Author Archives: David J. James

A brave new world? Or a cowardly one? Two solutions to this crisis, one spiritual and for individuals, the other for the EU and public policy

If you are a liberal, the following is probably the most reactionary thing you will have recently read, so read it and bleat all you like. I dont regard your whining as a reason to withhold truth.


A few days ago I wrote an article here entitled  “How to end this epidemic, fast!” on this site.

In it, I spoke of the responsibility individuals have, especially believing individuals, to practice introspection and mortification of the flesh, namely fasting (in which I include the practice of staying a season in isolation at home, as a kind of fasting, which may or may not be accompanied by dietary or clothing restrictions) and pointed out how quarantine is a Bible idea (indeed the 40 days which quarantine literally means, despite the words itself being coined in 13th Century Venice, are reflected in the Bible). In his excellent book “Fasting” Franklin Jentezen points out how the longest fasting period is 40 days coinciding with the longest life cycle of the disease-causing flies that upset the human condition.

I am not one to go seeking a lot of numerology in Scripture, although more powerful intellects than mine have tried to do that, including Isaac Newton. Had anything much been obtained by doing so, I get the feeling Newton would have got to it before most of us.

Nevertheless, the number 40 is mentioned in the Bible no less than 159 times in Scripture, and often in contexts of trying, testing and judgement. Fasting for 40 days and – note this well, in seclusion – was practised by Moses and Elijah and Jesus Christ himself, and there are also the cases of the 40 days and nights of rain in the Flood, the 40 days of mockery by Goliath, the largest number of lashes that could be administered was forty (Deuteronomy 25:3), the Israelites were under the Philistines 40 years and in the Book of Jonah 40 days was the deadline given to Nineveh to repent.

This is why we ought to observe a strict fast and seclusion throughout April and most of May. The time between Easter Sunday (the close of Lent, another 40 day fast most have failed to observe, include those who claim to believe in it) and the end of Ramadan this year is about 40 days. May 23rd is the last day of Ramadan this year when a third of the world will be fasting, and so Easter Monday morning would be the beginning of 40 days ending on that night.

My belief is, that if all believing people observe at this time the fast of seclusion, in keeping apart for forty days, with dietary restrictions (exact details on these may vary), that it would be a certain way to stem the flood of this virus, or at least would put believing people out of the frame for it. Unbelieving people have been sharing memes showing Christian, Muslim and Jewish acts of worship with a view to blaming religion and the practice of faith in God for this epidemic.

Now I am not a big ecumenist. I have plenty of theological differences even with other Protestants, let alone non-Protestant Christians and I will be honest and say that Islam for me is not valid as a way to please God because Jesus in Islam is just a good man and a prophet, while we know that He is very God who entered His own Creation as part of it, so that in that way, the way of suffering on our behalf, he could bring us out into a perfect fellowship with Him and the Father, and the only way to do this is by repentance and faith in his death on the cross and resurrection.

That having been said, I believe God has been merciful to many Muslims, partly because they have been more concerned about maintaining righteousness in civil life than we have. They have not killed millions of their sons with abortions and thus God has ordained in His justice that in spite of their rejection of Jesus they still could come into previously Christian lands and their children would fill the vacuum created by the murdered children of those who think falsely that they are Christian. So in countries which have had 7 million abortions in the last forty years, you have 7 million Islamic immigrants, in countries where you had 5 million abortions you have five million Muslims coming in, and in places like Poland which have had very few abortions, they had very few Muslim immigrants because there is no vacuum for the sons of the desert to fill.

This ought to be told very clearly by Poland, Hungary, etc to the High Court judges of the EU who ruled that, despite the current coronavirus crisis and the fact that in Greece they have become a vector of this and other infections, and have breached the borders of that country by violence, we should be accepting quotas. In doing so they risk a Visegrad Four rebellion, with Poland, Hungary and probably the Czech s and Slovaks if not other nations from the Eastern side simply deciding to make their own Brexit Referendum with the other choice on the ballot sheet being a union along less dictatorial lines with each other and the UK and any others (most likely Italy which has already begun the process of taking down EU flags from public places) who care to join.

As it is the EU have not shown any solidarity or leadership during this crisis at all. All they have managed to do is to faff and do a newly-clothed Emperor dance in front of its remaining citizens, telling them what to do but offering no help. Showing that they have learned nothing at all from Brexit.

