I read an article recently and it had never occurred to me that Jesus Christ is always depicted as having blonde hair and fair skin. The truth is (I assume) he was Jewish, dark skinned and had black hair. He would certainly have been of a Middle-Eastern appearance. Now I will confess I am an Agnostic.( that is I don’t know if a God exists or not) I was brought up by my parents to believe in God and they were brought up as Presbyterian (A mainly protestant faith worshipped in Scotland0. I went to Sunday School until I drifted away from religion as an adult. It was hypocritical but I got married in Church and both my children were baptised. I became an Atheist ( I didn’t believe in God) but in 1999 when my son died at 18 in an accident I hoped that I might find contact with him in Heaven or some sort of afterlife. And after I died there might be some kind of reunion. I would suspect a lot of people would want this to happen. However I have never felt any sort of contact or even a suspicion of contact. I lot of people have put coincidences down to fact. Even I though would love to pretend I have had any contact whatsoever I haven’t. But in the hope I will see him again I have to cling onto the hope there is a afterlife. So I therefore call myself an Agnostic at present.
That is my take on religion. I know there are billions of people in this world who base there daily lives on various religions. They believe in some form of God. I have no problem with that but I don’t understand why people kill each other for the sake of different religions. All Gods (or possibly different forms of the same God) surely should be good. Forgive people their sins , help and be kind to their fellow citizens. To me there should be a common bond in Gods where they are good. In a lot of ways it is the Devil or Satan who should be the force for evil. But in the world today there are more wars and conflicts because of religion than ever. People kill others because they worship the wrong God. Or are they worshiping the Devil, who knows.
When children go back to school full time in September the majority will have lost a full 6 months education. Some will never catch up again. But the worry for me is the impact of the mental health of both children and their parents. There is likely to be severe unemployment and for those parents on already reduced circumstances it will be a struggle. I don’t think the government realise how long it will take for things to improve again. For some possibly never.
LETS HAVE SOME HUMOUR
In Newcastle upon Tyne , gay means “owning a coat”.
An empty aluminium cigar tube filled with angry wasps makes an inexpensive vibrator.
I have often wanted to drown my troubles but I can’t get my wife to go swimming!
My dad always used to say “always fight fire with fire” That’s probably why he got thrown out of the fire brigade.
My son has taken up meditation. At least it’s better than sitting around doing nothing.
One in ten Europeans is now conceived in a IKEA bed.
OLD FASHIONED WORDS
HIGGLEDY- PIGGLEDY– In disorder, confusion.
HIGH HAT–Snobbish, to snub.
HIPPOCAMPUS–Sea monster , horse head with a dolphin tail.
LINGUA FRANCA– A hybrid language used in Mediterranean ports.
BOBBY DAZZLER– Anything that is outstanding
BLUESTOCKING–A learned bookish woman.
STOTTIE– A type of flat round loaf
PAN HAGGERTY– Type of stew made from potatoes, onions and cheddar cheese, sometimes with cabbage.
SINGING HINNIES– Type of scone, which makes a hissing sound on a griddle.
PEASE PUDDING– Yellow split peas, a savoury vegetable dish.
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