America’s total solar eclipse today

A total solar eclipse will bisect the USA today for the first time in 99 years. It could be the most viewed total solar eclipse in history.  Millions will experience it for the first time, but another one will cross America in another direction seven years later on 8th April 2024. The midday Moon, usually …

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American Independence Day

Today, American Independence Day, reminds us of 'no taxation without representation'.  This was the principle on which the American War of Independence was fought. It was not simply a desire for independence, but a revolt against undemocratic control. Another blow for freedom was struck exactly 200 years later on 4/7/1976, when the Israel Defence Forces …

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Signs of the Times

We are living in interesting and significant times, with a number of notable anniversaries co-inciding. 31st October 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Martin Luther unwittingly commenced the Protestant Reformation when he posted his 95 Theses for discussion on the door of the Castle …

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The Ark of Noah – and The Unsinkable Dream

I have just finished reading The Unsinkable Dream by Johan Huibers, the Dutchman who has built a full-sized replica of Noah's Ark. Its Dutch title is Let Your Dream Sail. It is a wonderful read about an amazing project with so many lessons that you should simply purchase the book for yourself. The Ark is …

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