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Ellinas last won the day on March 12 2017

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  • Birthday 09/22/1965

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    Former Christian, now (for want of a better description) Hellenic pagan; married into a fundamentalist Christian family. My wife has finally walked out of the church. Yippee!

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  1. If an idea has worth, it does so on the merit of the idea. Whether or not it ever passed the lips of someone called Yeshua is utterly irrelevant.
  2. That explains the crucifixion as well.
  3. A far bigger issue for me, as I occasionally have to deal with international legal documents, is keeping a look out for drafts that allow confusion between American and UK usage. 05/01/20 would equate to 5th January 2020 here, 1st May 2020 in a country that uses the American convention, and confusion in any country where someone thinks about it and doesn't know which approach is being used, or which follows a completely different convention. Consequently, I tend to write in full in formal documents.
  4. The Christian bunch with which I was associated contained quite a few who were disinclined to acknowledge Christmas anyway - too worldly, pagan and/or catholic, apparently. It's never been a favourite of mine regardless of any doctrinal issue, or lack of it. I'm fed up of Mrs E trying (and, generally, failing) to get me to go on a diet pre-Christmas just so I can over-eat for a couple of days, and then complaining that I "go on a diet over Christmas" - which actually means that I continue eating normally. The reply:"but you've been telling me for weeks you don't want me to end up any heavier" seems not to compute, for some reason. I put up with the decorations because she wants them. My suggestion that they should be erected Christmas Eve and be put away on Boxing Day has never gained any favour. They are very restrained by today's standards. The main family Christmas tradition appears to have become listening to my Mother in Law complaining that there is so much food she finds it off-putting. These days, I just tell her she said exactly the same thing last year and suggest she doesn't eat what she doesn't want. In work, I make two contributions to office decorations. I put a picture on the wall of a grumpy man in an old fashioned night shirt and night cap, with the words "Bah humbug" above and "Merry Christmas my arse" underneath. I also put a coaster on my desk, which has the words "Happy fucking holidays" on it. Good things about Christmas? Someone usually gives me a bottle of whisky, a bottle of ouzo, and I get to buy some beer. This year there maybe an added bonus. News that my wife and I no longer attend church has begun to spread. So far, we've received no cards from Christian contacts in other parts of the country. If that (hopefully) continues, I can cross them off the mailing list. I hate writing Christmas cards, so the fewer the better. I can be quite cheerful, by the way. Sometimes... Honestly...!
  5. The office parties in my establishment have no religious overtone. I still decline, and have done so for years. I work with these people - why on earth would I want to see them outside of work...??? (And that is precisely the reason I give for not attending, if asked)
  6. Well, I don't think I come into the category of the sarcastic or inflammatory, but it's true I've not been around much. The issue is as simple as real life getting in the way and catching up with a backlog of posts being a touch daunting. May be the same for the sarky and inflamed brigade - and perhaps they grew up...
  7. I create that which I see. Whatever that, or any of the above, actually means. As I think I've said before - of this I am sure. Whatever "reality" is - there is likely some basis which is both simpler and more profound than any of us realise.
  8. You mean... like this one...? To be honest the social side of things (in terms of a meeting place like the house in the article) is of practically no interest to me, but I agree, others will feel very differently. Whatever floats your proverbial boat, I suppose.
  9. The point of any holiday is time off work. Just ignore all the b*ll*x.
  10. More to the point, from where I'm standing, there's no way for Christians to checkmate me. They can't find a way to get me thinking their king is mine. I'm mostly smart enough to see the logical fallacies in their beliefs, and I just assert the the reality of how their beliefs are.
  11. The main problem for anyone wanting to move to the UK, I suspect, is that there is a distinct whiff of xenophobia in the air. Brexit is just one symptom, and has continental Europeans primarily in its' sights - the approach of most Brexiters I've come across seems to rather favour the anglophone world, if only in a vague and, frankly, rather daft hope that suddenly we will trade with people half a world away at least as easily as we do currently with our nearest neighbours. The Home Office appears to have the capacity to be obstructive to immigrants, if some news reports are to be believed. If you want to live this side of the Atlantic, I'd look first at the Irish Republic. My impression is that it is a far more open and outgoing country than the UK at the moment. I have looked at the possibility of getting an Irish passport myself, but I can't find any suitably proximate relatives, unfortunately. For me, a little house on the hillside of a Greek island, overlooking the Med and with a taverna round the corner seems ideal. I can even get by with the language. But it now seems a rather more difficult proposition, unless sanity returns. I'm not holding my breath.
  12. I wish you well. If that is your idea of fun, then I hope you get a good laugh. Personally, I think I would do the calculation of the relative hardness of the wall and of my head, and decide not repeatedly bashing the latter against the former is the best available headache remedy. Seriously - your biggest problem might be avoiding this turning nasty. Your relative is unlikely to find your questions "fun", unless you present them very carefully indeed - but not being challenging would rather defeat the object..
  13. So, that was Thursday. This is Sunday. Was war declared?
  14. Speaking from the standpoint of regularly saying to the boss words to the effect: "You can give me more to do if you want to do so - but I'm not working evenings or weekends and I already have a backlog, so just tell me the order in which you suggest I do all these things, and which ones to ignore for now", I would echo the thought that, if they are prepared to pay you for drinking coffee, good luck to you. I am considering also the question possibly of reducing hours in a couple of years' time - but that will be linked to my age and my determination not to spend time in full time work all the way to my retirement. If I go that route, and am told my job is full time only, I'll be informing the powers that be that their choice is not whether I work full or part time, but whether I work part time for them or for someone else. I agree, however, there is a lack of imagination as to the best way to keep productivity up and absence down. I have noted an increasing tendency to greater managerial arrogance this last year or two. Fortunately, I'm, nearing the position where I don't have to put up with it at all, and am already able to say "no" with a reasonable degree of confidence.
  15. Mrs E and I have just returned from a trip to a care home to visit her elderly aunt. The undeniably sad part is that she is immobile (her legs don't work any more) and is in a home largely geared towards dementia patients, despite being sharp of mind herself - not ideal surroundings for her. But... This elderly aunt, a long-time fundamentalist Christian of the "old school" (no television, never go to the cinema, no entertainment beyond singing a hymn or two, wouldn't allow a pack of playing cards in the house - you get the picture) was very worried the other evening when the activities at the home involved a magic show. She was also very relieved when she found an excuse to go to her room instead. "After all", she told us, "you never know what people are dabbling in, do you?" Well, stuffed rabbits, bunches of fake flowers and a couple of top hats, probably. Though I don't think my suggesting that has altered her fear of conjuring tricks at all.
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