Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bishops leading by example

In a post on the Church Society Rob Munro bemoans
After the clergy refused to take note of the bishop’s report last February, this session left the bishops staying really quiet, with the exception of the more vocal liberal bishops, and the interventions of the Archbishop of York. On key theological issues they listened and didn’t lead.
He seems to not notice how the bishops actually voted on the two issues that he (predictably) voted against: On the motion to welcome transgender people - bishops: 30 for, 2 against, 2 recorded abstentions. On Jayne Ozanne's motion saying that conversion therapy had no place in the modern world - bishops: 36 for, 1 against, 0 recorded abstentions. But maybe any bishop who voted against the Munro line is a wild liberal? As he was there he hasn't even got the excuse of misleading 3rd person reporting. The tables giving how synod members actually voted are here, the Bishop of Chester wasn't there for either vote -that would have been an interesting vote but I see that Don Allister - with a strongly conservative reputation - voted for both motions.

Mutterings - Jul 23

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Webbed :: Feet
  2. History :: Lesson (maybe as an adult)
  3. Musical :: Saw
  4. Husband :: House
  5. Stayed :: Put
  6. Drug :: Immobilise
  7. Structure :: Program
  8. Complicated :: Maze (or maybe program again!)
  9. Plot :: Gunpowder
  10. Coma :: Patient

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bishop's Castle

Bishop's CastleNearly a month ago now we had a short break in Shropshire - arranged by Inntravel - as ever for us a walking break. We started off in Bishop's Castle - a lovely small town - I've never really been to Shropshire before only passing through on other journeys. The first day was strenuous and a walk along part of Offa's Dyke (my knee wasn't happy!) but we much enjoyed the walking and the countryside! The photo album from the break is here

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mutterings - July 17

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Mentor :: Software
  2. Stitch :: Time (saves..)
  3. Twirl :: Forsyth
  4. Spoken :: Word
  5. Scar :: Duelling
  6. Clients :: Servers
  7. Tragic :: Overture (Brahms)
  8. Private :: Terrace
  9. Thousand :: Island
  10. Produce :: Vegetable

Saturday, July 01, 2017

The party

Back in March(!) my employers Codethink marked their 10th anniversary with a party at the Monastery in Gorton. It was a splendid evening with lots of enjoyable happenings. I'd not been to the Monastery before a wonderful piece of Pugin archtiecture. And there was a cake -moar cake!

Mutterings - Jul 1

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Honor :: Obey (sorry!)
  2. Adopt :: Children
  3. Record :: Stylus (in the music sense though it could also cover the Rosetta stone!)
  4. Birthday :: Cake!
  5. Sensational :: Party!
  6. Favor :: Beg (all these US spellings :-))
  7. Twist :: Oliver (or Shout!)
  8. Panel :: Interview
  9. Backtrack :: Search (there's probably some tecchie IT stuff going on here!)
  10. Pretzel :: Knot

Thursday, June 22, 2017

CIP testing

A catchy title - but I see there's been no mention at all here (probably deliberately) of my current employer Codethink, so a brief mention of the product I was involved in which released at the end of last month - follow @cip_project on twitter or read the blog entry here. The code - available in the open for download is for creating a virtual machine on your local machine for the building and testing of long term support Linux kernels. Or you can just admire this photo of my desk at work! The beaglebone black board being tested is just in front of the large monitor.

I've now been with codethink for 12 months and am enjoying the challenge!

Mutterings - June 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Basketball :: Pass
  2. Traffic :: Junction
  3. Relationship :: Long-term
  4. Phoenix :: (DH) Lawrence
  5. Tapping :: Foot
  6. Young man :: Village People! (can't remember the song but the start is ear-wormy)
  7. Hulk :: Incredible
  8. Whiskey :: Galore
  9. Market :: Trader
  10. Career :: Downhill

A midsummer evening

We were returning from an evening at the Park Tavern watching Moretti's Caro Diario and saw the sunset over the grounds of Christ Church

an end to a restful evening!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mutterings - June 21

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Validation :: Affirming
  2. Bruised :: but now bowed!
  3. Collect :: Prayer book
  4. Water :: Sump
  5. Peanuts :: Schultz
  6. Injured :: Pride
  7. Pregnant :: Life
  8. Fruity :: Cereal
  9. Cute :: Freckled
  10. Wrinkled :: Prune

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mutterings - Jun 11

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Boredom :: Yawn
  2. Lifestyle :: Freedom
  3. Adopt :: Care (Position?)
  4. Foolishness :: Wisdom
  5. Backtrack :: Search
  6. Plastic :: Deform
  7. Debt :: Interest
  8. Flag :: Iris
  9. Unique :: Most (sorry!)
  10. West :: -ward Ho!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Mutterings - Jun 4

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Laundry :: Basket (List?)
  2. Stoke :: on-Trent
  3. Zombie :: Walk
  4. Parliament :: Democracy (we hope!)
  5. Instilled :: Childhood
  6. Ache :: Emotional
  7. Muscle :: Calf
  8. Sniff :: Allergy
  9. Crude :: Oil(!)
  10. Effort :: Valiant

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Teaser Tuesday - Jun 30

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
His modest background and notorious history meant his career relied on him performing the role of upstanding master of home, land and party to perfection: to show artistocratic disdain for bourgeois values was impossible. Mary Anne's position in society and at Hughenden was dependent upon her marital status.
from Mr & Mrs Disraeli A Strange Romance by Daisy Hay - our book group book of the month. Interesting I remember doing Victorian politics as part of 'O' level history at school.

