In New york they use my name in vain, oh GAD, GAD damn, GAD help me......
BTW your mail to the TE alias upset a few people.
I’m traveling on biz with Mark in CLT, who at dinner mentioned your mail and told me he were very religious. I told him you were an atheist and I was too, he said he had never talked to one before and wanted to know more about us. It was a very interesting couple of hours.
I hope you are well & enjoying life in New Zealand. I am spending a lot of time at the moment thinking about a move to Australia or New Zealand & Jeni seems up for it. Owning the practice is stopping me as we have put a lot of effort into building it up & I feel that I'm seeing greener grass that may not really be there. To sacrifice the practice for a life in the southern hemisphere may not be a cerebral move but it's hat my heart desires - I am disillusioned with the UK, especially having been around the higher order of my profession for a number of years.
The 'waverer' comment was because I am a Mason - remember the FREE masonry in the Virgins all those years ago. It tends to require a degree of God-Botherin' as an entry requirement but mostly its about living a good life - virtuous more than religious. It's mostly about raising charitable donations (like Rotary or Round Table)
I saw Richard Dawkins on Newsnight a few years ago & have read most of stuff in the past. Read God Delusion & it hit a cord with me (though I haven't divested the kids of a belief in Santa Claus). They are very convinced that God exists, though they know my belief that he does not. It is a hot topic within the family, even though they are only aged 8 & 5 - logically, if you want to remove God, you should remove all other fictitious stuff.
Please keep in touch - we're planning a trip down under - probably next year, so I hope to be able to visit.
Thanks Richard. You're right, it is child abuse. White holes, huh? Sounds interesting, but I thought nothing could escape a black hole. The theory is that it is the "other end" of the black hole? If so, why can't we see any of those? Surely we'd be on the receiving end of a bh/wh somewhere in the universe.
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