Monday, December 31, 2007

Highlights of 2007 - Events and People

Happy New Year Everyone!

I now present to you my favourite moments of 2007. If you find yourself in one of the many photos and videos, thanks for making the memories so great! And I hope we get to share similar moments in 2008!!

((...and my football highlight of 2007? - there could only be one choice!))


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Blogging Highlights of 2007

It's time again to review my blogging year. I always love trawling back through the archives of 'Walk On', looking for the blogging moments that make me smile the most.

My blog posts normally take one of two forms. Today I bring together my favourite posts that tried to express thoughts going round in my head - probably formed whilst I'm half-asleep!

And then after that I'll collate the real highlights of 2007: the people and events. But for now grab yourself a coffee and get your grey matter whirring! Enjoy:

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Delirious? Xmas Gig Highlights

An assortment of clips from my view at Shepherds Bush last night. Watch out for the new material in amongst the old faves!

...And yes, cos it's xmas Delirious are in fancy dress on stage. Can you spot the Pope and Batman??!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Delirious Challenge to the Kingdom of Comfort

I'm off to see Delirious tonight and I know I'm guaranteed to witness an incredible performance.
But I also know there's more in store tonight than just a performance. Having read the following interview with the band I'm most excited about hearing brand new material off the not-yet-released new album:

SG: What do we think about our culture and how much we've got, and how right is it that some people have to live on a rubbish dump in Cambodia? All that kind of stuff is in there, and I think we're wrestling with it, and I don't think we've got many answers, and so on a lot of these songs, we're putting the challenge out there for us as much as anyone else.

MS: I know for myself that I've never been so emotional singing them, lines like "I thought I believed, but I just turned away from these souls living in this hell today". They're different lyrics from singing "now is the time for us to shine"; you know, it's a different emotion, a different headspace, and I think that there's definitely been some tears shed over this record.

I'm excited to hear what music has emerged from an incredible attitude like that. If you've never heard any Delirious stuff go to their website, where you can now hear all their previous albums from the last 15 years! Quite a back catalogue!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Watch the Gutsy Actions of an Archbishop

I probably have a very prejudiced and stereotyped attitude towards vicars or even archbishops. Any perceptions of them being boring or soft were completely blown out the water last sunday: when I watched this clip happen live on the tele.
I now have so much respect for the guts of this man and I pray his actions catch attention and make an impact.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

God/Boxes/Don't Put

Having made it into the prophetic books, my systematic plod through the Old Testament has entered the final straight. So far the journey has exclusively centred around one nation, Israel. The rest of the world will have to wait for Jesus and the dramatic events recorded in the New Testament.

Or so I thought. My eyebrows were raised when I read Jeremiah 35:18-19. Here it briefly describes another group of people, the Recabites, being accepted by God because of their good behaviour. It's a groundbreaking glimpse of the future - going against the current norm.

It's a reminder for me that even though I'm beginning to form a framework for understanding God and how he interacts with us, God does not become restricted by this framework. I shouldn't be surprised - but I probably will be - if God soon does something unexpected that breaks the mould I've put him in.

(Apology: Where I wrote 'mould' and 'framework' I should have put 'box'.)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Home for Christmas

Back Home!
As I woke up this morning, in my dream state I thought I was still in my uni room. So there was a bit of shock when someone entered my room. Oh no, I thought, not the cleaner again wanting to change the towels.
I looked up ... to find mum bringing a cup of tea!!
Yes it's nice to be home!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Varsity at Twickenham

Yesterday, the moment came for Cambridge to take on the 'old enemy' Oxford rugby style. I love visiting big famous stadiums. So witnessing a truly unique day at Twickenham was something else.

The day started with a cosy affair as a few thousand watched Oxford take victory in the Under 21 match featuring a couple of guys I know from Homerton. What an amazing - moment of a lifetime - feeling it must have been to actually play at Twickenham infront of your mates!!

And then 34,000 people turned up to watch the big one. The atmosphere grew and the banter between rival student fans got going. After trailing 16-8 in the second half, Cambridge powered back to take a 22-16 lead with just over 10 mins left. We were in for a nervous final 10, as Oxford pushed forward in search of the try and conversion that would see them victory. But Cambridge fought hard and held out. Great stuff to cap an enjoyable day.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Contemplating the Blank Space

Another couple of months have sped by and I now find myself having completed 7 out of 9 of my univerisity terms. And now things start to get serious. Not only are there major final exams on the horizon but following them there's a massive blank space full of what happens next questions.
How do I know what I want to do? There's so much to weigh up.
Where's the balance between a job that's too easy and a job that's too stressful?
What would suit my character?
How much money do I actually need to earn?
Where should I live?
Am I ready for a full-time job to take over all my time?
What people should I be around?

Which of these different aspects of life should I prioritise the most??

Monday, December 03, 2007

Is Santa Dangerous?

Christmas has been and gone in Cambridge Uni. Being in such a bizarre scenario makes it hard not to ask questions about the nature of the festive period. So here goes:

Why do we lie to the children of this country about a bearded man who visits every house in the night dropping off presents? It's a fun but also freeky idea.

What I'm concerned by is the time in every child's life where they discover Santa doesn't exist. It's all a con. The man who they've put so much hope and excitement into is a big fat lie. And most devastatingly (this is the biggy for me!) it's the adults closest to them, the ones they trust the most, that have been spinning the web of lies.

No wonder we're so sceptical as a nation; unable to believe in anything more than what we see or touch. Early experiences are so important to the formation of our personalities and just maybe...(?) having our trust and beliefs in Santa shattered, is enough to stop us putting our trust in anything or anyone else.