Wired for Sound by Cliff Richard – Music Torture?

I found this on Wikipedia:

Wired for Sound is an 1981 album by Cliff Richard. The album spent 25 weeks, peaking at number 4 in the UK album charts in 1981 on release.

The title track from this album was used as a form of music torture in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

I love Wikipedia.

This is not torture, this is pure pleasure!


Are You Under 25? Take The Test To Find Out!

There is a sound that can generally only heard by people under the age of 25. You may have heard that it has been used as a deterrent device to keep teenagers from loitering in malls and shops, and sounds similar to a buzzing mosquito.

Click here to find out if you’re under 25!

My result:

Comment with your results, especially if you’re over 25 and could still hear it or more worryingly if you’re under 25 and couldn’t!

My brother in law who is 34 could hear it but only when stood near to the computer, whereas I could hear it from far away.


Film: Millions

Millions is a 2004 British film, directed by Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle, and starring Alexander Etel, Lewis McGibbon, and James Nesbitt.

Just wanted to say that it was on TV last night and I absolutely loved it. It was brilliant. You should watch it.

I won’t write a review but I’ll give you a nice list of the themes that the film brought out:

  • Money (obviously).

  • Death & Loss.

  • Imagination / Fantasy & Reality.

  • Morality / ‘being good’.

  • Saints.

  • Consumerism.

  • Greed.

  • Children & Adults.

Jehovah’s Witness Encounter

I frustrate with my lack of Bible knowledge.

I frustrate with my lack of Bible knowledge.

Yes, this was my first good and proper battle with a JW. I have come across them before, but never had a real debate.

I feel like I’ve been going round in circles for the past two hours, I also feel very tired.

Is it better to simply not talk to them? I felt like the both of us had good arguments, but neither of us were persuaded either way.

He was stumped a couple of times though.

Allow me to explain:

The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is God. This is a doctrine which is extremely clear in The Bible, however it seems that the translators of the New World Translation have carefully checked to make sure all those references are changed (with good excuses to allow those changes).

But, I did manage to find a verse which they had not changed. I’m sure this verse is a favourite with those who find time to argue with these people:

John 20:28 (New International Version)

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

This was one that stumped him, and he spent at least 20 minutes trying to find an explanation in his little magazine. But failing.

At first glance, I thought we had a lot of beliefs in common, but the more he spoke to me, the more I disagreed with him. It’s so frustrating! Firstly, not knowing the Bible well enough, and secondly not being able to show him anything from my Bible anyway because so much of his Bible has been warped and obscured.

This strange translation of the Bible is what lets them down for me, it would be one thing to show me holes in my faith from my own Bible, but when it becomes clear that their Bible has clearly been changed, I begin to wonder.

This was a good experience for me, he was someone who probably knew ‘The Bible’ better than me. Coming face to face with such a challenge of my own beliefs was scary.

We prayed together and asked that God would show us himself. I have no idea of God’s plan for this man, or his plan for myself for that matter, but I know he will answer such prayers; be it sooner or later.

I learned that I need to a) know my Bible better, b) read up about the faith of these interesting people and c) pray more for my composure and patience in such situations.

If I learn anymore interesting things about this sect, I will be sure to blog. Also, anyone who has any info on these issues, whatever you actually believe – please comment.

Theatre: Shun-Kin

On Thursday, as I had mentioned before I went to the Barbican centre to see Shun-Kin. Apparently it was meant to be:

Inspired by the work of one of the most important Japanese writers of the twentieth century, Jun’ichiro Tanizaki , Shun-kin tells the tale of devotion, passion and power, where beauty is unforgiving and love is blinding.

Moving between the neon glow of Japan and the vanished world of Meiji, Shun-kin discovers the moments of light in a world of darkness. Emerging from traditional Japanese culture, this powerful performance shows us just how close beauty and violence can really be.

And that is exactly what it was. I was reminded once more that Theatre can achieve and create feelings that just don’t happen when you’re watching a film. It’s so much more real and so much more intimate. Some may say that Theatre creates limitations that you just don’t have in films, however I disagree with that. If you think about it, I think it was Sam Shepard who said that,

Theatre is better than Film because you can’t show Theatre in Film, but you can show Film in Theatre.

So anyway, I really liked it and am not going to bore you with an essay-like analysis of all the Theatrical techniques used and to what effect. All I want to do is to encourage you, myself included, whoever you are, not to let Theatre only be for Theatre-goers. We should all be watching plays, they are God-given gifts.

I’ll leave you with some photos from the production.

Is imagining that cartoons are real, normal?

I was having a chat with my niece the other day about the things she believed in:

  • Fairies.
  • Magic.
  • Lions (but apparently they only appear in the zoo).

As well as these things she told me that she believed in God. She also pointed out that he was the only one she’d ever talked to. Which was encouraging.

There were other things which she told me were not real:

  • Monsters.
  • Ghosts.
  • Things in films.

Then I asked her about TV programmes that she watched on CBeebies and other such things. Did she think they were real? I gave here an example, “Charlie and Lola, do you think that Charlie and Lola are real?”. Let me point out that Charlie and Lola are clearly drawings, they are cartoon things. However they do have very well characterised voices and other well chosen qualities.

Indigo said that Charlie and Lola were real. She said that she had never met them, but they were definitely real. This isn’t purely a case of her thinking everything on TV is real, like I pointed out she does not think most films are real. So why does she draw an exception with Charlie and Lola?

I’m sure a lot of you psychologists, or even better child psychologists, or ideally just a psychic could tell me why she thinks these things. If you know anything please tell me.

I assume it’s purely due to the fact that she holds a particular affinity to those two characters. They are her age, they think and act like her. It’s just not in a child’s mind to think that something is not real—except for when it’s scary.

They are drawn and animated well but I still can’t get how she imagines meeting them in her mind. I guess she just imagines meeting a cartoon. I don’t know. I am trying to remember whether I thought cartoons were real or whether I knew they were drawn. Maybe it’s possible to hold both views—to know they are cartoons but to still think they’re real.

Ah, the questions.