Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Mmm, 21 Today I Am

Monday, January 29, 2007

It's now time To Party

There is a time ...
'a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance.' Ecclesiates 3:4

It's now time to PARTY!! Cos I'm 21 tomorrow!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Anyone LOST without it?


It seems to have been a long wait for the 3rd series of Lost to get going again. I've been satisfying the habit by renting out the 1st series and after every episode once again I've been left with the feeling of WOW! And I tell you what, it ain't half good watching it without adverts.

Explaining Lost is probably the biggest hot potato issue of the 21st century so far. Having watched the first series again I'm going back to it being some concept of Purgatory. I would suggest that the more 'rational' suggestions made in series 2 are simply filling in details of what this purgatory looks like. Hence the tests.

Or it could just be that Hurley's been eating too much cheese before going to bed!!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

A Trip to the Seaside


I've finally made it through Kings and Chronicles - which took quite a while! There's one line in there which on face value seems pretty meaningless and one I'd normally skip over, but when I thought about it further it's pretty spectacular.
It simply goes, 'The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore.'
For the full impact you need to scroll back roughly 1000 years when one guy called Abraham heard some big promises. God said to him, 'I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore.'

And Abraham's descendents became the people of Judah and Israel. There we have it - one big promise kept. Not bad considering that when God first spoke to him, Abraham's wife was unable to have children.
hmm, yeah, I'll leave you to try and get your head round that one!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Be Strong and Courageous!






'This is my command — be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Questions of Life


How do you wash a sieve? There always seem to be bits that get stuck.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Pool update

Last night for the third time now I got to play for the Cambridge pool team. We were playing against a team who included an England international and an ex-Northern Ireland international.
But before I get carried away and big myself up too much ... I lost both my games and we lost the match 9-3. whooops.

Monday, January 15, 2007

How not to advertise socks


The packaging for my xmas socks proudly described themselves as 'EASY TO MATCH.' This was because each pair of the navy socks had a different coloured line down the side of them.

But this is just stupid. It took me ages to match them together after they came out the washing machine.
IF THE SOCKS WERE ALL THE SAME ... THEN THEY'D BE 'EASY TO MATCH'!

End of.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

There's no 'I' in Happyness


I urge you ... please, please, please go and see 'The Pursuit of Happyness' when you get a spare few hours next. It's moving, thoughtful and quite simply (and I rarely use this word) beautiful. The film skilfully avoids cheesy or patronising cliches such as 'There's no 'I' in Happyness.' Instead it's more artistic cos it leaves it open to the viewers interpretation.

Will Smith's son is amazing. Please go and see it.

Friday, January 12, 2007

What makes a heroic man?

I got Mission Impossible 3 on DVD for xmas and having watched it again I became intrigued by some similar traits with the new Bond film. Basically both main characters show vulnerability and a sensitive side. They also are also dependent on their respective girls to save them from death.
Is that how we like our heroes now? Is this more realistic? Is it more acceptable now for tough men to be dependent and show vulnerability/sensitivity? Does it in fact make them stronger and more of a man?

This then got me thinking about my image of my ultimate hero - ie. Jesus. In some ways it's easy to think of him as untouchable, knowing everything and in control. But in my mind this is far from the full story. Jesus certainly showed sensitivity and a dependency on others. There were tears shed, and a vulnerability which lead to a sacrifice for others. That shows an inner strength and toughness that James Bond and Ethan Hunt couldn't even begin to get near.

Do you agree?

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Initial thoughts on Brand Beckham move

The first reaction is that's the football career over. It's got to be said that if there had been an offer from Man United or a possible England place then this deal would not have happened for at least a couple of years.
But hey, fair play to him. Instead of letting his career just drift away like so many others he's taken a bold move for something quite different. This way he'll keep his reputation and influence and I can think of worse people to be in that position. On an absolutely humongous wage he's taking Brand Beckham to a rare untapped market, and directly or/and indirectly he'll certainly increase the standard of football in the US.

Well, anyway I'll watch with interest to see how it pans out. How long to the shocking sight of America becoming serious contenders for the World Cup???

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Back to Brilliant Bay


I've just spent a few days in my 3rd home of Herne Bay and I want to give a big thanks to Nick and Don & Mary for letting me stay. Every time I go back I never fail to be inspired and leave the place buzzing. There's so many memories that come back of supportive and encouraging friends, being surrounded by role models, adventures and rising to challenges. And when I go back every so often it's always so refreshing to find things don't change.
In fact exciting things keep moving on. Sunday was great to hear about what Julie and Cassey are up to in Malaysia, along with seeing so many people there. And then it was a privilege to meet and chat to Abdoulie, the DNAer from Gambia in Herne Bay this year, who heard about DNA when Beth, Ben and others travelled out there in the summer!

Yep, that's why it was a special few days. And it's left me ready and raring to go for my new term in Cambridge.