Category Archives: Comment

The Problem of Ornamentation

 After all, what is beauty? [Looking through old drafts of blog posts I found this one. Not perfect and a bit of a rant but it has some good bits in it.] When looking at Muslim prayer apps the other day … Continue reading

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Long Hopes and Personal Choices

I wrote this in late January after some outrage in the US by a white supremacist but sadly it applies now and probably for the foreseeable. I would rather be writing on a more creative theme but current events seem … Continue reading

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Unplanned Permanence

Whilst doing the washing up after supper last night it dawned on me that the fish slice I had just used to flip my egg-in-the nest was the actual fish slice my mother was using in the 1950s when I … Continue reading

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The Passing of Martin

Picture Courtesy of Peter Sanders. Martin Stone passed away at 2am on the 8th November 2016 in Paris where he lived. Before joining the seminal rock group Mighty Baby in 1968 he had ventured into the world of the occult, … Continue reading

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Pearls of the Faith

A book that recently left my desk to the printers after sitting in my computer for over ten years is the book illustrated above: Pearls of the Faith by British Victorian journalist and traveller Sir Edwin Arnold. First published in 1884 it … Continue reading

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Small is Bountiful

In the year 2000, Shaykh Zaki Yamani, the erstwhile Saudi oil minister, gave a one-off lecture in London which I had the good fortune to attend. The lecture was about the house of Khadijah, may God be pleased with her, … Continue reading

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Pass the Parcel

  The graveyard of 6 million at Najaf, south of Baghdad. Professional journalists usually have to fill column inches to order, which accounts for their flights of fancy or in many cases outright lies. Bloggers, unless they are driven lunatics, … Continue reading

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