Saturday, 2 September 2017

Facebook Advertising

I have a great printer but it's one of those where you have about a million cartridges so when one runs out you need to but the whole set. Well, unless you are careful with money and do some careful googling. I will see if I've been successful when it arrives soon. What alarmed me though was I then find on Facebook adverts for ink cartridges. How do they know??? Maybe we do live in a nanny state???

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Ed on X Factor

I may have been taken with Ed's looping but the judges were groaning on X Factor at the number of Ed Sheeran songs, particularly Shape of You!

Yes I watched the first in the series although I wasn't giving it my full attention...never too impressed with the talent at the initial auditions anyway. "Wallpaper."

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The Bigness Of Creation

Spent a lot of time in the countryside the last week. Enjoyed some amazing sunsets, some country smells (brought some home on my shoes) and just loved feeling so free in the fresh air. Beauties which just took my breath away and which my phone camera could do no justice for.

It is clear what the Bible has to say about this kind of experience. It is obvious from nature that there is a creator God and this leaves us without excuse and we have him to answer to. We can only come to him through trusting in Jesus as our saviour.


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Half Way Point

The first 5 minutes of a run are always the worst. I have to remind myself of this as I want to give up as I find my breath hard to get and there just seems so much ahead. Running as I do with an app I just do as it tells me too so after that first 5 minutes I'm aiming for the half way point and the "ping" it gives which indicates the end is nearer in sight than when I first started. But on a bad run that can offer little encouragement as still the same again.

Makes me think how often I am working with that kind of mentality, half way through a working day, half way through a working week (the "hump")  half way through a tricky social gathering, half way through a difficult meeting. The list goes on...makes me think how easily it is to wish your life away and stop living in the moment. Appreciate what each minute brings and live for now, then what the next moment brings.

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Kesha Praying Explanation

OK so I said I'd give some thoughts on the Kesha Praying song.

Well for me as a Christian I recognise that there is always somewhere to go to after something devastating happens such a relationship break up or a host of other things which can come our way in a broken world. I am safe in Jesus, my life is rooted in him and that gives a security which can help me weather whatever comes my way. There is also the knowledge that my life is safe in the hands of a God who is in complete control. Doesn't mean the pain isn't real but I will never fall beyond the reach of God's grace. The most important thing anyone can do in this world is have their broken relationship with God restored by trusting in Jesus as their saviour.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.






Music Therapy

Spending a bit of time in the company of JS Bach. I've played his stuff on piano and violin but my big soft spot is for the unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas for violin. I cannot claim to have ever been able to play the first part of this one but I have tried and had lots of fun in the process. It has a wonderful tension where you use one string as a bass note whilst playing over the others giving a kind of rocking motion. Fiendishly hard but when it works the effect is sublime. Bach just makes other composers shallow my comparison....on my humble opinion!

Bach Partita no 3 in E major

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Monday Morning Life Admin

Nothing like getting some life admin jobs completed before 9am on first proper day of the holidays including negotiating my phone contract to nearly half original price. The words "I'm leaving" elicited a deal which pretty much matched the one I was planning to go to.I am and I quote "a loyal customer." I really use my phone like a mini computer so if I could make my own contract I'd have mostly data and not much else. I'm a big texter but use mostly whatsapp so don't even really need texts. And not a fan of the voice phone, much prefer face to face if possible (obs not always though)....you know that old fashioned thing where you spend time with people.

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Bargain?

This article caught my eye, trending on twitter, re Lidl amazing deal on Prosecco this Bank Holiday. 20.00 for a crate of 6 bottles working out at 3.33 each. People were queuing long before the store opened and it appears many were disappointed. However the normal price of a bottle is 5.79, a difference of 2.46 each. The crate overall would be 34.74. Granted that is an increase but the price of a long lie on a bank holiday Saturday morning? I'm always ready for a bargain but I think you have to consider sometimes whether at any cost!

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The Rock

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

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