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    Heckle away old chap. You never disappoint in...

    Heckle away old chap.

    You never disappoint in offering new insights.

    Best regards
    M.
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    The Origins of Baptism.

    Baptism by immersion in water did not originate with Christians, or as many suppose with John the Baptist. The Jews had practiced baptism as a traditional act of purification and initiation long...
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    Loved it. A completely different perspective....

    Loved it.
    A completely different perspective.
    It also evoked disturbing images of a dismembered Saudi dissident beneath the Bosporus, but that's just me speculating.
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    An Instinctive Politician.

    An Instinctive Politician.

    It had taken the King a month to dispose of a wife on a charge of treason, sweep some of her friends to the block with her, bastardise her child, and acquire a new...
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    Wrong forum old fruit.

    Wrong forum old fruit.
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    Thank you buddy. A true Lit Net friend, as ever...

    Thank you buddy. A true Lit Net friend, as ever supportive.
    Best wishes.
    M.
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    Hi Pompey I could say I write because I don't...

    Hi Pompey

    I could say I write because I don't play golf, but that's too flippant. I enjoy writing I suppose because it satisfies whatever creativity is in my makeup, ( or, doubt, doubt "Is it my...
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    In times of old, the Greeks who founded the city...

    In times of old, the Greeks who founded the city dwelt lovingly on the contrast of sea and land where it meets, and hymned the nymphs of wave
    and spring, the garden by the shore.

    "Where...
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    Constantinople. This superb successor Of...

    Constantinople.

    This superb successor
    Of the earth's mistress, as thou vainly speakest,
    Stands 'midst these ages as, on the wide ocean,
    The last spared fragment of a spacious...
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    Is this related to Vedânta and other Indian Systems?

    As I understand it Vedânta is distinctly antagonistic to Nyâya, and most of its powerful dialectic criticism is generally directed against it....
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    Chapter 9. It was at Dong Du Street, whilst...

    Chapter 9.

    It was at Dong Du Street, whilst out strolling, that he occasioned upon the painting in a small art gallery. The humidity had been building up since dawn; and already in the short time...
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    Or your Chapter 1.

    Or your Chapter 1.
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    Au contraire. Dear Lord you don't know how...

    Au contraire.

    Dear Lord you don't know how you were missed with your wealth of knowledge.

    And thanks for getting me back on track re historical perspectives.

    Take care
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    Chapter 8. 22nd May 2019. Saigon. 5.13am. ...

    Chapter 8.
    22nd May 2019. Saigon. 5.13am.

    Things had definitely changed in the four days since he had arrived; though as usual one had to distinguish the ever transient chasmatic gap between...
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    Comparative Prophets.

    Do the maxims of Confucius and Jesus Christ differ so much, that we cannot take the plain and simple maxims of the former, to help illustrate the more obscure ones of the latter?
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    Yes. Excellent spirit.

    Yes. Excellent spirit.
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    Welcome back old chap. Good to see you are still...

    Welcome back old chap. Good to see you are still kicking. Best wishes. M.
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    If you look at the professions & incomes of the...

    If you look at the professions & incomes of the likes of: Boris Johnson, Rees Moggs & the individual accused of providing a lot of finance ( with Russian backing??) to the Brexit campaign, I tend to...
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    Always an interesting period of Chinese history....

    Always an interesting period of Chinese history. If my memory serves me correct, was the Sack of Peking by the British one of the results of the various Opium Wars?
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    Haha. Thanks. You too

    Haha. Thanks.

    You too
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    Chapter 7. Such sweet dreams on a Sunday...

    Chapter 7.

    Such sweet dreams on a Sunday morning in Taichung.

    I had gone to bed early the night before, but got up at 2am to have a brew of Yorkshire tea.

    But before I actually got up I...
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    Oh Dear. I'm completely out of my depth now as to...

    Oh Dear. I'm completely out of my depth now as to what steam punk comprises.

    Just after the war, our early years were regaled by the cartoon likes of Dan Dare, Billy Bunter and supplemented by...
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    I invariably attain the "divine spark" at a new...

    I invariably attain the "divine spark" at a new bar I've unearthed in Taichung, called The Three Bears.


    Much more edifying I find than sitting cross legged using my navel as the nexus of mortal...
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    My own list: Grahame Greene "The Power and the...

    My own list:

    Grahame Greene "The Power and the Glory." Made me rethink my approach to religion.

    Catch 22. Funniest book I have ever read. A complete zany one off.

    "The Honourable Schoolboy"...
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    A comic on Edward Gibbon's Decline & Fall. Sounds...

    A comic on Edward Gibbon's Decline & Fall. Sounds interesting. What was the prose like?
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