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Here's a problem with Microsoft Word that's bugged me for ages.Quotation marks in Word
Sometimes I write a document in which I quote either another document (a book, for example), or report direct speech. I might do this with single-quotation marks (') or with double-quotation marks ("). It's useful to have the choice here, because you sometimes quote a document in which something...Read more
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In Microsoft Word, there's all the difference in the world between a new paragraph and a new line.
To insert a new paragraph, press the Enter key. If you have "show all characters" turned on, you'll see each paragraph break with its "backwards P" icon. Each paragraph in Word has its own properties. It can have extra space above or below, it could be indented from the left / right...Read more
Are you trying to find out which Church of England Parish you live in? Simply visit the link below and put your postcode into the search tool. Note, they've changed their website. You now have to wait after entering your postcode, and select one of the autocomplete entries served by Google maps; only then can you click the arrow button to begin your search.
I have huge respect for Christopher Idle. I love the hymns he writes. And he's a godly man with a wise, pastoral heart. I was searching for some of his hymns, when I found something rather different.
Doubtless, many readers of this will be familiar with Henry Scott Holland's poem Death is Nothing at all . For those who don't know it:
Death is nothing at all. It does...Read more
What are we doing here this morning?
What happens when Christians come together, for what we call “church”.
It’s always good to have visitors with us. Maybe you go regularly to another church elsewhere. But if you don’t, I wonder what you think gets Christians to come here. As opposed to stay in bed. Play football. Go shopping.
I take it we all agree that love is important. If I told you that I’m going to try to convince you that love is important, you’d probably switch off. We know that already.
What’s not so obvious is what we mean by this. What is love? How is it important?
Nearly every world religion teaches that love is supreme. Whether it’s one of the 5 Sikh virtues. Whether it’s required by......
Churches can easily become competitive places. People jockeying to be noticed, treated by others as the significant ones.
Or you get a two-tier system. There are the keen members, the spiritual ones. And then there’s everybody else, who feel less part of things.
Competitive. Elitism. We get enough of those two attitudes in the wider world. We don’t need it here as well. And yet....
A random sample from some of the people I read online, taken from the past 24 hours.
Quite who is complaining about this is one thing, what they’re complaining about another:
NHS hospitals are "plugging the care gap" with healthcare assistants amid a growing shortage of nurses, a new report suggests.
The study found the number of healthcare assistants is rising at four times that of nurses, amid a shortage of around 35,000 nurses.
For every nurse taken on...
“Because we tried to eliminate the sin of racial prejudice in public spaces without grasping that central distinction [between a sin and a crime], we have ended up mandating the commission of sin in public spaces. Essaying to stamp out one sin, we have made another sin, one that is far worse than racial prejudice, mandatory” (Same Sex Mirage, pp. 135-136).
As the payday lending industry has grown rapidly over the past decade, particularly in lower-income and minority communities, the usual critics of free-market commerce have found yet another capitalist whipping boy ripe for attack. These critics, often posturing as "consumer advocates," charge that payday lending exploits the poor and...
You'll also find me in a few other places online, such as …
I also maintain a few other websites:
- Mandelbrot ExplorerThis is an easy to use, totally free, fractal explorer — explore the Mandelbrot Set and the Julia Sets, starting with one of 6 inbuilt colour schemes, but with a totally flexible layers-based way to colour your fractals exactly as you wish. There are many other features - visit the website to find out more.
- Books by Mary OakleyMy late grandmother compiled 5 little booklets of poems and prayers that helped her at various stages of her life. Visit the website to find out more about these booklets, or to order online.
- Kemsing with Woodlands ChurchesThe two churches in west Kent where I'm the vicar / minister / pastor.