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Easter reflections

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Thursday, 1 Apr 2021, 08:57

God Heavenly Father, Help us to keep our eyes on you and not on the troubles and trials of this life. Amen

Jesus was the son of God, the sacrificial lamb who takes away the sins of the world. He took our sins upon himself, an act of great faith and love for all mankind.

'Happy are those called to his supper.'

For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him shall be saved.

On the night Dr Martin Luther King gave his final speech;

" I have been to the mountaintop I have looked over, and I have seen the promised land. I might not get there with you.... but I'm happy tonight, I am not worried about anything. I am not fearing any man. For Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. "
The next day, he was assassinated.

Martin Luther King, our Lord Jesus and saint paul knew what lay beyond death.  St Paul said
"I am already been poured out like a drink offering"

And yet "We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal"
(2 Corrinthians 4 v18)

Then as written in 2 Timothy4v8
"There is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord will award to me on that day."
So like St Paul and Martin Luther King Let us continue to run in the great race of faith towards the goal and let us keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

This Easter - Remember death is not the end.

References...The Bible

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Sunday, 7 Mar 2021, 21:23

              PAX  VOBISCUM

(Peace be with you)


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Peace to all men and women

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 20 Mar 2021, 00:28

Today we are faced with the pre-eminent fact that if civilisation is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships, the ability of all peoples of all kinds to live together and to work together in the same world at peace.

Franklin D Roosevelt. 1945

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Wednesday, 10 Feb 2021, 00:03

You have to defend your freedom in order to enjoy it.

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A warning to rich capitalists - from Jesus Christ

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Thursday, 11 Feb 2021, 17:05

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.
But there was a certain poor beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
So it was that the beggar died and was carried to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
The rich man being in torment in hades(hell) lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Then he cried out and said "Father Abraham , have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said " Son remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and likewise Lazarus evil things, but now he is comforted and you are tormented.
And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to there cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.
Then he said "I beg you therefore, father that you would send him to my father's house to my five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.
Abraham said to him,
" They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them"
And he said "No father Abraham, but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent"
But he said to him. "If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead" 

these are the words of Jesus.


Holy Bible: Luke 16 v19

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La séparation

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Sunday, 7 Feb 2021, 23:33

Est- ce que les êtres conscients, les humains peuvent-ils supporter la séparation?
Une douleur sourde après l'évènement d'une éclosion silencieuce de la perte.
L'irrascible soulagement des vicissitudes de la vie.
Nous devons questionner
l"existence entre le néant et une théologie positive. Devant nous se pose comme fondamental le problème entre le bien et le mal et la résolution de croire en Dieu et Jésus Christ comme la pierre sur laquelle notre vie a un sens, et la séparation prend fin.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Wednesday, 3 Mar 2021, 23:25

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration (something said in an important way) by the United Nations General Assembly. It talks about basic human rights -- rights that all people have just because they are human. It was adopted (agreed to) by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

1. We Are All Born Free & Equal. We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.

2. Don’t Discriminate. These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.

3. The Right to Life. We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.

4. No Slavery. Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone our slave.

5. No Torture. Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.

6. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go. I am a person just like you!

7. We’re All Equal Before the Law. The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly.

8. Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law. We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.

9. No Unfair Detainment. Nobody has the right to put us in prison without good reason and keep us there, or to send us away from our country.

10. The Right to Trial. If we are put on trial this should be in public. The people who try us should not let anyone tell them what to do.

11. We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty. Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true.

12. The Right to Privacy. Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good reason.

13. Freedom to Move. We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish.

14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe.

15. Right to a Nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.

16. Marriage and Family. Every grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. Men and women have the same rights when they are married, and when they are separated.

17. The Right to Your Own Things.Everyone has the right to own things or share them. Nobody should take our things from us without a good reason.

18. Freedom of Thought. We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want.

19. Freedom of Expression. We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people.

20. The Right to Public Assembly. We all have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights. Nobody can make us join a group if we don’t want to.

21. The Right to Democracy. We all have the right to take part in the government of our country. Every grown-up should be allowed to choose their own leaders.

22. Social Security. We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, and childcare, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill or old.

23. Workers’ Rights. Every grown-up has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, and to join a trade union.

24. The Right to Play. We all have the right to rest from work and to relax.

25. Food and Shelter for All. We all have the right to a good life. Mothers and children, people who are old, unemployed or disabled, and all people have the right to be cared for.

26. The Right to Education. Education is a right. Our parents can choose what we learn.

27. Copyright. Copyright is a special law that protects one’s own artistic creations and writings; others cannot make copies without permission. We all have the right to our own way of life and to enjoy the good things that art, science and learning bring.

28. A Fair and Free World. There must be proper order so we can all enjoy rights and freedoms in our own country and all over the world.

29. Responsibility. We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms.

30. No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights.

This is just a summary.

