Monthly Archives: July 2015

Abbé Julien Bacon (1920-2015)

I have just learned of the death of Fr Julien Bacon at the age of 95 years. He was born in Beuvry (Pas-de-Calais) and had been Prior General of Opus Sacerdotale, an association of French priests founded in 1964. He … Continue reading

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Hymn to the Sea

I found this written by Fr Claude Babarit (left of the group), my skipper at the Naviclerus regatta (priests and seminarians on eight 34-foot yachts) in August 2011. He is a retired priest at Les Sables d’Olonne in the Vendée … Continue reading

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The Myth of Sailing

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New Boat Tent

I have just set up my new boat tent after my less than comfortable experience at the Semaine du Golfe. See What a damp place to spend the night! and Life on a Twelve-Foot Boat. I squeezed in between the centreboard case … Continue reading

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You are not machines!

So many times, I have listened to this speech by Charlie Chaplin at the end of The Great Dictator, the parody of Hitler he made in 1940. For the first time, in the light of what I wrote yesterday, the … Continue reading

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Repairing Engines and Inner Peace

At last, I have begun to fulfil my intention of January 2013 to read the famous philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I had obviously understood very little before acquiring the book and beginning to read it. Last … Continue reading

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Principles of Law

In England, everything is permitted except what is forbidden. In Germany, everything is forbidden except what is permitted. In France, everything is allowed, even what is prohibited. In the USSR, everything is prohibited, even what is permitted. Winston Churchill

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