Here and There, Week 15 2017

The sky keeps being blue, which is great news

Few people like clichés but they serve an important purpose, as Stig Abell explains.

Stories of Muslims becoming Christians are fairly common in church circles, but it was striking to read of one in the New York Times, reported by Patrick Kingsley.

Deb and I recently went to see the new version of Beauty and The Beast, and it was fine. Hannah Anderson saw more in it, as she considered how community forms us.

David Herman makes a point I've heard several times before, that people wanting to understand the times we live in should read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, rather than George Orwell's 1984.

Finally, what did Edinburgh look like in 1544? This digital reconstruction gives us some idea, without sound effects or people...