Etymology Man

Another classic from xkcd.com


Who doesn't know someone like that?

Goodwin loses knighthood

Fred Goodwin
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As the BBC says... Former RBS boss Fred Goodwin stripped of knighthood

In other news I've lost the top off my biro.

I know which is more relevant to me.

Banker Fred Goodwin losing his knighthood is a bit of a non-story for me. The whole honours system is already in disrepute not by the shame of having to strip some banker of his title but in the fact that he was given one in the first place! How someone decided that running a company into the ground is reason for offering them a knighthood for 'services to banking' is beyond me. To be honest it's not. It's symptomatic of a system that is run by the elite for the elite.

I also really can't be bothered whether he keeps his knighthood or not. I'd never call anyone 'Sir' or whatever just because some oaf decided that I should. What I would like to see is Goodwin being stripped of his booty from the wreck of the good ship RBS. That would be a sight worth seeing and would also send a message that the days of rewarding failure are over.
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Two new books to read of or from Benedict XVI

Okay, they may not be new as in new but they are new to me.

I'm still getting through the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's book Eschatology but have now got two new books from my local library at Farnborough in Hampshire. (Go join your library while we still have them!)


First up is The Spiritual Vision of Pope Benedict XVI edited by Robert Moynihan which I'm reading at the same time as Eschatology.



Second is Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection by Pope Benedict XVI. I read the first volume a few years ago and was really impressed with how readable Benedict's works are.

Please feel free to link up with me on Librarything or Goodreads!
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An attack on union rights? Probably

嘉士伯(Carlsberg)啤酒,产自中国广东惠州。Made in China
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I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

A union in Lithuania has been barred from striking at a brewery because the owners have managed to get the courts to view beer production as an 'essential service'!

From the IUF website:

Management attacks on workers and their unions continue at Carlsberg, the world's 4th largest brewery company. A planned strike by union workers at the Carlsberg brewery in Lithuania has been declared illegal by an outrageous court decision which is now the subject of an ILO complaint. The court denied the right to strike by declaring beer production an essential national service! Carlsberg is retaliating against the union's struggle for justice with reprisals and dismissals and using the Lithuanian legal system to destroy union rights. Use the form below to send a message to Carlsberg and to the government of Lithuania telling them to stop violating workers' rights!

Probably!
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Nick Clegg and Distributism?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Deputy Prime Minist...
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So says the BBC. No, I don't think he really is calling for a form of Distributism, merely offering up sound bites that seem to be rounding the edges from our current form of rampaging Capitalism. There's lots of talk in political circles at the moment of a more 'friendly capitalism' and I think he sees this as an opportune moment to claim some media time.

Nick Clegg talks of cutting red tape and reforming the tax system, both of which may have merits but go no way to reigning in the current monster. He also seems to parallel a quote of GK Chesterton's but misses the point entirely:
"We don't believe our problem is too much capitalism - we think it's that too few people have capital.
It's worth quoting the great GK Chesterton here:
"Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists."
Clegg's call is not for a more responsible capitalism, or a kinder face of capitalism but the continued rampage of neo-liberal economic thinking with a nod to worker participation as a way of heading off the unions. After all, if you have shares in a company then the last thing you'll be doing is calling for industrial action? This is worker participation, but just enough participation to nullify the unions but not enough to pass any power to the workers or to make any difference to current practices whatever.

True worker involvement would mean the reduction in the ratio of high and low earnings within a company, worker participation in strategy and planning together with workers sharing equitably in the success of the endeavour. I would also like to think that it would involve a healthy does of Catholic Social Teaching to give the whole system a moral basis by which everyone would be catered for and not be left behind.

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ST MICHAEL'S ABBEY - British Pathe

ST MICHAEL'S ABBEY - British Pathe

Equality of Opportunity

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has come up with a scheme to help open up top careers to people from less privileged backgrounds. He's arguing that getting on the ladder in many professions is more a case of who you or your parents know rather than ability, suitability and educational achievements.

