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You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence.

It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving.

And, as you do, you will experience your own self esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.

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April 2 2007

Dogma & Music DonInLondon ‘A Day In the Life’

How can I write about dogma and music at the same time? I guess because these are the things on my mind for today. One of the few possessions I have been able to keep over the years is collection of CD’s. Not many I have to say, just a few. The music kept sort of hits home on where life was for a long time where there was love too. Realising the small laptop I have can play CD’s has been a revelation to me. Same as the video and the you tube experience.

You tube does offer us some real and helpful ways to express views, opinions and ideas, and more importantly, our individuality. We can find the best of us and the worst of us expressed in our writing and love of different music.

Indeed Love

The few CD’s I don’t know why I kept them. Once part of a large and eclectic mix of music which in recent years I dared not play for the memories it brings back to me.

Feels like a deep sigh coming out of me as I listen and write. Brian Eno, and his more esoteric compositions in particular. Something there is his music, a very personal and deep exploration in my head. No idea what the composer might have been feeling, I am just grateful I can listen today.

The real truth of me and music, well I guess some represents times past and loves lost. Or not lost, maybe ended too soon. It depends whether we are the ones left or we are doing the leaving sometimes.

People places and things

I have deeps of loss around times past. Connections which I cannot bridge again. Simply it is not possible to bring back people who are no longer with us and music often catches me and makes for recollections as if they have just happened. So the sense I get listening tonight is not of particular people, more a sense of time and place.
Like every human who has walked this earth with love, when love is lost the intense pangs inside can be as painful as any barb we might encounter.

I would never wish those memories lost, even though its taken me much of a decade to bring myself to listen again. I am able to feel every nuance of time and occasion, every element and every touch of human contact.

We experience so many poignant moments and when we have had that intense feeling of completion and peace where a particular piece of music captures our distant memories. So too tonight.

I feel the interest in the Day In the Life you Tube videos, for whatever reason is helpful. And for the feedback which helps me keep my feet on the ground.

Its been a very good day, just seeing my family local and makes me realise I am looking forward to seeing my brother and his family again soon I hope. Times are changing and with my head less full of dark and isolated machinations. Less introspective, More circumspect and more able to open my eyes to the outside world. This is change for me, for the good. And its taken at least a decade to be able to listen to music and appreciate every evocation.

Being given another opportunity to have this simple complicated pleasure, music is a breakthrough. I hope it lasts a while. Smiles for me though today will do just fine.

When I started writing and sharing expression, it was purely for cathartic reasons. Expressing my insides out. And now experiencing again some other elements of music which rips through to every part of my psyche is really quite a surprise.


I am sure I am as capable of Dogma as the next. And truthfully it is quite a challenge to share the truth of me, as truly I can be knocked for six, if I believe I am or have a holy grail. Its like anything else in our life, we catch on to something and we feel its power inside us and how it makes us complete. I am glad for challenge, I would be incomplete with just my view. And tonight it feels better in the loop than quiet or lost in one way living.

Dogma, a limiting and unhealthy obsession with superior outlooks. Glad my outlook is always being challenged. Glad its not me running the whole show. Glad the whole world is a power greater than me. Accepting there is room for more understanding. Experiencing living, and having some connection.


The gift. To see life as it unfolds, with senses open and not closed to this incredible moment of now. Wonderment at Nature and Providence. We maybe become more practised in the art of living in the moment. As the wisdom of time has enabled, spiritual is the connection we have to reality. We all have this same capacity, and practice offers enlightenment, no greater or smaller than any other human I sincerely hope. Ultimately we are all equal, yet unique and authentic given opportunity. Same pattern as nature evolves us, forever held to our outlook shaped by and lived as can be in the ever present, present moment of now..

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Iran TV shows captured UK crew April 2 2007

Iranian state television has aired new footage of two of the 15 Royal Navy personnel captured nine days ago.
Royal Marine Capt Chris Ayre and Lt Felix Carman were shown separately in front of a chart of the Gulf, where the Britons were seized on March 23.

Capt Ayre said Iranian maps apparently showed the group was inside Iranian territorial waters. Lt Carman said he understood why Iran was angry.

The Foreign Office described showing the TV footage as "unacceptable".

'Treated well'

In the footage shown on official TV channel Al-Alam, Capt Ayre is shown describing how the group was captured.

