Attitude -by Professor Charles Swindol of Brigham Young University

3 01 2013

ATTITUDEby: Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.

The Maritime Museum – Greenwich

3 01 2013

A Chinese compass was on display.First discovered by the Chinese, though not used for navigation, but for lining up their dead correctly for burial.

Of interest to American friends is the Naval medal awarded (1653) to Admiral William Penn, RN.

Nobody knows today what the Columbus flagship Santa Maria looks like. The museum even raises the speculation that his first voyage (1492) was not his first to the New World.

The first explorers (Portuguese) were looking for spice, gold, etc. but what they we given was rhubarb … To the Chinese they looked constipated!

The museum tell us that cannibalism was not totally uncommon and they postulate that that was the fate of some of the Sir John Franklin expedition.

… and always heartbreak. “All to find the man I love he’s my jolly sailor dear.”



Head of the Church of England – HM Queen Elizabeth 11

3 01 2013

Her Majesty is noted for having publicly said nothing of any significance across 60-years. So below is rare:- 

“The concept of our established Church is occasionally misunderstood and, I believe, commonly under-appreciated. Its role is not to defend Anglicanism to the exclusions of other religions. Instead, the Church has a duty to protect the free practice of all faiths in this country … The Church of England has created an environment for other faith communities, and indeed for people of no faith to live freely.”   

And still the school system ignores …

3 01 2013

In the UK “obesity might bankrupt the National Health Service (NHS).”

We are so used to hearing that everything is in crisis, that the meaning of the word has by now been devalued … and we “don’t care.” [C.Patterson writing in The Independent. 2/1/2013] 

Deed most foul – UK style

3 01 2013

Brute caged for Life – The body was drained of blood. “She’s been on at me and just would not shut up.” The knife “ended up in her” after she’d hit him with a bottle. [New Year Sun newspaper.]