The Anonymous Widower

Scaled Back Hajj Pilgrimage Due To Start In Saudi Arabia

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

Quite frankly, I was very surprised, when I heard this news on the BBC.

I thought, the Hajj would have been cancelled and not just scaled back.

In the past, I have had vicars as friends and I have talked to devout Orthodox Jews, and we have discussed serious moral dilemmas.

I can remember some from both groups saying, that your health always comes first.

In the current pandemic, the Church of England and prominent Jews like the Chief Rabbi have behaved with ultra-caution.

So where is this caution from the Muslim religious leaders?

I hope the Government and other political leaders, are giving them the truth, as they are endangering us all!

 

July 29, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 2 Comments

Atheists Less Likely To Die From Covid-19 Than Believers, Research Finds

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in The Times.

This is the introductory paragraph.

People without religious faith are less likely to die from Covid-19 than believers, according to the first analysis of its kind from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This paragraph gives some actual statistics.

For Muslims the figures were 198.9 deaths per 100,000 males and 98.2 deaths per 100,000 females. Among Christians, the death rates were 92.6 for men and 54.6 for women, and among Jewish people 187.9 for men and 94.3 for women.

These are my observations.

The Average Death Rate

The average death rate of these religious groups is 121 per 100,000 people or 1 in 826 people.

The Number Of Coeliacs In The UK Population

This page on the NHS web site says this about the number of coeliacs in the UK population.

Coeliac disease is a condition that affects at least 1 in every 100 people in the UK.

But some experts think this may be underestimated because milder cases may go undiagnosed or be misdiagnosed as other digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Reported cases of coeliac disease are around 3 times higher in women than men.

I hadn’t known the last point, but all my coeliac friends and acquaintances, with two exceptions are female! The two male exceptions are both chefs!

Thinking about the last point, I do wonder if women are more likely to have coeliac disease as the disease can affect their natural functions, so they are likely to go to the doctor with a problem, that could be a coeliac symptom, like the inability to conceive.

Diagnosed Coeliacs On A Gluten-Free Diet And Cancer

It has been shown by Joe West at Nottingham University, that diagnosed coeliacs on a gluten-free diet are less likely to get cancer, than the general population.

Does this mean, that this group of people have a strong immune system?

Diagnosed Coeliacs On A Gluten-Free Diet And COVID-19

Various doctors have said, that COVID-19 attacks people with compromised immune systems.

So do diagnosed coeliacs ona gluten-free diet get a measure of protection from COVID-19 from their strong immune systems?

Ashkenazi Jews And COVID-19

My coeliac disease comes from my great-great-great-grandfather, who was from Konigsberg in East Prussia.

In those far-off days at the start of the Nineteenth Century, if you were a Jewish male in East Prussia, you had to leave at eighteen, unless you were from one of the privileged Jewish families.

As my ancestor wasn’t he hopped on a boat and ended up in Bexley.

Luckily, I was diagnosed as a coeliac at Addenbrooke’s hospital at the age of 50. My health, which had been poor off-and-on improved immediately and considerably, once I was no longer eating gluten.

But in the Jewish population, there are a lot of undiagnosed coeliacs, who probably have poor immune systems due to their diet.

Are they like targets in a shooting gallery for the evil COVID-19 virus?

Christians And COVID-19

I do wonder about communion rituals.

Especially, as some churches insist that wheat must be used. Even if you’re coeliac.

Surely, your health is more important.

Why Are Women Less Likely To Die?

If undiagnosed coeliac disease is an explanation, as the disease is three times more common in women would explain it, as they’d all be on protective gluten-free diets.

Muslims And COVID-19

Most Muslims come from areas, where coeliac disease is rare and are probably on a gluten-free anyway.

But they do appear to suffer high levels of other diseases like diabetes, that compromise your immune system.

June 19, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | 2 Comments

London Church Investigated Over ‘Protection’ Oil

The title of this post, is the same as that as this story on the BBC.

This is the first two paragraphs.

A faith healer who sold £91 “plague protection kits” claiming they could shield people from Covid-19 is being investigated by the charity watchdog.

Bishop Climate Wiseman of the Kingdom Church in Camberwell, London, claimed a bottle of oil and some red yarn would protect his followers from the virus.

Surely, he should be being investigated by the Metropolitan Police!

As far as I can see, the purpose of some religion is to let a few men, live a good life, at the expense of others.

April 29, 2020 Posted by | Health, World | , , , , | 1 Comment

Trump Brings Personal Pastor Paula White-Cain To White House To Preach her Gospel Of Wealth

This is the title of an article in today’s copy of The Times!

I do like the paper’s sense of humour!

November 2, 2019 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Unleash The Hyenas Of Comedy

In January 2010 I Wrote a post called The Ban on Islam4UK. I started it with the following paragraph.

Organisations such as Islam4UK and all the other so-called Muslim organisations, that don’t like the way things are done in the Western World bother me. But then so do right-wing so-called Christian groups and also those fake religions and cults beloved of celebrities with too much money and not enough common sense.

Most preach fiery hate to unbelievers like me and say we will rot in hell. That by the way is impossible, as hell doesn’t exist, unless you are stuck on the M25 (put your favourite in here) at the time of a small bump, that the Police decide is worthy of an enormous investigation.

