Yes, as some of you know for the last two years I have been working on researching and then writing up, the life story of the amazing but almost unknown soldier of Napoleon and Clockmaker of Wincanton, Alberto Bioletti. I have done this in the form of an historical novel told as if by him in the first person. My 350p work is now self-published and on Amazon.
I attach details about it just to let you know what I have been doing, or if you love reading history or historical novels here is a possible Christmas purchase. £9.99 from Amazon plus postage unless you are on Prime or £11 ordered direct from me to be sent by post, signed if you like. If you use Amazon a review on their site would be much appreciated.
The Buddha and the Christ, Gautama and Yeshua Revised after comments from Ajahn Amaro Bhikkhu, abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. I have yet to receive comments from Christian friends. All errors however remain mine. 8-9-2017 Continue reading
Here we have Graham Stride’s excellent paper given to ANVIL 11th July 17
The Legacy of Charles Darwin 1809- 1882
Introduction Everyone links Charles Darwin with his five weeks in the early 1830’s in the Galapagos archipelago, 600 miles off Ecuador, whilst travelling on board HMS Beagle (for five years) as the ships naturalist. Continue reading
has just sent me an interesting paper which spells out the areas that the Brexit negotiators will have to deal with. It is not often one sees them all set out, so here they are Continue reading
In a well attended meeting on Tuesday 14th March and Dominic Lacey delivered his paper on Plato’s theory of political evolution. The value of most people having clearly read what he had written in advance has seldom been so obvious for it stimulated a really thoughtful and extended discussion as we reflected on populism, the rise of Trump and the unsolved problems that big data are raising as middle ranking jobs are lost. To see his paper again here it is. Continue reading
ANVIL Programme for 2017
This year we have again a strong programme of six challenging subjects and because we have two heavily committed outside speakers, days and dates have had to be moved to include one session on a Thursday. It should however be well worth it. Continue reading
Derek’s paper on Trident provoked a lot of thought and a very good discussion and several of those who were there and of those who missed it, have asked for the whole paper to be placedon this site. to read it click on here.
Dear ANVIL associate,
We end our third year with a talk by the liberal humanist writer and philosopher Jonathan Pearce speaking on the subject Islam and Liberal Democracy. How Compatible Are They? I have heard Jonathan speak and he has researched the subject carefully. We should have an excellent meeting. Few subjects could be more topical and relevant when the heads of our security services are on public record that the greatest threat to our country is Islamic Extremism. Continue reading
Everyone agreed that this was an exceptionally interesting and challenging session and that Julie really had got us all thinking. Continue reading