Does religion breed bigots or do bigots hide behind religion?

Read this:

Some bakers in Northern Ireland say they won’t bake a Bert and Ernie cake for a gay couple as it’s out of line with their beliefs, given to them by the bible. This begs a question – does religion create bigots or do people who are bigoted use religion as an excuse for their ideals?

Personally speaking, I’m not religious. The bible has a giant in it and contradicts itself so often as to be disregardable. I’ve read a fair chunk of it to understand where people are coming from but cannot see how it could encourage you to devote your life to it or those people depicted.

I’m of the mind that you should treat others the way you want to be treated. Be nice to people, understand their point of view and consider if your views are what you truly believe or what you’ve been told.

Just bake the cake and make people happy. What would Jesus do?

Bitcoins: A Wonder For Economics Students

I did an A Level in Economics when I was at college. I found it really interesting though many of the finer nuances were a little difficult to grasp. One thing I do wish, however, was that the Bitcoin was around when I was studying.

I’ve just read this:

According to the official US Bureau of Labor Statistics measure, prices measured in dollars are up 1.3% since January. That’s mild inflation. Prices measured in Bitcoins are down 98.5% over the same period.

I wish I still understood enough about economics to understand it all and the implications of it. It would make for a fascinating study.

One thing I do understand is that I should’ve bought some of them when I was thinking about it a couple of years ago!!

If you’ve got the money, why not eh…

Want a guy with a machine gun outside your house? No problem.


Anyone know what on earth this is all about?!

Thanks, everyone

Just a note to say thank you to those who’ve followed, liked, linked to and commented on my haiku (haikus..?) this week. It’s much appreciated and has given me confidence to keep going with them as the week has progressed.

I’ve been writing them about things I’ve seen during the day. The first one was about a cloud formation I saw out of the window at work knowing that I’d be able to take some great photos of it if I went out walking the hills. The second about a the last leaf flapping on a tree branch I saw by my car. The third was about the sunrise as I was scraping the melting ice from my car. The forth was about the factory on the hill that I can see from my desk at work. Finally the fifth was about a lone bird on the telegraph wire that connects my house and the pole outside, which I spooted as I got into my car on this windy day.

I’m no writer, never claimed to be and am certainly not a poet (I don’t read books and I could probably name only 5 poets and quote no poems in their entirety), but I’ve been playing with haiku for a few months now, on and off. I’ve been making them in my head in quiet moments about things I see for years without ever writing them down. I told someone that I make these things up in my head and they think I’m mad! Probably best for me to keep it on the internet where madness goes into the pool a little more discreetly!

In that spirit, here are a few others that haven’t been written specifically for this challenge, in case you want something to read:

Late evening sunshine
Watching the glistening fields
As shadows fall long

Crumbling dry stone wall
A swallow swoops overhead
Late summertime bliss

Walking happily
A sudden crunch underfoot
The landmine of guilt

Again, many thanks for the reads, visits, likes, comments. For those new followers, I will try to contribute more haiku(s) when I think of them but this blog will return to, mainly, me moaning about football, motor sport and the media. Sorry about that!