Editor's Welcome

June 2014

Written by the editor Saturday, 31 May 2014

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As a society, we do like to make a fuss about numerical landmarks in just about every area of our lives. From 50th birthdays to millennium celebrations, our penchant for anniversaries neatly divisible by 10 is as endearing as it is superficial. A case in point: Her Majesty has now been on the throne two years longer than she had at the time of her Diamond Jubilee, yet despite the 341 additional engagements she attended last year alone and despite the three-and-one-third per cent increase in the duration of her reign, the 61st and 62nd anniversaries pale in comparison to that which had a nice round number of 60

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May 2014

Written by the editor Saturday, 03 May 2014

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We live in an increasingly multifunctional world. Our phones are also our sat navs, our televisions are also our computers, our computers are also our televisions and, if you haven't updated your technology since the last century, then perhaps your alarm clock also makes the tea. We experience this versatility – perhaps somewhat more subtly – in other areas of our lives as well, not just within the technological bubble. A church, for example, is more than just a place of worship, a modern library offers more than just books and a park or open space is more than just a place to walk the dog. Almost everything we interact with can serve a different purpose to different users.

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April 2014

Written by the editor Saturday, 29 March 2014

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Take a moment to consider all the things you have missed. I am not trying to evoke any deep emotional response, with memories of missed opportunities or the like, but simply to highlight the vastness of happenings around us. As we each go about our daily lives we are required to filter out so much of that which our established routines do not afford us the time to focus on. Whether you see that filtering mechanism as a good or bad thing will largely depend on your outlook, but one upside is the pleasure that can come from discovering something new when our barriers to the busy world around us are allowed to drop.

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March 2014

Written by the editor Sunday, 02 March 2014

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Compassion is a simple yet immensely powerful trait. The desire to alleviate the suffering of others is an emotional response that – even if one is unable to prevent the cause of such pain – signifies an aspect of humanity that should not be taken for granted in this day and age. The sheer volume of deserving cases, however – on both a national and international scale, not to mention locally – can often be the cause of a certain amount of compassion fatigue. Where should we direct our time, energy and money when there are so many worthy recipients?

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February 2014

Written by the editor Saturday, 01 February 2014

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How many friends do you have? A question that may mean something different depending on your generation or how online savvy you are. Those who have lived the majority of their life in a world without Facebook (and such a time did once exists) – that is to say, anyone over the age of 20, given that Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday this month – may still count their true friends on one hand. Those who can't imagine a like-free world without their timeline, however, may prefer to count their friends in avatars.

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January 2014

Written by the editor Monday, 30 December 2013

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Depending on what time of the month you're reading this, the spirit of Christmas may or may not still be bestowing you with a festive feel-good factor. Perhaps you have recently spent time with family you seldom see; perhaps you presented a friend with a well-received and thoughtful gift; or perhaps you extended an act of kindness to a stranger. Perhaps any or all of these left you with a feeling of contentment to see in 2014.

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December 2013

Written by the editor Saturday, 30 November 2013

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What does Christmas mean to you? Is there one true meaning of Christmas, or is it something more personal that carves its own unique definition into the souls of not only Christians around the world, but those of other faiths and those without any religious inclination as well. As a phrase and a concept, the 'true meaning of Christmas' is relatively new in the wider context of Christianity, with the earliest record of its use first appearing in the 19th century. It is traditionally understood to refer not so much to the Nativity of Christ, but to a more general objection to the commercialisation of the festive season and a reminder that there is more to Christmas than gift buying

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November 2013

Written by the editor Saturday, 02 November 2013

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The anniversary of an important or significant date is either celebrated, commemorated or forgotten. Birthdays are perhaps the most easily-remembered occasions in our lives – none more so than for expectant parents waiting to see what date their unborn child will select for his or her own day of birth. Wedding anniversaries, however, can, if forgotten, lead to less celebrating and more 'celebating', while a reminder of the anniversary of a less memorable lifetime event can provide a stark reminder of just how much time has passed.

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