... The Rest


Aye, so, if anyone out there is still reading this I would like to apologise for the sudden disappearance. If I wasn’t at work or studying I was lost in Norrath or generally trying to relax.   I’ll know the results in a couple of weeks so will probably still be a bit quiet until any resits (if required) are done. There’s going to be a lot to talk about.   Nic  

The Bible isn’t God’s word, it’s translation upon translation of a mix of parables, myths, legends and distorted history written by men over 1000 years ago. The Old Testament is a poorly translated Tanakh and the New Testament’s Gospels are the selected writings of some blokes who weren’t even first generation Christians. There are other Gospels, they just didn’t make the final cut – a bunch of men over a thousand years ago decided what Gospels were going into the Bible, not God.

What breaks my heart is that Jesus seems like he was probably a pretty nice guy, accepting of all people from all walks of life – I can’t imagine how sad it would make him that people are using him as an excuse for bigotry and narrowmindedness.

Sexuality is NOT a choice, it’s how your brain is wired and being gay/bi/asexual is definitely not something that needs to be “cured”. However, choosing to live your life based solely on words written by men from an entirely different culture more than a millennium ago IS perverse and IS a choice and is something that, as a society, we need to “cure” by allowing our kids and grandkids to read and learn as much as possible about our world, beyond the boundaries of religious texts and buildings

Review: The Countenance Divine

Publisher’s description: ‘Michael Hughes writes like a brilliant cross between David Mitchell and Hilary Mantel’ Toby Litt In 1999 a programmer is trying to fix the millennium bug, but can’t shake the sense he’s been chosen for something. In 1888, five women are brutally murdered in the East End by a troubled young man in thrall to a mysterious master. In 1777 an apprentice engraver called William Blake has a defining spiritual experience; thirteen years later this vision returns. And in 1666, poet and revolutionary John Milton completes the epic for which he will be remembered centuries later. But where […]

Once a blogger…. always

I think once you start blogging, you are always a blogger.  It doesn’t matter how often you blog, how you long a hiatus you have or whether you stop forever, a part of you will always be a blogger. I first stuck my witterings on to the internet in an “online diary” back in 2001.  There was no Twitter or Facebook and so I would use my online diary to ramble and rant about things that I can barely recall now and also share the odd poem I had composed.  I taught myself html to make the page look pretty […]

Z-Day 2

“You’ve got red on you”  – Shaun of the Dead, 2004 If you’ve been around this blog for a while you may have noticed that I am drawn to post-apocalyptic fiction. Indeed, during the twitterview I had with Dan Haight (author of Flotilla) we ended up talking about the zombie apocalypse and contingency plans.  The thing is, I was only half joking. A few months ago I wrote a little about my fear of zombies.  The idea that humans could become infected with some sort of man-made contagion is perfectly plausible to me. 28 Days Later  (with it’s fast moving Rage infected/fuelled “zombies”) is […]