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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

I see the new film `300' is stirring up controversy as an `anti-Iranian piece of propaganda.'

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Had a terrible weekend.  I was at home with mum and dad when my Welsh speaking niece arrived wearing, of all things, a Cymru rugby shirt.   Virtual blasphemy in my father's house.   Still, after the Italian triumph on Saturday, I managed to cope. I gather the Sons of Glyndwr are blaming the English referee (who's always welcome to a pint at my expense when he passes through Philadelphia).  The culture of victimhood continues to thrive on the far side of the Severn, it seems.

Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Listening to Janis Joplin the other day, I was struck by two things.  First, my eleven year old son (who had never, to my knowledge, heard Joplin) commented as he heard the first bars of `Me and Bobby McGee' that he didn't know I had a Joplin album. To recognise the voice like that at 11 must make him a blues-rock prodigy. 

Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

America is a great country.  Where else could I turn on the television this week and witness a serious debate about whether the televising of the Oscars last Sunday had adversely affected attendance at Nascar races that day?  It is difficult to be optimistic about the future of anything, be it democracy or church life, in a world where the only values worth discussing are those which can be measured in dollars and cents.   As Pascal memorably put it (and, before anyone complains, i'm just quoting here: `How full of merde humanity is.'

Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Ah, yes.  Pelagius.  Now which nation has to take responsibility for him?

Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Just to remind everyone that today is St David's Day; though I can't remember of what or of where he's the patron saint.  I have vague recollections of Max Boyce and Druids in golden wellies, and a most satisfying and historic victory the last time England played at Cardiff Arms Park.  Perhaps opera buff Del Boy can remind us -- though I'm not sure if Del isn't himself a fraud.  What kind of opera buff has no opinion on which version ofTommy (surely the greatest opera of them all) is the greatest -- Live at Leeds or Live at the Isle of Wight?

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

What can we learn from PCE? Difficult to comment on something which isn't clearly defined but here's a few things:

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Mississippi was great fun.  Getting to meet `Nate-Dog' and `The Gnome' and the various other criminal Welsh-types who gather around Ref21 was a pleasure.  And staying at a hotel where the guy behind the desk looked like Rod Steiger in `In the Heat of the Night' and who spoke in a strange language of which the words `Sears Jeans' was the only one I could understand (don't ask me why or how that phrase came up -- remember Linguistics 101: words get their meaning from how they are used in a sentence).

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

It's official.  The American Psychological Association has found that the sexualisation of girls and young women is harmful.  Yes indeedy -- now we know that the portrayal of women as sex objects is not a good thing.  Incredible, I know, but there you have it.  Check the story at http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article2293442.ece

As for me, I'm wondering if I can get a huge grant from someone to explore the denominational affiliation of the Pope, the current state of health of Chairman Mao, and the personal hygiene habits of those hairy bears who live in the woods.  Anyone offering?

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Well, I too have enjoyed Mississippi. Most interesting was the comparison of ringtones on my cellphone with that of Del.  I have the climax of The Who's `Won't get fooled again,'  Del has `Ride of the Valkyries.'   Now, who do you think suffers from the most serious delusions of grandeur???