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Archive for January 2011

Archive Post: e-mail to the Ugandan Honorary Consul in Ireland

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Here’s an e-mail I sent early last year that I thought might be worthy of putting on my blog. While the offending legislation [which even provided for the death penalty in certain situations] by now may have gone underground – though we can never be certain of that – it is another indication of what people in other parts of our world are up against.  This has a connection with my previous post on Ugandan Bishop Christopher Senyonjo’s visit to Ireland.

To: Mrs Sylvia Katete Gavigan

Subject: We lay our future in thy hand…

Excellency

I am very sad to see the corner Uganda has backed itself into – apparently under the influence of well-meaning but misguided Christians including some from abroad – as regards the well-being of those in your country who happen, unfortunately, to be homosexual.

One of the great hallmarks of successful countries and cities is their embrace of difference. Where acceptance is the norm, a creative dynamic comes into play and the economy can flourish.  I believe that some of Ireland’s economic success, before the current economic crisis, is attributable to the advances made on the equality front, both in law and in Irish society in general – despite the sad reluctance of our churches on the sexuality front.

I recognise that African culture is radically different from European culture, and that Ugandan culture and Irish culture are different again from each of these in their own way and from one another.  To use that as an excuse for marginalising further people who are already marginalised in both our countries, is akin to wanting to reintroduce slavery And there’s more…

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6 January 2011 at 16:23

2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 43 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 132 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 71mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 3rd with 45 views. The most popular post that day was Steve Fulmer’s reflections on the 70s in Portland.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, mail.live.com, mail.yahoo.com, obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc, and android-vs-ipad.co.cc.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jose carreras, mary griffith, healing simon’s wife’s mother, healing of peter’s mother-in-law, and josé carreras.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Steve Fulmer’s reflections on the 70s in Portland October 2010

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Silver Stars media coverage June 2010
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Dramatis personae: Who’s Who in Silver Stars? June 2010

4

Archive post: Lavender bus: douze points! August 2010

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Multifarious final gathering August 2010

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2 January 2011 at 15:18

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