The blog appears to have gone that was the source for this - but as it's 6 months since i last did one of these I shouldn't complain!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Summer Walks - 17

It's been quite some time since I've shared anything personal, there's been far too much on facebook and I need now to make things a little more open. The summer walking season has started, I led a walk a few weeks ago on Bosley Cloud here's a photo and you'll see there's an associated album. We had a pleasant after walk drink at the Royal Oak in Rushton Spencer.Sunset 2 The walks carry on until July if you want to participate we're open to anyone - drop me a note if you want a north east cheshire walk on Wed/Thursday - we alternate days!

Mutterings - May 29

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Corner :: Shop (turning the corner - in various senses)
  2. Establish :: -ment
  3. Cartoonish :: Jerky
  4. Request :: Last
  5. Disappointing :: Recipe
  6. Recluse :: Hermit
  7. Anti- :: establishment!
  8. Jeans :: Blue
  9. Ridiculous :: Claim (we're in elections in the UK...)
  10. Soul :: Friend (a Kenneth Leech book)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mutterings - May 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Priest :: Care
  2. Lincoln :: Green
  3. Mother :: Superior
  4. Board :: Stiff
  5. Surgery :: Scalpel
  6. Barbecue :: Lighter
  7. Marina :: Barge (was tempted by Pizza but that's Marinara - I hope!)
  8. Squeeze :: Lemon
  9. Award :: Stamina
  10. Stopping by :: Neighbour

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mutterings - May 14

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Climbing :: Rockface
  2. Unpack :: Belongings
  3. Emotionally :: Cut off
  4. Scatter :: Flee
  5. Worm :: Apple (the Blake poem lurks there)
  6. Graduate :: Hoffman
  7. Slide :: Camera
  8. Pinch :: Congestion
  9. Debated :: Confronted
  10. Show :: Dumb

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Mutterings - 7 May

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Wax :: Wane
  2. 50% :: draw
  3. Speaker :: Headphones
  4. Robot :: Wars
  5. Nail :: Colours (to mast)
  6. Contour :: Walk
  7. Pin :: Lapel
  8. Sex :: Toy
  9. Batteries :: (I'm sure there's no connection with the above!) Charge
  10. Echo :: Bunnymen

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mutterings - Apr 30

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Improve :: Education
  2. Brothers :: Blood
  3. Crystal :: Maze
  4. Zoo :: Chester
  5. Second :: Chance
  6. Sell :: Lottery
  7. Death :: Skeleton
  8. Current :: Amp
  9. Pain :: Fear
  10. Value :: Appreciation

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mutterings - Apr 17

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Field :: John (composer, inventor of the nocturne)
  2. Ding :: Dong
  3. Teenager :: (Ding-Dong sounds pretty good here too but will settle for) Hormones
  4. Podcast :: Earpiece
  5. Vibrator :: Sex-toy
  6. Radio :: Waves
  7. Brat :: Spoilt
  8. Dwell :: Focus (dwell upon)
  9. Piano :: Teacher
  10. Perish :: All (or maybe more positively? rubber)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mutterings - Apr 15

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Awkward :: Silence
  2. Reality :: Show
  3. Yoda :: Alien
  4. Medication :: Spoonful
  5. Headache :: Stress
  6. Sensation :: Weird
  7. Sneeze :: Allergy
  8. Historical :: Detail
  9. YouTube :: Follower
  10. Polka :: Waltzes (is there a musical work with something like this title?)

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Mutterings - Apr 6

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Sticky :: Moments (a long-ago silly panel game)
  2. Purpose :: With a..
  3. Foul :: Fiend
  4. Unbelievable :: Story
  5. Currently :: Showing
  6. Resume :: CV
  7. Media :: Attacked (a la Trump)
  8. Quick :: Silver
  9. Quit :: ZZ (how I leave a certain Unix editor)
  10. Joyless :: Drudgery

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Mutterings - Apr 1

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Aggravation :: Bullying
  2. Two-faced :: Coin
  3. Postmark :: Frank
  4. Chip :: Wafer (computers...!)
  5. Failure :: Power
  6. Plant :: Triffid
  7. Termination :: Abrupt
  8. Improvise :: Piano
  9. Course :: Water
  10. Western :: Spaghetti

