Friday, 14 September 2007
A great film, but don't go if you're down in the dumps. A heartwarming knockabout comedy it isn't. But a truly great film it is.
Now we're watching Saved. Not in the same league, but a counterpoint. (Thanks, Helena :) )
Thursday, 13 September 2007
Now, children all tucked up, time for an evening.
This should encourage me in my continuing quest to acquire vocab.
Pro-soap-on = face
Eno-pea-on = before (location)
(I'd give you the real Greek but I can't see a suitable font here.)
I like roofs, chimneys, gargoyles, statues, and all the crinkly bits of architecture that show it's all for a purpose, all thought through.
Sometimes you can see or guess that what was on paper has some points of difference with what is in stone.
Perhaps the architect has seen potential as the building was raised, or more mundanely maybe funds didn't stretch to the original design.
We were in Barcelona not so long ago, and like every visitor must, we marvelled at the Gaudi buildings.
Everything, everything seems organic.
Impossible-seeming curves challenge one's expectations of what a chimney should be like. Or an office. Or a cathedral. Or a statue. Or a frieze. Or... or... or...
(Great pictures, by the way, Ruthie :D )
Because of Gaudi (and, in a different way, Rogers), we realise that that 'should' relates to our own limited experience and understanding.
There's no 'should' about it: it's a matter of skill, and taste, and art, and choice.
So common sense turns out to be the box in which we sit - a perfect cube whose walls seem solid but are, in fact, illusions. Look up, and you get a peep outside; maybe you even get a tiny glimpse of the whole scene.
There's probably a sermon in that. Must file it away for a few months!
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
(Note: at least temporarily I can via http://www.google.co.uk/blogsearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&q=%22rubbish+christian+blog%22, but it won't last :( )
Well! How rude! It's as if people had better things to do!
There are probably lots of ways to do this. Here are the ones I know.
First, when you're on the home page http://blog.parsonses.co.uk/ you may see a symbol light up above the page (I'll paste in a picture later). This shows that your computer has understood the blog as a 'feed.' Actually you may have several of these! Browse them.
One of them is on your Windows Live toolbar if you have one. You could click on the little arrow to the right of the symbol and 'subscribe' - then you can visit this and any other feeds (like news and weather) any time you like via http://www.live.com/
The standard one on the bottom row of buttons may also be configured to do this, or just to store the links for quick access.
My preference is having my own custom pages at iGoogle which gets me all I want. Get a google account if you need one (they're free) and log in to that page. You should see at the top, "Add stuff."
So click on that and all sorts of generally popular stuff will pop up. Top right, next to the search box, there's, "Add by URL." Click on that. And a little box will appear.
Paste in to this: http://blog.parsonses.co.uk/feeds/posts/default and click "Add." Now click on "Back to Homepage." Voila! You can click the little arrow to choose how many posts you want to see.
King's Parade has now hit the calm-before-the-storm stage. Plenty of tourists are still around, but a tiny fraction of the height of summertime language student 'n' tourist frenzy. Lots of students about to arrive, though - quite a few are to be seen making scouting visits with parents in tow (or, more probably, the other way round). I'm very probably taking the Cambridge University BTh, but continue to take the view that nothing's certain until it's certain. If I do, though, I'll be a member of one of the colleges, although it's Ridley itself and the wider Federation that will be the centre of life and study. (Who takes the role of the Klingons, I wonder?)
Meeting assorted Ridleyites (Ridleians? Ridlish? Ridlonians? I must ask), one of the choices seems to be how much to get involved with college life, and one of the temptations is to end up in an ordinands' ghetto, thus using the crucial formation time here in Cambridge to lose all touch with real life! There's a benefit in being in Cambridge already, of course - we already have a group of friends, neighbours and school gate acquaintances. I hope I will get to enjoy a bit of college life, though I realise that 'mature students' have a cloak of invisibility to rival Harry Potter's when around straight-from-school undergraduates. (Nice to have a chance to sport my MA gown at the odd formal dinner, though ;) ).
Here are my resolutions to give me some chance at least of mixing in a bit at college:
- I must resist the temptation to cap every student's travelling tale with one of my own from somewhere more exciting or six of my own to show range of experience
- I must resist the temptation to gloat over those juggling student loans when we CofE ordinands are funded (and indeed I got a student grant first time round)
- I must resist the temptation to name-drop people and places and companies from the last 20 years in order to compete with the energy and fresh-facedness all around
- I must resist the temptation to try and relive student life first time round
I'll let you know how I do with all those!
Another alternative to photography is to use the digital dexterity of my photo editing software. Guess which object it removed for me, and with what it replaced it when I asked (nicely). No peeking at the first picture, mind.
It's a wonderful thing, technology, isn't it?
Right. Back to work!
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
The Original Story, subtitled God, Israel and the World Barton & Bowden
Very readable - Old Testament background, overview of scholarly views and techniques, but written and presented in a school text book way (which isn't meant to be a criticism!).
Horrible cover, though.
Monday, 10 September 2007
Sunday, 9 September 2007
This week's challenges include doing some more Greek with Jeremy - we've done two and a half chapters of the four he's got to cover. Anna's got a French test tomorrow to decide which set to put her in. She's already done quite a bit of French, some will have done none, some will be bi-lingual! She seems relaxed, anyway. Louis and Raphael seem to have settled back happily in their new classes. We had a great time this afternoon seeing some friends and playing at their local rec, which has impressive brand new play equipment including a zip wire! I played more football than I have played in my entire life! It's harder than it looks, you know. Louis made us laugh doing slow motion action replays.
Bye for now.
So this Sunday may be nearly my last at our family church, http://www.htcambridge.org.uk/, before moving on.
HT is an interesting place. It has a different character in and out of University termtime. At the moment, there's one morning service at 10:30 - very civilised in terms of getting up and cycling there. When term starts, we shift up to 9am, the service with children's groups, which is followed by another service aimed more at students. Who get the lie-in.
The historic incumbent of HT who is probably best-known was Charles Simeon (1759–1836), who faced (and outfaced) almost unimagineable opposition.
- See what he looked like here
- Listen to an interesting talk about him here
- Read the essay I have on my mobile 8v) here
Simeon, a contemporary and correspondent of Wilberforce, was a leading light in missionary strategy, the mission of the church to Jewish people and clergy education (these were the days before theological colleges in the Church of England).
On the one hand, it would be nice not to have to face such trials; on the other, what it would be to leave such a legacy!