Saturday, April 29, 2006

Please Excuse Me while I have a Little Rant

Please excuse me while I have a little rant. If there's one thing which gets on my nerves it's the British media. They're so rude, intrusive and judgemental. Grr.
Yesterday, Phil Scolari turned down the England job giving the British media as one of his reasons. And who can blame him? 'In the last few days when I was not even the manager of England my freedom was taken away from me and that is not the coaching I am used to.' Within hours of being offered the England job, 'Big Phil' had 20 reporters outside his house and was already upset about having his wife compared to Sven's. Why? It seems that a huge weekly wage isn't worth having your freedom taken away.
Even today, the papers are accusing the FA of being a shambles and blaming them for Scolari not accepting the job but er, hello, have a look at yourselves first!
And so is McClaren back to being the favourite for the job? But, yep you guessed it, today the papers are reporting of an affair that he had during a trial separation period with his wife. Boring. Does it matter and do we care? Grow up media and let's talk about football for a change.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

We'll be Shining, Shining in the Sun

The Sun is shining and it's lovely. The evening's are long and many are out kicking back on the college lawns. There's a game of cricket going on and a football match, involving boys and girls and jumpers as goalposts. It's a taste of what Summer at uni will be like and it tastes good.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Why Walk On?

So why is 'Walk On' the new name for this blog then. Well, firstly and quite obviously it has links to the Liverpool fc anthem You'll Never Walk Alone. I have the lyrics to that pinned on my wall cos it's actually quite motivational. It talks about carrying on thorugh the stresses and rubbish that gets thrown at you cos at the end of the storm is a golden sky. And that's a message we all need to take on board cos walking on with hope in your heart keeps each day exciting and fresh. And if we have a dream or something we're aiming for, then this is a call to keep going and keep dreaming even if your dreams are tossed and blown.
'Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.' - That's a quote from 1 Corinthians 9 and it says let's stay focussed on the big picture and keep walking on.
And finally the one and only U2 have a song called 'Walk On' so it must be a good name. I'll leave you today with a chunk of the song.
You’re packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been
A place that has to be believed to be seen
You could have flown away
A singing bird in an open cage
Who will only fly only fly for freedom
Walk on Walk on What you got you can’t deny it
Can’t sell it or buy it
Walk on Walk on You stay safe tonight

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Finding Lost

Been catching up with yet another television sensation over the hols. Every evening I've had a daily fix of 'Lost' on E4 to fill in my gaping holes from Series 1. It's superb stuff isn't it!! I hope to have caught up by the time series 2 starts, which Channel 4 tell me is COMING SOON! I hope you’re all getting excited.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Saturday, April 15, 2006

The Moshing Jesus

So did you watch the Manchester Passion last night? What did you think?
As you may already know, for me the lyrics and meanings of songs are just as important as a decent tune, so obviously I loved what they did with each song last night. And also on a practical level I thought it was quite an acheivement.
One comment which stuck in my mind after the programme was from an interview with a self titled punk. He was asked how he could be both a punk and a Christian and he commented that if Jesus was around today he'd be right in the middle of the moshpit with the wierdos and the freaks. Now that is an image which really resonates with me and puts a smile on my face but is it a realistic one?
All this reminds me of a situation last term where me and a friend were faced with a choice which I'm sure isn't uncommon for most teenagers who put Jesus as their rolemodel. It was a choice between a Bible study or a night out in a Cambridge club with friends. For my friend the Bible study was what they should do, but not what they wanted to do.

And so I posed the now infamous question, 'What would Jesus Do?' Now your answer to that question completely depends on the image of Jesus that you have. Cos I'm sure for the punk last night the obvious thing Jesus would do would be to go out clubbing with his mates.
But is it feasible to suggest that Jesus would sometimes have chosen the night out, or have I gone completely mad? A theologian might be able to write me a 1000 word essay on the question but what do you think?
Can I even go as far as saying that it was similar 'reckless' decision making, (like healing on a Sabbath day) which actually got Jesus in trouble with the religious authorities?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Because Maybe You're Gonna Be The One Who Saves Me?

I want to point you in the direction of a programme on BBC Three on Good Friday. It's an intriguing retelling of the Easter story using songs written by bands from Manchester. It includes the one and only, 'Wonderwall' by Oasis.
It's being filmed live from the streets of Manchester.
I've no idea whether the programme will be half decent but I'm very intrigued. It's called 'Manchester Passion' and is on at 9pm.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

From the Album 'A Rush of Blood to the Head.' #3

'Because I came here with a load
And it feels so much lighter since I met you.'

Green Eyes by Coldplay