8 Things I’ll Miss About Reading Town

Now that I’ve started winding down from university, and namely living around universities, I’ve been thinking about what I’ll most miss about that atmosphere. Potentially the first in a series. A photo from the main Wantage building across the second quad to the second set of room where we stayed as first years. Walking to … Continue reading 8 Things I’ll Miss About Reading Town

Among the Catholics

Are you taking your faith for granted? Or are you acting like a Pharisee in your criticism? But everyone is a sinner, and everyone can be saved.

All Along the Watchtower


Newman noted that one of the problems converts had was with the reality of the Catholic Church. Most of them, like him, had had very little do to with the Catholic Church in its parish form before conversion. They had, as he had, studied a good deal, prayed a good deal, and had a good idea from the available sources of what it was they were joining. They were joining the Church founded by Christ. That was all true at the level of the ideal; in practice they found, as Newman himself did, things were somewhat different. People were often perfunctory in the performance of their religious duties, familiarity had bred if not contempt, then the sort of ‘by rote’ practice which had been an irritating part of his original church. As one Archbishop has put it, writing about the 1940s, there was:

mumbled Latin, rushed hurried gestures, half genuflections…

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Is Your Red the Same as My Red? Video

Have you ever seen a Vsauce video? It's my type of science - curiosity, experimenting and observing what we around us see. I love the entire Vsauce collection, as sometimes I come across new facts of human nature; other times I am reacquainted with bits that I had known - and the show is so … Continue reading Is Your Red the Same as My Red? Video

The Life of an English Student, Part One

It was suggested to me when I first announced that I was going to university (back when I was actually about to commence my exams…) that I provide some insight for those of you who don’t know how the English system works – and, of course, every university, and every perception of such, is different, … Continue reading The Life of an English Student, Part One