Monthly Archives: February 2013

A Couple of Articles

I got the heads-up this morning in my mailbox. Shock Therapy – Could the next Pope learn from Benedict? I find this article of little interest, as I have found many analogies of little help. I think of the Ordinariate … Continue reading

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Mainsheet length

Another search term came in – mainsheet length, mirror dinghy centre main. There are two ways of setting up a main sheet in a dinghy. Most modern boats have a central mainsheet: This arrangement requires four pulleys because one loses … Continue reading

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Papal Speeches

This is becoming a new fad with: John Paul III – who goes the whole hog Politburo Papacy – a suggestion for leadership of the Church by a group of nine patriarchs or a pope and eight cardinals. Unnamed Pope … Continue reading

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The Old Soviet Empire and the Fax Machine

Another reflection comes into my mind as I find with Damien Thompson’s thinking. It is modern communication that is making all the difference. There is an old story that does the rounds according to which the real factor in the … Continue reading

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De quoi devenir chèvre…

The French have a wonderful expression – devenir chèvre, become a goat – for the way a human being reacts to an impossibly complicated or illogical situation that causes frustration and anger. It is often what we are confronted with … Continue reading

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Election address of Pope Celestine VI

It is, of course, a pipe dream – but something we can indulge in from time to time. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Humbled by the decision of the Conclave to have elected me as Pope, … Continue reading

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Sailing Question

The sailing season is nearly upon us, though it’s still rather cold here in Normandy. Under 10°C with probably no more than 7 to 8°C in the water, there is a real risk of hypothermia even with a good wetsuit … Continue reading

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