Category Archives: Religion and other myths

Grooming kids

While engaged in the housework today, I heard a rather disturbing piece on Radio 4 about child abuse…except a lot of people wouldn’t call it child abuse. In fact, a few of the people in the programme called it education. … Continue reading

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The blue man

Why is Krishna blue? Have you ever wondered? More importantly, why do I ask? Today at the V&A I found some rather beautiful paintings, hidden away in the South-east Asia gallery. They are all about A4 in size and some … Continue reading

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Two Buddhists and a Hindu

There sure are some crazy gods. And quite a few of them are at the V&A. Here’s three I met today. Let’s start with the Buddhist defender, Mahākāla. The thing with this chap is that he has various guises throughout … Continue reading

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Cecilia

What a horrid rainy day it was today. Not just in South Kensington but it also didn’t stop in Farnham. The rain was so bad that Embankment Station flooded on my way home. At lunchtime, I was tempted to stay … Continue reading

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Lightening the mood with puns

Today in the V&A I happened to be passing the stained glass corridor when I spotted the two panes below. I hadn’t heard the story of Susanna and the Elders before and was quite intrigued. This, then, is the story. … Continue reading

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Stories for the illiterate

This morning I woke to the news that the art-hating and misguided barbarians who call themselves Islamic State (I hate calling them ISIS because of the Egyptian goddess) were smashing up 3,000 year old Syrian relics. They claimed that the … Continue reading

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Not Samuel Baxter

This week I was going to write about a chap called Samuel Baxter. In 1868 he created a new kind of anchor. He sounded like a pretty cool guy. Except I didn’t find out a whole lot about him. So, … Continue reading

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My Story of Joan

As promised… Travelling through France and visiting churches (as I do very often) one comes across a lot of statues of St Joan, the Maid of Orléans. Like rampant St George in English churches, she looks at you, shield in … Continue reading

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Arrows of love

The wonderful statue of Eve has been moved from the sculpture gallery at the V&A. It’s one of my favourites and will be sadly missed. I noticed it straight away as it’s been replaced by a rather wonderful statue of … Continue reading

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Reasons for Religion part 4

As I sat in Starbucks this morning, merrily reading The Uses of Literacy by Hoggart (a book recommended by Prof Frank Webster, which looks at the sociological aspects of the working class of Britain in the early 1950s), an idea … Continue reading

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