Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Tears stream down your face...

'Tears stream down your face ...
... when you leave some good friends.'
Well that's what Chris Martin should have written

Bye Bye Herne Bay

Monday, August 29, 2005

I'd like to thank my Mum...

More pics of my lovely Herne Bay mates that I am going to miss so much. These were taken at my last church gathering (not ever!) Thanks so much for all the lovely comments yesterday and I will come back and visit. I suppose I should pubish my little impromptu speech so here goes:

Thanks to Jo for all her time and effort into setting up everything we've done this year. Also, thanks for knowing when to push me out of those comfort zones.

Thanks to Sam for being a good listener, and I've learnt so much from you.

Thanks to Don and Mary for letting me live in their house. Thanks to Mary especially for teaching me to cook and how to do my own washing.

And thanks to everyone who's helped me chill, with games on the Playstation or trips to the pub to watch football. You probably, don't realise how much that has meant to me. You're all absolute legends.

So I've got to make the most of my last full day in the Bay - I'd better say bye to the sea before I leave. And I say, bring on the DNAers for the next 5 days. We are going to have SO much fun!!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Thankyou Jo and Steve

Thanks to Jo and Steve for the party last night, to say bye to me and Beth. Good fun was had by all.

Hope you all enjoyed the world premiere of our video, and I'll see you all for one final time on Sunday.

Sport Matters

Well, actually it doesn't (does it Sam?) But it is great fun. And I had some great fun yesterday watching neraly all of the cricket. Aren't England amazing!!?? Those Aussies are taking a hammering. Once again Flintoff deserves a special mention.

And then to cap the day of sport off the mighty Liverpool secured yet another European trophy. A Super Cup for a Super team. Did you know that Liverpool have now won more European trophies than any other team this century? Well, now you do; and don't forget it.

Friday, August 26, 2005

A video that 'Media Co-ordinator Windo' would be proud of

So, here we are - this time next week will be my last day as a DNAer. I can't quite believe it.

Spent yesterday with Beth making a video about what we've been up to in Herne Bay. It was a really good laugh to make, with every trick in the book being used for some much needed comedy values. Comedy moments include : pulling faces, bad camera work, sitting on a toilet, the public walking by and doing silly things, beth doing a handstand, an interview with a teddy bear and much much more.
The 13 minute video will probably get it's world premiere at an impromptu gathering tonight, so if you're coming you've got a lot to look forward to.
See you all later.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

My Final Week in the Bay

My final week in the Bay has started in cracking style. The last 2 days have been absolutely stuffed to the brim with social action. Check this out - PES with Ben, Snooker with Sam, pub with Jon, Nick, Ben, Beth, Chris and Chaz, cinema with Jon, Katy, Beth and Chaz and finally a meal out with Don and Mary. It's great that so much is happening so that I can make the most of my last week. But it's also making me realise just how many friends I'm going to miss. You're all quality. I've already had to say final goodbyes to Ben and Jon but I'm sure we'll meet again some sunny day.
As well as socialising, my mind is now well and truly focussed on 24-7 prayer, specifically 11th-18th September, Upper Beeding in West Sussex. I'm so excited by the week but there's quite a lot of practical things which I'm looking to get together in so little time. I've done myself a Phil Hulks style bullet point list, but at the moment it keeps getting longer than shorter.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

A picture says a thousand words

If you want a day by day run down of Re:Act then go and visit windo's blog, cos he somehow managed to update it from a tent. That's commitment for you. For now, I'm letting the pictures do the talking.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

