Sunday, 25 February 2018

Christianity and the USA

I sat in church this morning listening to the sermon and for some reason started to wonder about the Christian credentials of the USA. The Christian Right pontificate that their philosophy is bible based but in some things they cherry pick which parts they think are relevant. It says though shalt not kill but they support capital punishment, or state killing, and many support having freedom to own and use guns. Nowhere to me do they talk about the love of Christ for everybody.
They forget this passage from the New Testament:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Where is their adherence to this when voting against universal medical coverage? Where is their help for the homeless or those less fortunate than themselves?
It is a puzzle to me that they call themselves Christian.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Brotherly Love by Eddie Gubbins

Brotherly Love a thriller by Eddie Gubbins.
This is the story of family loyalty in the face of whether the loyalty is misplaced. When his brother Norman asks Ken Flood for help, Ken does not question his brother's motives. Deep down he does have questions about the nature of what his brother asks him to undertake. Under the surface it Stuart's to appear that what he has been asked to do might be criminal. The question for Ken is that if the activity is outside the law should he abandon his brother and ask for help elsewhere. As ken flees first to Jersey and then to London he has no notion of which side he is on or who are his enemies. He. Has to ask him self whether he will ask any of his friends for help or should he remain on his own. Running away he suspects anybody who offers help and looks over his shoulder at the thought of pursuers. Scared and shaking he runs and hides.
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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A Ceremony of Innocence by Edmund Gubbins

Two brothers are at home on holiday with their family much to the delight of their mother. It was the firsts time they had been at home together for several years. Their father is the union convener at the local shipyard and he leads the workers a out on strike against the proposed redundancies at the same time as the brothers arrive home. Though on the surface both brothers support their father, below the surface their simmers a stew of disagreement.
 Mark, the elder brother, is home fresh from months at sea as a ships officer and refuses to compromise his upwardly mobiles lifestyle with his friends for the sake of family harmony. He lives for the moment and grabs any chance of happiness.
Jim the younger brother has freshly graduated from university. He supports his father with a passion and without question.
During the summer holidays can the brothers find a way to compromise their positions and fulfil their mother's wish for a happy few weeks while they are all together? Will their rigid positions boil over into anger and open conflict and the threat of family break up?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Tales From The Sea byEddie Gubbins

Tales From The Sea by Eddie Gubbins
Tales From the Sea is a semi-autobiographical novel based on my life serving in the British Merchant Navy between 1957 and 1969 as an officer. I served on tankers with Eagle Oil and Shell and then on small cargo ships with United Baltic Corporation serving ports in Finland, Russia and Poland. 
Inn its pages, the reader will meet the characters with whom I sailed, the good, the bad, the comedians and the tough guys. Readers will experience the nights ashore and visit through my eyes exotic places to which I voyaged. Read about the different ships, old and new, as they ploughed their way across the oceans carrying the products of the world.
Weaving a spell over everything is the sea and its dangers. To most seamen the sea itself calls. No seaman will ever know with what moods the sea will greet him when he sails out of port to meet the sea or how the mood can change very quickly. This is the excitement of the sea.

The Sailors Mistress
When the cargo is loaded and all falls quiet
The sea itself is calling.
Beckoning the sailor out there beyond the dock.
His mistress is waiting
Where the river meets the sea.
He has no real knowledge of what her reaction will be
When he sails out to meet her.
She may greet him in a calm, balmy mood
Like a gentle lover entwining him in her arms
Leaving him refreshed and happy when they part.
It might be she is angry
And will meet him with unmatched violence
A violence that beats upon the senses
And leaves the lovers drained and exhausted,
Ready to rush apart,
Ready to find a place of peace and quiet
Not the feeling of complete satisfaction.
Like lovers the sea and the sailor
Will never quite know what moods
Will greet them when they meet
Or how the mood can change very quickly.
This is the excitement of the sea.
Every time a ship leaves port
The sailor approaches that love
With a mixture of exhilaration and apprehension.
Will they together make beautiful love
Under a clear blue sky
Or will they fight?
It is not for the sailor to subdue the sea
But live with her moods
In the hope he can survive.
The sea is calling, always calling
As a lover calls.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

The Prisoner of Parison a fantasy novel by Eddie Gubbins

The Prisoner of Parison a fantasy novel by Eddie Gubbins, Book 3 of the Rombuli Saga trilogy.