Full list can be found in wikisource


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Trump has been impeached

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 16 Jan 2021, 08:17

This is a great day for defenders of democracy world wide !

He can now face criminal charges !

Trump is Impeached for the second time!

Next the  judgement day on 20th January!

Thank God!

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Getting ready for TMA

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020, 17:04

Taking lots of notes for TMA 01

Phrases, sentences, more notes, vocabulary, more notes, relevant quotations, more notes, recycling sentences, reading, rereading over and over again, gathering information, checking rechecking words in dictionary and on google.

Begin first draft of assignment. Pens run out, chewed my pencil, Lost my rubber, battery ran out on I pad racking my brain starting to feel crazy! Aah!

Think I need a large drink after this.

Tomorrow is another day but will try a little more note taking and  writing later today.

Looking forward to having mediteranean chicken/ quorn for the meal a big trifle and plenty of wine!

All the best for those with TMAs in the next couple of weeks !

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The Mystery

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Friday, 9 Oct 2020, 10:36

The living mystery of the incarnation.
The sanctuary of the redemption
thanks to the sacrifice of the one who is God.
The wrath of God falls upon humanity until the end of time.
The abyss of culpability escapes us in its comprehension.
The betrayal of the divinity of our Lord, oppresses us every day of our life.
But! after the accumulation of pains and suffering in this life, with the useless thoughts, will come the belief in the faith in God
rewarded by him.
The sacrificed virtue will give an exquisite fragrance after crossing the threshold of existence.

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Le Mystère

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Thursday, 8 Oct 2020, 23:51

Le mystère vivant de l'incarnation
Le sanctuaire de la rédemption
Grâce au sacrifice de celui qui est Dieu.
Le courroux de Dieu tombe sur l'humanité
Jusqu'à la fin des temps
Le gouffre de la culpabilisation
Nous échappe dans sa
La trahison de la divinité de notre Seigneur qui à été la violence humaine du sacré nous oppresse tous les jours de notre vie.
Mais ! après l'accumulation des peines et souffrances dans cette vie, avec ses pensées inutiles,
viendra la croyance dans la foi en Dieu
récompensée par Lui.
La vertu sacrifiée donnera une fragrance exquise après avoir
franchi le seuil de l'existence.

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Friday, 2 Oct 2020, 20:46

L'hiver, la morte saison
La nature est en deuil
Le silence étouffe la voix

Gill Burrell

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Study requires peace and quiet

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Friday, 18 Sep 2020, 10:13

Hi everyone,

Getting into my course L222 induction. There is a lot to read so I downloaded some of it, this will enable me to read it off line. At the moment it's  all about reading the materials and trying to absorb all the information.

You need a lot of peace and quiet to do that. I try to do a bit of reading in the morning before anyone is up and about. I have to do washing and clean house then shopping hope the phone doesn't  ring with my various family members and friends calling. 

I hope I may find a quiet time this afternoon again or this evening to read some more.

I Hope you getting on alright with your courses and finding it all interesting.

Good reading and good studying!

Bye for now Gill

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Just some jokes to lighten the mood

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Thursday, 12 Nov 2020, 16:19

What do you call your mum’s angry French sister?  A croiss aunt

My friend found a fish who thought she was a radio. It was a nightmare to tune a !

What do you call a cold you get twice? A De ja-flu

Which country’s capital is the fastest growing?

Ireland- every year it’s Dublin !

The police came to my house and asked me where I was between 3 and 5.  I told them  I was  Pre school

My son’s maths teacher called him average. I think he’s mean

Started a band called 999 Megabytes. We haven’t had a gig yet.

I can’t believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That’s five years in a row now!

What do you call a group of whales on a TV show?

A pod cast

Who is the greatest chicken -killer in Shakespeare?Macbeth because he did murder most foul!

My boss said I needed a pay rise - I said that three other companies were after me. He said  “Which ones?“  I replied  “The electricity, gas and the water”

Did you hear about the computer that got thrown into the ocean?  Now there’s A Dell rolling in the deep!

I answered the door this morning and a 6 foot beetle punched me. Apparently there’s a nasty bug going round!

* Have You heard the joke about Covid 19?


If tell you you might spread it!


Dad jokes by Kit&Andrew Chilvers

* unknown source

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 12 Sep 2020, 18:26

My soul there is a country

Far beyond the stars,

Where stands a winged century

All skilful in the wars.

There, above noise and danger,

Sweet peace sits crown’d with smiles,

And one born in a manger

Commands the beauteous files.

He is thy gracious friend

And O my soul awake!

Did in pure love descend

To die here for thy sake.

If thou can get but thither,

There grows the flower of peace,

The rose that cannot wither

Thy fortress and  thy ease.

Leave then thy foolish ranges

For none can thee secure

But one who never changes,

Thy God, thy life, thy cure.

