Colour

Colour The garden is full of yellow this week. Daffodils, Forsythia and Keria as well as Primula are all in bloom. There is white blossom on the plum tree, blue pansies in the flower bed and the pink flowering currant adds another hue to the colourful spectacle. There are green shoots too on the clematis […]

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Quip

Quip There is always one who answers every comment with a clever riposte, wisecrack, or a witticism. Quip was the one Quark who couldn’t resist having the last word. Quip could always offer a put down, or a see a double meaning where none was intended, or put a spin on things, or scrape the […]

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Little things

Little things I am excited by the news of the discovery of five new sub-atomic particles – five new Quarks! The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in France/Switzerland has made the discovery. I am fascinated by these smallest of things. You may have come across my stories about Quarks, which are a little piece of […]

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Quintet

Quintet The world of Quarks is very strange, and new Quarks, it seems, are being discovered every other day. Despite being so small so as to be invisible, and marvellously mysterious, much has been discovered about these fundamental particles, along with Leptons and Bosons. But can there be a group of five Quarks, a Quintet? […]

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Who do you say that I am?

Who do you say that I am? Someone I was privileged to know as a friend died last Thursday – John Punshon, a Great Quaker scholar and a lovely man. His book ‘Encounter with Silence’ was a significant influence on me years before I became a Quaker. In his retirement John came to live nearby […]

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Quantity

Quantity You would not have thought that size matters in the world of Quarks, as they are so small as to be invisible to the eye. But even for sub-atomic particles sometimes it’s Quantity that matters rather than Quality. Quantity has more mass than Quality. Perhaps Quantity is more suited to rugby than gymnastics, whereas […]

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International Women’s Day

Today is marked as International Women’s Day. I am reading ‘Women in the Qur’an: An Emancipatory Reading’ by Asma Lamrabet*. It is a call for a re-reading of the Qur’an by women to enable the liberation of Muslim women. She argues that at present Muslim Women are caught between two unacceptable alternatives, either subject to […]

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Quality

Quality There is no snobbery at all among Quarks. Though some may have ascribed to them the characteristics of ‘top’ or ‘up’ in contrast to others who are ‘bottom’ or ‘down’, in fact all Quarks are egalitarian. Whether they spin or do not, whether they are charming or strange, all are treated with equal respect. […]

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Planning horizon

Planning horizon How far ahead do we look when planning for the future? In the science-fiction novel by Alastair Reynolds that I have been reading – ‘House of Suns’ – the time scale is of millions of years. Enough time for not only civilisations to rise and fall but entire species to emerge and disappear. […]

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