Sunday, November 24, 2013

Raised bed, La Rueda and Can Religion Answer the Big Questions?

Raising the bed
Bit weedy looking Asparagus
Yesterday I spent some time manoeuvring the railways sleepers into what will be the raised Strawberry bed - plan is to add a section for Asparagus at the end.
Asparagus is growing but still looks a bit weedy my hope is that using a bed will enable me to adjust the 'balance'.

 La Rueda -Bond Street Ealing

Soon to be Maggie's
What was until; fairly recently Williams restaurant in Bond Street has been re-branded as  La Rueda and has undergone (a slight) Spanish makeover, last night we visited to try their Tapas sub menu.
I don't know if the arrival of Galaxy Grill   across the or or the demise of the long running La Siesta  (which was close to Nando's also in Bond Street) is what has spurred on the owners to change it's style.
Overall the feeling was a bit underwhelming the food was okay but not in the league of Domingo's and we felt that the menu deal on Tapas should have included the glass of Prosecco on the menu (told it was weekdays only).
Atmosphere was not electric and there are so many eateries around which will soon include around the corner from La Rueda Maggie's (not sure about the name) formerly Pizza Hut that it might need to sort itself out.

Can religion answer the big questions?

A few days ago I heard the door bell go and who should it be? It was two of those people from the church of the latter day saints (often known as the Mormons), they left me a leaflet and spoke about the unusual shape of Ginkgo leaves  that were falling from a nearby tree.
I (and I think they) avoided any real discussion of their particular take on the bible and their expectation that 144,000 of the followers of this variety of what some say is Christianity will go to heaven. (Actually the Mormons think this will be on earth).
Like some of the more pessimistic environmentalists followers of the Church of the latter day saints believe that the earth is sliding towards Armageddon - on past visits the line has been (to paraphrase) 'Don't you think things are in a bad way?'
Well in many ways things are not going in a bad way mortality is improving, standards of education around the world continue to provide better lives to the next generation.
So why does this (and several other) religions choose to deliver an analysis of doom, does this tell us more about the life and condition of the individual than a supposedly greater 'spirit'?
Now I'm not really a seeker in terms of a religion but picked up a book in my local library that would help me understand some of the subtleties of different world religions - it's called The Religions Book and I've already found out a bit about the difference between the main branches of Islam Shia and Sunni those being  (like the Christian faiths the tension between different interpretations of the same faith can greater than those with other faiths).
It might not answer all my queries but will at least help me deal with anyone knocking on the front door.

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