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a week

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It has been a whole week since I last blogged and so much has happened…I can’t even begin to start on the mad business of the week, the juggling I have done is week is exemplary and the mere fact that I have managed to get through without decking someone should been seen as a feat in itself.

Probably the main reason I have survived is that Becky has been here looking after Eva and keeping an eye on me – PhD fever has been quite bad and having someone to remind me that I am fine has been very useful. Also, Becky being about has helped me to keep up my parish commitments…of which there have been a few this week.

Anyway, I wish I could write more but I really must get on with preparing my latest thesis draft which is going to my favourite proof reader tomorrow…


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August 20, 2009 at 1:25 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

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Bridget and Liz H

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Liz H has had a little boy – Tobias. He was born in the early hours of the morning. I am so made up because that means I get to see him before we leave. I am so excited for Phil and Liz that they have a little boy, they are coming out of the hospital later tonight and tomorrow Bridget and I will go and visit the brood.

I have had a great day – after my feeling strange day yesterday I am relieved that I managed to turn some of the negativity around (see as the classic Sunday school songs says – “a little talk with Jesus makes it right all right”) I problem shared with God is not much of a problem after all. Not to say that the anxiety has magically disappeared but just when I needed to feel like I had a friend I got a great morning shopping, chatting and eating cake with Bridget. I know we left it a bit late to get to be good friends but I love Bridget and she is great.

I am going to miss both Liz and Bridget a great deal when I move. The risk of being good friends with anyone is that you will miss them when they aren’t about any more. Love is a crazy thing isn’t it: Love only works if you take the risk and that is what makes it hurt when it goes. Not that Liz, Bridget and I will not love each other anymore just that not being in the everyday of each other’s lives will mean that we have to renegotiate our relationships. So, that hurts a bit. But I have to say it has been worth it.

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June 5, 2008 at 5:43 pm

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all done

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The exam is done and I am now free! The stress of this has been building for so long it feels very strange to be free of it. I can’t really discuss how I did and I am finding it difficult to process the whole thing (I shall never speak of the exam again!). I now have a nasty headache and a lot of nervous energy. However, I have got a new haircut (I got a lovely head massage and sat in the massage chair for quite sometime which was great) and I also have collected my special linen black ordination trousers which were specially made for me. So, all is well.

I am sitting in front of the telly, awaiting a plate of chicken curry and a glass of white wine (it will be just a glass as I have a busy day tomorrow and my new boss is coming to stay – he arrives very late this evening). I have a few post-Trinity leavers chores to do and seeing as Liz H has gone into hospital (perhaps a baby might come out in the next 24hrs?) I have a few more bits and bobs to do than I had expected. It would be so great if she gives birth soon because I ould love to see the baby before I leave. I am actually very very excited about the prospect of a small Hassall child.

So, the next few days will be quite busy with meetings and parties. A wonderful combination – and quite typical of the Church of England. I will keep you posted.

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June 3, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Dr Eisenbarth Wanderbuhn

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A little while ago I put up a video on youtube of Mark and I’s exploits at the circus with Dr Eisenbarth. The problem was that the video was too long and the quality had ended up being very pixilated. So, we have uploaded it again but this time it is 2 parts. Please remember that I shot this with super8 film so it has a strange quality anyway. It was only 10years ago but it feels like a lifetime away.

Part One

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June 1, 2008 at 9:47 am

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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

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top hat

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here is a picture of me in my new top hat.

I have had a great day today. Not least because I have a great debate with Jonathan Swales about all kinds of things but which started with the equality of people and gender difference. I also participated in a great seminar about infant baptism. Added to this edifying conversation we had ‘all day breakfast’ for lunch, which really was a treat.

This evening we have the pleasure of welcoming Lee and Mary Barnes and Tom Donaghy to Loudon Bristol HQ for a spot of dinner. Mark has a fantastic menu planned. Before they arrive I have to do some reading and try to find places for all the stupid things I have been buying on ebay and additional furniture for the new house which doesn’t have a proper place in this house.

And, all is well because I have a new top hat!!!

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May 15, 2008 at 2:10 pm