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Pete Doherty: Hero, Villain or Just Human?

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After Mass today I visited the local and inside the pub was playing an Amy Winehouse song.  I'm sure it sounds quite naff to say it but it was genuinely sad hearing it in the light of her recent death. It's quite haunting, really.

Her friend, Pete Doherty, has just been released from prison where he had been serving a sentence for possession of crack cocaine. It is worthy of note that both of these figures will, 'worthily' or 'unworthily', go down in rock and roll history, for whatever that hall of fame is worth, but that their names will most likely be synonymous with illegal drugs, self-destruction and will be tinged with public notoriety.

It is highly unusual for rock artists to come in for public criticism nowadays, but society makes an exception for Doherty and did for Winehouse.  The stigma concerning heroin and crack cocaine - and there should be a stigma - has led a great many people, in this post-Christian society, to forget the rule of 'hating the…

From the UK Census to US Body Scanners

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Talk about fingers in pies!

I'm an avid reader of Prison Planet and I've just read that Lockheed Martin, who were the boys responsible for the UK Census this year, have been given the $72 million contract for the body scanners now at every major airport in the United States of America.

Isn't it wonderful to see the 'land of the free' living up to its traditions?

It's also so heartening that both the US and the UK will never allow terrorism to 'change our way of life'. We launched those wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to defend freedom, liberty and all those values for which that the West stands and we haven't allowed them to intimidate us. No, siree!

Although Lockheed Martin have all our details in the United Kingdom, we know that these details are safe in their trustworthy hands. We can also rest assured that these body scanners are 100% safe and that the Orwellian measures being applied to US citizens are safe in the hands of this gigantic US arms ma…

You're Hired! For £2.50 an hour...

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My job search continues and I noticed recently that the Jobcentre website has started to advertise a lot of apprenticeships.

The new apprenticeship scheme differs to those of the past, in as much as it is not offered to 16/17 year olds only, but to people of all ages, and so yours truly is invited to apply to become a patisserie chef, an administrator or a joiner and obtain that precious NVQ.

The question(s) is (are)...

Should a 33 year old graduate with a considerable history of employment consider working for £2.50 an hour?

Is this just a convenient way for companies to circumnavigate the minimum wage?

Is this exploitation of the unemployed?

How long does one have to be an apprentice before one is taken on and employed as regular staff with employment rights?

Why did the Government not secure a more decent set of working rights for the new scheme so that it doesn't appear that companies are just setting up a cheap pool of labour in exchange for training?

Bishops of England and Wales Take Heed

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Fr Z has posted on the latest utterances of Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera and those utterances are well worth reading and re-reading, courtesy of CNA.

'Spanish Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera recently recommended that Catholics receive Communion on the tongue, while kneeling.“It is to simply know that we are before God himself and that He came to us and that we are undeserving,” the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said in an interview with CNA during his visit to Lima, Peru.The cardinal’s remarks came in response to a question on whether Catholics should receive Communion in the hand or on the tongue.He recommended that Catholics “receive Communion on the tongue and while kneeling.”Receiving Communion in this way, the cardinal continued, “is the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling.”“In fact,” he added, “if one receives while standin…

9/11 and the Cross

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Tim Stanley writes a balanced and thoughtful piece today on the American Atheists lawsuit attempting to take away the Cross that stood poignantly as consolation to all those affected by the atrocity of September 11 in New York.

In the article he highlights that...

'Dave Silverman, head of the American Atheists, called the display a breach of the separation between church and state. He said that the cross “has become a Christian icon. It has been blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their god, who couldn’t be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow upon us some rubble that resembles a cross.”'
Interesting. A couple of things stand out from Silverman's comment.  Firstly, the Cross of Christ has been offensive for a long, long time, so it is not surprising that some people would rather it were banished from Ground Zero. It was St Paul who called it a 'stumbling block…

Did Freemasonry Ruin Capitalism...as well as Government?

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"Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists." ~ G.K Chesterton

I, for one, am convinced that a great many local government and perhaps national government contracts are agreed not in the corridors of power, but in the corridors of the masonic lodges of the United Kingdom.

It is strange, for instance, that Brighton and Hove City Council has such a cosy relationship with Baron Homes and KEM Properties, not to mention the Mears Group. Kier Longley is the highest paid supplier to the Council with the omnipresent Mears Group following quickly behind them.

However, on a larger scale I wonder whether it is within the context of the secretive society that spawned the Norwegian mass murderer, that we can see such monopolisation of retail and a great deal of commercial property in terms of Tescos and Sainsburys, as well as local businesses and agencies that are awarded lucrative contracts.

I wonder whether it is freemasonry that has destroyed the e…

Smash up Your Televisions...But Watch your Favourite Documentaries First

I know that Dr Joseph Shaw, LMS Chairman, has written a highly commendable and laudable post on our need as Catholics to smash up our televeisions, but every now and then an interesting documentary does emerge from 'Satan's lantern'.

