Wednesday, March 29, 2006

From the album 'A Rush of Blood to the Head.' #2

'And I crawl back into your open arms.'
Warning Sign by Coldplay

From the album 'A Rush of Blood to the Head.'

'Stood on the edge
Tied to the noose
You came along
And you cut me loose.'

Amsterdam by Coldplay

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Late Pool Drama After the Final Whistle

Last week 'The Blog of Pete' reported that Homerton pool team had finished their season in 3rd place, just 1 position off promotion. But last night I received an email from a pool team member who'd been bored at home and had decided to browse through the pool website. And he found the following page.
(sorry, can't even do links at the mo so you'll have to copy and paste!)
We are in division 3A and it seems from this information that 3 teams get promoted after all.
Those extra training sessions were now worth it.

Sunday, March 12, 2006


Superb day yesterday for the DNA reunion. Great fun to see so many friendly faces again - united in one place again from their varying jobs and homes around the UK. (And as you can see current DNAer and Herne Bayer Katy made a special guest appearance.) Good opportunity to catch up, remember adventures together, encourage and pray for each other. And have a good laugh in our favourite watering hole of 'The Eagle Tavern.'

I certainly returned to Homerton with a big smile on my face.
That was even after SatNav tried to take us home through the centre of London and we got lost for an hour. We only got out after turning SatNav off and deciding to follow the signs to the NORTH. There's a lesson in that, me thinks?
You see, (he says with tongue in cheek) we're all looking for directions in life - you've just got to decide what to listen to.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

And we're off...

Thirst for Life is off and running. Why not read what the BBC have to say about it? And then read the wide range of opinions at the end from the British public. It's quite a debate.
Highlights include, 'I shall be giving up Jesus for Lent', 'Self denial is putting other people first' and 'Gave up alcohol last year and lost weight.'
The latter shows it's always good to be practical about things as well.

So why am I joining in? Good question. The fact it's Lent really has nothing to do with it at all. In fact I've never done anything for Lent before. I also like a pint, and have no problem with that.
It partly is a personal thing - a personal challenge. Surely, I tell myself, I can live without alcohol for 40 days, even though I spend most my evenings in the bar? Surely, I can fully enjoy footy on the big screen without a pint in my hand?
Secondly, I'm partly joining in to unite with a corporate message which I fully agree with - 'Thirsting For Life ... and life to the full.' (I think Jesus added those last 4 words) This isn't criticising alcohol - it's just saying there's so much more that's better than it.
Thirdly, I hope I'm making a counter statement to student culture.
And finally it may save me some money.

There we are - that's my view on the debate. But I fully understand where nearly all the comments on the BBC site are coming from. I also don't like 'badgering religious groups' and I certainly don't want a gold medal if I survive the 40 days.
One thing we can say is that 'Thirst For Life' have already acheived one aim of 'promoting thought and discussion on the use of alcohol.' and it will rumble on.