Monthly Archives: April 2006

Happy May Day!!!!

Thanks go to T&E and Blue Sock, that is sort of what I was thinking, but it’s just nice to have someone else say the same!!!

Something that May Day always makes me think of is all the late spring celebrations…. the one that really comes to mind (mainly cause it was the one that I’ve done) is Maypole dancing…..

Now I’ve heard suggested that there’s somesort of phallic symbology…… but I don’t want to know about that… all I know was that it was fun, and when it went wrong you got a great big knot in the middle!!!!

Acts of Faith………

I got an email a few days ago from a friend on who’s blog I occasionally leave messages. This time it was due to a slight misunderstanding, due to my Catholic leanings and that she isn’t.
I would like to point out one thing that is very important, though: it is not by WORKS we are saved but by FAITH. It’s right in there in the New Testament. Living a ‘good’ life does not get you to heaven because we all have sinned and no one is righteous, not one (also in the NT).
This is right of course. The difficulty had come about because I was refering to ACTS that you do BECAUSE you have FAITH. Things like Charity, Goodness, Forgiveness, Graciousness… stuff like that.

So what I don’t get are people who state their Christian beliefs, but don’t live up to them. Sometimes, not even seeming to care.

You may recall that I mentioned I had a friend who was runover by a car a few weeks back (and then appologised for not telling me cause she was in hospital, that’s Catholic Guilt for you!!), I mentioned this to a friend of mine, and even before I gotten to he part where she’s left hospital he’d already said “Good”…. Good!!! Good that someone has been runover by a car???? What makes it that bit more galling is that if he had been runover she would probably have sent a getwell soon card…… ahhh, Christian Love…..

Then again, how can you question someone’s faith??? Or try to get them to question it themselves???

Afterall, my “Christain” Friend (ChrisF from now on) will happily say that he doesn’t go to church, presumable doesn’t take part in Communion. I’m trying to think of an example of charitable works that he may have done for someone, but am faing….the words ‘a right sour puss’ come to mind…..

Thing is, I know he is a good Christian. Two or three years ago I wouldn’t have any cause to doubt, but now… well now I can not say that he acts as I would expect a Christian to act…..

While it is through our Faith that we are saved, how important are those Acts that our Faith should demand of us….??? The Acts that take our ‘Statment of Faith’ from just words to a way of life…..??

Bread of Heaven………………….

An Englishman decided to write a book about famous churches around the world. So he bought a train ticket and took a trip to Plymouth, thinking that he would start by working his way across England from South to North. On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read “£10,000 per call”. The Englishman, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for. The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for £10,000 you could talk to God. The Englishman thanked the priest and went along his way.

Next stop was in Worcester. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Plymouth and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for £10,000 he could talk to God. “O.K., thank you,” said the Englishman.

He then travelled to Salisbury, Leeds, Carlisle and Newcastle. In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same “£10,000 per call” sign under it. The Englishman, upon leaving Newcastle decided to travel to Wales to see if the Welsh had the same telephone.

He arrived in Swansea, and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read “40p per call.” The Englishman was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. “Father, I’ve travelled all over England and I’ve seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I’m told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in England the price was £10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?”

The priest smiled and answered, “You’re in Wales now, son – it’s a local call”.

Guess who’s coming to dinner………????

Well, not really dinner, just to pick some stuff up and to make sure we’ve not burnt the house down… yep, it’s the Landlady!!!

I personally am not worried in anyway about this, even though I have a slightly broken lightswitch from where I accidently shot it. However, I live with three Clean Freaks who seem to think that if the Landlady finds so much as one single piece of dust anywhere we’re going to be thrown out of the house….(which we won’t be, she’s already said that we can stay on for next year)

What that means is that even though it’s four days away the panic is starting to set in. This has to be cleaned, as has this…. bottles of Domestos being left out…. I’m sure that in the next couple of days a big pile of “stuff” will appear outside the door to my room becuase God forbid the coffee table to have anything on it.

