Belief in heaven and hell is a big deal in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and some forms of doctrinaire Buddhism. For the rest of us it's simply meaningless. We don't live in order to die, we live in order to live.

Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

interview in Vice Magazine

This Week in History:

May 6th - 11th

Test yourself:

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What was celebrated in 1995?
The 50th anniversay of VE Day
Who became which country's first black president in what year?
Nelson Mandela became South Africa's president in 1994.
Who did what in 1954 at what age?
Roger Bannister broke the four minute mile aged 25.
Who did what in 2001?
John Paul II became the first pope to visit a mosque.
Who did what in drag in 2014?
Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest.
Who opened the Channel Tunnel in 1994 after how many years of construction?
Queen Elizabeth II and President Francois Mitterrand after 6 years of construction


According to Reuters Roger Bannister dreamed of taking part in the Oxford Cambridge boat race but being 180 cm tall and weighing 68 kilos was told he was too tall and light to ever make a good oarsman. His record lasted just 46 days. My father was at Oxford at the time. He could have gone to watch Bannister but preferred instead to go see Bradman play cricket.