Sunday, December 31, 2006

My Top 10 HIGHLIGHTS Of 2006

Happy New Year Everyone. Here's my top 10 highlights of 2006 in blogging storyboard format. Good times, good places and most importantly good people. Enjoy.

- The Results of the Great Moleman Challenge 2006
- 2006 - The Last Final in Cardiff
- Fun Money Saving Student Tips
- Welcome to Camp Homerton
- Winning Ugly - That'll Do
-Summer Blast 2006
-Mo..Mo..Mo..Momentum 2006
- Barcelona - Pitchside at the Nou Camp
- Warning : Pink Soup
- 32-An Epic Day Of Pool

Thankyou 2006 and wishing you all an awesome 2007...

Saturday, December 30, 2006

My Top 10 Blogging Thoughts of 2006

It's time to bring 2006 to a close and in keeping with all the best TV shows it's time to look back at Walk On's highlights of the year. As I was trawling through the months of writings I realised that my favourite posts fitted into 2 categories. The 1st are the more thoughtful posts where some topic or idea has gripped me, and then I've simply jotted down my observations and posed a few questions. The 2nd - the real HIGHLIGHTS of the year - are the events and people.

I'll start today with the thoughtful posts and finish tomorrow - to celebrate New Year's Eve - with Pete's blogging story board of 2006.
So for now grab yourself a hot chocolate with cream and marshmellows, put your thinking cap on and open your mind (he says with tongue in cheek and a mischievous smirk) to Pete's top 10 thoughts of 2006. Just click on the links below and enjoy.

The Moshing Jesus
Why Walk On?
Please excuse me while I have a little rant
Take a glorious bite out of the whole world
It's here!! A footballing feast is here
So I start talking about God and always end up with footy!
Impossible is nothing
I AM WHAT I AM
FRESH
The Birth of Santa

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Two Local Madmen on a Mission


Early on Boxing Day morning some adventurous family friends started the Plymouth-Banjul challenge. The target is to drive to Banjul in West Africa in an old banger which cost less than £200. The reason for this mad trip (which isn't out of character for the pair) is to raise £100,000 for the development of a local derelict farm into supported living facilities for disabled young adults.

If you'd like to find out more go to http://www.eastclaytonfarm.co.uk/fundraising.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Xmas Day 06




Sunday, December 24, 2006

The 2006 AW Spoons Championship

Have you ever played the wonderful game that is Spoons? It wouldn't be xmas at home without the annual Spoons Championship with our next door neighbours. It's competitive, violent and guaranteed to bend spoons, tear tablecloths and draw blood. This year saw chairs flying across the room for the first time. Nearly every year I lose out in the final to Alex, a Spoons Grand Master, but this year (in what must be the 9th Championship) it was to be a very different story.
In a dramatic turn of events Alex lost a split seconds cutting edge for just a few minutes and crashed out in 4th place. Leaving me to beat my Dad in the final and claim the title that I've longed to win for so many years. The years of hurt are over. I am the 2006 AW Spoons Champion!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Birth of Santa


The front window of the Mambo shop in Brighton contains the poster, 'Happy Birthday Santa', and it doesn't require a sociologist, or even a vicar, to tell us that our 21st century commercialised Christmas is pretty confused. But the question I want to pose is: does Jesus mind being marginalised?

Born amongst farmyard poo, Jesus chose to live a marginalised life. He hung out with the working classes and spent time with society's outcasts including prostitutes and those quarantined by disease. Then he died a murderers death.

And from this marginalised position, Jesus started the biggest, most successful revolution of all time.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Picking and Mixing


Yesterday I worked the pic'n'mix stand at the cinema. Yep, I was selling excessive amounts of sugar to already hyper kids, at massively inflated prices.

Picture the scene : Kid bounds over with their bag of sweets and we put them on the scales.
I go, 'That's £8 please.'
'Oh, I've only got £2.'

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Do you have Happy Feet yet?


So I started work at the cinema last night. My main job was taking tickets and telling people which screen to go to. And also cleaning up when a showing has finished. So next time you see a film, don't leave your popcorn over the floor. please. Best bit was doing the screen check, where I got to watch the film whilst making sure the temperature in the room was ok, which it was.

But does the job give me Happy Feet? I'm not sure. I was very tired at the end of the shift but maybe as I get used to the job I might be able to relax and enjoy it more. And it is a while since I last did a proper hard days work. Working the Concessions stand is probably going to be the toughtest bit.
Hmm, we will have to wait and see whether the job's going to be as fun as I originally thought it could be??

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

We are all celebrities

We are all celbrities. But, nope this isn't a post bigging us up and saying we're all special etc. This is merely an observation about so called 'social networking' websites such as 'Facebook,' or 'MySpace'.

Gone are the days when I'd wake up to see how a movie or pop star has recently embarassed themselves. Now I wake up to see the pictures of how my friends have recently embarassed themselves.

It's also no longer possible to have different identities in different places. For example, if I take my homes to be Steyning, Herne Bay and Cambridge, everyone has access to the same photos on the web. I'm not saying your identity on your web is definitive but pics do speak loudly. And that's before we think about videos on YouTube.

But if there's a serious point to be made here it's that there's never been a time where living differently would stand out so much - there's such a need to live with honesty and integrity. It's definitely no longer possible to pretend to be super-spiritual on a Sunday morning and act differently the rest of the week.

I'm not saying we should go and hide in a box for fear of having our photo taken. The key words I used were 'honesty' and 'integrity'.

Right now I'm off to delete some photos.

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Gospel According to Bono. Love it!

New U2 song: Sing it loud!

'The shackles are undone
The bullet's quit the gun
The heat that's in the sun
Will keep us when its done
The rule has been disproved
The stone it has been moved
The grain is now a groove
All debts are removed

Oh can't you see what love has done!'


Sunday, December 10, 2006

January 1999


It's an event worth shouting about. As the MOTD commentator said, 'It's Jamie Carragher's first goal since the last Millennium.' But what's even cooler for me is that Jamie's last goal, back in January 1999, was the first time that I went to Anfield. In that game Liverpool beat Southampton 7-1 and also contained Fowler's 100th Premiership goal, and now I know that it contained Jamie's only goal for 8 years. What a day it was ... and I was there!!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Why do we Teach Maths?

That's the theme of a 4000 word essay that I'm working at the moment. Here are some summary thoughts on what I'm reading and writing about.

It seems that there are lots of reasons why a knowledge of Mathematics is useful, but there are other schools of thoughts which say that these reasons are now outdated in the 21st century. For example, Maths was needed to create IT but to use IT no longer needs a knowledge of Maths.
There are even less convincing arguments that Maths should be compulsory up until GCSE. One argument for Maths is that it has an enjoyable beauty, but this then places it on a level with Music, which is optional at GCSE.
I think I actually think that it would be a good thing, for the good of the subject, for it to be made optional at GCSE. I think.

But hey, let's see whether I can argue that in my essay. Also what do you think? Any useful comments might get quoted in my essay!! ooh.