He said: "Approximately about ten o'clock in the morning we were seized - apparently at this point here from their maps on the GPS they've shown us - which is inside Iranian territorial waters."

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Tehran screens televised 'confession' by two more British service personnel April 2 2007

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Iran stepped up its propaganda offensive against Britain last night by broadcasting new footage of two of the 15 captured service personnel on al-Alam television, including another "confession" that they had strayed into Iranian waters.

The two are each pictured in front of a map of what appears to be the Persian Gulf. They gesture to "the point where military boats were captured" is hand-written in red pen. The uniformed men give their names as Royal Marine Captain Chris Air and Lieutenant Felix Carmen.

The Foreign Office last night said using the footage was "unacceptable". It has already expressed "grave concerns" about the conditions under which Leading seaman Faye Turney was persuaded to admit on film that the 15-strong naval patrol had strayed into Iranian territory last Friday.

In the latest video, Lt Carman stands in front of the map. He explains the type of boats used and gestures to the area where they were captured. "Yes, I would like to say to the Iranian people, 'I can understand why you are so angry about our intrusion into your waters'," he said.

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Pensions scandal hits Brown leadership bid April 2 2007

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The pensions scandal engulfing Gordon Brown last night fuelled speculation that he will face a serious challenge to succeed Tony Blair as Prime Minister.

He also faces the prospect of an embarrassing debate in the House of Commons in which the Tories hope to have him made personally accountable.

John Hutton, the Work and Pensions Secretary, renewed his call for a contest for the Labour leadership as former ministers and senior MPs admitted that the furore had increased the chances of a serious challenger stepping forward. They said that it sowed serious doubts about Mr Brown’s judgment and economic competence.

After a two-year freedom of information battle with the Treasury, The Times obtained documents on Friday which showed that Mr Brown had pushed through tax changes in his first Budget in 1997 despite warnings from officials that it would cost occupational and private pension funds up to £75 billion and make millions of pensioners worse off.

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Robert Fisk: The war of humiliation April 2 2007

Our Marines are hostages. Two more were shown on Iranian TV. Petrol bombs burst behind the walls of the British embassy in Tehran. But it's definitely not the war on terror. It's the war of humiliation. The humiliation of Britain, the humiliation of Tony Blair, of the British military, of George Bush and the whole Iraqi shooting match. And the master of humiliation - even if Tony Blair doesn't realise it - is Iran, a nation which feels itself forever humiliated by the West.

Oh how pleased the Iranians must have been to hear Messers Blair and Bush shout for the "immediate" release of the luckless 15 - this Blair-Bush insistence has assuredly locked them up for weeks - because it is a demand that can be so easily ignored. And will be.

"Inexcusable behaviour," roared Bush on Saturday - and the Iranians loved it. The Iranian Minister meanwhile waited for a change in Britain's "behaviour".

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Holocaust-denying President from hell, calls Blair "arrogant and selfish" - and so say all of us, by the way - after refusing to play to the crowd at the United Nations. They'll release "serviceperson" Faye Turney. Then they won't release her.

Veiled Faye with her cigarette and her backcloth of cheaply flowered curtains, producing those preposterous letters of cloying friendship towards the "Iranian people" while abjectly apologising for the British snoop into Iranian waters - written, I strongly suspect, by the lads from the Ministry of Islamic Guidance - is the star of the Iranian show.

Back in 1980, when Tehran staged its much more ambitious takeover of the US embassy, the star was a blubbering marine - a certain Sergeant Ladell Maples - who was induced to express his appreciation for Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic Revolution just before America's prime-time television news.

The Iranians, you see, understand the West. And they understand it much better than we understand - or bother to understand - Iran.

We have forgotten the years of Allied occupation in the Second World War, the deposition of the pro-German Shah and then, humiliation of humiliations, the overthrow of the democratic Prime Minister, Mohamed Mossadeq, engineered by the CIA's Allen Dulles and an eccentric British scholar of Greek, an ex-Special Operations Executive operative - "Monty" Woodhouse by name - with a few guns and a pile of dollars. And the Iranians remember well, how back came the Shah of Iran, our "policeman" in the Gulf, the King of Kings, Light of the Aryans, descendant of Cyrus the Great, to stretch out the young Iranian men and women of the resistance on the toasting racks of their Savak torturers.

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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.

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