Back to that line of thought in a minute, first I would like to conclude the thought about the value of a Christian-Muslim joint fast. We do not get saved by observing fasts. But fasting is a display of sorrow and contrition which adds power to our lives and to our prayers. I would suggest that if Christians are willing to repeat a Lenten style fast after Easter [after all, Jesus said Himself to the disciples of John the Baptist that His disciples would fast after the Bridegroom was gone and not before (Matthew 9:15), so it is hard to understand why the Lenten tradition precedes Easter] including staying secluded as part of this 40 day fast and Muslims are willing to start Ramadan early this year and also give themselves the additional burden of not visiting outside their nuclear household for iftars (in exchange for this consideration they should possibly relax some other stringency, for example drinking water during the day), then I am telling you that I understand from the Spirit of God that this plague will be stayed regardless of what the ungodly do. This is not one of the seven plagues of Revelation 15 and 16. We are apparently not in that period yet, although it may be in our lifetime. Probably this episode will move those events one step closer, or more than one. But that is a separate matter.

I hope that imams and Christian leaders and Rabbis will support a common imploring of God in fasting and seclusion for forty days between Easter and the end of Ramadan. I am putting this out in the hope that it will be heard, and will be the basis of much prayer to God and attention to the discipline of our flesh and carnality, and of repentance, repentance leading to faith and the obtaining of God’s forgiveness in Jesus.

A second, more prosaic call is to the EU leaders generally.

The best think that you can do in the area of public policy, having done really next to nothing so far for all your people, is to declare that this academic year will simply not exist, it will be repeated next year. Whether we are talking about Kindergarten or people in the final year of their post doctorate diplomas. All  the way through. They should be told that the EU will pick up the tab for their tuition fees and maintenance and everyone in schools at this time will be given that year again.

The absence of school leavers and university graduates in 2020 will rapidly serve to soak up the mass unemployment currently taking place and avoid its aggravation in the Summer.

Henceforth, children would enter each phase of education one year later and go through their O level or GCSE level equivalent a year later and do their university stage a year later. This would enable these younger people to get much more out of their education, especially those years of education after the point at which they have expressed a preference for one or other course of studies or “pillar”. It would enable ore maturity of those entering tertiary education, thus greatly increasing return on investment in the sector. It would make the preparatory phase of life maintain its proper proportions to the working life and retirement phase, both of which are strained by the prospect of increased longevity.  This would be the way to get a positive lasting legacy from the Coronavirus outbreak and turn a tragedy into an heroic and epic achievement of civilisation.

Have we got the courage to do this? Either of the things I am suggesting in this post?

Please share with as many people as you can. Maybe someone will listen, maybe someone will see the truth in what I have put forward today.


RL 102-18 Locative Case prepositions – Part Two

Original YT playout date: 24 November 2008
Duration: 21:00

This is part two of two parts that the 18th lesson comes in. You may be surprised not to get much actual Russian in the first half – but more talk around the way prepositions work in Russian, but I believe it will help you if you take in what is being said here – more than that, you won’t get your head around Russian unless and until you get some of the ideas I’m talking about here. In the second half, which will be in a day or so for those following real time, we cover two locative case prepositions, a joke and a song.
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RL 102-18 Locative Case prepositions – Part One

Original YT playout date: 23 November 2008
Duration: 20:00

This is part one of two parts that the 18th lesson comes in. You may be surprised not to get much actual Russian in the first half – but more talk around the way prepositions work in Russian, but I believe it will help you if you take in what is being said here – more than that, you won’t get your head around Russian unless and until you get some of the ideas I’m talking about here. In the second half, which will be in a day or so for those following real time, we cover two locative case prepositions, a joke and a song.
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Passing the Banner To China (Uncle Davey’s Herts Content S3 E 14/18)

Original YT playout date: 23 November 2008
Duration: 14:56

The closing of the London conference and the passing of the banner to China which was to take over the Conference the following year. Unfortunately I didn’t go to that, but I did go to the Beijing Baker Tilly one some years later.
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How to end this epidemic, fast!

I noted today that someone had written the abbreviation “g/l” somewhere, and I wondered what the GoldList Method had to do with it.

It transpired that the abbreviation meant “gains by losses”. Someone wanted to calculate the ration of occasions a certain investment had gained over the month by the amount of times it had lost – irrespective of amount. This was a bit counterintuitive but the guy needs it to build a trading algorithm.

It seemed to me that “gains by losses” is actually not a bad description of our GoldList approach also. You first need to find out what your memory lost in order to give it a chance to gain it on the next pass, rather than spend time repeating what you know already. Mentioning no names but Anki and Supermemo are looking a bit shifty there in the back row, along with Duo and a few others…

The materials used for learning, although some are better than others, are usually not at fault, but rather our phobia of forgetting, which puts the learner off and they go through frenetic attempts to make jolly sure this forgetting business doesn’t happen to them. It is like trying to stop the Coronavirus, ie ain’t gonna happen. Instead we have controlled forgetting, just as we are having a controlled and monitored level of getting the virus planned as we go through a summer of relaxing and then reimposing lockdowns and social distancing measures, whilst behind the scenes making as much equipment as we can and trying to get a vaccine and better tests.

