I’ve always said that if they ever make a film of the life of Jeff Buckley I want to cast James Franco in the leading role. Now, I’ve heard that there will be a film – that’s new to me, but apparently the vampire fop has said he’s ‘obsessed’ with getting the role! I don’t actually mind Twilight and I’m not gonna lie to you, ten minutes of the extended commentary section of New Moon and you’ll be won over. But still. It’s not the original plan to have him strut up and steal things that aren’t his. It’s like deNiro suddenly claiming that he doesn’t want Stephen Fry to play Oscar Wilde anymore. James Franco will take the role and that’s that. Thank you.
Will be taking Sibyl to her first exam of the year this morning, my first is tomorrow afternoon, then we both have ones on Saturday afternoon. She has been revising very hard so, go her!
I walked from Aberystwyth to Tal-Y-Bont yesterday for no particular reason. Sibyl was laughing at the seemingly gargantuan attempts I am willing to make at trying to procrastinate and not revise. I think it’s about 5 or 6 miles. The gutting thing is the fact that it took me a good two or three hours to walk there and about 20 minutes to come back!
I was talking to The Snufferjog about it today and he said that I would have appreciated the beauty of the countryside more if I didn’t have headphones in my ears with blaring music, I think he was right. My pursuit of the true Wales continues.
We discussed my Father’s favourite Bible story in Welsh CU this evening, Naaman. Classic stuff. We especially focussed on the young girl who piped up and made all the difference, praise God for little people like her! I am even littler.
I forgot how much I liked this song, I wince a bit now when I think about it because liking him became a bit of an uncool thing to do a while back, but this is lovely. Pleasant chord-progressions, guitar, backing vocals. All of it guuud.
Hello there, thought it would be nice to type something. I have been sort of revising today, I have one exam on Friday and another on Saturday. Today, in preparation I have been reading the play Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth.
Wife is also revising her biological clever stuff, I’ll ask her how it’s going. She hesitates, then picks up a wad of papers and dumps them all on my lap “I need to revise all this by Thusday, or I’m dead.” I won’t probe any further. She is listening to King of the Rodeo by the Kings of Leon really into their monarchy aren’t they!
I had breakfast in McDonalds this morning which was lovely. I always get the same thing, pancakes and sausage (American sausage) with two pots of syrup. I hate to imagine how many calories that actually is, wait scrap that, it’s not that I hate to think, I don’t think, I enjoy the gift of joyful food and seek to avoid excess. Yeah.
I’ve been especially enjoying playing FIFA 11 on the Wii (see my live tweeting session about two or three weeks ago). I’m still quite bad at it, I just led Manchester United into a 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham. Embarrassing. I originally got into it because c.o.t. and Derek roped me into playing the Xbox version with them. I started to genuinely get some enjoyment out of it, and Mrs Brady did me proud and bought me a copy of the game from Amazon. It’s not as good as the Xbox one in terms of graphics etc. but it’s just as fun, it also has street mode which looks fun. Meanwhile Sibyl has been enjoying Super Mario Galaxy 2, acquired philanthropically (that’s a word apparently!?) we are about to have another session of the game together before we both get back to some important revision!
Went to bed extremely late last night for the complete and utter wrong reason, I was too tired. Maybe it’s happened to you, you’re ready for bed and you just sit down and have a wee flick through what’s on, before you know it it’s half past two and you can’t bring yourself to move. It is bad, it is very bad, and wrong and I repent from it, genuinely. Because late nights mean waking up in the afternoon, which means missing out on the little sunlight we get this time of year and loads of other joyful things that are to be found in the day! The verse is found in Romans 13:12-13…
So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime.
I had a walk with jonblog two days ago, we walked across some rocks for a good mile to the next coast which is called Clarach, then walked back through a forest. It was delightful. Do read all about it on his blog. I’ll have him know that the shoes are from Store21 and not Matalan, the cheek.
My Father will be pleased to know that I’ve got some use out of the ukulele he got me for Christmas, not that I’ve played anything profound, but O’Hara taught me how to play that song by Noah and the Whale that sounds good on ukulele. It’s a word I only recently learned how to spell, after a particularly difficult round of gnilleps during New Years Cranium session – I thought it was spelled ukelele, school boy error.
A book that was first recommended to me by a certain tie wearing champion and then recommended — via a facebook status — to me by Soli Deo Gloria is called Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic. I started reading it this week, it’s very short, but I’ve found it extremely helpful. When I think about evangelism I have these preconceived ideas about how to do it, and most of them are quite removed from biblical methods.
