006
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From The Sunday Times. As the half-brother of Osama Bin Laden, Yeslam Bin Ladin has endured his share of official scrutiny since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Despite his repeated claims that he has had nothing to do with Osama for more than 20 years, Bin Ladin’s business dealings are ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/09/2006 12:17 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 6 April 2006
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Sparrows, small, brown and chirpy birds are synonymous with London, and the indigenous inhabitants of London, most of whom now live in the suburbs. As do the sparrows, numbers of which are in decline. Numbers of the true house sparrow, at least.  We have a habit of calling every small brown bird ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/06/2006 2:44 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 3 April 2006
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 A family of Welsh sheep - the new stars of al-Jazeera. IT IS the Arabic broadcaster accused of being a mouthpiece for terrorists. But now al-Jazeera promises to bring harmony to the Middle East after signing a family of opera-singing Welsh sheep. The wife of the Emir of Qatar, al-Jazeera’s ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/03/2006 4:55 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 3 April 2006
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I found this on Malta Today.  It's not today, it's from last week but I liked it.  I have a lot of friends who are Maltese, or part Maltese.  The stone age monuments of Tarxien and Hagar Qim are as old as Stonehenge, if not older, and equally as impressive as anything on Salisbury PLain, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/03/2006 1:34 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 2 April 2006
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This seems to be my hat trick from The Sunday Times this morning. From Michael Sheridan in Jakarta. SUNBATHING tourists in Bali and barely clad tribesmen in Papua are caught up in a cultural war between a minority of puritanical Indonesian Muslims and the country’s tolerant majority.... However, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2006 3:42 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 2 April 2006
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This is also from The Sunday Times by Jeremy Clarkson the motoring correspondent.  Now a lot of people don't like Jeremy Clarkson, because he speaks his mind, and his views are not those of the chattering classes.  But I like him, even if I don't always agree with him. And he ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2006 1:20 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 2 April 2006
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There is nothing funny or quirky about this report from Matthew Campbell in Paris. From The Sunday Times THE pretty schoolgirl known as Yalda wore tight white trousers and thigh-high boots to the rendezvous. Her target, a young Jewish telephone salesman, quickly fell under her spell. He meekly ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2006 1:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 1 April 2006
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You shall have a fishy On a little dishy When the boat comes in.   The herring is a tasty fish It makes a cheap And nourishing dish.   The first verse is a traditional folk song from the North East of England. I can play the tune on the accordion, (just!)  The second verse is ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/01/2006 12:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 29 March 2006
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Two linked stories from the BBC. A cockerel in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has saved itself from the pot after crowing what its owner claimed was "Allah", the Arabic word for God. The two-year-old rooster was set to be turned into chicken soup after its owner, Ibragim Ismatullayev, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/29/2006 5:55 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 28 March 2006
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I feel a bit like I'm telling tales here, Oooooh did you hear what he called so and so??  Without wishing to labour the point of Ken Livingstone's abusive and insulting streak I thought this particular remark would be of interest to US readers. From The Times and the BBC. Ken Livingstone has ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/28/2006 2:42 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 28 March 2006
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From the BBC today. Polish author Stanislaw Lem, most famous for science fiction works including Solaris, has died aged 84, after suffering from heart disease. He sold more than 27 million copies of his works, translated into about 40 languages, and a number were filmed. His 1961 novel Solaris ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/28/2006 12:54 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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