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making mischief with the daily mail

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…well they do ask for it don’t they!!!?? If you have a few bored moments do have a go at today’s stupid poll (scroll down to the bottom to find the poll) and mess up their statistics…

Don’t worry they have one everyday so you’ll never get bored countering their reactionary tripe.


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August 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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count arthur strong remembers his trip to egypt

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Terry has been keeping me amused with comedy videos recently…which I really need in order to break the misery that is PhD writing. Today is the count in egypt

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August 12, 2009 at 2:21 pm

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back blogging

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This was the very moment of priestly ordination (a highly illegal photograph taken by my lovely husband)


Well, it is good to be back…back here on my first web-blog (having left Diakonia behind – the website that is because ‘once a deacon always a deacon!’) and also back after a number of adventures.

So much has happened in the last few weeks, so here is a quick run down:

– I was ordained priest a few weeks back – which was an amazing event. I was far more relaxed than last year and felt a lot more confident about my place in the process this year. The diaconate year is so important in terms of getting my head round all the changes in my life and directing myself toward my new ministry. It was far from ordinary but it certainly prepared me for the shift to the priesthood.

– I presided at my first communion(s) – because I serve at two churches I got to do this twice! It is difficult to describe the remarkable privilege of presiding I was quite overwhelmed by the whole thing. I was very stressed about it and managed to mess up a few bits and bobs but I was drawn into the church community in a whole new way…supported, loved, cherished. Brilliant.

– I have been on clergy conference. I really didn’t know what to expect but was actually quite pleasantly surprised by the 3 days of retreat to Swanwick with 300 vicars. We were entertained by Roger McGough and Hugh Dennis, spiritually challenged by Jim Wallis and June Osborne. I also attended a couple of great theological debates led by Ann Morisy and Paula Gooder . It as great to catch up with old friends and meet some new people. I came away feeling challenged and spiritually refreshed (but also a bit tired – too many late nights setting the world to rights).

– I have also been to Spain on holiday to a wonderful villa in the hills outside Malaga – Villa Victoria. It was a real treat to go away somewhere very hot, with a private pool and just sit about soaking in the sun. Spending time with Eva and Mark – just the 3 of us – was a real treat too. We have not had much time together this year and a whole week was great (though it did take some getting used to!). I have managed to become ‘off-white’ – a nice low level tan – for the first time in years. I also read some great books, ate some fantastic food and spent some time with my cousin Ian who lives in Torremolinos.

– I am now trying to get my head together for a busy week – including going to see Madonna at the MEN tomorrow . We also are off to John and Johanna’s wedding on Saturday – which will be an exciting adventure.

So, best go and get on with living the life I blog – I will let you know how I get on with PillyJ at Madonna’s egofest tomorrow…

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July 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Posted in 2009, fun, life as a curate

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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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

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You may well know that Trinity college is ‘in a relationship’ with the Baptist College (they call it a Federation – which is another way of saying they love each other very much but there is no kissing). Well, the Baptists are great! I say this because I have just read a book about the way they do church, what they think is important and general stuff about the way they developed their theology of church and I found myself being very sympathetic to their decisions. Don’t worry I am not turning Baptist but I can see why my family were congregationalists…whilst not the same as Baptists their self-governance and commitment to mission is particularly compelling. I am an Anglican through and through (cut me in half and “CofE” is written round my inside) but I think I am a Baptist sympathizer.

On another subject altogether. It is 3 weeks till we move! A fact that slightly disturbed me today and I got stress tummy. I wonder if my study in the vicarage will look like this:

another fab cartoon (click on it and it gets bigger) by Dave Walker who now is writing the Church Times Blog. Genius at work.

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May 19, 2008 at 9:56 pm