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mutterings - Mar 25

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Describe :: Sketch
  2. Blast :: Clouds - @blastclouds is the twitterhandle of the Barnaby festival director
  3. Scratch :: Buffer (emacs...)
  4. Limber :: Up
  5. Spring :: Watch
  6. Ridiculous :: Prokofiev (I'm learning a Vision Fugitives of his with the tempo indication Ridiculousamente!)
  7. Commute :: Manchester (mine!)
  8. Aches :: Back
  9. Tissue :: Box
  10. Frost :: Jack

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mutterings - Mar 18

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Acquired :: Style
  2. Helpless :: Victim
  3. Pirate :: Bay
  4. Itchy :: Feet
  5. Neon :: Sign (pink and flashing!)
  6. Primate :: Archbishop!
  7. Single :: Cell
  8. Buffy:: Vampire
  9. Storage :: Box
  10. Unpacked :: Argument

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mutterings - Mar 12

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Birthday :: Party
  2. Habitat :: Chairs (Habitat the store, we had some dining chairs from them we used for many years)
  3. Foil :: Counter
  4. Drowsy :: Nodding
  5. Training :: Post
  6. Career :: Path
  7. Howard :: 's End
  8. Keyhole :: Surgery
  9. Secret :: Santa (or Satan as the wiki had it)
  10. Camera :: never lies (or does it in these digital manipulative days!)

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Mutterings - Mar 2

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Argue :: the toss
  2. Surprise! :: Package
  3. Telescope :: Reflecting (I made one of these!)
  4. Shopping :: Centre
  5. Button :: Press
  6. Certifiable :: Behaviour
  7. Blind date :: Cilla
  8. Relationship :: Special (ha! ha!)
  9. Appreciation :: in Value
  10. Station :: (of the ) Cross
and two for one as last week was a little busy (a long trip and then storm Doris). These are the missing words:
  1. Mini :: Skirt
  2. Tantrum :: Childish
  3. Grown up :: Clothes
  4. Hollywood :: Glamour
  5. Dance :: Studio
  6. Invest :: Commit
  7. Page :: Boy
  8. Sparkle :: Inspire
  9. Communication :: Ethernet
  10. Proud :: Out

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mutterings - Feb 19

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Haunting :: Spooked (Melody)
  2. Mattress :: Springs (Mistress?!)
  3. Speculate :: Financier
  4. Climb :: Karabiner
  5. Diana :: Huntress
  6. Runner :: Bean
  7. Grim :: Cliff (Brothers?)
  8. Nightmares :: Sleepless
  9. Kitty :: Boswell (the most recent kitten I've been introduced to)
  10. Chrome :: Browser

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mutterings - Feb 11

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Online :: Forum
  2. Balance :: Libra
  3. Grunge :: Culture
  4. Beacon :: Lighthouse
  5. Laughing :: Cavalier
  6. Comedy :: Legs (must be John Cleese!)
  7. Animated :: Gestures
  8. Campaign :: Election
  9. Heather :: Moors (resists having a surname for this one)
  10. Comma :: Oxford
I need to get this back on track (the blog rather than just these posts) I've been away maybe some reflections on that might help?

Friday, February 03, 2017

Muttings - Feb 3

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Boots :: Puss
  2. Flames :: Pentecost
  3. Resign :: Chess (or President!)
  4. Move :: Chess(!) or rotate
  5. Stream :: Lieder (thinking of Schubert and Die Schöne Müllerin)
  6. Champagne :: Aria
  7. Slid :: Skidded
  8. Bangs :: Curlers
  9. Trailed :: Scouts
  10. Woods :: Tiger

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mutterings - Jan 24

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Guards :: Guards! I don't think this is via Pratchett who I've never read but I think it's a quote from somewhere
  2. Resign :: Submit (I was tempted to repeat resign - the cry of the house of commons!)
  3. Blink :: Eye
  4. Curvy :: Body
  5. Ripple :: Raspberry
  6. Benefits :: Government
  7. Too much :: Over-eat
  8. Stone :: Weight (as in 14 lbs)
  9. Funny :: Expression
  10. Receipt :: Trust (maybe an electronic receipt?)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mutterings - Jan15

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Boarded :: Up
  2. System :: Failure
  3. Favor :: Ask
  4. Sphere :: Great Circle
  5. Priorities :: Straight (getting them..)
  6. Chips :: with everything (please no!)
  7. Lighting :: Console
  8. Hopes :: Fears ( and shining light)
  9. Standing :: Committee
  10. Interest :: Bank
Apologies for the time this has taken to appear - a busy week!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Mutterings - Jan 3

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Farmer :: Giles (couldn't work this out, but it's Tolkein)
  2. Ambition :: Driven
  3. Dinner :: Bell
  4. Blind :: Tasting
  5. Privacy :: PGP
  6. Listening :: Support
  7. Portrait :: Sitting
  8. Flannel :: Rough (or Woffle!)
  9. Responsibility :: Adult
  10. Idea :: Brainwave