I think that part of what Clegg is trying to do may be driven by what this case from last year exposed where:
According to the Mail on Sunday, however, 900 Tory supporters paid a minimum of £400 per head to attend its Black and White Party, formerly known as the Winter Ball, at which an auction of 30 lots took place, including a number of internships. Millionaire backers paid an average of £3,000 each to ensure that their children had a chance to undertake work experience at the companies involved.
Read more: http://www.hrzone.co.uk/topic/business-lifestyle/conservatives-under-fire-internship-auctions/109607#ixzz1jESf38QV
It strikes a chord with me as I have witnessed my youngest son get turned down for internships and summer placements from bank after bank after bank. This was in despite of his impeccable character and his fantastic academic achievements through the first two years of his mathematics degree at a university renowned for mathematics. The thought of nepotism and cronyism was always lurking at the back of my mind but I feel it's been confirmed.

It's ended well for him though as he has secured a contract with a local firm including further training and education to obtain a professional standing which will see him well for the future.

I do hope that what Clegg is attempting isn't just a token piece of electioneering, this country desperately needs to embrace equality of opportunity.
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More Christians Murdered in Nigeria

Fears Christians are being targeted by radical Muslims as 20 are killed in Nigerian town hall massacre 

Read more: Daily Mail

Please pray for those Christians living in the Northern states of Nigeria. It must be awful knowing that there are people who will target you with death just for being Christian.


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Greece: Trade union leaders arrested following protests


From www.labourstart.org
"On Thursday 24 November 2011, the Greek police arrested Nikos Photopoulos, President of the power workers' union GENOP/DEI, along with more than a dozen of his fellow trade unionists. They will appear in court on Tuesday 10 January 2012 to face charges that could see them jailed for up to five years. They were protesting against part of the Greek austerity measures - the cutting off of power to people unable or unwilling to pay a new, swingeing property tax, levied regardless of income or wealth. Greek trade union confederation GSEE, is calling for the charges to be dropped."
Go sign the petition now!

http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=1231

Joseph Ratzinger : Eschatology


Eschatology : Death and Eternal Life.

Having read Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI (see this post) I was pleasantly surprised by how readable it was. So I thought I'd give another of his books a go. There are a number that I want to read but the only one I could find available in Hampshire at my local library at Farnborough was Joseph Ratzinger - Eschatology : Death and Eternal Life.

Let's hope it's as readable as the other one of his that I've read!

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Epiphany


Epiphany or Twelfth Night today in the Western churches a rememberance of the adoration of the Magi upon the Christ child. In Anglicanism it marks the season of Epiphany, in the Catholic church it's a single day.
Matthew 2:9-12
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. 
I really must do more to relate to the church calendar, New Year's resolution and all that.

Wonder if the Magi would manage to get through to Bethlehem today?



To Your Health!

Relevent or Reverent?

Or both? Or none?

As someone who often plays guitar and sings in worship it does make one wonder.
(image pilfered from this blog post here, oh and click on the image for the full mighty effect.)

My hundredth post!

100!

My hundredth post in over 2 years of this blog. Fifty posts a year, one a week. You'd think at that rate the content would be better composed! You'd think I'd not use cheap posts like this to mark the ton! You'd have thought I'd have put a picture in to make it more visually appealing! Wrong!

I feel a New Year's resolution coming on...

Pope's New Year's Message


Weren't expecting that I bet.

RIP my friends

Just found this post languishing in 'Draft', meant to have been posted in Oct 2010. The loss of two of my friends. :(

Bless their little socks.


Boggy on the left disappeared over a year ago, and I had to take the long walk to the vets with Jess on the right two Sundays ago. Both had been with us for many, many years and were a big part of our family. you don't realise how much you miss them til they're gone. Not felt like posting it until now.

Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message




The Miraculous Medal

The Miraculous Medal Or the Medal of the Immaculate Conception. Found one of these cards with a picture of Pope Benedict XVI and the Virgin Mary a few years ago and the internet tells me what the medal is. But does anyone know what the reason is for it being held in this card? Who would have received it? Who would have given it? Why? And what do you do with it?

Ta muchly.







One New Year's Resolution


To be a better husband.