Interesting how “14 days” has been in the news a lot, although the correct timing for quarantining for a population lockdown should be 40 days. This is borne out by Bible revelation and human history. What we actually need is a common fast, maybe even with the Muslims whom I would recommend to extend Ramadan this year and start it early so that we can fast to God for 40 days and stay at home and pray that his hand will be stayed. Atheists are blaming Christians and Muslims alike for the outbreak and they may even be correct, but not in the way they think…

We forget that fasting is commanded by the words and example of Jesus, we forget that 40 days is a period mentioned in the Bible dozens of times in both Old and New Testament, with Noah, Moses and many others using it. There are also 40 years in the wilderness. It is a healing number. We forgot all about it. Even Catholics who do have a joint large fast at Lent for 40 days usually forget what they are doing within days and out come the things they were meaning to give up. Is it any wonder this epidemic coincides so closely with the Lenten period? Where we forget, there there will be reminding. And with the reminding, learning.

So don’t be afraid of forgetting. It’s part of the learning process. Getting sick is part of the healing process, or if not being sick then imposing flesh-curbs on oneself, by the discipline of fasting.

Stay safe, and please use the sedentary time in isolation to push up your results above the targets originally made, this is the best thing you can do in this situation, other than to fast, read the Bible and pray, of course, and sing hymns of praise to the Lord. Certainly I wouldn’t want learning to get in the way of that, to everything there is a season.

Fasting doesn’t add to your salvation, it is by faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone, but still it adds a lot of blessing. It strengthens prayer and it strengthens the organism. Jesus Christ took it seriously and His 40 day fast is right at the beginning of His ministry. Even now He is fasting, but this fast of His may be nearing its end “I will not drink from this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s Kingdom”.

People are full of blaming governments for this, other religions for that, the Chinese here, the Americans there, the British, the Swedes, etc etc. People should look to their own fauts and putting a curb on themselves. Dietary or clothing restrictions are a way of doing his and quarantine or social distancing is also, and one which has been known about for a long time. We should curb our eating with our curb in movement. In fact these two go hand in hand unless you want to gain weight while being sedentary.

This is how to end the current epidemic, fast. If all Christians and Muslims do it, staying at home, extending the period and forgoing the pleasant aspect of the iftar, then I know for a certainty that the outcome will be much better than it otherwise would be, and furthermore thise who despise the very idea of God will have no more occasion to criticise us and blaspheme the more against God. They of course will anyway, but at least we will not have given them occasion. We will be clear.

Pushkin at Sixteen Months

Original YT playout date: 22 November 2008
Duration: 15:28

He’s not a kid anymore, but not a real grown-up either. He managed to fall off the end of the knwn world, and when we got him back he was most appreciative of being home again.
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Qubus Katowice

Original YT playout date: 22 November 2008
Duration: 11:48

I take an “arty farty” film in Qubus hotel in Katowice. This shows the room in my usual format, as well as a bit of panorama from the windows. But also there’s an experimental part you might like…
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Mike Mendoza Show #8 from 4th September 2008 on Playtwo UK

Original YT playout date: 21 November 2008
Duration: 3:58:28

This 8th Show by Mike gets very zooey in the final hour! See your contributions, and studio reactions, one more time and this time with both cams in sync, here on Huliganov.TV!
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Young Musical Talent (Uncle Davey’s Herts Content S3 E13/18)

Original YT playout date: 19 November 2008
Duration: 39:09

Here we see some of the most promising young musicians from around the world, nurtured under the tender care of Sir Yehudi Menuhin’s School in England.
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Pokrovka (Huliganov’s Moscow #2/7)

Original YT playout date: 17 November 2008
Duration: 9:21

An evening walk in Pokrovka Street and a view of the fine conditions in the rooms of the new hotel Ma Maison Pokrovka.
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Mike Mendoza Show #7 from 3rd September 2008 on Playtwo UK

Original YT playout date: 17 November 2008
Duration: 3:59:51

The 7th show of Mike Mendoza on PlayRadio UK including my radio friend Fevzi Turkalp the gadget detective
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Integration at Piknik 44 part 2/2



Original YT playout date: 16 November 2008
Duration: 31:04

The second and final part of our team integration exercise in Piknik 44. See inmpressive ropewalking and backwards medecine ball chucking activities and experience llamas and goats up close and personal!
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