What has happened in connection with the Guides’ Promise is striking and highlights, with considerable clarity, the way that British culture is moving.
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At the end of December we often hear people say, ‘I am putting off the old year and putting on the new.’ It’s a seasonal version of that deep-seated human desire: the wish to start all over again. Who of us has not at some time wished that we could have a new beginning?
One of the greatest developments in science occurred – so the story goes – when Isaac Newton asked himself, ‘Why do apples fall?’ In fact, although there are an infinite number of stupid answers there are far fewer stupid questions and sometimes the most childlike questions are actually vitally important.
When my friend told me that ouija boards were going to be this Christmas’s sell-out item my initial reaction was that this was another ‘urban myth’ best treated with a healthy dose of scepticism. Who, in an age of the Internet, online gaming, Facebook and 3-D televisions would want to move a pointer around on a board in the hope of getting messages from the spirit world?
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