It’s a coffee table, it’s supposed to have stuff on it!!! It’s not supposed to be totally bare!!! Otherwise what’s the point of having it there!!!!

nb – if you hadn’t guessed, I’m not one of the worlds natural tidy people…..

Thou shall not kill……….????

In New York (so nice they named it twice) a jury is in it’s second day of diliberation as to where self-confessed al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui should face life in prison or execition. I’m not sure if this is a his actual trial, or if this is a trial to see what he should be facing when he does go to trial.

Now I fully respect America’s right to have the Death Penalty. Their Fifth Ammendment states; “nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;” so with due process of law a person can be deprived of property, liberty and life. Leagally I have no problem with it.

Morally, however, I can not see how a nation that purports to be a Christian country (ignoring the separation of Church and State) can happily execute people. What makes it even harder is the fact that they appeared to have picked the most imhumane ways of doing it;
Lethal Injection – 37 States
Electrocution – 10 States
Gas Chamber – 11 States
Hanging – 3 States
Firing Squad – 2 States
The Death Penalty Information Center’ lists the states and what they use. If you have a strong constitution click on the “Botched Executions” button and read through the list of thirtysix examples of where things have not gone as planned. The majority of which are either Lethal Injection or Electrocution (the most popular two).

This in turn makes me wonder why the US uses such methods….. if you were to kill someone quickly and painlessly there are many other methods that can be used. An overdose of pure Heroin kills before the needle can be removed. A guillotine removes the head causing instant death. Seventeenth Century France were more humane with their exectutions than modern day America….. and that almost doesn’t surprise me.

Need to get out more……………….

You can tell that it’s a good thing that the easter Hols are now over, on the simple grounds that I really need to mix with real people. As I sit here and the only two things that I are wondering through my brain are Ice Hockey and Bikinis……

And I also want to use the word of the week, which is ‘Willowy’ but have been unable to as of yet…..

On the Sabbeth……???

Here, on the Sabbeth….??? Something I don’t usually do, perfering to be home eating or something, but here I am, as soon as the library opens, for one very simple reason.

Lord Stanley’s Cup.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s the challenge trophy cup that Lord Stanley bought in Regents Street in 1892 for the Ice Hockey teams of Canada to play for, and on friday the best eights teams from the west and eastern conferences started playing a series of (best-of-seven) knock-out games that will culminate with the best of the west vs. the best of the east.

I am sad to say that my dear, beloved Leafs finished just two points shy of securing a playoff position, however, all is not lost, for I still have favourite teams in the mix. Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadians (both won their first games) and the New York Rangers have made a return to playoff hockey (and lost their first game 6-1).

And at 3.05am Monday night I get to watch my first game thanks to five. And I don’t even know which game it is!!!

Keep on running……

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again, when people turn their tv’s on and see tens of thousands of people pounding the streets of London raising vast amounts of money for charity.

I won’t be there, cause for the second year I wasn’t selected. This is only mildly annoying till you hear, lets say, Matthew Pincent talking on the radio; “Yes, I decided to run the marathon this year, blah blah, blah…..” I decided last year and didn’t get it. I decided this year and didn’t get it….. But because Matthew Pincent is famous he can call his agent up and get to run…… I always prefered Steve Regrave….

nb – good luck to all those running (even Matthew) hope you all make it and have lots of fun!!!!

Wobbly bits…….

Well, the computer has reset twice now, so with the wibsite being down it looks like I’m not allowed to blog, but one more attempt…….

And for those of you wondering about the “wobbly bits” it’s very simple. You see, it’s about girls and bikinis…….. I should explain more, right…..??

Well, it all starts with an email I got yesterday. It was partly appologising for not emailing me earlier, but my friend had been run over by a car and had had to go to hospital to have brain scans and stuff….. she’s all better now, but has spent a couple of weeks recuperating. (she also now has pictures of her brain… how coo?? If I can get a copy I’ll put them up!!)

