Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Full moon: festival of reflections

At this time of the year many religions switch to a lunar calendar and if you look at the night sky you'll get a view of an Easter moon, a Passover moon or just a normal moon.  We are, in case you don't know it, in Holy Week and some of the music on BBC Radio 3 gets better (more Bach), some of the talks on Radio 3 get very serious with Dame Joan Bakewell.  Being a holiday period there is usually a politician free week, though the wretched debate on the AV referendum went very anti-Clegg.

Start the Week hosted by Mr Andrew Marr was more stimulating than usual and three of the speakers actually engaged, while one was primarily plugging  her book (which is the raison d'etre for the programme in the first place).  Andrew Marr took a back seat and let Sam Harris, Lucy Winkett and Adam Rutherford have an adult discussion about science and belief.  You can get a podcast of the programme on and find out about the speakers from

Meanwhile on Radio 3, Joan Bakewell started her series with a discussion on belief.  On Tuesday,  Professor Raymond Tallis was on.  This man is described as a polymath.  While agreeing with the term, Tallis doesn't half let us know it!  Nevertheless, his views are quite challenging and though he does not like the concept of scientism, his many books reflect his own belief system.  This is well worth a listen(

It shows that Joan Bakewell certainly improves with age, if one can comment on age these days. 

Note: Dame Joan is a real Dame and not a title bought by ordination to some other authority!

It is also sad to report that the Holy Week in Glasgow has turned out to be a real stinker, with some mad people doing something connected with football.  If I had my way, I would let them all play with no spectators, no broadcasting, no commentary, no pundits for what is certainly not sport.  Someone mentioned Frank Carson.  Frank had a word for almost everything and he had one to say about bigotry.   See previous posts on this blog if you don't understand what Glasgow is about. 

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