Thursday, 25 November 2010

Chronology & Bibliography

I've just uploaded the Chronology and Bibliography for Monster of Ingratitude to my web site. The latter is self-explanatory and is formed of the endnotes for the paper. The former is the working document Peter Stockinger and used to keep track of events, particularly in terms of the many publications relating to our investigation. It's interesting in its own right, but clarifies a continuing situation that became quite confusing at times.

Peter also constructed a shorter chronology of publications relating to the later fight picked by Gadbury with John Partridge. Another friend that Gadbury turned on and another war that Gadbury lost, catastrophically some might say.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

D'ye Ken John Re-Peel

If you've been reading my Facebook posts, you'll know that I've been following the reports that this UK Government is proposing to repeal the anti-fox hunting law. I discovered Brian May's ("Queen" guitarist) excellent web site http://www.save-me.org set up to organise pressure on the Government to maintain the current law. There is a petition on the site, to which I added my name, and advice about contacting local Members of Parliament, which I did. The response I received was somewhat worrying because my MP is listed as being in favour of maintaining the current law prohibiting fox hunting.

This is Rebecca Harris's reply:

As a devoted dog-owner, my position is that no animal should be subjected to unnecessary pain or suffering.

The Government has indicated that there will be a free vote on a Motion on hunting during the lifetime of the current Parliament. this does not mean that the Government supports a repeal of the Hunting Act; merely that, unlike last time, all Members will be free to vote according to their conscience.

However, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has made it clear that the Government currently has more pressing issues to address, and so this vote may not occur for some time.
[My emphases.]

Having a pet is, I suppose, A reason for not wanting to hurt animals, but being a human being should be first and foremost.

Unnecessary pain or suffering: does that mean that it's all right to cause pain and suffering if it's deemed necessary? I raise this point because of the proposed cull of badgers (protected by law in the UK) because it is alleged that badgers infect cattle with tuberculosis. The cull will be carried out by licensed farmers or landowners which will allow them to shoot badgers. This would then be necessary pain and suffering. Well, that's all right then – as long as it's necessary!

The Coalition Government, out of the goodness of their hearts, simply wants to makes sure that every MP can vote according to his or her conscience. How nice. What about voting according to the wishes of their constituents – you know, The Voters. Those same people who wanted the ban in the first place. Perhaps the Government just forgot.

So, Rebecca Harris MP, is more politican than animal lover. No surprise there, I suppose. Just because your MP has said that they are in favour of maintaining the ban, doesn't mean anything unless they are unequivocal. Ms. Harris's predecessor in reply to my question about her position regarding the impending fox hunting ban, wrote that she was "implacably opposed to fox hunting". That's what I call unequivocal.

Go to Brian May's web site and register as a supporter, sign the petition, encourage others to sign the petition and write to your MP. In addition, there is a page re. the proposed badger cull, enabling anyone to write to the above-mentioned Department answering the questions they have put forward for public consultation. Answer the questions (guidance is provided) and send it by e-mail.




Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Monster of Ingratitude & The Life of William Lilly

To all those who have already downloaded these two books, thank you very much. It's gratifying to know that so much hard work is appreciated. Both Peter Stockinger and I look forward to hearing from you with your comments.

Can I ask everyone not to overlook the DONATE link. It is so very important that we collect as much as we can so that animals' lives may be saved. To those of you who did try, I've corrected the text to read "Donation" on the PayPal page which you may have found off-putting. My apologies for that, but web sites aren't my strong point!

I know that paying online can be a bit of a nuisance and you may have meant to do it later, but the animals don't have that luxury, they need help NOW. So, please show your appreciation in the time-honoured fashion and pay up!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Free Books to Download

I have just uploaded two titles to my web site - http://www.sue-ward.co.uk - under "Books". These are free of charge, but you are asked to show your appreciation by donating £3.00 to animal welfare charities (use link to payments page).

The first title is Monster of Ingratitude written by myself and Peter Stockinger, it is a fully referenced investigation into and account of the well-known enmity between William Lilly and John Gadbury. The real reason for this is presented in detail; suffice it to say that it is not the reason most often given.

The second title is the much better known The Life of William Lilly, Student in Astrology, but this is my transcription from the autograph (his signed manuscript). I have been faithful to this manuscript and have added biographical information of the various characters involved and other information. Where I've been able to find them, I've added relevant nativities and my presentation Beyond the Great Fire which looks at the relationship between Lilly and Ashmole among other things. It's a bumper bundle!

You'll find full details on my web site.