Author Archives: florencegildea

Prisons Lined with Cookies

For me, the prayer ‘lead us not into temptation’ means ‘drag me away from comparisons with others’. In that, I am asking God to overpower the algorithm which shapes my Facebook news feed. It’s there that I stalk ‘could have’s … Continue reading

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Why Christmas is for Babies (and that means us)

I go into Advent empty. Normally I enjoy taking apart cultural constructions and showing the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes, as it were. It turns out the same is true of me. Solid ground and certainties seem to bend in … Continue reading

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Remember Remember (Sectarian Violence and Triumphalist Uses of Torture)

Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Guy Fawkes and his companions Did the scheme contrive, To blow the King and Parliament All … Continue reading

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Sorry Seems to be the Rarest Word

I’ve been thinking a lot about the ‘take back control’ slogan used by the EU Leave campaign, and how it resonated with a power that Remain’s economic arguments perhaps never could. It seems to echo Ronald Reagan’s 1980 election promise … Continue reading

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Leaving Up To Their Name

  In many cultures, including Jewish, a person’s name influences their character. Jacob was the grasper as his name suggested. And both Joshua, and later Jesus, held firm to the meaning of their name: “YAHWEH is salvation”. So perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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And The Victory Goes to: Fear

Welcome to a post-truth, fear-fuelled political stage. After months of campaigning which preyed on the public’s primal emotions, rather than making good use of their high level of education, Nigel Farage claimed that Leave’s victory had validated their stand against … Continue reading

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The Rural Heart of God

  Now, well into a tyrannical reign- the right amount of “well into” for the beginning to feel immeasurably long ago, and the end equally far off- when power was centralised far off on another continent, there was a puppet … Continue reading

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