20200327

10 Coronavirus words


  1. Virus - an infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat, is too small to be seen by light microscopy, and is able to multiply only within the living cells of a host.
  2. Outbreak - a sudden occurrence of something unwelcome, such as war or disease. Outbreak can carry the same meaning as epidemic, but is often used for a more limited geographic area.
  3. Epidemic - a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.
  4. Pandemic - (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
  5. Social distancing - a set of infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease.
  6. Fomites - objects or materials which are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, utensils, and furniture.
  7. Contact tracing - in public health, this is the process of identifying persons who may have come into contact with an infected person and subsequent collection of further information about these contacts. 
  8. Self-isolation - if a person shows symptoms of illness (in this case coronavirus so a dry cough and high temperature) they are urged to self-isolate. This means staying at home and if possible, not leaving for any reason, other than to exercise (staying a safe distance from others).
  9. Quarantine - a state, period or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to infectious or contagious disease are placed.
  10. Contagious and infectious - (of a disease) spread from one person or organism to another, typically by direct contact. (of a disease or disease-causing organism) liable to be transmitted to people, organisms, etc. through the environment.

20200323

10 Berries (Human)


  1. Chuck Berry American entertainer
  2. Halle Berry American actress
  3. Mary Berry British cookery presenter
  4. Matt Berry British actor
  5. Dave Berry British Popstar
  6. Sian Berry British politician
  7. Wendell Berry American writer
  8. William Jan Berry American popstar (half of Jan and Dean)
  9. Steve Berry American novel writer
  10. Ron Berry Welsh novel writer

10 Berries


  1. Blackberry
  2. Blueberry
  3. Bilberry
  4. Cranberry
  5. Elderberry
  6. Gooseberry
  7. Loganberry
  8. Mulberry
  9. Raspberry
  10. Strawberry

20200319

People are dying who have never died before


The phrase "People are dying who have never died before" is one my father often used to quote. It is akin to "He'd be turning in his grave if he was alive". I'm not sure if the attribution above is correct. The former one is in the news again as some rather naughty people are claiming Trump has said it. Always check your facts. Snopes is a good place. As I should have guessed the Sam Godlwyn quote is incorrect.
The earliest instance of this comical expression was apparently printed in an 1879 novel titled “The Honourable Ella: A Tale of Foxshire” by William Ulick O’Connor Cuffe, 4th Earl of Desart.

“My dear Harry, you don’t understand the rudiments of political economy. If Cobden were alive to hear all the twaddle of the free-traders now he would turn in his grave - at least, I mean he’d be confoundedly disgusted.

The author Cuffe highlighted the witticism by allowing his character to recognise that the figurative language was incongruous.

20191012

10 ipper words


1. Dipper as in on the Big Dipper
2. Whipper as in whipper snapper
3. Ripper as in Jack the Ripper
4. Nipper as in our nipper likes to tease
5. Flipper as in Flipper the dolphin
6. Tipper as in she's a good tipper or that tipper truck is full
7. Kipper as in that kipper taste nice at breakfast and all too day
8. Quipper as in he's a fast and funny quipper
9. Slipper as in he hit me with his slipper
10. Zipper as in zip that zipper up

20191010

10 Moon words


1. Moonshine - originally a slang term for high-proof distilled spirits usually produced illicitly, without government authorisation.
2. Moonstruck - unable to think or act normally, especially as a result of being in love.
3. Mooncalf - a foolish person
4. Moonbeam - a ray of moonlight
5. Moon blindness - a recurrent inflammation of the eye of the horse, also called periodic ophthalmia
6. Moonmilk - a white, creamy substance found inside limestone caves. It is a precipitate from limestone comprising aggregates of fine crystals of varying composition usually made of carbonates such as calcite, aragonite, hydromagnesite and/or monohydrocalcite.
7. Moon knife - a crescent-shaped knife with a handle across the center used in leather finishing
8. Moon letter - an Arabic consonant to which the l of a preceding definite article al is not assimilated in pronunciation
9. Moon buggy - Lunar roving behicle as used in the Apollo mission
10. Mooncake - A rich thick filling usually made from red bean or lotus seed paste surrounded by a thin, (2 or 3 mm) crust. It can contain yolks from salted duck eggs. They are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by tea.

20190801

Having a reputation for being a Christian does not prove regeneration



"You may have a conscience that agrees that you are a Christian. You may have a tender heart, a hatred of sin and a love for God’s Word. These are excellent things but again they cannot prove regeneration. Having a reputation for being a Christian is not the same as being born again. No amount of zeal, persecution or patience under trial can prove anything. Even strong hopes of heaven and willingness to die for Christ are inconclusive. In Matthew 7:22, 23 Jesus speaks these sobering words
Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!
There is such a thing as a mere form of godliness (2 Tim 3:5)."
From my book What the Bible teaches about being born again, p 120


20190726

We must know if we are regenerate



"We are going to be judged one day and as everything hangs on the hinge of new birth we must be absolutely clear about whether we have been born again or not."
From my book What the Bible teaches about being born again, p 117


Regeneration - the knowledge factor


"This fact must not be abused, but out of ignorance a person may live contrary to certain Christian teachings and practices and may appear not to be born again when in fact he is. Of course, if he is genuinely reborn that will show itself when his errors are pointed out.
Far from arguing against religious instruction and faithful teaching prior to conversion, this observation argues rather in its favour. The better instructed people are, the better they will be able to discern their standing before God and benefit from being reborn."
From my book What the Bible teaches about being born again, p 110, 111

Born again - date unknown


"On occasions, I have met people who cannot tell you accurately when they were born. I remember a Vietnamese fellow who was picked up on the streets of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) as an orphaned toddler, and was eventually brought up in the UK. He only knew more or less how old he was. Many abandoned children share the same sort of ignorance. In certain parts of rural Nigeria, it is common not to know the exact day you were born as records are not kept too strictly. In a similar way, many Christians do not know exactly when they were born again. As Archibald Alexander points out, even those who claim that they do know may well be wrong. ... 
A characteristic of regeneration is that it is mysterious and secret so we should not be surprised that it can be difficult to know exactly when it has occurred."
From my book What the Bible teaches about being born again, p 103, 104
NB  There are apparently some 51 million people  wordwide with no birth certificate [63% of them in SubSaharan Africa].