Wednesday, May 31, 2006

LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN

My friends, I'm back. Exams are over!!! Let the blogging resume. And oh do we have a lot to catch up on. There's the wonder of Chris Moyles in X-Factor, there's yet another dramatic episode of Lost to digest and of course it's time to discuss formations and starting 11's as IT'S TIME FOR WORLD CUP FEVER!!!!!!!!
OH YES!!
But for now I've got to go out for a celebration lunch in Chiquito's, then to Wetherspoon's and then to the busiest club in Cambridge, Ballare. Now that's how to celebrate, eh, Peter Crouch! There'll be no robot dances on the dance floor tonight I can assure you.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Obsessively, Dangerously, Undeniably

'And he is the original dreamer,
The ultimate winner.
GUARANTEED.'

Thus concludes the edited version of 'The Vision' by Pete Greig.

First exam at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. Bye for now - I'll be back in the world of blogging on Thursday, with more extreme fanatical football excitement than you can shake your metatarsals at. 12 days to go.


Saturday, May 27, 2006

THUNDEROUS

'My tomorrow is His today.
My distant hope is His 3D.
And my feeble, whispered, faithless prayer invokes a thunderous,
resounding,
bone-shaking great 'Amen!'
from countless angels,
from hero's of the faith,
from Christ himself.'

Friday, May 26, 2006

Incredibly Cool

'They are incredibly cool,
dangerously attractive
(on the inside).
On the outside? They hardly care!

They wear clothes like costumes:
to communicate and celebrate but never to hide.'



I'll tell you something that's incredibly cool. Taking my revision frustration out on some bowling pins and scoring a personal best of 166!! Oh yeah!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Whatever it takes they will give:

'Whatever it takes they will give:
Breaking the rules.
Shaking mediocrity from its cosy little hide.
Laying down their rights and their precious little wrongs,
Laughing at labels, fasting essentials.
The advertisers cannot mould them.
Hollywood cannot hold them.
Peer-pressure is powerless to shake their resolve at late night parties before the cockerel cries.'

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Sacrifice Fuels the Fire

'Sacrifice fuels the fire of victory in their upward eyes.'
















'Who can stop them ?
Can hormones hold them back?
Can failure succeed?
Can fear scare them or death kill them?'

Monday, May 22, 2006

'Such heroes are as radical on Monday morning as Sunday night.'

I've had a pretty unradical Monday morning so far but I think Sunday night can go down as pretty radical. Last night I went to the Fez Club in Cambridge, where these guys had taken over for the night, and a chilled out band called 'Note for a Child' were playing. Great fun, chats and crazy dancing.
But my one problem came cos I'd had to meet friends from Homerton there. And I'd walked and they'd all cycled into town. (Only silly Chrstns cycle to a night out clubbing ... it's insane!) So how do I get back to Homerton and avoid getting a taxi for one? For some of the way I ended up running back alongside the bikes!! One guy even put his hand on my back as he cycled and pushed me along. I've never run soo fast!! Must have been pushing 100mtrs in 10 secs!
What a fun night. Radical.

'Such heroes are as radical on Monday morning as Sunday night.'

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Freedom

'And they are FREE from materialism.
They laugh at 9-5 little prisons.
They could eat caviar on Monday and crusts on Tuesday.
They wouldn't even notice.
They know the meaning of the Matrix, the way the west was won.
They are mobile like the wind, they belong to the nations.
They need no passport...
People write their addresses in pencil and wonder at their strange existence.
They are free yet they are slaves of the hurting and dirty and dying.'

Saturday, May 20, 2006

What's the Vision? What's the Big Idea?

Counting Down to the World Cup: 20 days.

I want to tell you about an awesome night yesterday running a cafe in Homerton but seeing as I haven't got hold of any photos yet, I'll mention it another time.

I've come up with a plan for how not to waste time thinking of posts this week while I'm supposed to be revising. Each day I'm going to leave you with some thoughts from 'The Vision,' by Pete Greig. As I think I've said before this is something that really inspires me and every day I want to catch hold of more and more of what 'The Vision' is about.

'The vision is an army of young people.
You see bones? I see an army.'

Thursday, May 18, 2006

In the Interests of Safety

I'm sorry Arsenal. That was tough. You gave it everything but it wasn't to be. Any regrets? Would you have preferred to have conceded rather than have Jens sent off? At half time I said no. Now it's a definite yes. Good game though, but no consolation.







And how did my night pan out in the end? Well, I had all good intentions to leave the pub at half time and cycle to meeting, knowing that there was a big probability that I'd miss the 2nd half. With the score as it was at half time, the strain to pull myself away was at breaking point but nevertheless on 45 mins, I stepped outside the pub with cycle helmet in hand.
Only to be pelted on by rock solid rain drops - the kind that actually make you flinch. So 'in the interests of safety' I sent a quick apology text message and popped back inside for the 2nd half.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

'Take A Glorious Bite Out Of The Whole World'

'Take a glorious bite out of the whole world.' - Yet another incredible line from the new Snow Patrol album, which I have listened to in full every day for over a week now. Beautiful.

