Contemplata aliis Tradere

A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

News from the paper

Two bits of 'news' in 'The Daily Telegraph' tickled me today and rather than lump them at the end of my previous blog, I thought they'd be better as a separate entry.

The first is about the growing trend in New York of using Brit slang. Coming back to Britain, I realize a-new how much of slang is used in everyday conversation and I often think how baffling it must be to a foreigner learning the language. Most Filipinos already found my use of proper terms in English (eg: trousers instead of pants) difficult. Thank goodness I did not unleash any Brit slang on them!

The second is amusing because it reports on a survey asking Europeans what they thought of the French. The poor French missionaries I met in Manila will not appreciate the views contained in this article, I expect! It was rather startling to see that not only the English (as is expected, given over 1000 years of rivalry) but almost all European neighbours of 'Le France' had a generally negative take on the French! I admit, so did I, until I met the wonderful people at 'Tahanang Puso' or 'Heart's Home' in Dagat-dagatan.


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