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Britains got talent

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This was my favourite act from this year – they didn’t win but they were fab


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May 31, 2008 at 10:42 pm

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not much to say about exams and the like

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I have my family back. They returned home last night. It is great to have them back, I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed them. Having said that I couldn’t get to sleep for ages after they’d got back and ended up staying up watching a documentary about The Who and eating crisps until very late. This morning has been a bit tough as a result. Eva didn’t wake up until 10am (so I was spared the early morning call of “Muuuuum, can I watch TV? I’m hungry!”) Mark is at Snappy Snapps (his last Saturday). So, Eva and I have been lounging about – some clergy shirts arrived this morning (I think I look like a bit pudding but Eva says “they’re beautiful” The puffy sleeves are stupid and my need resewing).

I have to do a bit of exam revision today (just a little each day is going in like small pippet of knowledge into a big bucket of irrelevant ideas – my head is awash with irrelevance, knowledge is struggling to survive). I feel I have little hope of being sane by Tuesday. Exam stress is taking on comedic characteristics – slurred speech, comedy wind, the eating of weird combinations of food, forgetfulness and sleeping with the light on holding chamomile tea. I will be so happy at 1pm Tuesday. This stupid, mean, torturous exam will be over.

Anyway, I am off to the shops to buy a duvet and take the car to the car wash.

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May 31, 2008 at 11:27 am

Luis Hardt

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A while ago I mentioned a woman called Ann who got in touch with me about Luis Hardt (one of the acts I am researching as part of my PhD) and she sent me a fantastic picture of him sitting ponderously on a chair. I have had another picture (this one) sent to me by a man called Ed. I missed out on bidding for the picture on ebay (which is a shame) but it is nice to have got this copy of him in a romantic mythical stance. Thanks Ed.

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May 28, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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I have a lot of revision to do so have promised myself not to spend too much time on the internet (who know what ‘too much’ actually means – it is a subjective thing and therefore open to interpretation) I will do my best to achieve this goal. So, if you (dear reader) feel abandoned I am sorry but this is the last hurdle to cross in my theology degree, and despite the obvious injustice if a 20 year old dyslexic woman having to sit an exam, I am determined to give it my best shot.

I am all alone now (Joe and Eva got to Belfast safely) so apart from a few college meetings and a garden party I have a few days of complete quiet and revision concentration.

Anyway, times up. I must go and read more about the three fold ministry…

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May 27, 2008 at 9:58 am

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odd day

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Today has been quite strange, not least because I started off by being alone and going to St Peter’s for the last time on my own. It was a lovely service and I got quite emotional saying goodbye – they gave me a the lovely ordination stole which I had asked Ann to make for me and some very useful books. I had got quite used to St Peter’ and have appreciated the support of the vicar – Jenny Low. She really has been great for me and I will miss her.

After I got back I had a spot of lunch and then had to go off to get Eva from Badminton – I took Elise and Wayne with me because when I dropped Eba off we got stuck in the mud and I needed moral support. Eva had had a lovely time, she was completely pooped and all she wanted to do was eat and got to sleep. However, the reality of an early night was slightly different – it has take her ages to calm down and get off. So here I am thinking another day has past and I haven’t got much revision done. I am starting to feel I am going to have to go into this exam a little more stressed than I had hoped. Anyway, I had better get back onto looking at the sacraments.

By the way – I was well peeved at the Eurovision result yesterday. I deciced having seen al the acts that I liked Israel and Denmark best (with Sweden next – but actually she was too strange for me to fully plump for in the end) I had a smidgen of respect for Russia but I have no idea why Uk came so low down – surely Spain (who got booed) didn’t deserve to do better than us? Anyway, I have to say I don’t know what to think about it all…will we ever be liked in Europe again? Are we such social pariahs that we can not even make it off the bottom 3? Very disappointed indeed! Hey ho.

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May 25, 2008 at 9:16 pm

infant baptism and eurovision

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…An unlikely combination but that is what my day will be focusing on (what’s left of it). I have a strict revision regime to stick to and if I haven’t don’t know enough about infant baptism by 8pm then I am in for a sad eurovision night. So, I am not going to hang about here…I am just going to play you what Phil Jackson and I think will the winning song (well hedging our bets it should come in the top 3).

Eurovision 2008 Sweden Charlotte Perrelli – HERO (performance in the semifinal)

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May 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm

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not long till Eurovision

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This year is going to be a bit of a rough eurovision for me – I will be all alone! Mark is off to Liverpool, Eva is at Brownie camp and Philly J is in Belgrade watching it live! I have to be up early to lead the Sunday service at St Peter’s so I can’t be ‘having it large’ so I think it will be a small glass of white wine and some peanuts.

Phil Jackson at the Eurovision semi-final dress rehearsal last night (taken from his world famous blog)

If you want to know first hand, from the horses mouth, all the eurovision gossip as it happens then crawl over to Phil ‘I cheated death’ Jackson’s 2008 Eurovision blogsite. It really is genius.

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May 23, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Posted in friends, fun