Despicable Me 2—- Less Despicable, More Me

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwXbtZXjbVESequels are usually not equals of the first go around with a particular kind of movie, but sometimes you get a surprise. Despicable Me 2 is not as original as the first film of the series, but it is just as much fun, and just as lovable. Gru, no longer a villain, now runs a jam making company. But alas, the jam is not very good, and his right hand man (played by Russell Brand) Dr. Nefario is tired of not doing any devilish deeds.While the … [Read more...]

A Ride Through History—- In Honor of the Fourth

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Time and again people have asked how I learned how to write and when it all began. In cleaning out my mother's house I found a hand-written essay of mine from elementary school days at Northwood Elementary in the early 1960s, perhaps when I was eleven or twelve, though there is no date on the paper. In other words, this is a story I wrote at least fifty years ago.I do not claim this is a great story or great literature, but it provides some clues about the gift of writing God gave me from … [Read more...]

The Rankin Files— Fleshmarket Close

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Fleshmarket Close is the fifteen John Rebus adventure, but it does not match up to the very high standard Ian Rankin had set himself from about Black and Blue onwards. Here is a summary of the plot from the Amazon listing of the book..."An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme: a racist attack, or something else entirely? Rebus is drawn into the case, but has other problems: his old police station has closed for business, and his masters would rather he retire … [Read more...]

The Cambridge Chronicles: Part Two

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When most people think of Cambridge, they think of the University, and of it's most famous college King's College and perhaps if they are musically inclined, the King's College choir boys. They think of the ornate front entrance or the view across the stream from the backs (see above). These days, they don't so often think of which King we are talking about... though his statue stands in the high wall outside the perimeter of said college---Yes that's him alright.... Henry VIII (cue … [Read more...]

The Cambridge Chronicles: The Globe

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For those of us who are nuts about Shakespeare, a trip to the new Globe Theatre (not so new any more since they were constructing it in 1997) is a must. On a beautiful, blue sky day, my good friend Richard Bauckham and I took a trip down from Cambridge to the bustling metropolis that is London to accomplish two things: 1) see a Mid Summer Night's Dream at the Globe, and 2) have dinner with one of my favorite writers of historical fiction--- P.C. also known as Paul Doherty. This day went so … [Read more...]

The Rankin Files— A Question of Blood

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This one is different, for this one is personal, and for my money this may be the best of all the novels in this series. The reason this story is personal for John Rebus is because one of his nephews is killed when an apparently crazed former soldier comes into a school, killing two children, and wounding a third--- or did he? At the same time, John Rebus' best colleague, under study and friend, Siobhan Clarke, has been attacked and repeatedly harassed by a ne'er do well bad guy and then he … [Read more...]

The Rankin File— Resurrection Men

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St. Peter stood tall behind the podium in heaven when the criminal came seeking entrance. "You can't come in here," said Peter, "and I've got some good news and bad news for you.""Excellent," said the thug, "tell me the good news first.""You will be raised from the dead."The man starts jumping up and down saying "Cool. A fresh start. But what's the bad news."Peter looked down and said, "You'll be part of the negative resurrection referred to in Dan. 12.1-2 and Rev. 20." … [Read more...]

Work Rate, Write Right

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I've been doing a lot of reading lately about and by two famous Durhamites--- C.K. Barrett, and his predecessor, and in some respects, role model. J.B. Lightfoot. One of the interesting connections is their work rate. They were not afraid of hard work and lots of it. Kingsley, for example, regularly would work from 10-2 in the morning on his scholarly work. In part this is because he was a good family man, and the earlier part of the evening until the children went to bed was devoted to … [Read more...]

C.K.Barrett Day at Durham University

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There has rarely ever been a day like that which began the night of the 15th of May and ran through to the afternoon of the 16th of May here at Durham University. It was C.K. Barrett day, and a whole series of honorific scholarly presentations, as well as personal reflections were given on CKB, my doctor father. The picture above comes courtesy of old friend Professor Bill Telford, now retired, who taught at both Newcastle and Durham. I lectured on the importance of rhetoric for the study of … [Read more...]


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