Friday, February 23, 2007

Do you like honey?

I'm away for the next couple of days and so will leave you with some words of wisdom for you to chew on. These pieces of practical advice were written around about 3000 years ago(!).

'Beginning a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.' (Prov 17:14)

'If you reject criticism, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.' (Prov 15:32)

And my personal favourite:
'Do you like honey? Don't eat too much of it, or it will make you sick!' (Prov 25:16 NLT)

Tell Jamie Oliver to put that in his next healthy eating programme.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Will it go to the wire?

Homerton pool team lost 6-3 to top of the table Christ's last night. I think that was a fair result - they were better than us, although we weren't on top form either.

That now means Christ's have guaranteed top place in the league. We are still 2nd, 8 points ahead of Robinson, but they have a game in hand and will get atleast 8 points for a win. We still have to play Robinson so that game now becomes critical.

If we do come 2nd we will then have to play a playoff against 2nd place in
division 2B. There's a chance that could be against my bro's team, Downing. Can you see it now? Could there really be a final frame promotion decider frame between two Atkinson brothers? - the pinnacle of years of competitive rivalry!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Who'd be a referee?

Homerton fc 3rds had an important promotion clash today when they met Clare Hall 1sts. It was a tough tight match which Homerton lead 2-0 and 3-2 but it finally ended up in a 3-3 score draw. I didn't play, but in the second half to my horror I was asked to be ref. I think I did alright with some solid firm but fair decisions. Although controversy nearly came about towards the end as I was lining up a Homerton freekick and the score was 3-3. The Clare keeper shoved the Homerton striker and I was so close to giving a dodgy penalty, having blown the whistle and highlighted the incident. But after some thought I made the right decision and stuck with the freekick - in the process turning down the opportunity to use my Homerton bias and send us towards promotion!!

Friday, February 16, 2007


I got the new Switchfoot album the other day and had such high hopes after their previous massive albums. On first listen I was a little disappointed but after several more plays I now love it. There's a real depth and honesty to this album which takes a while to observe and connect with. But it's definitely worth it when you do. Still not sure if it's quite up with 'A Beautiful Letdown,' but it's nevertheless given me pleanty of new tunes to shout out when I need some encouragement.

Here's a taste of what I'm banging on about:

In this life you're the one place I call home
In this life you're the feeling I belong
In this life you're the flower and the thorn
You're everything that's fair in love and war.

In this life I'm stubborn to the core
In this life I've been burning after more
We both know what these open arms are for
You're everything that's fair

In this life you're my only one

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Half Way - Is it really possible????

This evening I'm off to a formal dinner to mark being half-way through my university experience. How has a year and a half gone so quickly? That is scary. I want to just slow things down ... but I can't.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Thinking About How Much Should We Think?

I've found a book in the Bible that was written specifically with Cambridge students in mind (!)

Let me explain myself: One thing that irritates me in Cambridge is that people think too much! Sometimes I wish that we'd just switch the brain off and just experience stuff. But the book of Proverbs has been challenging this frustration a lot recently, cos it really encourages switching the brain on. It was written by an incredibly intelligent guy called Solomon, the son of David (of Goliath fame). Solomon was incredibly intelligent cos he asked God for wisdom over fame and money, and this impressed God loads.

And check out what Solomon writes about wisdom; 'Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure.'

But then on the other hand we need to keep all this in tension with another quote from Proverbs; 'Trust in the LORD with all your hearts; do not depend on your own understanding.'

Monday, February 12, 2007

The British University Pool Championship

Last weekend was one which carried a lot of optimism but ultimately ended in slight disappointed. Cambridge cruised through the group stage of the British Uni pool tournament in Derby with 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 and 6-0 wins. We then got through our first knockout match before going out in the quarters. I felt we were justified in thinking we could have atleast reached the semis but we let a few frames slip and found oursleves in the car home. Good fun though!!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Television v. People

Do you know what I mean by the little quotes that you get in diaries or on calenders etc? Does anyone else find them a little bit irritating, because you expect them to be profound or humorous, yet they're normally not.

Well this weeks quote in my diary actually made me stop and think cos it's about something I feel quite strongly about : not getting addicted to TV, not assuming TV situations are real life or at the very least not planning your social life around TV schedules.
In 1938, before TV schedules were even about Alan Coren apparently wrote,
'Television is more interesting than people. If it were not we should have people standing in the corner of our rooms.

...And whilst on the subject of TV, LOST is back this Sunday. Also don't miss the catch up of the 3rd series every night this week at 11pm on Sky One.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Magic of The Cup

Homerton pulled off a giantkilling last night to progress to the last 16 of the cup. All players were on top form, as we beat Peterhouse 5-3. Peterhouse are currently 2nd in Division 1 and we are 2nd in division 2A so as you'll expect we were all very excited.
We also needed the luck on our side, with the match winning black going in after hitting 4 cushions and curling into the pocket thanks to a slight slope of the table!
Great drama.

Tonight I have yet anoher pool match. Yep, that's 3 nights in a row now.

Thursday, February 01, 2007