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I am very grateful to Gaby Malcolm for this fantastic piece of art which she so kindly gave to me as an ordination present. It is currently exhibited in my office on top of the filing cabinet.


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July 28, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Lillie’s baptism

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Lillie (my step-granddaughter) was baptized today…and I baptized her! What an amazing privilege. I had been looking forward to baptizing someone ever since we sat up in James Steven’s office at Trinity college and had a hearty conversation about the pros and cons of infant baptism (obviously my baptist brothers and sisters have a different perspective on the practice and the theological college seminar debate was ‘full and hearty’ as a result!). At that point I had no idea my first baptism would be of a member of my family. So, there you go…

So, we have been feeding hoards of people since mid-day and now they are moving on to more food and the wine has come out…I have 2 more services to take so I am sitting in my office. As my office is the quietest place in the house Lillie is in here with me asleep in her pram – so the new Christian and I are spending some down time chilling in the curate’s office.

Anyway, I have 2 services to put the finishing touches to so I’d best get off…

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July 26, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Dream – Guerrilla Worship – Crosby beach

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The video (me at Eva at 1.54):

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July 20, 2009 at 10:05 pm

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Guerrilla Worship – Crosby Beach Labyrinth

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Mid-day prayers were very blowy today as I popped over to Crosby Beach to walk the Dream prayer Labyrinth. The wind was ferocious but I put my hood up and walked and prayed – actually the wind helped me focus and blocked out pretty much all other sound as I stepped gently round the Labyrinth. A much needed blowing out of the cobwebs! So, thanks Dream.

Mark and Eva fancied fish and chips (I had chips and steak and kidney pudding). Then off to St Margaret’s church summer fair…which interestingly seemed to have attracted most of my congregation (we are neighbouring parishes so this is to be expected). So, I sat and chatted to people, spent money on bits and bobs that you can only buy at summer fairs (???!!!) and Eva won the big raffle prize – so we are all happy!

I have preparation for tomorrow’s morning service (though no sermon to write) so I am at my desk doing stuff. And I feel really quite tired.

I have a surprisingly large amount of sand in my hair…

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July 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Posted in dream, life as a curate


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Not sure how I feel about this…super lamb bananas were bad enough but penguins might push us over the edge. Anyway, this is the press release for the penguin invasion of the city planned for the autumn/winter:

More than 100 six-foot birds will decorate the city centre in a public art event set to rival last year’s popular Go Superlambananas trail.

From mid-November, small groups of penguins will be on display for seven weeks in an effort to attract visitors and spread an eco-friendly message.

Artists are being invited to enter designs for the fibreglass penguins, with the winners chosen by businesses sponsoring the event for £3,000 a piece.

More than 50 schools have already signed up to adopt and decorate a 3ft penguin for £450 each.

They will be displayed in a city centre indoor venue and will be returned to the schools once the trail has finished.

Commissioned by Culture Liverpool, the event is being organised by Wild In Art, the team behind last year’s successful Go Superlambananas.

It is based around a story, written by former Culture Company vice-chairman Phil Redmond, in which a penguin called Patrick is rescued from the ocean by HMS Liverpool.

He said: “Penguins are cute and funny, and everywhere in popular culture.”

Designer Chris Wilkinson, who came up with the basic penguin shape in clay, said: “In the story, the penguins are from the Falklands, where there is a large range of different species, but we wanted these to be generic penguins.

“They are brought to Liverpool to see Patrick with the help of the Liver Birds. We wanted them to look young because Patrick is a teenager.”

Patrick, a rockhopper penguin with distinctive yellow eyebrows, will make his debut as a cartoon character before he is revealed to the public.

The initiative is a highlight of A Winter’s Trail, which runs from November to January

It will see a series of special penguin-themed events take place across the city, with the support of many of Liverpool’s cultural organisations.

Liverpool Council leader Warren Bradley said: “The Superlambananas were the icons of Capital of Culture and we hope Go Penguins will similarly capture the hearts and imaginations of everyone across the region this Christmas.

“Last year showed how cultural events can make a huge impact on the tourism economy.

“I am excited about the plans for the penguins. Everyone is pulling together to create a magical Christmas which will further cement Liverpool’s creative reputation and appeal to visitors.’’

The recyclable Go Penguins, produced by a firm in Kent, were inspired by Liverpool’s Year of the Environment.

The festive trail aims to raise awareness of climate change by reflecting on the melting of the ice caps in Antarctica.

Merchandising opportunities are also being looked at, with miniature versions of the penguins to go on sale later this year.

The deadline for artists’ designs is the end of August.

FURTHER details can be found at GO-PENGUINS.

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July 15, 2009 at 9:49 pm

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hope not hate

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If you blink you’ll miss me but I am in this video just after Billy Bragg has spoken!

Do please join the Hope Not Hate campaign against the BNP.

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July 13, 2009 at 2:21 pm

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pop crisis

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I am having a pop crisis! The king of pop is dead and her ‘mag’esty (madonna) has seriously lost the plot. I went to see Madonna last night at the MEN and it was a fright…she went on very late then she mimed her way effortlessly through the first section of the concert. She danced like a 12 year old (and dressing like one!), she even tried to fool us with costume changes and at one point we were supposed to believe it was her singing under a full cape whilst sat on a grand piano (I am pretty sure it was a body double whilst she put her feet up in the dressing room drinking pop). The most grotesque spectacle was the unpleasant display of wealth and bizarre obsession with showing us her pants. Though there was a pretty good middle section where she seemed to have joined the fair and became incorporated into a Hispanic gypsy family even this was marred by slightly a preoccupation with death and the ‘cult of the child’. Madonna needs to spend some quality time coming to terms with her shift from youth to middle age, enjoy being an older woman and not see herself as having to prove herself as a sexual being…there is so much more to her than this but at the moment her pain at the loss of youth is unnerving and slightly disarming. As an audience member it makes for uncomfortable viewing (and not in a useful challenging way). Because she started so late we missed most of the last section – because we had to catch the last train home – which if she went on to demonstrate that she was in a transition and was seeking a new phase in life would have been encouraging – but I suspect it went on to be more of a cry for help!

I don’t want to walk away from pop. I want to see something useful, challenging, musically inspiring in the mainstream but at the moment I am really struggling to find anything in the charts that makes me want to celebrate life. I know Philly J will help me through this crisis…but I have seriously hit a musical wall. We need Cathy Dennis to write a great pop song NOW!

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July 8, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Posted in 2009, culture, friends, music