This is a quite fascinating exploration of the economic crash of 2008, about who won and who lost, entitled 'The Super Rich: The Greed Game'. Quite inexplicably, even though the presenter does a good job of explaining hedge funds and the sub-prime mortgage crisis, I still don't understand it, so don't bother explaining it to me either, because I'll never get it. Economics just goes right over my head.

Baron Tents Corporation Ltd

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"Welcome to Baron Tents, here at Baron Tents we supply only the finest camping equipment to our clients in parks and cemeteries around Brighton and Hove..."

Well. That is George and Diane's situation, except neither The Baron Homes Corporation Ltd or Brighton and Hove City Council provided them with a tent. It was Jason who did that, helping them to pitch up last night with a passer-by and a friend of mine, Mister Paul.

Since George and Diane's eviction from Arundel Court, under KEM Properties ownership, they have been to the absolutely diabolical 17/19 Grand Parade, the Wardleigh Hotel, a bed and breakfast in Eastbourne and had ended up in Windsor Court, which appeared as if it was being used for the set of Les Miserables.

I have, for a few weeks now, being doing my best not to allow my Catholic blog to morph into the George and Diane show, but I have meanwhile been doing what I can to support them - hence less blogging.  As it stands now, Brighton and Hove City Cou…

Norway Atrocity

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According to The Daily Telegraph...

'Police officials have also said that the suspect appeared to have posted on websites with Christian fundamentalist tendencies.'
Hmm...Strange because he looks rather like a Freemason to me.

Why is it that Christians, Jews and Muslims have blame placed upon them (or us) for all manner of ills, yet nobody ever blames the Freemasons for anything, despite their malevolent influence on local, national and supranational governments being relatively widely acknowledged?

May God grant rest to the victims of the atrocity in Norway and consolation to their families.

May the Soul of Bishop Michael Evans Rest in Peace...

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...and let us hope for the sake of Holy Mother Church that he is not canonised, because, from what I hear, relics of him will be hard to come by.

I really hope he wasn't a Saint. St Francis of Assisi asked to be buried on a rubbish dump because of his great humility and overwhelming conviction of his own unworthiness before God. Taking his opinions into consideration, the Franciscans decided to build a Basillica over his tomb instead.

This sounds a little different, however. The Bishop's decision flies in the face of the Church's tradition. It is extraordinary, if you'll excuse the pun, quite unique, and I find it rather odd that even from the grave, a Bishop should teach something that isn't really analagous with the tradition of the Church. While I had not really heard much about the life of this Shepherd, I am sure he still has many admirers. I hear that he was, for instance, a very loyal defender of human life from conception to natural death. His decision is m…

Rest in Peace

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The man who broke the phone-hacking scandal that today wiped $1 billion off shares in News International, bringing the owner of a huge multinational corporation, senior Government figures, senior police officers, and even the prime minister himself into disrepute was today found dead at his home.

Reports have omitted to mention who found him dead. The neighbour who who knew Mr Hoare 'did not seem himself ' in the weeks running up to his death did not wish to be named. Police say the death is as yet unexplained but it is not being treated as suspcicious. "Move along here, now ladies and gentlemen. There is nothing to see, here." May his soul rest in peace.

The Power of the Press

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While endeavouring to undertake some investigative journalism myself over the past week, the fruits of which can be seen here, I've also been following the fall-out from the phone hacking scandal at News International.

It is all now becoming quite surreal, with former PM Gordon Brown MP lashing out in only his second Commons speech since he was dumped out of 10 Downing Street to bewail the sins of the news empire. You can't blame him for doing so, since he and his family were affected by News International's corrupt methods of journalistic enquiry, but as others have commented, Brown was only too happy to manipulate the same media with his spin doctors. Parliament itself, thanks to the work of The Telegraph, has been revealed to be no stranger to corruption in the light of the expenses scandal.

For me, the Murdoch saga raises some pretty big questions. How can it be healthy for democracy for one man to own so much of the press and therefore form so much opinion?  The press…

Back From Spain

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Well, I am back from a small holiday in Spain on the beautiful Costa Blanca, as you may be able to tell from my marginally less pallid complexion than the last time George and I sung. There was no internet at the resort, so I was unable to offer my personal commentary on all affairs Catholic, but actually a week off blogging is quite healthy now and then.

Refreshed from a week of swimming in the sea, drinking Coca Cola, slapping on sun cream, speaking Spanglish to locals and being aghast at the appalling liturgy of Our Lady of the Rosary in La Mata ('Mata' apparently means 'Death' in Spanish, as confirmed by my packet of Marlboro for just 3 euros 50 cents), I am ready once more to cast a glance over Catholic ongoings and have a little rant.

So, let's start with my holiday snaps...

Unfortunately, due to travelling I missed the Feast of SS Peter and Paul (mea culpa) Mass at the local Church but was able to attend the Sunday morning Mass. To the left is a picture of …