Continuing in the same vane, I thought I'd update you on my slog through Deuteronomy recently. It's been hard work reading through all the rules and regulations and clauses, sub-clauses and sub-sub-clauses in the contract between God and the Israelites. Sometimes it's been interesting and other times it's been down right tedious.

And then just as I was getting tempted to skip the last few pages and get straight into Joshua I found the most amazingly refreshing passage going in chapter 30.
'The command I am giving ...' This is God talking by the way. 'The command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand or perform. ... Choose Life!'
How clear is that!!
Choose life. It's a phrase made famous in 1996 by the film, 'Trainspotting', and here it is in the Old Testament, from about 3500 years ago.
Cool eh?
Cool. Or 'sick' as the young downwidit ruffians of today might say.
See ya.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

2006 - The Last Final in Cardiff

Take a bow son; take a bow. Gerrard is the biggest living legend in the world! UNBELIEVABLE! (and with cramp as well.) WHAT A GOAL! And then Reina's save in extra time. Oh my.
I feel absolutely drained. My face has gone so pale and I've lost my voice. The most astonishing game ever since Istanbul.
I'm sure with time I might feel sorry for West Ham, who played a blinder, but at the moment ... Steven Gerrard. Oh, you are amazing.
Liverpool - FA Cup winners 2006. The greatest cup final ever.
I need a lie down, and so do all the injured Liverpool players.

2001 - The First Final in Cardiff...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Jesus Goes to Hollywood

Watched Narnia again recently and it got me thinking about my fave films. You know how I bang on about song lyrics being just as important as the tune, well I think movies are the same. My fave films can be watched on many different levels, sometimes purely for enjoyment and other times they get you thinking about the meaning of what's going on. Narnia is a perfect example of this, and I guess the Matrix would be another.
Yesterday I was reading a recent article on Yahoo entitled, 'What Would Jesus Direct?'. It's about how Hollywood are increasingly asking themselves that question, after the surprise box office smash of 'The Passion'. Jesus was the master at pulling a crowd and holding their attention. He told entertaining stories which could be heard on many different levels. I'm hoping that Hollywood answer the question, 'What Would Jesus Direct?' with ingenuity and creativity cos I'm not convinced that Jesus would just churn out Biblical epics just for the sake of it....
The article finishes with a comment on the soon to be released 'Da Vinci Code.' I've read the book and found it highly enjoyable, and I'm sure the film will be as well. But some Christians are asking people to boycott the film, cos it contains content about Jesus which they don't agree with. But rather than not going to see it, in an attempt to be a statistic in a Hollywood office somewhere, I'd rather see it with friends and engage with the inevitable conversations and questions raised.
I guess in summary I agree with 2 quotes from the Yahoo article; 'Movies that raise issues are more interesting than movies that try to give answers,' and 'If the whole world wants to talk about Jesus, then let's be ready to have that conversation.'

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Lost Series 2 - Through the Hatch

Wooah!! How exciting was Lost last night!!!
Edge of the bed stuff.

It just gets more and more bizarre - although the theory of them being in Purgery was strongly supported in Jack's episode, wasn't it? Hmm. One thing I do know for sure is that I won't be going out on a Tuesday night for quite a while now. It's the Universityland's television event of the week.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

4 Very Intelligent New Neighbours


Over the years Cambridge colleges have been famed for their ducks. And over the years I'm sure the ducks have survived worse threats than bird flu.
But Homerton has never had any resident ducks - probably due to a small excuse for a pond.
Until now. Within the last week, these 4 feathered friends have decided to make Homerton their new home. And no-one's quite sure why?? (escpecially as Homerton is a mess of a building site at the mo)
Maybe the ducks do indeed think that the kind people of Homerton will protect them from the clutches of bird flu! Hmm maybe they're not as daft as they look.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Cause I Need You To Look Into Mine

Let's have a bit of light relief in amongst all this footballing frustration. It was bank holiday today and my Mum came to visit and we had a look round some of the old colleges and King's Chapel. And then I had afternoon cream teas to celebrate someone's birthday. Nice.
And then I treated myself to the new Snow Patrol album, got home and turned it up loud. After one listen it gets a big thumbs up. I was however slightly intrigued by some similar sounding song titles. The album's called 'Eyes Open', and 3 songs are called 'Hands Open', 'Shut Your Eyes', and 'Open Your Eyes'. Surely, I thought, shut your eyes and open your eyes will contradict themselves, with 1 being positive and the other negative.
But I was wrong and in fact the 2 songs contain some of the stand out lines from an album littered with beautifully penned lyrics. Here are the choruses of those 2 songs:
'Shut your eyes I'll spin the big chair
And you'll feel dizzy light and free
And falling gently on the cushion
You can come and sing to me.'

'Get up get up away from these liars
...Cos they don't see what I see in you
Take my hand, knot your fingers through mine
And we'll walk from this dark room for the last time.
I want so much to open your eyes
Cause I need you to look into mine.'