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Recent content by Riddikulus

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    Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday

    He wrote about life in the modern city, with its lawyers and criminals, bankers and urchins, dreamers and clerks. He created characters still known to millions Ebeneezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, Pip and Miss Havisham, Fagin and Oliver Twist. And it made him a star, mobbed by fans on both sides of...
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    If an Orthodox Chrisitan married a Buddhist...

    I'm guessing marriage in the Orthodox Church would be out? And what would be the situation for an Orthodox believer in this situation with regard to receiving the Eucharist?
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    Thunderstorms, flooding in Queensland... again!

    Around this time last year there was terrible flooding and loss of life in Queensland due to flooding. At the moment, it's raining like there's no tomorrow and there is already reported flooding. We are cut off road-wise, but not in any danger. Son-in-law can't get to work, and we have visitors...
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    NZ food bill to make growing food a government privilege not a human right

    (NaturalNews) The God-given human right to freely cultivate food is under attack in New Zealand (NZ) as special interest groups and others are currently attempting to push a "food security" bill through the nation's parliament that will strip individuals of their right to grow food, save seeds...
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    Tributes for young balloon tragedy victims

    A young couple who died in yesterday's ballooning tragedy had already tried twice to go up in a hot air balloon but bad weather had postponed it. Finally, fine weather yesterday meant 19-year-old Alexis Still and her partner Chrisjan Jordaan, in his early 20s, could float over Carterton. But by...
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    Teen dies after being stuck in waterfall

    Rescuers considered amputation during a desperate bid to save a teenager stuck upside down at a waterfall in Wanaka. Dion Latta, 15, became trapped hanging over the edge of a waterfall after his foot caught in a narrow chasm at Motatapu Gorge. He managed to stay alive by sucking air through...
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    Ben Breedlove dies on Christmas Day.

    A teenager died on Christmas day in Austin. He suffered a heart attack, the fourth of his short life. He had cheated death three times, he said. Generally a heart attack victim, even a teenager, would garner little media attention — it's sad of course, tragic for his family and friends...
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    Having a rough day - joyous occasion and bitter-sweet memories.

    The widow of my nephew got married again today and it's brought my nephew's passing back home to me. We weren't there; the wedding occurred in another country. Please pray for two things. That my niece-in-law's new husband will be to her all that she hopes and that she will be the same for him...
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    Ancient Jewish Icons

    Ancient Jewish synagogues were filled with icons. While Scripture required the inside of the Jerusalem Temple to display icons of angels, the icons in Jewish synagogues depicted numerous scenes from Scripture... http://theorthodoxlife.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/ancient-jewish-icons/
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    Please pray for my husband.

    In 2010 my husband had a quadruple bypass, and is having problems again. Added to which his blood tests are looking bleak. Tests for Chronic lymphocytic leukemia are being scheduled. So, please pray for Fr Deacon John.
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    Please pray Shooty.

    A young Tamil refugee, Shooty, held in Villawood Detention, has committed suicide. He was only 27. Please pray for him. May his memory be eternal.
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    Oil spill disaster New Zealand's 'worst in decades'

    An oil spill from a stranded cargo ship off New Zealand is the country's worst environmental disaster in decades, the government says. Officials say 350 tonnes of oil may have leaked from the 775ft (236m) Rena, which ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef off the port of Tauranga on Wednesday...
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    Higher Ground _ Interview with Frederica Mathewes-Green.

    Not long ago PBS' "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly" came to my house to interview me about the movie, "Higher Ground." Click the link to get the story, and to see a good number of clips from the film. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/october-7-2011/higher-ground/9668/...
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    For Orthonorm - Fatwa Against Pokémon Issued in Saudi Arabia - serious discussion

    Christian fundamentalists have been there, done similar. Years ago they were ranting against Pokemon and accusing it of being satanic; banning it from their schools. No different to their rants against Harry Potter, of course. The Saudis just seem to be behind the times.
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    'Spartacus' star Andy Whitfield dies of lymphoma

    Friends and family have paid tribute to former Spartacus star Andy Whitfield, who died on Sunday after a battle with cancer. http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/5608742/Spartacus-star-Whitfield-dies-age-37 Lord, have mercy. May his memory be eternal.