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mac make a big mistake – a gadget with unfortunate name

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January 28, 2010 at 11:41 am

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clearing up

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There is a lot to do at Loudon HQ. I have made a start today and managed to fill 4 bin bags and made some tough decisions about nick nacks! In addition I made some interesting phone calls to insurance companies to find out how much it is going to cost us to insure the car and house in Liverpool 6. I made some unpleasant discoveries: With my current providers the car insurance was going to go up £400 to £923 and the household £180 to £340. Now that is a steep increase from leafy Sea Mills to lovely Everton…and one that is at once shocking and is surely an injustice. No wonder poorer people don’t buy insurance – they pay twice as much as the rich!

Anyway, I made a number of phone calls and managed to get some really good deals with Ecclesiastical Insurance who not only made good discounts for me as a curate but also gave a first policy discount and discount for taking out two policies. The saving was great but the price difference is still shocking.

I am going to sort out some more stuff, clean some more stuff, move bits and bobs about and make sure I get an early night. I am getting excited now about the move (only 3 sleeps left!!!!). The excitement has nearly beaten the fear.

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June 6, 2008 at 3:57 pm

fish quiche

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I ate fish quiche accidentally last night and have been quite ill as a result. I am lying in bed trying not to move to quickly and eating a banana slowly. Unmarked food is always a danger at buffets but this one was a complete shock. I harmless looking asparagus quiche had something fishy in it and I took a bite. Admittedly it wasn’t in my mouth for too long but nonetheless the harm was done and now I am suffering. If you remember all the way back to October 2006 I was poisoned by fish back then as well and blew up like a balloon. This time isn’t as bad but I am taking no chances so have taken the day off and will read about the Anglican way of being church in preparation for my exam. Not the best day of my life but being here means I have taken delivery of a set of cutlery, a hat box and some knives ordered from ebay. Also a delivery from Lakeland. So, its not all bad!

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May 22, 2008 at 11:47 am

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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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…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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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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How big is the universe?

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This youtube video tries to explain. But, be warned it is big!

I know it is very early on a Monday morning to be thinking about the size of the universe but it does put things in perspective and either you will be spurred on or stunned into inertia by imagining yourself so small. If you can bear to question deeper ask yourself where God is? Is your God big enough to care about all this or does your God only care about what the Arch Bishop of Canterbury might have said, or whether Gay people are welcome in church, or if women can be Bishops. Trying to see the bigger picture I’m guessing we might have missed the point.

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February 11, 2008 at 9:25 am

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