Kim Jong-Il’s Funeral

Mass hysteria at the death of the old bastard Kim Jong-Il but I doubt it’s for him. They’re probably worried that with changes at the top their tenancy in Pyongyang might be cut short and relocation to the fresh air of the countryside beckons. Together with a rural diet of rat and unripe corn. If they’re lucky.
North Korea faces famine: ‘Tell the world we are starving
Kinder to admit to being a Christian. Almost.

“A young woman, in her twenties, was washing clothes in a tributary to the Tumen River (the border between China and North Korea). When packing up the clothes, she dropped what was believed to be a small Bible. The actual words used by the North Korean authorities were “Christianity book” (kiddokyo chaek). Another washer woman reported the girl to the police. According to Interviewee 4, the informer may not have known that the book was a Bible, but all suspicious activity had to be reported to the police. The young woman and her father, looking to be roughly sixty years old, were arrested and held by the local Gukgabowibu police for some three months. During that time, the woman and her father were presumably investigated and interrogated. Apparently, they were deemed guilty of a capital offense. On a summer morning in 1997, the two were taken to a market area near where the Seong Cheon River runs into the Tumen River. The two were accused of trafficking and condemned as traitors to the nation and Kim Jong Il. Interviewee 4 was unaware of any other judicial procedures prior to the announcement of the crime, verdict, and sentence in an extremely brief public “show trial,” which consisted of no more than announcements of the charges and verdict immediately prior to the execution. Teachers and students from elementary (4th grade and up), middle, and high school were assembled, along with persons who had been sent over from the nearby market. Seven police fired three shots each into the two victims, who had been tied to stakes a few meters from the “trial” area. The force of the rifle shots, fired from fifteen meters away, caused blood and brain matter to be blown out of their heads. Interviewee 4 was in the fifth row. She sketched from memory a schematic drawing of the execution scene.”

When Communism goes wrong.


Quote Of The Year

Frontispiece to the King James' Bible, 1611, s...Image via Wikipedia

Well it is only February!

There is an outfit called the 2011 Trust who look to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Their ‘About Us’ blurb goes as below.

The 2011 Trust has been established to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible which was completed in 1611. There have been few more important single publications and its impact through history has been colossal.

Our aim is to celebrate its impact in history and on language, particularly in this country, but also throughout the English speaking world.

The Trust is hard at work developing projects which will include:

* commissioning new music and literature
* study days in some cities following James’s route from Scotland to London, focusing on the translation story
* lectures at Oxford and Cambridge, where the translators worked
* developing educational school projects
* publishing new texts
* discussions about similar values in the texts of the world’s major religions
* major exhibitions in London and around the country where the translations were made
* street culture projects

2011 will be launched at Hampton Court, where the translation was commissioned at the 1604 Conference. The year will close on 16 November 2011 with a service in Westminster Abbey where, in the Jerusalem Chamber, the final editing of the Bible was completed.

I hope that you will find something of interest in our plans. I would be delighted to hear from you if you have any ideas. Our website will be constantly updated and please do sign up to our mailing list.

Frank Field

All well and good and I wish them well. The King James Bible is for me the easiest to read and understand of all the modern translations. There’s just something about the thees and thous and words seemingly the wrong way round that, well sort of makes sense. At least to me.

So back to the quote of the year title, it actually comes from the contribution to the 2011 Trust from Richard Dawkins, he of the God Delusion. The copy on his page ends with the classic

“it is important that religion should not be allowed to hijack this cultural resource”.

Too true Dicky, gotta keep them religious away from the KJV! You couldn’t make it up.

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