Friday, April 29, 2005

These appealed...

Someone has too much time on their hands! - the Bible in Polari

This has someone, apparently not a spoof, claiming that a member of their youth group thought that a rap singer had been made pope!

Putting things on sleeping cats is definitely beyond the pale (via J-Walk).

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Becta at last showing some independence?

Open source makes school appointment | Channel Register: "Becta, the Government's lead agency for ICT in education, is set to release a new report which will say that schools could save significant sums by switching to open source software, eGov monitor can report."
Not released until after the election but if true (the report not the statement - that is clearly so!) would be very welcome!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Inclusive or exclusive?

I found the talk here helpful, after hearing another on Sunday on the same theme - much of which I agreed with!
Is the Jesus whom we offer to people really a true and living way?
how does the Church offer a faith that attracts that comes along side them. The Jesus that is a living and not a death-dealing way.

The cat again

New photograph of Hecate staring suspiciously over the wall is on my home weblog.
hecate-wall.jpg should work when my machine is booted!

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Are you thinking...

Lucy Winkett’s comment in Third Way: “The answer to the question: "Are you thinking what we’re thinking?” is surely “Yes, sometimes, and when I am, I’m ashamed of myself”." - a comment on Storyteller's World
I also loved Deadbrain's spoof manifesto

Friday, April 22, 2005

Knock knock

From knock-knock comes this post which brightened up my morning, still like to know if it is true though..
And then there's this rather pretty web site - nothing to do with the Pope! (though it plays music at you)

I had Kitty Yo in my bookmarks for ages after an interesting track on a The Wire cover cd. It now causes Firefox to crash - click on the image when that page finishes loading and the next page crashes after it has finished loading. Doesn't happen with epiphany or konqueror. (How do you refer to a copy of 'The Wire' magazine?)

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Graham Turner

Last night we attended the induction of Graham Turner who was Area Dean of Yardley and Bordesley as rector of the Macclesfield team parish. These events can - very easily - be impersonal but I felt it was a good celebration of where Graham had been and marked a transition. I hope some pictures will follow. Peter Forster spoke well on the prodigal son (Graham grew up in Cheshire!) Good choice of hymns, 'All my hope on God is founded' - a personal favourite, 'Inspired by love and anger' - I'd not heard this before, good for election time as the link says, words here - I think there was some amusement(?) and observation at folks reactions to the words, the choir sang 'Christ has no body now on earth but yours' (continuing that theme I think), then 'I offer up my life in spirit and truth' (Matt Redman) and finishing with 'Thine be the glory'. An inspiring occasion.

And tonight it is Mahler's Resurrection Symphony from the Wilmslow(!) Symphony Orchestra.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Who Should You Vote For?

Who Should You Vote For?
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Who should I vote for?

Your expected outcome:


Your actual outcome:

Labour -14
Conservative -47
Liberal Democrat 58
UK Independence Party -12
Green 25

You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For

Monday, April 11, 2005

.. and an even busier fortnight!

I seem - to some personal surprise to have passed my ABRSM Grade VIII piano exam - just! Failed the Shostakovich and the scales, passed the rest. We're a little suprised over some of the marking, the Scriabin was - we thought - far better - than the exact pass mark - though she didn't like my bringing out some of the inner parts - maybe the exam piano didn't help.

Still busy on the java contract - lots of useful experience.

And amazingly it's 3 weeks not a fortnight since my last posting here.