She also said that she wouldn’t forget my postcard (I love getting postcards through the post…. this is a hint to anyone who wants to make me happy…..) from their trip down to the lovely Mediterranean Sea. But she did have one worry. Which was……

“and am starting to get anxious about the need to wear a bikini on this trip….”

which I don’t quite understand. However she was on msn so I asked (after checking she was ok) and it was apparently her “wobbly bits” she was worried about….. well, with an opening line like that I can happilly tease her for…. Ooooooo ages!!!! At least two emails, in fact, I’ve planed one already and intend to write it, if I ever finish this blog!!!

I will admit, I’m going to guess that she’s worried about the wobbly bits that make up her tummy, as opposed to any other ‘wobbly bits’ that the clothing bikinis might bring to mind. Which is what confuses me, cause she is thin. She was thin when I saw her last and she was thin when she was with us last year. Unlike people such as myself, or other (who shall remain un-named..) she doesn’t really have those wobbly bits…..

It was after this thought that I remembered that we might not simply be talking about around the Med, but also on the beach and so she might not have been talking about only a bikini top, but a bikini set…. suit…. whatever both parts together is called (any help???), which of course brings in other possible wobbly bits…… but as until recently she was walking and cycling a fair bit, I don’t think she’d need to worry, that and you would have the same worries with any swimsuit in such a case…..

Then I realise that I really have no idea….are all women that self conscious or does it just depend on the person….. Would you wear a bikini….???? Personally, I wouldn’t, cause I don’t think it would flatter my figure, I’m possibly a bit to chunky to carry it off….. ;o)

So, how was your Easter…………..???

Mine was ok, stayed up and headed to Three Cliffs Bay for sunrise, which wasn’t very obvious with the cloud cover, but still very cool. And with all the bird song even noiser than outside my house in the middle of the city!! I then attended the 8 O’clock Communion service and was surprised at the number of peopel there, more than double the usual attendance of seventeenish!!!! Then I braved the 9.30, them of the music-group only to discover that there was no music-group this week, all music by the organ. That was nice. Then home to listen to the Pope on tv…. during which I dozed off……..zzzzzzzzzzz………

So a good Easter then!!!

Then on Monday (yesterday) I got my hands on The Times to see what the Pope had said, as well as Dr Rowan Williams, AB of Canterbury, only to see a picture of Dr John Sentamu (AB of York) baptising someone. According to The Times (and who are we to argue with them) he was breaking CoE tradition by doing an immersion baptism in an outdoor heated pool by St Michael-le-Belfry (York).

However, it doesn’t say which part is breaking tradition. There could be a number of possible points I suppose;
1) baptising someone on Easter Day (seems like a good time to do it to me)
2) an immersion baptism (though the Anglican Church does them if you want it)
3) baptising in a pool
4) using a heated pool
5) being outside the church.

Now I’m going to take a random stab in the dark and guess that the tradition that they are talking about is the immersion baptism. This is of course wrong. The Anglican Church has a long tradition of allowing either splashy baptism or immersion baptism, whatever the person being baptised would like. And while most churches might not have a dedicated baptismal tank there are (as Dr John has shown) ways around that. Such as going to a church that has got one.

This is all to do with the grand old argument that ultimatly comes down to infant baptism/believers’ baptism. I personally do not see the problem with infant baptism followed by confirmation. This is the route that I took and I feel that I am just as Christian as the next person. In fact, I feel that either way is perfectly valid and anyone that says it isn’t is missing the point entirely.

A bit like the guy who wrote the caption for The Times!!!! ;o)

Actually, this reminds me of a joke that I was once told by a welknown URC minister about two men, one a backer of the Believers’ Baptism, and another one in favour of the Splashy-Splashy Baptism……….

SSB – So, if I was only in the water up to my ankles, would that count??
BB – No no. It was to be the whole body going under, or it doesn’t count!!
SSB – Well, how about up to my waist, that’s half of me, does that not count??
BB – You’re not listening to me, all the body, all of it has to be under.
SSB – So, if I was up to my neck it wouldn’t count as a baptism then….??
BB – That’s right!!!
SSB – So it really is only the head that’s important…..