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me and sir john betjeman

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I am in a facebook group called ‘I had my picture taken pretending to be a statue”. It is actually one of my favourite facebook groups and I have provided a few pictures for it’s gallery. My latest (taken by my Mark) is of me pretending to be Sir John Betjeman – I am standing next to him at St Pancras station, London. I post it here purely for your amusement. I hope you like my bag detail and the way I have made my coat fall just like Sir John B’s. It took quite some work I can tell you.


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February 29, 2008 at 11:08 pm

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jury service

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I can;’t believe it but I have been called to jury service. The original date was slap bang in the middle of my exams and despite the fact that I told them I was moving to Liverpool and starting a new job in June they have given me a new date of 7th July! Seven days after I start my curacy! Really really very anoying.

I am appealing but the man on the phone wasn’t hopeful at my chances of getting it moved again. Hey ho.

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February 28, 2008 at 4:38 pm

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earache – 2

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I have been to Oxford today for a conference at the Church Missionary Society (CMS) – Global Connections – Thinking Mission Forum. Some very interesting speakers and issues raised pertinent and current. The talks will be posted in youtube shortly so when they go live I will put them up.

To be honest it was great to be out and about with my fellow ordinands having a laugh and chilling out. We don’t get out together enough really and spending time like that in almost unheard of. So, it was worth the effort (up at 6.30am, 2hr drive there etc). I am in bed early doing the seminar reading for tomorrow and planning a trip to Liverpool to measure up the new house and check for alterations, decorations, refurbs etc. It is all getting horribly real.

I still have earache but I think I will survive.

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February 27, 2008 at 9:50 pm


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…is what I have. Very annoying it is too. I haven’t had earache for so long I had forgotten how painful it is and how much I want to get away from noise and chat – not great when have a block week going on and a conference to go to tomorrow. Hey ho.

Anyway, these two videos of my ‘in laws’ cheered me up today. This one is The Churchfitters – the band Mark’s brother Topher is in:


This one is Mark’s sister Ema and her now husband Stephen in a very blessed, but I am hoping ironic, video:


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February 26, 2008 at 6:28 pm

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Well it is nearly over and tomorrow I am back at college doing a module called From Mission to Cell: New ways of Being Church. That will keep me busy most of the week. I am quite looking forward to it really. I have nearly read the set text and feel ready to take on the discourse.

I am planning to go to the Bristol University multifaith Chaplaincy tomorrow night for ‘Faith meets Faith’ – An Interfaith discussion on salvation for those outside of the faith. With speakers from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions.

Tuesday night Mark and I are having dinner with John and Maya Bimson and on Wed I am off to Oxford for a conference. So, it really is going to be a busy week.

Having had such a relaxing week it will probably be a shock to my system to have to work to a timetable. Even though I have worked very hard I have been able to work at my own pace. Anyway, I am sure I will find the energy from somewhere.

It is the Oscars tonight and if I were in Liverpool I would be round Philly J’s doing the Oscars in real UK time tomorrow night with media blackout all day. Hey ho…maybe next year?

Anyway, best go and have my tea. Running late tonight.

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February 24, 2008 at 8:21 pm

I was a bit cross yesterday

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sorry about using a rude word yesterday (I have now altered the post) I really was quite cross about the women Bishops at Synod thing and the silly man’s sermon just pushed me over the edge. But that is no excuse for being rude. So sorry. As an antidote to yesterday’s rudeness I have put up a nice picture of a fluffy chick. Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts.

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February 22, 2008 at 1:24 pm

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women and men

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The difference is:
Women can’t be Bishops…

I got an email today with the following press release from Women and the Church (WATCH). It made me feel a bit sad, but it doesn’t surprise me.

“At the recent meeting of General Synod, members were told by the Chair of the
Legislative Drafting Group that it was “highly unlikely” that the vote on women
bishops would be taken by July 2010.”

Thinking Anglicans covers the issue and there are some useful comments here.

It just feels like the Church of England isn’t ready yet and even though that isn’t really a good enough excuse I would rather the motion was truly successful at Synod than it be either rejected or just get through. I feel weak in the face of this reality and it makes me sick to think about inequality continuing. Meanwhile the (mostly) male Bishops of the world (though many aren’t actually going) meet at Lambeth shortly and so many talented and capable women are still not welcome.

…and, real men “p**s against the wall”
this is quote from the sermon below…(warning it contains reference to urination)

(thanks to Dave Walker and The Real Live Preacher for the link to this.)

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February 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm

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