I Love Liverpool

Me and Beth had the long job yesterday of phoning around everyone going to MerseyFest with Re:act. They need to know that they had to take a plate, bowl, cutlery, cup, teatowel, torch and waterproofs. It's such a basic kitlist and got a bit frustrating at times with mobiles switched off and answerphones etc, but ironically I don't own any of those items in Herne Bay ... well maybe waterproofs.
Anyway, Re:act starts on Friday. I'll do my best to try and explain it although it's a bit of a mission. (heehee) On Friday we all go to Uttoxeter for a residential of training etc. Then on Monday we split into 2 and half the people go to the South West and the other half go to Liverpool to join in with MerseyFest. We'll be putting on family fun days. My role is to co-lead a small group of those on Re:act, aged 14+. That goes on til Sunday. Then an evaluation day, and I'm back in the Bay on Monday 22nd. So as I'll be camping there may be no blog til then. boohoo.
Oh, by the way I'm on the Mersey:Fest team. Oh yes. Come on Liverpool. I LOVE LIVERPOOL!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Back in the Bay ... for a few days

3 hours of train journey flew by as I started reading 'The Curious Incident....' It's a great book about a boy with Aspergus Syndrome. He's an absolute genious at Maths and I was left scratching my head at times. Good to get the grey matter working again, although it does hurt on occasions. There's so much stuff to write about from the book that it may deserve it's own blog entry soon ... maybe, I'll finish it first.
So my first activity back in the Bay was my last ever time at D:caff. Great, fun evening though with loads of really competitive games of table tennis. It's so much fun to play games which are really competitive and close, where you have to play oyur best just to stand a chance. I'm getting better and I find it really hard to let the young people win!!! So competitive.
Off to Re:act on Friday. Paul's explained it all so see the Windo's blog if the word 'Re:act' leaves you scratching your head.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Winning cricket, shopping and The Clack-Attack

Victory. Oh what a victory!

Went shopping in Brighton today with my Mum. It's great going shopping with my Mum cos I don't have to worry if something's too expensive! I probably spent more today than I had in the last few months put together. Purchases included a new pair of jeans, a pair of Reebok trainers (to encourage me to do exercise) and a couple of books - 'Curious incident of the dog in the nightime' and 'the DeVinci code.' Both books bought simply so that I don't have to have a second hand opinion.

Back to the Bay tomorrow. These weeks home just seem to fly by too quickly. Oh, and finally, fellow DNAer Tim Clack deserves a mention for making the first entry on his blog that he's had for over 3 months now. No longer does he have the most popular EMPTY blog. Tim, you are now worthy of a link.

Friday, August 05, 2005

The lull before the storm

Lazy day today with everything being planned for tomorrow. I'm going to attempt to fit in golf, snooker and a bbq at my house all in the same day. Good time management needed I feel.
So my lazy day left me with a great opportunity to sample the deligths of the second test. Oh and how it didn't disappoint! Highly enjoyable. A feast of 4s and 6s. yum yum. Was gonna bore you with a pic from the cricket but here's my cat instead. This is Becky saying, 'Stop watching the cricket and start showing me some attention.'

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


4 hours of travelling today left me with little to do but listen to Coldplay.
And the following lyrics jumped out at me and screamed one thing, 'DREAM BIG!!!!'.

'The streets you’re walking on a thousand houses long
Well, that’s where I belong and you belong with me
Ah, what good is it to live with nothing left to give
Forget but not forgive
Not loving all you see
Oh, the streets you’re walking on a thousand houses long
Well, that’s where I belong and you belong with me
Not swallowed in the sea
You belong with me, not swallowed in the sea.'

Monday, August 01, 2005

Happy 19 1/2 Birthday!!

I had a very surreal experience yesterday. The wonderful Community Church of Herne Bay threw a surprise birthday party for me ... in July (... my birthday's in January. ) It was actually a surprise party for Beth, who's birthday was a week ago, but they said that they'd missed my birthday so it was for me as well. Talk about fairness and equality!!! Oh, and what a fun afternoon it was. Party food, pass the parcel, musical chairs, musical statues and the YMCA. Oh, yes.
So, thanks Mary for setting up one of my most surreal birthday partys yet. (Also one of the most surreal church meeting I've ever been to!) I think we should celebrate my half birthday every year now!