When these groups commit crimes such as murder, assault, kidnapping and extortion, then hopefully they will feel the full force of the law.

And finished with this.

There is also one very powerful weapon that we should use against all of these people – humour.

Remember in the Second World War nothing was off-limits when combating the Nazis. Just read this little piece about Spike Jones in 1942. We need him now!

All of these groups give splendid opportunities for satire, ridicule and just plain fun.

After the attacks of recent months in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world, perhaps we should unleash the hyenas of comedy.

Remember in a straight fight a hyena would probably make mincemeat of the most vicious pit-bull, but laugh all the time it is doing it.

This article in the Daily Mail is entitled Brits mock ISIS with #IslamicStateClaims hashtag blaming them for everything from Bake Off moving channel to the shrinking size of Quality Street tins.

Everybody go for it! And in packs!

I would also hope that the Masters of Black Propaganda are working on the Internet equivalent version of Aspidistra, which was used with some success, against the Nazis in World War II. Or in this Politically Correct Age, is something like Aspidistra, just unacceptable?

But surely, no non-violent method is unacceptable against those who kill indiscriminately!

June 6, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

The Pop Group That Saved A City With A Little Help From Their Friends

It is the fiftieth anniversary of the release of one of the best albums of all time; Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I bought the album and still have it somewhere.

But I don’t think most people understand how the Beatles changed a city completely.

Liverpool in the sixties had nasty undercurrents of violence and religious hatred. But  in the five years, I lived in the city, these changed for the better, with the rivalry being transferred to support for your favourite group or football team.

Liverpool acquired a belief that it could take on the world and win.

Now, when I go back regularly, I find a confident, bustling, modern and friendly city, that compares to any in the world.

But what would have happened if the Beatles hadn’t?

April 5, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

I’ll Go Along With This Quote

With a memorial service for Sir Nicholas Winton today, I make no apologies for publishing one of his quotes.

I believe in ethics, and if everybody believed in ethics we’d have no problems at all. That’s the only way out; forget the religious side.

I doubt I can live long enough to see religion, become something you read about in history books.

But the world would be a better place, if everyone followed Sir Nicholas’s advice.

May 19, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

Who Cares Who Fathered Justin Welby?

I don’t! It’s none of my business!

 

April 9, 2016 Posted by | World | | 1 Comment

The Evil Killing Of A Shopkeeper

This story on the BBC is untitled Arrest after Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah dies in attack.

In my view, this marks a new low for Islam in the UK, in that a thoroughly decent Muslim shopkeeper was murdered by another Muslim man, because he was being thoroughly decent and friendly to his Christian friends and customers.

That in my book is terrorism and the evil bastard who did this should be treated with the full force of the law.

March 26, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

Did The Tailor Of Bexley Come From Koningsberg?

My paternal great-great-great grandfather; Robert, was a tailor from Bexley, who I wrote about in The Tailor Of Bexley. I said this in that post.

My father once told me, that his grandfather, who must have been William, once told him, of a first hand account of Robert the tailor of Bexley, who was his grandfather.

He said that he was German and that he didn’t speak any English. Because of my coeliac disease, which is quite common in East European Jews and his profession, we can probably assume that Robert; the tailor of Bexley was Jewish. My father also told me that the family name was Müller, which had been Anglicised.

 

I know little more of him and his place of birth is not known to me. All I know is that he had a son; Edward in 1816, so that would put his birth in the late eighteenth century.

My trip to North-East Poland got me thinking, as I saw the branches of the Prussian Eastern Railway and discussed the history of the area with Piotr; our excellent Polish guide from Gdansk.

I also searched the Internet for Koningsberg and learned more details of its history in the late eighteenth century, with the Napoleonic Wars and the various partitions of Poland. I also read how Koningsberg was a large and cultured city. Wikipedia says this.

A university city, home of the Albertina University (founded in 1544), Königsberg developed into an important German intellectual and cultural centre, being the residence of Simon Dach, Immanuel Kant, Käthe Kollwitz, E. T. A. Hoffmann, David Hilbert, Agnes Miegel, Hannah Arendt, Michael Wieck and others.

But with the Second World War, the elimination of Jews from the city by the Nazis and the eventual takeover of the area by the Russians, the recent history has been less than a happy one.

Knowing myself, it sounds like the sort of city that I like, as my three favourite cities are Hong Kong, Liverpool and of course London.

Hence the question that is the title of this post!

My family is very ambitious and opportunistic and as Koningsberg was a major port, exporting goods from the area all over Northern Europe, I can imagine Robert deciding in his twenties to get out of the city to avoid yet another war or partition and taking a ship to London to find fame and fortune. He might even just have finished his apprenticeship as a tailor.

From arriving in the London Docks, he didn’t need to go far to end up in Bexley. A few years later he moved to Shoreditch, just a mile or so from where I live now!

I think Robert could have given me two characteristics, other than the ambition and the coeliac disease.

  • His Jewish religion, but not its philosophy and values, seems to have been abandoned. I am very much a confirmed atheist with what I think, are fairly sound moral values, shared with most mainstream religions.
  • He also endowed me with genes that enable me to endure the cold.

It may not be a correct tale, but even so, isn’t it a reflection down the centuries of today’s streams of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and other places.

Nothing changes!

Except the religion!

January 29, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , , | 1 Comment