iBlog: January 2008


Tomorrow's blog today

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Five Interesting Facts About Blah

1) Ben and La both like Colleen's column in closer

2) Ben and La have both set this as their home pagei

3) Ben and La are both currently training new entrants at their respective places of work

4) Ben and La employ an `I should infinately prefer a book` approach to cherch

5) Ben and La like the peace and quiet of a civil dining room table after work together, but dislike the pain in the hand that is achieved by the mis-use of chopsticks

Friday, January 25, 2008

Ha ha ha ha!!!

Just like 2002!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I've read it before and I'll read it again....

`War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent [to rebel]`

`If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?` George Orwell 1984

Saturday, January 19, 2008

1933, Betty Boop and Cab Calloway!!!!!!!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Ordinary thoughts of today that I've vowed to blog

* I will probably like gin one day but I doubt I'll like tonic. This gives G&T a questionable standing in my future, but it doesn't concern me in the present.

* I'm a REALLY good dancer

* I'm so glad Orwellian dystopia doesn't prevail but I am glad I'm re-reading 1984 (for a change)

* I wish I was on my bike

* If I had a piano I'd probably play it non stop for the first half hour then it would be forgotted about

* I REALLY miss my Ben Folds Five album. Not only because it's REALLY good but Ben is a fantastic opening third of a three word band name and probably always will be

* Why don't Tesco have any chinese ready meals with duck? This both perplexes and irritates me simultaneously.

* I am glad they're making a forth series of Desperate Housewives

* La's really girly by watching Bridget Jones but I love her all the same (La not Bridget obv.)

* I also had a brief moment thinking about gaskets. Didn't really come to any amazing conclusions (unlike my Ben band name musings) but thought maybe gaskets and differentials and such are part of a boy mindset...

Monday, January 14, 2008

Anyhoo, there was a saturday night tallent show thingy called `the x factors` when I was in VI form where people made fools of themselves in front of judges and tele and teh winning singer was allowed to be a real singer

Anyhoo, they've bought back a second (or another???) series of it called the `x factor` and the winner has released a single of a cover of Mariah Carey's and Whitney Housten's WhenYou Believe. Am outraged at the mundane campness of the bad singinign and all round terribleness!!! I actually stropped int he middle of the RF office at work!!

and to make matters worse, apparently it were number one on the Pepsi network chart show (don't know if it's still called thaT) on New years. HONESTLY!

Also, Yarmy made the front (internet) page of the telegraph.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Faith and Blod

So there's been a lot of talk in camp Blah of late about sharing spirituality. Before I go any further I should explain some anacccronycnyisms:

Blah = Ben & La
Bod = Ben and God
Lod = La and God
Blod = Ben La and God

Right. I became a Christian at fourteen (woooo!) and La's been a Christian since before she was a feetus. In my home environment the exprression (or even having of faith) was always the foundation to an argument [nuff said] whereas for La, Bible stories before bed and praying and going to church together was all part of life. So my faith has developed into something very introspective and personal that depends on itself to seek God, rather than be supported by a fellowship network, unlike La's which has had an emphasis on church youth group and her predominantly Christian peer and role models.

Paul and Heather were teaching us about the preconceptions that we take with us into marriage from the images we see around us as we grow up for example: one person might see going to bed at the same time what you *should* do when you get together whereas the spouse might not have considered that and how it's important to talk about these issues before they grow into big scary arguments.

La was saying the other day that one of her preconceptions is that married couples share faith together which kind of confused me, because to me sharing faith is something uncomfortable and generally fruitless and I'm just a bit thick. Anywhom, we had a big chat and ironed out what we thought was an issue when really it boils down to us having different emphases and opinions on the same matter.

One of the things I have trouble with is imagining what shared faith - what Blod would look like. I have a very clear image in my head about Bod and I'm happy with that and I think I've been through a lot to get to that place - growing up in a household that's predominantly anti-God, my baptism saga and my experience with proclaimers after that, my authentic faith musings, St. Augustines and Celtic Spirituality/emerging church. And also the things in life God has carried through - growing up in a predominantly anti-Christian household, loosing my job (repeatedly), wedding and all the other things that have shaped who I am as a person.

I think the difference between La and me is that she has been through just as much as me as a person and as a Christian, but I found routes to God and discipline for God by my own means whereas she had a support network in her fellowship so her problems were discussed about and prayed about communally. So the difference between Lod and Bod is that Lod wants to wear its heart on its sleeve whereas Bod likes to deal with Ben issues or God issues alone.

So yeah - what does Blod look like? I don't really know but I don't think Bible study is it as Bible *study* bores me silly, nor do I think it's praying together because. Well. Ordinarily I don't really get what you can achieve by praying together that you can't achieve by praying alone. You see this is what La had in mind but I think these are just two individual faiths that somehow make an effort to meet in the middle - I think i explained it as a summit of Lod and Bod rather than making an entity of Blod.

So we came to the resolution that I will make an effort to let La know what Bod is up to and she with Lod. I still don't particualy understand what's so interesting about Bod, after all I don't tell La everytime I wake up or go to the toilet or walk across the room because to me faith should be as natural as that rather than be put on a personal pedestal. But La makes a bigger deal out of personal faith so I guess I could learn from that and she from my image of what faith looks like.


Now with the idea of letting people know what Bod is up to maybe I should talk about work yesterday.

I get a fifteen minute break in the afternoon which I just never ever take because I don't have time, but I fell off my moped yesterday and I've had a banging headache since then. I maintain that goood hydration and fresh air will cure any headache so I went up to the staff room at about fourish for a cup o' water to ail my headache and i caught a glimpse of the most awesome sunset as the sun was just above the horizon so I thought, well I don't normally take my afternoon break so I'll just hang around for a bit and admire it and after fifteen minutes the sun had just gone below the horizon. I was thinking there must be a million quarter of an hour blocks in the day and I took the one that showed me the sunset from start to finish.

Which got me thinking about all the means that people go to to seek God: expensive PA systems, the complete Christian music industry, saying things like `I can really feel the presence of God in this place this morning, people`, doing this:

flag waving (what the hell?!), and generally all the hype that Christians faff around with in an attempt to conjour up God, when really, if we just let God let Him reveal Himself to us it's sooo much more humbling and inspiring and AUTHENTIC than laying face down on the carpet not moving for half an hour or yelling `YES LORD!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WOOOOOOOOOO!` in my wife's earhole.

But maybe that's the Celtic Spirituality ben in me speaking,

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Settle Our marital argument

I think that Edward Fairfax Rochester and Yassen Gregorovich are the same person...

La and disagree - what do you think