ALMOST A MILLION HORSES WERE KILLED in World War I. HORSES! Imagine! Beautiful horses. Plus, of course, “half the seed of Europe one by one” (quoting First World War poet, Wilfred Owen). Although he read the relatively tamer “Anthem for Doomed Youth”, what Michael Palin did NOT read last night in the Festival Hall (and no doubt would not dare to do so, for fear of the outrage) was Owen’s more poignant and acerbic poem which concludes: “If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues — My friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory the old Lie: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”. Those last Latin Read the rest of this entry »
I AM VERY PLEASED TO TELL YOU that my new book, “Narrow Gate ~ Pathway Strait: The Road I have Taken”, has just been published and is now available for download in high-resolution interactive PDF format from its dedicated website: https://narrowgate-pathwaystrait.com . There is no charge for the book, which is completely free as my love-gift to the world. It now contains 595 pages, 219,000 words, 1.3 million characters, 243 headings and 700 footnotes. On the site, you will see a number of tabs which will tell you about the book and its background, show you some readers’ comments, together with a page for downloading, including instructions. It also has a page for “Sample Pages” of the book, where you can preview the Contents pages. Plus, there is a “Contact” page where you can communicate with me directly or request to be on the Under the Radar email list. You can also contribute to the Readers’ Comments page by sending me comments of your own about the book.
This has been nine months of solid work. I hope you will think that it has been worth it! For me, it has been a wonderful experience of faith-deepening and mindblowing epiphanies.
UPDATE: The book has just been updated to version 1.04a. A couple of important updates in two places were made after I had a Eureka moment in the night! Some typographical errors were also corrected. I would strongly advise downloading this version in preference to any previous versions. This should stabilise now.
Love & Blessings from me to you,
A couple of years ago, I wrote these words: “A kind of madness has overtaken the world. It is not a new sort of madness; for it has been in operation on various levels and in varying degrees for centuries, even for millennia. But it is a madness which has increased hugely in intensity during the past three decades and especially in the fifteen years since the events of September 11th, 2001 in the USA. This madness has occasionally exploded temporarily prior to those events (notably in the engineered mass public response to the death of Lady Diana Spencer or the ludicrous “ticker-tape” euphoria which greeted the elections of Tony Blair as Prime Minister in the UK and Barak Obama as President in the USA as Savio(u)rs of the world. The madness about which I am speaking is far more bizarre than what one would ordinarily call “madness”. For it is contagious, striking anyone of any social class, political wing, level of intelligence or degree of sophistication. The madness of which I am speaking is completely irrational, making people believe things which are patently and provably untrue, especially those which come through visual and written media channels and which seem to send them into a frenzy of unfettered emotionalism. It is a madness which bears witness to public gullibility and human stupidity”. Read the rest of this entry »