Chantry takes the example of a story I never really got, the one where — in my mind — it goes like this… a nice enthusiastic guy, eager to learn runs up to Jesus and respectfully calls him “good teacher” then asks how to get to heaven. It seems like the evangelism opportunity of our dreams, perfect on every level! But Jesus wastes it, by not even answering his question and being picky about his choice of words “why do you call me good? Only God is good.” Then going on about The Ten Commandments and then worst of all says he should sell everything he owns! It really does seem ridiculous.
But Mr. Chantry explains the incident so clearly, and it has completely changed the way I think about how I evangelise, and the way Christians are encouraged to do it these days and the way they talk about it. Jesus firstly wants him to know who God is, the man called him a good teacher, which is what we hear people today calling Jesus a lot, but he wasn’t just a good teacher, he was — and is — GOD!
Secondly Jesus shows him the law, it’s not too hard to get someone to admit they’re not perfect, we all know that, but that’s not going to break their hearts to the extent in which they feel they should turn to God. What can move them is God’s law, they need to know they’ve broken God’s law.
Thirdly, repentance. People are often told to ‘make a decision’ for Christ, but in the Bible, that term is never used, people need to turn around from their sins to come to God.
Fourthly, we need to be preaching faith, faith in God’s son, repentance and faith are Siamese twins. I haven’t read the last two chapters, but they are assurance of acceptance from God and dependence upon God. Christians today need to know this stuff!
I’m off to Morrisons this afternoon, they had the ingenious slogan ‘more reasons to shop at Morrisons’ which on the surface of it doesn’t sound that clever, but it sticks in your mind because it sort of rhymes. Listen… ‘morreesons to shop at morreesons’ my Dad pointed that out to me, very clever.
Another successful supermarket campaign involving rhyming for me is the CoOp – ‘good with food’ again on paper, doesn’t sound that great, but the Scottish guy on the advert saying it? Transformation… “The Cohohperrativ… Gud with Fud.” I can’t see the slogan without saying it in my head.
I should go into advertising, because I think I know what works. For example the current Stephen Merchant Barclays adverts, he’s managed to get me looking up from whatever distraction I have (book or laptop) during the adverts, to hear him humorously talk about current account financial packages, very clever. He will often comment on the fact that there are some ‘unconvincing metaphors’ about in this advert, which gets him on our side, whilst also placing us in opposition to any other bank advert which uses elaborate illustrative techniques to get us to use their banks.
Tesco mobile adverts, also very clever, they start off like a lot of adverts do these days, bright scene, pretty white woman, maybe in a forest or lying down on some grass or on a cloud speaking to the camera: ‘I want to live in a world where I communicate with everybody‘ etc. We are drawn in but not convinced because it doesn’t mean anything. Then an average looking fellow with a regional accent comes onto the screen and tells us he just wants something simple. Brilliant! That’s what we all want! You’re our friend Tesco! You’re not, I know you’re not.
Finally, my favourite advert at the moment is the one for something which can’t be that good because I can’t remember the name of the company or what they do, but it involves a narrative between two toasters, it’s a stroke of genius.
There are many games you can play on a Sunday afternoon if you have a classic Casio digital wrist watch. One of them is to put it on the stopwatch setting and see if you can get it bang on 00:01:00, harder than it sounds. The other more fun and more competitive game is to see who can press stop and start quickest, that is literally it. All you have to do is press start and stop, whoever can do it in the quickest time wins. I hold the current world record (not that I practice or anything) at .08 seconds. Oh yeah. Ooooh yeeeaaah!
This happened about a year ago when Sibyl asked me to bake a cake and to go out and get ingredients, I said that it’s better to look a what ingredients we have in our cupboard, Google it and see what it tells us to make. Somewhere along the way, I thought I’d found a cookie recipe which involved me putting loads of custard powder and cocoa in the microwave at full heat for 10 minutes. I’m usually a bit thick but get by, but sometimes I really am special.
I am sat in my sister-in-law’s house and find myself with a spare moment and a laptop, here I am posting a blog. I was going to write lots of exciting stuff but my niece has just asked me to play Zoo Tycoon with her, so I must go. I ask her if she has anything to say to the internet, she says “Eeaah… No!… Don’t write that! Hahaha! Eeeeh.” *Shakes head*