Edward Eastland and his friends Tag and Boric have gone in search of Covenenters Nomal and Rembert. Now all that was left was for the Rombuli army to retreat back to the defensible positions on the Alskar River. Grand Master Silker, the Commander of the army, had said when the plan was formulated, " We do not have enough trained soldiers to do anything about a direct attack on the enemy. With odds of something like twelve to one, we can do nothing ultimately to stop their advance. All we can do is hope that Nelvask and Latask can hold them up with their power at the Alskar River. The other thing we can do is leave some people behind their lines to harass their backs and hit their supply dumps. I have to admit it is not much of a strategy but it is the only one I can come up with at short notice. Desperate times call for desperate methods. I know it is a delaying tactic, hoping that something to help us will come up in the future.  If I am honest with myself I can see little hope of it succeeding."
Deep down in their sub consciences Nelvask, Latask and Silker all know what is proposed is suicide but it is all that can be done until somebody leads a party to Parison to rescue the leader of the Covenent, Tulka. He has been imprisoned by the invading Black Elves. With his magic and the rest of the Covenent there has to be a chance in any confrontation with the Black Elves.
After their dispute with Edward Eastland, the elves of the Golden City stir in their forest hideaway with the plan of helping the humans in their fight.
The question on all the defenders of Rombulis' minds is who will lead this assault on Parison? Will it be an all out assault or a clandestine mission? Where, they ask, is Edward Eastland and if he returns will he be able to use his power in the rescue attempt to free Tulka?
The situation is desperate. The enemy appear to have more troops and stronger magic. Will Nelvask find Edward in time and will the elves of the Golden City really come to the aid of the humans?

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Problem gambling

At last the government of the UK has started to take notice of the danger to society and families of gambling addiction. Even though the lowering of the max stake on fixed odds gambling machines in betting shops is a beginning maybe the government should look at a complete ban. I know the betting shop owners will bleat about putting them out of business. Should they be in that business in the first place? Is it not morally wrong to make a profit from other people's misery.?
In fact should the government go for broke and ban all betting adverts and betting company sponsorship. There was an outcry when smoking adverts were banned but that was accepted after a while. Sports bodies found other sponsors and advertising.
Let there be an out cry against publicity for gambling.
In my thriller Ken Flood gets involved in the fight against drugs, gambling and people smuggling after his daughter is killed by taking contaminated drugs.
For The Love Of Pauline by Eddie Gubbins.

Monday, 30 October 2017

The Return of the Exile by Eddie Gubbins

The Return of the Exiles
The Empire  is disintegrating. There has been no communication with the capital, Parison, for years. People report. Strange creatures have been seen in different parts of the Empire. Sending troops to investigate. Has proved futile.  As soon as they cross the border of Sandaria noting is heard from them again. As rumours  of invasion of Sandaria and Rombuli circulate, there is a plan formulated to try to hold onto some of Rombuli while somebody was sent to find out what was happening. Edward Eastland agreed to find out what happening to the Walloonian Army and set out to find the battle front at a place called Bryant's Ridge. He has to leave his new wife Kitty when he leaves with his friend Tag and Kitty's brother Boric. In the ecvent they become cut off from Rombuli. Edward accompanied by Tag and Boiric set out to find a way back to Rombuli by a circuitous route. Edward wonders whether his power, or magic as Tag calls it, will help them and keep them safe. Will he be able to learn of the extent of his powers? Are there forces it's greater power waiting to prevent him reaching his goal? Will his friends keep following his lead no matter what the dangers he leads them into? As they set out they have to face the possibility that the Empire will no longer exist if they manage to return.

The Return of the Exiles, Book 2 of the Rombuli Saga fantasy trilogy by Eddie Gubbins.

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