Henry Vaughan

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Induction today

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Thursday, 24 Sep 2020, 12:40

Yay Induction day!
Today was induction day for L222 module. At last ! The module website appeared, just like magic! well not all of it but the first 2 units. I was able to get some idea of what lay ahead. Explored all the different sites to visit and places to go back to, which I thought could be useful. Got a bit tired ,(all the excitement!)  so had to stop at one point but hopefully it will all still be there tomorrow! 

There's still a lot to discover but couldn't do everything all in one session. Found the TMAs on assessment page had a look at TMA no 1 already.  Feel that it is going to be a very interesting course and there will be a lot for me to learn. I must just take it a step at a time like a tortoise!  (as Jan said)  Armed with my note book which is ever beside me, I keep jotting down new words, as I learn them. I feel like my young son used to feel when he got a new game like he wants to explore what it was and how it works!  But so far so good!

This is looking achievable !

Hope everyone is ok and looking forward to their various courses.

Bye for now Gill

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The Garden

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 10 Oct 2020, 19:50

My garden has lots of flowers in
Roses, dalias,lavenders to name a few
The bees like to visit there
And the butterflies do too

I have a pond with waterlilies
Where dragon flies like to skim
Where little tadpoles all hatch out
Where Frogs sit around or swim

Birds fly down to take the seed
The finches like a bath
And a lovely pair of collared doves
Have landed on the path.

The pine trees are tall and proud
Within them  birdsong sweet
At nightime the owls will hoot
And the sheep nearby will bleat.

Gill Burrell

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The kitten

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Friday, 9 Oct 2020, 11:42

I like my little kitten
and she likes me
She likes to drink some milk
And sit upon my knee

She meows when she is
She purrs when she is glad
She's the cutest little kitten
That I have ever had

Gill Burrell

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The shepherd

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Wednesday, 9 Sep 2020, 01:19

Jesus knows his sheep
He calls them all by name
He leads them in green pastures
Through the sun and rain

The people who are there
Are sheeplike kind and True
There will be none that's bad
But will be like me and you

God will live there too
His love will comfort all
He will care for them
Be they great or small

I hope you will be there
And we can meet again
So let us do what's right
And believe on Jesus name

Gill Burrell

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Covid 19 was hard

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Wednesday, 27 Jan 2021, 00:34

The Covid plague had struck our lands
We all wore masks
And washed our hands
We stayed indoors for weeks on end
We couldn't even meet our friends

We Had to stay 2 metres appart
From our family,and friends depart
We all Stayed home
We watched TV
Played video games and dvds

Our hair grew long our beards too
Locked up indoors
like in the zoo
For exercise we were just let out
Only 30 minutes to walk about

At supermarkets we had to queue
The guards were there to count us through
Some things were limited to " just buy two"
As panic buying grew and grew

The news report spoke everyday
Of those who fell ill
And passed away
But we clapped each week for the NHS
Brave men and women
Who did their best

The government has said It's now ok
And that we can all come out to play
But I ponder every day
Has Covid 19 really gone away?

Take care !

By Gill Burrell

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Monday, 7 Sep 2020, 17:27

At last my OU study books are here
I clapped my hands
And gave a cheer

I tore the package and looked inside
A brand new shiny book I-spied

I must now be patient and bide my time
My course will soon be here on line

My induction will take place this week
I am so excited
I can hardly speak!

I have my note book, labels and pens
So bring on the studies
Let battle commence !

Game on!

By Gill Burrell

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New blog post

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020, 00:33

Goodnight and God Bless!

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The term has come along.
The time is rolling on,
I will not be here for long.
My blog will soon be gone.

I have enjoyed this blog,
It has been fun to do,
But my course for me awaits.
So on to pastures new!

Bye for now!

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A poem by Béranger

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020, 00:35

"Une plainte touchante
De ma bouche sortit.
Le bon Dieu me dit: Chante,Chante, pauvre petit:

"Chanter, ou je m'abuse,
Est ma tâche ici-bas.
Tous ceux qu'ainsi J'amuse
Ne m'aimeront-ils pas?"

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Reflection on Brexit

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 5 Sep 2020, 20:26

When we were members of the European union, the EU allocated hundreds of millions of euros
as a contribution to their members states.
Unfortunately in this country that contribution was going straight in the pocket of the rich to enhance the lifestyle of the most wealthy in this country, by reducing their taxation and promoting their already successful businesses. 

On the other hand, the poor and working class had to suffer the so called "austerity measures" and never saw a single penny to better their lives.This was because the European union had no say in how individual countries should spend the money that they gave them. This was up to each government of each country at the time on how they would spend it. 

That is why the dispossessed and working class voted for Brexit and blamed the foreigners, making them a scapegoat for the neglect they had received at the hands of this British government. 

Evil won the day thanks to the Tories!
Now we will now all have to pay a hard price for this!

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