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Len of the Chilterns

  1. 35. A contemplation of Western religions

    A general description of Caucasian people or race is one of the traditional divisions of humankind, covering a broad group of peoples from Europe, western Asia, and parts of India and North Africa. [so named because the German physiologist Blumenbach believed that it originated in the Caucasus region of SE Europe. In other respects Blumenbach was deluded]

    The Caucasians included the Sumerians who dominated the Middle-East, centred in Mesopotamia, what is now Iran and Iraq. This ...
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  2. 34. Musim Culture

    Most young Muslims live sheltered lives, and are not encouraged to mix freely with the opposite sex - and consequently are protected from the business of 'falling in love', which can lead to all sorts of heartaches, clouded judgement, unsuitable relationships, and tragic consequences.

    It is forbidden in Islam for parents (or others) to force, coerce, or trick youngsters into marriage. Unfortunately, there have been cases in the UK where this has happened amongst Muslims, Hindus and ...
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  3. 33. All's well

    It all started when OH Mary, having been very unwell during the summer culminating with a great deal of pain round the midriff and nausea and saw our GP on 7th September. She was diagnosed as probably suffering from gall-stones and the doctor arranged an ultra-sound scan of her upper abdomen at Wycombe General Hospital.

    The scan was made in the morning of 13th and in the afternoon our GP unexpectedly called at our house as she had obtained the result and wanted to tell us, ...
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  4. 32. Earliest memories

    The most ancient of all my memories, accumulated over nearly 90 years, is one of annoyance. “What a stupid name – why didn’t they call it something I could pronounce?” I refer to the advent of my younger sister Barbara when I was about two and a half years old. My mother was sitting on a short-legged, cane-seated chair known as “the nursing chair”, feeding the new arrival and trying to get me to pronounce its name. I was not quite aware of what it was, although it appeared to be alive and ...
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  5. 25. Where did I come from, mummy?

    To get things into perspective, if one could catch a space rocket and travel from one side of the known universe to the other, travelling at 300,000 kilometres a second, the journey would take 156 thousand million years. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a mere speck of dust in this vastness, our solar system a tiny dot in the galaxy. The entire human existence is a nothing; a mere blip in the passage of biological time which began on earth about 3,800 million years ago. Where it came from is unknown. ...
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