Friday, December 31, 2004
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Preliminary survery results suggest that all public toilets in the USA are
equipped with a gap on one or both sides of the cubicle door: whether this
is for the entertainment of those in the queue (for looking into) as
believed by Mr Twit, or for that of those on the potty, (for looking out
of), is not yet established. Scientists are also puzzled by the provision
of a bath-sized quantity of water to pee into, which in some cases prevents
the adoption of the standard "silent peeing" techniques of Old World toilet
users that were developed for use with the Central European "sample
collection shelf" toilet or the "handy slope at the front or back" model
common in the UK and much of West-Central Europe. Old World users in the
USA have been observed (through the "observation gap") adopting innovative
ways of dealing with the problem. A further stage in the project will be to
discover whether noisy peeing is considered something to be avoided by
natives, and if so, how they avoid it.
Christmas Card for Salzburgers
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Pleasing stories of Our Lady
Virgen Dolorosa de La Recoleccion
Once more, the "modest clothing" phenomenon. If you were ginger striped, would you choose polka dots?
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Some things one doesn't need to parody
"At the closing liturgy, the three bishops concelebrated Mass in stoles covered in colourful felt pictures of Gospel scenes made in one of the workshops. It was a vivid sign of communion."
Here is the article, "Straight-talking Church", from the website of Clifton Diocese. Suddenly St Andrew's and Edinburgh looks a lot more appealing.
Joint-master of Buccleuch cleared of hunting accusation
A HUNTSMAN was today cleared of breaking Scotland’s fox hunting ban.
In what was considered a test case, Sheriff Kevin Drummond ruled Trevor Adams, 46, had not broken the law introduced in 2002.
The court ruled that the former master of the Buccleuch Hunt was searching for foxes and not hunting, when he led a party chasing them with a pack of dogs. The party had gunmen ready to shoot the foxes when they were cornered.
Friday, December 10, 2004
Procrastination material for doctoral students
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Our future leaders
Sarah, this you have to see, one of my students used info from this webpage
to answer a question on Iona.
Fill in your own comments.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Katie Grant on the rudest word
Article is here.
POD things to do in Rome #2
POD things to do in Rome #1
Scots graffiti in Rome
(Catacombs of Saint Callixtus)
(Desk at back of a lecture hall in the Greg)
Friday, December 03, 2004
Life not worth living
euthanasia in an article in The Times. Jane Campbell described being too
afraid to sleep for 48 hours when she was hospitalised with severe
because the doctors kept assuming that she would not want to be put on a
ventilator if she suffered respiratory failure. Commenting on the Assisted
Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill which is currently being debated in the
House of Lords, she writes: "While the Bill aims to address the needs of
patients in the last stage of their lives, I am concerned about the
underlying message that death is the preferable solution for people
incapacitated or in pain." [The Times of London, 2 December]
Thursday, December 02, 2004
emotionally satisfying. I must say that the thought of everyone lolling
about in an emotionally satisfying faith is repugnant to me â¦ What
people don't realise is how much religion costs. They think faith is a
big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.