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    Things worth getting excited about

    Unless, like Jeffrey, you think apostrophes are worth getting excited about (see Grammar thread on TAB), please suggest some alternatives. May I begin with:
    • freshly baked bread
    • acres of sunflowers in bloom
    • the way children acquire speech so quickly
    • Charles Dickens (well, his novels, anyway).
    • open heart surgery


    Suggestions welcome. (Especially from Jeffrey, because I'm a bit worried about him now).
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

    #2
    Nice to know that someone out there cares. For our part, we're worried that mind the gap might never return from France.
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      #3
      Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
      Nice to know that someone out there cares. For our part, we're worried that mind the gap might never return from France.
      Aaaahhhhh. Thank you! As Rodent has pointed out, with his usual subtlety and finesse (you know - those things wot I lack!), I am hardly some people's best-loved Senior Member this week, so it is nice to be appreciated!

      (Is that the Royal We, by the way? Makes the compliment even more exciting. Thank you, Yer Highness).
      'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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        #4
        I think it is important not to lose, or rather to try and recapture since I think most of us lose it, the sense of wonder we had as children. "The God of Small Things" is the most important deity. He (or it could be a she) keeps us connected to the world as it is and makes us see the trees rather than the wood - although woods are small things when looking down on them from the top of a hill.

        I am no Christian, but for me the most important injunction of Jesus was: "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

        Many of the "heroes" of Zen Buddhism are childish idiots.

        The most famous Japanese haiku is:

        furu ike ya
        kawazu tobikomu
        mizu no oto


        [an ancient pond
        a frog jumps in
        plop!]

        *

        Miraculous power and marvellous activity
        Drawing water and hewing wood!


        Chu'an Teng Lu

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          #5
          Yes, but:
          a. Jesus was a Jew, as you know, not a Christian;
          b. most of his reported aphorisms are Biblical [= what you'd call "Old Testament"] in origin; and
          c. even that 'Drawing water and hewing wood' of Chu'an Teng Lu is Biblical (Joshua): see http://bible.cc/joshua/9-27.htm.
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            #6
            I agree Jesus was a Jew and almost certainly had no intention to found a religion. Christianity is a huge misunderstanding and was the invention of St Paul, rather than Jesus.

            I think that any resemblance between the Hebrew and Chinese texts is purely coincidental. The possibility of either having influenced the other has to be remote in the extreme.

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              #7
              Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
              Yes, but:
              a. Jesus was a Jew, as you know, not a Christian;
              b. most of his reported aphorisms are Biblical [= what you'd call "Old Testament"] in origin
              a. Correct. Jesus Christ came to earth as a Jew. His followers were called Christians - after the "Christ".
              b. Biblical is not just Old Testament. The Bible comprises both Old Testament and New Testament, as you know.

              Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
              I agree Jesus was a Jew and almost certainly had no intention to found a religion.
              He came to change lives by showing how to live God's way in this world.

              Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
              Christianity is a huge misunderstanding and was the invention of St Paul, rather than Jesus.
              Must be one really huge misunderstanding that has stood the test of times and changed lots of lives.
              The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch, and not by Apostle Paul.

              Creation is something worth getting excited about, whether one believes the world was created by God or via the big bang (some big bang, eh?)

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                #8
                Originally posted by havensRus View Post
                a...His followers were called Christians - after the "Christ".
                No. "Christos":
                a. is merely Greek for "Messiah"; and
                b. was at most only a descriptor applied to Jesus long after he died.

                Originally posted by havensRus View Post
                b. Biblical is not just Old Testament. The Bible comprises both Old Testament and New Testament, as you know.
                No. It's so comprised only in the opinion of persons who:
                a. dispute the Divine origin of the former; and
                b. ignore the former's statements that it's unalterable (which rather rules-out the existence of a latter).

                Originally posted by havensRus View Post
                He came to change lives by showing how to live God's way in this world.
                No he didn't. He was born a Jew, and he died a Jew. He:
                a. came to this world only for whatever his Divine purpose was; and
                b. went from this world once that purpose had been concluded.
                Both these features (arrival/departure) apply equally to you, me, everyone who has ever lived, and everyone who ever will.
                JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
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                4. *- Contact info: click on my name (blue-highlight link).

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by havensRus View Post
                  Creation is something worth getting excited about, whether one believes the world was created by God or via the big bang (some big bang, eh?)
                  And, on the big bang de nos jours, how come we never heard any more of that there Hard Ron Kalaidescope?
                  See http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...=hadron&page=2 for the story so far.
                  JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
                    And, on the big bang de nos jours, how come we never heard any more of that there Hard Ron Kalaidescope?
                    See http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...=hadron&page=2 for the story so far.
                    They're probably still waiting for a part from Fiat or something.

                    But there's a good article in today's Times about creationism.
                    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                      #11
                      Something else about which to become excited:
                      winning National/Euro/Italian Lottery [but it was only a £10 prize- so I'll not be retiring yet].

                      The £65m jackpot winner (Euro Lottery) last week wasn't even from the UK: see https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/p...eBreakdown.ftl
                      Ugo Verni won the £130m Italian National Lottery [rolled-over 87 times!]: see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...ery-prize.html

                      Thinks: I wonder whether Ugo won both, in fact?
                      JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
                        The £65m jackpot winner (Euro Lottery) last week wasn't even from the UK: see https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/p...eBreakdown.ftl
                        Ugo Verni won the £130m Italian National Lottery [rolled-over 87 times!]: see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...ery-prize.html

                        Thinks: I wonder whether Ugo won both, in fact?
                        Er...why should he have been from the UK, if it is a Euro lottery?
                        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
                          For our part, we're worried that mind the gap might never return from France.
                          Also remember what happened to Bonnie Tyler. No-one's heard of her since 1976; so she must still be Lost In France.
                          See http://uk.ask.com/web?q=Bonnie+Tyler...=196&o=0&l=dir
                          JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
                            Also remember what happened to Bonnie Tyler. No-one's heard of her since 1976; so she must still be Lost In France.
                            See http://uk.ask.com/web?q=Bonnie+Tyler...=196&o=0&l=dir
                            Well, I'm not (more's the pity. I wish I was. It was nice weather there. Sulk ).
                            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                              Why should he have been from the UK, if it is a Euro lottery?
                              1. Becasue the prize included my £1.50 waste of ticket money.
                              2. And, today, news comes that Ugo [didn't he used to make Fiats?] might not be the winner anyway. See:
                              http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8217360.stm or http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle6807158.ece
                              JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
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                              2. Telephone advice: see http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=34638.
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