I don't want to miss the opportunity to send season's greetings to all my blog followers and to extend my best wishes for the dawning year!
|Jack Windsor Lewis and Albert Sidney Hornby in 1974 (photo credit: JWL)|
[...] adopted both to circumvent smoking bans [...]
Today he [= Neil MacGregor] is in Frankfurt and he has with him a picture of a young man.Listen:
|Shari Vahl (credit: RadioTimes)|
In 2015 the Care Act will merge health and social care in the biggest reform of its kind in sixty years.Paul Carley believes he can hear a difference between the two versions of the word care. He writes (on Facebook):
The first 'care' has the [ɛə] variant (though not by any means the most extensive off-glide), the second has the [ɛː] variant.I listend to the two words myself several times: I can convince myself to hear an offglide in the first version, but then after a while I am certain it's a monophthongal [ɛː] just like in the second version. This is not unusual if and when the differences (should they exist) are so minute and if it's a sound track most likely compressed in quality for the purposes of the internet.
|care1 (= Care Act)|
|Kamal Ahmed (credit: BBC)|
[...] we are less worried about the strength of European banks than we were earlier.
[...] up to 60% of the population
[...] 15% of the population at the time
[...] but I'm absolutely confident that the majority of the population in central Helmand will be secured by Afghan forces.
The plague that swept through Europe in the middle of the 14th century may have killed some 200 million people, up to 60% of the population. Even as late as the 17th century the great plague in London was responsible for 100,000 deaths, 15% of the population at the time. Indeed for most of human history it was assumed that plague, along with pestilence, war and famine was just one of the things we were stuck with. Now, however, we take it for granted that epidemics, like the Ebola outbreak, which has so far killed nearly 4000 people, can and should be controlled. With the advent of scientific medicine in the 20th century we work on the assumption that we can eventually discover the cause of a particular disease and find a cure for it, and that with proper public health measures we can in the meantime control its spread. There could be no bigger contrast between the attitude of almost every previous age and our own. We believe the responsibility is ours. The ball’s in our court. It’s not predetermined, it’s not fated. It’s down to us. We can do something about it.
There was a time when this line of thought seemed a threat to a religious view of life - at least to some people. They believed that the more it was our responsibility, the less it was God’s and vice versa, as though we were two actors competing for the same stage. But that is not how it is. The Bible is clear from the start that we human beings have been given real responsibility. Indeed that is what it means to be created. It is to be given a life of our own, to make something of, and a world to help shape. What’s so different about our time with its scientific medicine and the ability to take safeguarding measures on an international scale is our larger capacity, our greater responsibility.
And some reported words of Jesus seem particularly salutary:
Where someone has been given much, he said, much will be expected of him; and the more he has entrusted to him the more will be demanded of him.
From a Christian point of view God not only holds the world in existence, he works in and through human beings at all levels, especially those who seek to respond to human need. And I think especially of that woman doctor in Nigeria, Ameyo Adadevoh, and her small staff team at an ordinary family clinic whose quick thinking managed to stop Ebola spreading from a patient they had diagnosed, so far limiting deaths in Nigeria to only 7. Four of the dead are health workers, sadly including Dr Adadevoh herself. Our choices, at both a political and personal level, literally make all the difference.
|Bishop Richard Harries (credit: wikipedia.org)|
[...] you've chosen this to be quite an early question [...]
"If when an invitation comes, you find yourself scheming your way to turning your fantasy into reality you run the risk of implosion."
"[...] change from a geminate (long) sound to the equivalent single (short) sound. [...] An example is the pronunciation ˈpraɪ ˈmɪnɪstə instead of ˈpraɪm ˈmɪnɪstə."Consequently, a geminate is a
"sequence of two identical sounds."Canon Tilby in her Thought for the Day of the 30th of September pronounces the following sentence:
I highlighted the phrase in which a word-final /k/ and a word-initial one abut. Pronounced as a geminate plosive the hold stage would be longer than that of a singleton. Listen to the whole sentence and then to the phrase "classic case" in isolation. After this decide if it's an instance of degemination:
"In Christian spirituality this is a classic case of failure to resist one of the universal temptations."
credit: Christ Church, Oxford