Book Review: Kingdom Come

Back 24 hours from a week long visit to the Ukraine (I’ll post more about the trip, photos and projects some other time as the inevitable catching up process begins) and now it’s time to post a few things on this blog before I go away again, this time on a much anticipated holiday to Cuba. Any trip that involves sitting around at airports and flights with no movies presents an excellent opportunity to catch up on some reading, so having devoured a copy of both Newsweek and the Economist,…

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Consumerism the alternative to Church

Once again my probing into the virtual world is only skin deep and I pick something up from the BBC. In this story they report a survey done by Tearfund (excellent charity by the way) that only 1 in 10 Britons attend church on a regular basis, nothing hugely surprising there. However in the BBC article the Reverend Lynda Barley, head of research and statistics for the Church of England Archbishops’ Council said this, “At first glance, the past has been left behind to wholeheartedly embrace individual choice and secular…

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Mother's Day, Consumerism and Slavery

It’s all in the news at once and because it’s Mother’s Day I’m in a hurry or I’ll be late for tea. So consumerism wrecked Mother’s Day – true, read the history here A whole host of facts on the abolition of slavery and modern slavery here and here. I’ll post more links in coming days… And for a whole host of articles from the BBC on these issues head to this article from the Green Room which makes me feel guilty for not having done anything about our food…

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Learning how to sell

One of paradoxes of my life is that on the one hand I’m anti-consumerism and the constant accumulation of possessions and on the other hand I own a shop and I want it to sell more goods. In fact I’m currently at a convention with a focus on growing the industry by persuading people to buy more. I justify this by thinking of the good that can be achieved a) by the projects we sell and b) by the projects we as a business are committed to. So here’s the…

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How to discover inner peace

When mail arrives from a credit card company it usually takes the most direct route to the recycling bin but today it caught my eye and made me look inside. Barclaycard were offering me inner peace! There on the envelope was a promise to ‘open up to inner peace’ and to be honest up until today I didn’t realise inner peace was a commodity, but clearly I was wrong. Consumerism has led people into debt and a credit card company presents itself as the solution to ‘bad financial karma’ –…

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Frustrations with Technology

For a while now we’ve been having a nightmare with TalkTalk who provide our broadband and clearly we’re not alone. So finally after months of hassle (the main reason why I’ve not posted as much as I otherwise might have done) we’re switching provider to Fast4. So far so boring. As a consumer I’ve exercised my right to switch although they’ve made it difficult. It’s made me think why we don’t exercise that power more often – because big companies try to hedge in and trap in the customer or…

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iPhone fuss

Just read an article about the hype of the iphone and down near the bottom of the page with the obligatory reader comments was this one from Charlie Pank, Edinburgh “Steve Jobs said “It’s like having your life in your pocket”. Does the man not realise that my life won’t fit in my pocket, and I don’t want it to? Actually he might be surprised to learn that my life is the size of, well my whole life actually. I feel sorry for people whose life can be contained in…

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