Here are the Blogs in the Esmerelda Weatherwax category.
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Monday, 22 December 2014
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Christmas lights. Apparently discreet white lights are the seasonal illumination of choice for the discerning families of the middle class. Meanwhile we working class types like a bit of colour. Correct that; we like a lot of colour. These four houses in Dagenham have made the national press for their ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2014 3:21 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 22 December 2014
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From AP via Canadian TV News PARIS -- The prosecutor in the French city of Dijon says the driver who ran down 13 pedestrians in the city has a long history of severe mental illness and no links to terrorism. The man, who is 40, has admitted his role in the attack, said prosecutor Marie-Christine ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2014 7:58 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 21 December 2014
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From AFP via the Jerusalem Post and the Mail on Sunday On Sunday, a driver in the French city of Dijon ran over 11 people with his car after yelling "allahu akhbar," (god is greatest in Arabic) . Among the victims were two people who were seriously injured.  "The man, born in 1974, is apparently ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2014 4:29 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 21 December 2014
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Midwinter Solstice. The shortest day. I was up early to watch the sunrise. Not for the first time it was raining. No rosy fingered dawn walking over the dew of yon high eastern suburban semi. So, something else instead. No, not Jethro Tull's Solstice Bells yet again.  From Jethro Tull's Christmas ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2014 3:44 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 21 December 2014
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From the Mail on Sunday An Asian MUSLIM father-of-four dragged a young pub worker off the street and raped her for three hours saying 'you white women are good at it'. The woman, who is in her 20s, was walking home from work in Bedford at around 11pm when she was grabbed by Abdul Ghafoor, 33, and ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2014 7:48 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 21 December 2014
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Andrew Gilligan in the Telegraph A man expelled from George Galloway’s Respect party for racism and anti-Semitism is serving as a magistrate in London’s most multiracial borough. On his Facebook page, Abul "Abz" Hussain, a British Bangladeshi, condemns "ignorant" people who "want me to ‘integrate’ ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2014 7:38 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 20 December 2014
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There was one of the not so good film/TV adaptations of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol on television tonight.  So bad that my husband turned over and I turned to the book.  The description of the fruiterers watched by  Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present caught my eye. The poulterers’ shops ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2014 4:58 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 20 December 2014
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From Sky News Police have shot dead a man who stabbed three officers in a police station in central France. The 20-year-old reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic) as he carried out the attack in Joue-les-Tours, near the city of Tours, on Saturday. He ran into the station ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2014 1:44 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 19 December 2014
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The levitation merchants in Trafalgar Square outside the National Gallery are usually Yoda, the Grim Reaper or Gandalf the Grey. But in honour of the season Santa Claus (he doesn't look dignified enough to be a Father Christmas) has looked in.  It takes all sorts. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2014 2:39 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 19 December 2014
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From the BBC Two Muslim charities have lost their grants after the government claimed they had links with Islamist extremism. A spokesman for Birmingham-based Islamic Help, said it was "surprised, dismayed and angered" by the action. The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), said the decision was based ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2014 6:28 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 19 December 2014
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From the Telegraph Taliban militants who stormed a Pakistan high school killing more than 130 students followed instructions from a commander, according to transcripts given to local newspapers by the authorities. “We have killed all the children in the auditorium,” one of the attackers ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2014 1:36 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 19 December 2014
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From the Telegraph, and the London Evening Standard  British girls as young as 14 are being helped to join Islamic State fighters in Syria as jihadi brides in increasing numbers by London-based “facilitators”, the Standard had learnt. Teenagers are being helped with applying for passports, given ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2014 1:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 18 December 2014
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When I did an Advent calendar in 2008 I included a passage from The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge. The book tells the story of the friendship that grows up between Adam Ayscough, the Dean of the Cathedral City, and Isaac Peabody the clockmaker. The book, which is set in the 1870s in a Cathedral City ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/18/2014 4:12 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 18 December 2014
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This is just starting to get into British newspapers, via The Turkish Press  BAGHDAD - At least 150 women who refused to marry militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, were executed in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar, Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights said. The victims ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/18/2014 1:50 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014
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Waltham Abbey in Essex in Winter (and Advent). Me trying out a special effect on my camera. Waltham Abbey, dedicated to The Holy Cross and St Laurence was famous for the Holy Rood of Waltham. The land was owned by Harold Godwinson (later King Harold) who rebuilt the original church in thanksgiving ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/17/2014 4:20 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014
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From the Telegraph These are the sex abusers a police force does not want the public to see.? Naseem Khan, Mohammed Javed and Allam Shah  ?The three men were part of a 10-strong gang which groomed vulnerable teenage girls for sex? - and whose identities the police attempted to keep ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/17/2014 6:52 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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What I had in mind for today is trivial and inappropriate amongst today's bad news. But serendipity is a feature of my life and I found this, while looking for something else. I knew the song, Julian of Norwich, from the Albion Christmas Band's album An Albion Christmas. The Albion Band have had several ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2014 1:22 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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A very interesting and apposite opinion piece from Andrew Bolt in The Australian MAN Haron Monis couldn’t have done more to make the deaf hear that the terror he unleashed in Sydney was in the name of Islam. As he walked into the Lindt Chocolate Cafe with his shotgun on Monday he wore ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2014 11:46 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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From the Telegraph Police investigating the siege in Sydney are looking into the involvement of Amirah Droudis, an accused murderer who was the apparent girlfriend and partner-in-crime of the dead gunman, Man Haron Monis. Police raided the modest red-brick home of Monis and his partner in ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2014 11:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 15 December 2014
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An old master. The Nativity with the Annunciation to the Shepherds. 1370-1 Jacopo di Cione and workshop. This is from the collection of the National Gallery in London. It is one of a dozen panels of the altarpiece of the church of San Pier Maggiore in Florence.  It was probably designed by Niccolò di ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/15/2014 3:44 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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