Newsletter September 2020





Art during the Renaissance


One feature of our zoom meetings is a weekly look at works of art.

This week Alistair guided us to the work of Anthony Van Dyke, who painted in Belgium, Italy and England, during the time of the Italian Renaissance:


Membership of C & W Humanists


At our 23rd C & W Humanists Zoom gathering yesterday, we discussed re-starting our membership scheme.  There was agreement that, to start, we mightask for an annual subscription of £5, what do you think?


… and while you have your thinking head on …


Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer outside Birmingham gets go-ahead


It has been a long process, but this landmark will serve as a place of hope for many, and one that will help us remember the Christian heritage of our nation.


Says West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, Defender of the Wall.


There are currently no plans to build a neighbouring wall to credit Reason and Scientific thinking.


Of concern


Julian Assange is now facing additional charges from the US Government, they are timed so that JA and his team are not able to respond as they would wish, therefore making extradition more probable.


In South Korea The Evangelical Cristian sect, that got the Codiv19 outbreak there, refuses to disclose names and address of the congregation on the grounds that the Authorities can trace them in the future.  Their leader announced that he is a prophet for the return of JC.          from John Gainer



Navid Afkari  is the Iranian wrestler, imprisoned then hanged for opposing the Iranian Government.  There is a growing demand that Iran should be banned from international sport following the barbaric hanging of Navid. 

Here are two websites where you can find more information:

The Pink Triangle Trust 


One Law for All

These details come from George Broadhead


Mubarak Bala sadly, there isn’t any news.  We can support the campaign to free Mubarak in ways suggested on the website FeeMubarakBala.  Take your photo and label it with your home town (no name) and post it on the website.


Shakthika Sathkumara Jane Sault provided name and addresses to which letters can be sent, urging the release from his Sri Lankan prison of Sathkumara. Those addresses and a copy of the letter sent by C & W Humanists are given below:

Dear President,


Regarding the arrest of Shakthika Sathkumara.


Coventry and Warwickshire Humanists would like to add our name to Humanists UK, in calling for the immediate release of Shakthika Sathkumara, who has been arrested and accused of hurting the feelings of Buddhists and advocating hatred in his writings.  


We join with Humanists International in thinking that Sathkumara is merely exercising his rights to freedom of expression, you should be proud to have a countryman with his talents ‘a creative spotlight for his nation’.  


We are writing from the county of William Shakespeare, and believe that creativity and free thinking should be valued, not persecuted.


This case is a real test of how mature are democracy and justice in Sri Lanka.  


We urge you to free Shakthika Sathkumaraka immediately and unconditionally.  Applaud and delight in his talents.


Bob Jelley  – Chair, Coventry and Warwickshire Humanists.



Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Presidential Secretariat

Galle Face,

Colombo 1,

Sri Lanka

Fax :- +94 112 34 0340



Prime Minister

Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa

Prime Minister’s Office No: 58,

Sir Ernest De Silva Mawatha,

Colombo 07

Sri Lanka

Fax: +94 112 575310 / +94 112 574143


Attorney General

Mr. Dappula de Livera

Fax: +94 112 436421


Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

Dr. Deepika Udagama – Chairperson

Fax: +94 112 505591



A favourite piece of Art


This week Jane showed images of favourite buildings including Casa Battlo in Barcelona, here it is:



Music during the time of Virus


Each week, someone refers us to a favoured piece of music.  This week it was Tom Walts and ‘Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night’, suggested by Brian GB


Film and TV Highlights by Brian Goredema-Braid


There are some very interesting and enjoyable films and programmes on TV over the next few weeks. BBC1 and ITV1 both have interesting serials on the prime Sunday night slot. This week, BBC1 Will start a new serial ‘Us’. A married couple are looking forward to a holiday of a lifetime, touring Europe with their teenage son before he leaves home for university. However, the trip soon becomes a desperate quest to save the couple’s marriage and struggle to hide the tension between them from their son. Drama based on the novel by David Nicholls. Starring Tom Hollander, Saskia Reeves and Tom Taylor.


The Singapore Grip – on ITV1 is set in 1941 Singapore before the Japanese invasion. A rubber baron and his family, live a full of wealth and privilege. Their power and stability are rocked by new arrivals and the looming threat of a Japanese invasion. Adapted from the novel by JG Farrell, starring Luke Treadaway, David Morrissey, Charles Dance, Jane Horrocks and Colm Meaney.


A two part serial on BBC1 on Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd September ‘The 7.39’ – A man and a woman have an ill-tempered scrap on a crowded London commuter train when she drops into a seat that he claims is his. It’s an inauspicious meeting but things don’t end there. A happily married man with two teenage kids – but he also feels stuck in a rut. The female manager of a health club has doubts about her upcoming marriage to her fitness trainer. The fight over a seat on the 7.39 train leads Carl and Sally to start talking, there’s a spark between the pair – and suddenly their daily journeys become a whole lot more interesting. David Morrissey and Sheridan Smith star in this two-part romantic drama, with Olivia Colman and Sean Maguire.


On Sunday afternoon on BBC2 is Dr Zhivago – probably one of the greatest films ever made?  A married Russian physician falls in love with another woman, as their passionate affair plays out against the raging backdrop of the First World War and the Bolshevik revolution. David Lean’s epic drama based on Boris Pasternak’s novel, starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson, Tom Courtenay and Klaus Kinski. This is repeated on Thursday night on BBC4. Of similar interest is ‘The Real Dr Zhivago’ on BBC4 on Thursday This documentary sets out to tell the “untold story” of Boris Pasternak (1890–1960), the tormented Russian poet who poured so much of his own experience under Soviet oppression into this, his only novel. Stephen Smith traces the revolutionary beginnings of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago, a novel that took the author 20 years to write while knowing it could result in his death.


Of particular interest to me is the growing noir of detective thrillers set in the Australian outback. I believe that this noir will begin to challenge the current popularity of Scandinavian crime stories. The full length film ‘Goldstone’ was shown on BBC4 on 10th September (still available on I-Player). A new serial ‘Mystery Road’ starts on BBC4 on Saturday 19th September. These stories have the mixed race Aborigine detective Jay Swann solving crimes, fighting criminals as well as racism and colonialism.  


Brian Goredema-Braid


A Few Short Funnies


When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bike. 

Then I realised, that god doesn’t work that way. 

So I just stole one and asked him to forgive me … and I got it!


So there I am in Jerusalem at the Wailing Wall

Standing there like a moron, with my harpoon!!



Thanks to those who contributed to this month’s newsletter.


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