Apocalypse and Authenticity Conference

There’s going to be a conference about apocalypse in popular culture at the University of Hull next summer. Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati and Robert Geraci will be the keynote speakers. Here’s the call for papers: The aim of this conference is to explore the themes of the apocalypse and authenticity – either separately or jointly – in popular [Read More…]

Star Wars Weather Report

Enjoy this weather report from the UK for the day that The Force Awakens premiers. It is impressive that weather reporter Sian Welby manages to incorporate so many Star Wars puns, and to do so while keeping a straight face. Well done! My hope is that the day of the premier won’t lack a Rey [Read More…]

Mary Played while Joseph Sang

The person who shared this Christmas stamp from the UK suggested that it depicts Mary playing a Yamaha keyboard and Joseph with a microphone. What do you think?   [Read more…]

Andrew Crome on 50 Years of Doctor Who

On the DLT website there is now another piece by Andrew Crome, co-editor of and contributor to Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who, which is due out next week and already selling very well on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Click through to browse the entire Darton, Longman, and Todd online magazine, to [Read More…]

Time Traveler

Marc Cortez was one of several people to share a UK heritage blue plaque about a time traveler. I thought that this one made more sense: [Read more…]

Time, Space, and Faith: Religion and Doctor Who (Conference Announcement and Call for Papers)

Time, Space, and Faith: Religion and Doctor Who John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, 2nd November 2013 Doctor Who is a cultural phenomenon in both the UK and the United States, continuing to go from strength-to-strength as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in November 2013. Over the show’s long history on television—and in various spin-off [Read More…]

Mandaean Baptism in Liverpool

I was telling a colleague about the fact that there are Mandaean baptisms on YouTube, and she did a search and found this really nice video I had not seen before, which includes Mandaeans talking about the meaning of baptism for them. [Read more…]

Doctor Who Returns September 1st (and Pond Life Debuts Even Sooner)

Here’s a new trailer released today for the upcoming season of Doctor Who, which will begin to air on September 1st. And even sooner we’ll have Pond Life, webisodes about Amy and Rory when not traveling with the Doctor. That premieres online on August 27th on the BBC Doctor Who web site. [Read more…]

The EThOS of Open Access

Thanks to Nick Norelli for highlighting that a number of UK doctoral dissertations – including my own – are available for download from the British Library database EThOS, which stands for Electronic Theses Online Service. There are also a couple of theses related to the Mandaeans, one of which served as the basis for the [Read More…]

Keep Calm and Carry On

I was struck when a friend on Facebook shared this video, which explains how the currently popular “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster was rediscovered in Barter Books, a bookstore that I used to love to visit when I lived in the Northeast of England. [Read more…]