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    Blake's 7 coming back!

    I have no idea if there's anyone else here that was a fan of this '70s/early '80s BBC science fiction series, but I'm very excited to see that they have announced a re-make: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22079232 If they can do something along the lines of the Battlestar...
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    Why are the Greek and Romanian calendars so different for the Nativity fast?

    I always used to assume that the differences in fasting practices that we find in different churches were just along the lines of whether beer is considered wine or oil means every type of vegetable oil i.e. on what exactly a strict fast entailed as opposed to whether a given day should be  a...
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    Could someone recommend me a prayer book in English

    Hi all, I'm looking for a prayer book in English that is available in (or at least from) the UK. If someone could recommend one that has a decent selection of prayers including preparation for confession (very important) that would be great. Most of the prayer books I currently have are in...
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    Hello again from a seemingly random jumble of letters

    Hello everyone. It's been years since I was last here - so long that I've completely forgotten the story behind that bizarre title next to my post. Anyway, I recently passed the 10th anniversary of my Chrismation (in March) and I'm still Orthodox so I thought I'd come back and see what's...
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    Opinions of Gigi Becali?

    I think this is probably the best place to put this, but please move it if it belongs somewhere else. I just stumbled across this (slightly anti) article in the BBC news website about a rising star in Romanian politics. I know very little about the man except that he once offered to build a...
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    Limba Rom

    Cred ca asta o sa fie cel mai scurt 'thread' (cum sa scriu 'thread' pe româneşte?) din lumea dar cine aici vrea sa vorbeasca cu mine pe româneşte? Ar fi bine pentru mine sa scriu mai mult pentrucă când scriu nu poti auzi ca am un accent prost (englezesc/moldovenesc). James
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    A young boy from my parish has passed on

    Hi all, Please could you pray for a young boy from my parish, Edi, who has just passed on and for his family that they might be comforted. They came to Britain so that they could get treatment for Edi's leukaemia but unfortunately the treatment was not successful. Thank you James
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    The passing of a modern confessor of the faith

    All, As nobody has posted this yet, I thought I would share the following announcement that came to me with regards to the death of Fr. Gheorghe Calciu Dumitreasa, who suffered 21 years of imprisonment and torture under the communist regime in Romania: VeÅŸnica pomenire. Memory eternal. James
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    Home grown Romanian Islamic terrorist

    I'm frankly amazed by this report: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/5121714.stm Romania is practically the last place that I'd imagine producing Islamic converts let alone terrorists (I've only ever come across one mosque in the whole country, for instance. That's in Constanta, which...
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    Beslan attacker jailed for life

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/5018928.stm All I can say is, good. James
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    Byzantine Notation

    Hi all, Wasn't sure where best to post this so this will do for now. Someone can cheerfully move it if it seems to fit better in a different forum. On Saturday evening after Vespers, our priest and deacon ganged up on me and press-ganged me into the choir (I am actually happy to do it, so this...
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    Ante Gotovina captured in Spain

    I just saw this on the BBC news site and thought others might be interested: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4510122.stm James
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    Baby on the way?

    Hi all, I'm about to set off for the hospital and would appreciate your prayers for my wife (Gabriela) and our unborn child. It's a little early but it looks as though he/she might be on the way, though this could be a false alarm. There's also a slight chance that there may be a problem...
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    Problems with IE

    Hi, Any idea why I now find it impossible to log into the site using IE? For the last couple of days every time I've tried I've got an unable to log in message. I just decided (on the offchance that it might work) to try logging in using Firefox and there were no problems. Strange. James
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    Coming to Alabama (probably)

    Hi, My company's probably going to send me to Alabama on a business trip next week (Huntsville, I think, though I'll have to check). Does anyone here come from round that way? If so I'd appreciate it if you could let me know of any Orthodox churches that I might be able to attend as I may well...
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    London (suicide) bombers

    Hi all, I'm not sure how much those of you outside the UK will have seen of this, so I thought I'd post here. It appears that all the bombers in London were British Asians from West Yorkshire (this is no great surprise to me having grown up in the area and having prior experience of some of...
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    Font used on Romanian icons etc.

    OK. I have no idea where to put this so I'm sticking it here. It's basically just a quick question for help. I am a bit of an amateur iconographer and I want to paint icons of various Romanian saints that I can't find here. I'd like to use the normal script/font, whatever you want to call it...
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    Tsar Michael?

    All (and especially the Russians), Have any of you seen this news? http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/tsarmica.htm I'd be interested to see what people think of it and especially whether they think a renewed monarchy in Russia is either possible or desirable. Whether or not Prince...
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    Interesting discussion from which we could all probably benefit

    Hristos a-nviat! I found the following link to a discussion held by Fr. Andrew at Felixstowe Orthodox Church on his website. He was talking with several of his parishioners, from various jurisidictions, over Pascha this year and I think the discussion brought up some very good points...
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    Prayers for healthy child

    I was hoping that some of you might lend your prayers to mine. We just found out (we've suspected for a little while but it was confirmed yesterday) that my wife is pregnant with our second child. Please could you pray that the child will be healthy and that the pregnancy will be free of...