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Saturday, 27 August 2016

ALDOUS LEONARD HUXLEY (1894-1963)---BRAVE NEW WORLD



                                                                                 































Brave New World's title derives from Miranda's speech in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act V, Scene I:[4]
O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.
— William ShakespeareThe Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203–206[5

VEDANTA, HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS, AND QUANTUM PHYSICS


                                                                                               

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                                                                            VEDANTA (Wiki)




                                                                             

Friday, 26 August 2016

My new record Chess.com rating (1916)



                                                                             

                                                                Eduardo Martinelli



                                                               BLITZ RECORD


                                                     EDUARDO MARTINOLI versus LEONARD


                                                      AYERE ALUYA versus LEONARD


                                                                           

Ayere  Aluya

A WIN WITH THE KING'S GAMBIT AGAINST A HIGHLY RATED YANK



                                                               


                                              LEONARD VERSUS JOSH TAIT (USA)

Thursday, 25 August 2016

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP US TO CONFRONT AUTHORITY? The Portico Social Advocacy Group


                                                             



The Portico

                                       
                                           INFORMAL, DRAFT ANNOUNCEMENT

                                                              Tom Leonard


The planning of this secular, apolitical, democratic group is currently at an 
embryonic stage and a draft constitution with a safe space policy is in preparation
by myself and another Church member, with advice from several members of the
community at large. While the group will be centred on St. Andrews and St. George's
West (SOC) Church on George Street in central Edinburgh, it will not be explicitly
Christian in nature or controlled or unduly influenced by other groups, or by a 
leadership or steering committee. While we will elect a Secretary and a Facebook 
moderator, there will be no other elected or unelected official. It is anticipated that 
the group will interface between the Christian and secular components of our 
community.

     The idea is to seek ways of successfully confronting authority regarding the 
important social issues of the day. These include, but are by no means limited to 
(a) the protection of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers (b) reforming our
benefits system and Workfare, and scrapping Sanctioning (c) addressing the current widespread maltreatment of people with mental health issues (d) addressing 
ecological problems relating to the environment (e) demanding more help for the 
homeless, the  hungry, the sick. the elderly, and the vulnerable.

    Possibly ways of confronting authority include (A) well publicised public lectures 
and debates (B) public demonstrations, marches, and even pickets. These could prove 
to be more successful than, say, signing petitions or writing to Government officials, 
but all possibilities will be considered. including Parliamentary petitions for changes 
in the law. We also plan to organise various international campaigns, with a group 
Facebook page and maybe a blog.

    We plan to hold monthly meetings of the group, probably from 7pm until 10pm 
during a weekday evening. During these meetings, members will be encouraged 
to organise themselves into working groups which will consider how to further 
address specific social issues of interest.

     It is anticipated that this group is likely to attract interest from a wide range of 
socially active people and organizations in the Edinburgh area. If you are interested, 
then please e-mail me on

       leonardthomas70@googlemail.com

     Please say where you live, and whether you would like to be heavily, not so heavily,  
or tangentially involved with our group. Please also say something about yourself,

     We are planning to hold two or three informal meetings prior to our first formal 
meeting in November, and we will advise and invite you accordingly. 

                                                                 
                                                                
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

UPSTAIRS ON THE PHONE, A very short story


                                                                                 




                                                        UPSTAIRS ON THE PHONE

                                                        by Thomas Hoskyns Leonard


       "He was tired and confused, Officer, and not sure which day the car insurance was due. So, instead of driving to North Berwick, we went back to his mother's house to find out. I sat in the flower garden at the back and played with Angel, while he went up to his room. Twenty minutes later, I wondered what had happened to him. So I crept to the bottom of the stairs. I heard him mumbling into the telephone---some lengthy conversation or other. So I went back to the garden. I must have nodded off. When I went into the house about half an hour later, he still seemed to be mumbling on the phone. But when I walked into the bedroom, I discovered that the sounds were coming from a tape recorder! Then, when I walked through the front door, he was just lying there by the Volkswagen, with a knife stuck through the back of his neck. A few minutes later, you and your colleagues turned up."

      "You're full of bullshit, you creep. We have three eye witnesses. We're charging you with murder."

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

THE DISAPPEARANCES, A very short story by Scott F.



                                                         
                                                                   

     


                                               THE DISAPPEARANCES

                                                              Scott F.

      "And what relation do you have to the disappeared, Miss?"

      "I was their neighbour, Sir."

      "Tell me from the top."

      "The sun was just setting on the horizon. I was cooking in the kitchen. My husband's

 been---sick you see. He's never been quite the same since he went AWOL so to speak,

six months ago-----we found him wandering in the woods, He has terrible nightmares."

        "I see, go on,"

        "Well darkness was falling and the street lights had come on for the night. It was

a still night, My window was open to let out the steam from cooking. I was washing

some dishes in the sink, and and glimpsed up to look through the window.'

         "There was some kids, very young kids---pale kids---sickly looking kids---wandering

 around, going door to door, but few people seemed to answer.. I watched them as they

 approached my neighbours' door,'

         "And the strangest thing of all----I know it was dark but I remember their eyes

glinting in the moonlight---it haunts me---pure black---absolutely no colour----it gives me

the shivers up my spine.'

          "And that was the last I saw of my neighbours, There was some brief conversation.

I think the kids asked to use their phone and my neighbours let them inside,"