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Pink and the Indigo Girls

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I am writing something on faith and social justice at the moment and am feeling especially irritated by our government influence of US policy. The images in the Sundays of Tony Blair topless sunbathing on a BeeGees estate in the USA has not helped my irritation. I know the man needs a holiday (don’t we all) but perhaps he might have chosen his host and location a little more carefully given the current political situation. Anyway, I felt that Mr President and Mr Prime Minister might like to cuddle up and listen to a nice song by some lovely girls…


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December 31, 2006 at 4:43 pm

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Saturday Blues

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I woke up this morning feeling really out of sorts. I couldn’t shake it. I even made a list of all the things that were on my mind – hoping that this would make me realise that none of them were that bad. None of them are. I just feel that all together I am a bit out of sorts. Anyway, apart from giving them to God (which I did – symbolically I wrote my depressing list of the envelope my Church Times had come in yesterday and popped in my bible). There isn’t much that can be done to magically resolve them. There are practical things that I can do to move some of the things on but most just need time. When there is so much on your mind it is difficult not just to get perspective but also to shake off the feeling of foreboding. Like you have to watch your back. It isn’t logical but then these things never are.

I was the first person downstairs (this doesn’t happen very often…I tend to stay in bed until the last possible moment) and turned on the telly. The image of Saddam Hussein being led to the gallows and having the noose tied round his neck was incredibly disturbing. His barbarism is not in doubt but how does this additional barbaric act solve the anything?

Amnesty’s statement on the execution is significant. Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme, said:

“Every accused has a right to a fair trial, whatever the magnitude of the charge against them. This plain fact was routinely ignored through the decades of Saddam Hussain’s tyranny. His overthrow opened the opportunity to restore this basic right and, at the same time, to ensure, fairly, accountability for the crimes of the past. It is an opportunity missed, and made worse by the imposition of the death penalty.”

Anyway, I have spent the day cleaning and clearing after the Christmas paper tearing and cardboard stacking celebrations. An unbelievable stash of boxes and plastic bottles have also been amassed. I went to the dump and then onto the living hell known locally as Cribbs Causeway . Neither mission did anything to lift my spirits.

The last episode of Robin Hood is on soon…

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December 30, 2006 at 5:26 pm

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Jarvis Cocker

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This video seems to capture a few of my Christmas events. My car crash was not as dramatic as his…and no glitter ball in my peugot!

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December 29, 2006 at 8:48 pm

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good news

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It feels like I have been having a bit of a rubbish time with bits and bobs recently. I have definitely been a bit stressed with the amount of things I have managed to break. Well, just in case anyone is following the trail of damage I am leaving behind me and wanting daily updates on broken things I thought I would let you know some GOOD NEWS!

My laptop, once declared dead, has been resurrected and is back with the living! PC Tech has worked a miracle (if anyone in the Bristol area has a similar disaster or just needs some IT help then I will gladly pass his details on to you) – his name is Rob Heavens (oh the wonderful irony – I think he is a human and not an angel but I will ask him when I see him!).

Anyway, on the day that I discover that my ‘little bump’ may end in the righting off of my mum’s beautiful car this is certainly good news.

other news:

  • My neck is still very sore!
  • Elise has gone back to Liverpool
  • My mum has gone back to Virginia Water
  • Joe and Harriet have gone back to Bath
  • Eva is watching My Neighbour Totoro for the 4th time this Christmas
  • We have finally eaten all the Christmas meat
  • We have finally started the Christmas cheese
  • We have polished off all the Christmas beer and Baileys
  • I have worn proper clothes (ie not lounge pants) for the first time since I got back from Church on Christmas day!
  • I cried because I realised I really had broken my mums car!

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December 28, 2006 at 4:05 pm

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Crashed the car

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We have had a great Christmas. Visitors = Joe, Elise, Harriet (Joe’s girlfriend), Celia (my Mum), Paul (Mark’s old friend from Belfast), Andy Del, Annabel (with unborn child – 1 week late), Rupert and Walter. So, it has been very busy. We have nearly eaten all the food and the young people have done a good job of polishing off the booze. A few Christmas arguments.

But, I have managed to CRASH THE CAR! So, this is the 2nd very important material object that I have managed to break in the last 4 weeks (the laptop being the other one). I was going very slowly up to a junction having come off the motorway on the way to Bath. Having got 5 foot away from the car in front my foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator. So, I lurched into the BMW ahead of me. No damage to the BMW but I was in the Peugeot 205 my mum had given to me which seems to be mostly made of plastic. So, it crumpled. I was gutted. Elise, Eva and I were ok (though our necks are a bit sore and Elise has the mark of the seat belt on her chest).

I can’t actually believe that I could be so foolish. How did I manage to let my foot slip? It is a mystery. Anyway, the damage is quite bad really – mainly because the car is made of plastic. So much of it needs to be relaced. Even a crash at 5mph can cause considerable damage when you hit a BMW. So, it goes into the garage tomorrow – we will know better the prognosis then.

Hey ho. I am knacked now and a bit sore and feeling very foolish. Early night!

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December 27, 2006 at 9:23 pm

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Elvis – Blue Christmas

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December 26, 2006 at 5:07 pm

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Christmas lights

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December 26, 2006 at 5:05 pm

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