Monday, July 31, 2006

England's Dreaming!

"While much attention was focused then (and still is now) on the personal morals and theological speculations of the Ranters, their general outlook is more important for our present concerns. The Ranters included some of the most brilliant and perceptive young thinkers of the day, including Joseph Salmon, Jacob Bauthumley, and Abiezer Coppe. Their writings breath despair over circumstances offering no apparent way forward. Like the unemployed ranks of punks in England of the 1970's snarling 'no future,' the Ranters were a disturbed and disturbing presence within a receding utopian horizon."

(p88 "The Covenant Crucified-Quakers and the Rise of Capitalism" by Douglas Gwyn. Pendle Hill Publications, Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Amerika 1995)

the ranters yesterday.  Ranting presumably

Monday, July 10, 2006

The One And Only Jim Smith

Amerikans are Nuts! Either there really is a Jim Smith Society (motto: We Don’t Shun Fun) in Amerika or there is a spoof website. Membership is open to anyone by the name of Jim Smith. Apparently. Wonder if they wear name tags at their annual conference? And yes, the President is Jim Smith, the Treasurer is Jim Smith, the Secretary is Jim Smith and as for next years committee….

Now the thought of rectifying my name by statutory declaration to Jim Smith in order to join did occur. But somehow. It brightens up otherwise dull days to have official documents with Bluebell New Jerusalem Eikonoklastes on them. Not enough maybe but hey it costs nothing. Somehow Jim Smith just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

There is only one Bluebell Eikonoklastes. I put James Smith, Jim Smith and Jimmy Smith into

And it turns out that there are 6390, 57 and 22 respectively a grand total of 6469

And wondering how many Bluebell Eikonoklastes there are well there is only one.

“You are unique. You are one with the angry Squirrel. Shout 'I am the unique. I am unified with the badger overlord.' People will run away. That's because they're jealous. JEALOUS.. ”

Wikipediana (part one of an occasional series. Maybe)

Did text a few friends:-

“The following Emperors were Field Marshals in the British Army wilhelm 2nd of Germany, franz-josef of austria-hungary, hirohito of japan, sadam hussain of iraq”

amazing what you find on wikipedia. Love it!

My Friend Simon texted back saying he had a picture of Kaiser Bill in a kilt so did text him with

“I remember as a lad watching the news, a kilt was auctioned and bourght by Field Marshal Idi Amin Dada VC President of Uganda and conquerer of the british empire b”

Field Marshall Idi Amin VC. Man in a skirt.

anyway, noting wrong with men in skirts.

But back to Field Marshals. Funny, having made 2 enemy emporers high ranking officers in the British Army, you would think they would have learned a lesson. But no, the late Showa emporer as well was a 5 star general in “our” army. Pehaps, though finally that was the last straw and was the only reason why Sadam Hussain was not given a baton by the Queen. He was on our side once as well.

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