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8 Sep
An used toilet paper roll

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Have you noticed the date?  8/9/10 

That’s all I have to say about that.

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Sad news for us: we lost our littlest fish: she who must not be named because I named her after a friend and I don’t want to say ‘X is dead.’  She was just a weak fish, we think; though she had a hearty appetite.  I gave her a worthy burial with the crisp packets and apple peelings.

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I was going to write that today marks the seventieth anniversary of the start of the Blitz but I got it confused with the fortieth anniversary of the founding of Saatchi & Saatchi; don’t ask me how.  The Blitz anniversary was actually Tuesday 7th September.  1000 German planes flew across the North Sea to see us off. And failed miserably.

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I’m still enjoying Vivinfrance’s war memoirs; they are fascinating.  She told a story about her Dad and some black market sugar, and it reminded me of my Dad and the toilet paper.  When we emigrated to South Africa in 1982, we had no money (one of the reasons for emigrating in the first place).  Dad was working for Sasol, a huge corporation that turned coal into petrol.  To help our grocery budget, my father the usually honest would come off shift with a toilet roll taken from the men’s loos.  One day, he heard from a colleague that the company was cracking down on staff pilfering – stationery, equipment, and so on – and he went home in a panic and he and Mum spent an entire night ripping up a hundred half-used toilet rolls and flushing them down the toilet.  What really made me laugh was that it was unmarked paper and the company couldn’t have come in to the house asking to see it.  The price of a guilty conscience, I guess: a huge water bill.

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I’m Not Laughing Now

8 Sep
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Some of you know I am a born again Christian; many others will be surprised to learn it.  I don’t parade my faith in this blog because that’s not its purpose.  I only mention it now because I am appalled at what is being done in my Lord’s name: a rabid anti-Muslim church in the States has proclaimed 9/11 ‘Burn a Koran Day.’ 

As a Christian I am not supposed to judge others, but I can speak out to say that something is wrong, and this is just wrong.  Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek; to forgive those who hurt us seventy times seven times; and to love our neighbours as ourselves.  It is wrong to target a whole faith because of the terrible actions of a few who act in its name.  Al Quaeda does not represent all Muslims; Dove Outreach Center does not represent all Christians. 

I don’t post this as a defence of Christianity, but because, for evil to prevail, good men do nothing.  Most of us are good men at heart; let’s do something: Dove Outreach Center’s leader claims that they are exercising their right to freedom of speech; we should all do the same, and tell them that what they are doing is reprehensible.  Many voices make right work.

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