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Travelling again

Tar Barrels

So, do you fancy a go? Even just to watch? I’m off to the annual Tar Barrels again soon. I’m quite looking forward to it. It’s always a good atmosphere. In the meantime I’m going to Leeds and Southampton. And the week after I get back I’m going to Israel. It’s so hard having a jet setting life.

When I went to church this morning, it was good to know the gossip network had been in operation – and at it’s usual level of accuracy. 😉 I was asked how my travellign went, so I replied “well, thanks”. To which the next question was how I’d enjoyed Israel. I had to explain that I haven’t been yet and the poor woman was confused as to where I had been. I think a better question is where haven’t I been over the last three weeks, and I’m familiar with the services that MANY different train operators have to offer (or not). My absence was noted too. “We haven’t seen you for while” was quite common. It’s nice to belong but I can only go to church once in the next FIVE Sundays. Maybe they’ll change they’re mind about local preacher training. (Seriously, my attendance will improve after I’ve got September, October and November out of the way – silly student workers!)


I think the time has come to tell people what I’m going to be involved in at Greenbelt seeing as it has been hinted at on the boards.

I will be working on the SCM stall for some of the weekend along with a number of able and willing volunteers. I will also be involved in Student Space which will be in Olive between 6 and 7 on the Saturday night. It is called ‘That which Sustains Us’ and is a collaberation between SCM, SPEAK and Christian Aid’s Higher Education Unit. There will be the opportunity to explore campaigning and holistic leaving. The session will conclude with a reflective worship time on the theme of the Four Elements.

On the Sunday afternoon I’ll be jointly running a session called ‘Become a Rabbi’ with someone from the Council of Christians and Jews. It will be an introduction to the tradition of Mishnah and seeing how we can use it today to help us when looking at ethics. This will be held in the Christian Aid tent between 4 and 5.

I’m hoping to make it to Dave’s panel on blogging but I can’t remember when that is. I’m also hoping to meet up with people from all sorts of places including the Wibsite, the Ship, Uni chaplaincy as it is now, SCM of course, the convent and all sorts of other random places. It should be good and I’ll be pleased if I can average meeting one person from each place.

When I first went to Greenbelt, I hated it. I didn’t know anyone and, as I’ve mentioned before, I was blinded by science. Last year I couldn’t wander around the site without bumping into people I knew. I’m sure this year is going to be more interesting as I know far more people than I did. It should still be good.

I’ve also got to the point of checking out my tent. I’ve put it up in the living room and it still looks decidedly like a tent. It is also big enough for me which is progress from last year. Silly tents for children ;). I’ve got a new sleeping bag and rucksac ready. I’ve been doing washing to make sure I’ve got the right clothes clean. I do still need to buy food and pack but I’ll do that later in the week.

Oh, following mentioning the lovely old lady in my block of flats. I found out that 70 years was actually a spot on guess for our age difference, give or take a couple of months. Anyway, she died at the end of last month which was a real shame, but she was 93 which is a very respectable age. My thoughts and prayers have been with her friends and family.



I’m currently in an interesting situation with my bank. They’ve stopped by bank card as they’ve sent me a new one – or so they think! They contract a courier company to deliver the cards securely and expect the company to get proof of identity and a signature from the person receiving the card which is understandable but they can’t find me. I ordered a bank card almost 5 weeks ago and none of the facilities are in place to arrange a delivery properly.

Anyway I spent the whole day in my flat waiting for the delivery. It’s the second time this week I’ve done this and the forth time in all but still it didn’t arrive. My flat isn’t the most accessible place in the world ever but eventually after ranting at them yesterday I gave them directions and was assured of delivery.

Suffice to say nothing arrived and nothing got done as I was constantly waiting and checking to see if any vehicles had arrived outside. I was so exasperated.

My holiday isn’t panning out too well really. Seeing as I couldn’t stay with the nuns I reassessed and decided I’d do two day trips on the days when I’m not doing other things. To lose one of those days just made my irritations about the holiday even stronger.

I’ve got so much to do that it’s really not going to turn out to be a break at all. And I can’t even shift this cold!

As I said above, ARGH!

Being mature and grown up

I do try from time to time to do one or t’other of the above things. Hopefully not at the same time but I’ve faced the consequences today. I’ve got a cold and I’ve had it for a week now. I’d hoped that it would be getting better by now but it’s making little impression of it. I’m off to the doctors soon to check that it hasn’t gone to my chest. Anyhoo, I was supposed to be going to the nuns to stay for a week and I’ve cancelled. It’s not fair on a close knit community, especially one with some relatively old residents, to go and stay when you could pass on the lurgee. It’s really quite gutting as I was really looking forward to going and I thought it would do me good but I’m sure that I’ll think of something else to do for the free days I have.

If anyone has any suggestions of places North of Birmingham and South of Lancaster in the UK that are worth visiting please feel free to let me know. I was thinking of visiting Liverpool but I have been there on several occasions. Manchester likewise so I’ll see what I can come up with…

Oh, I have potential dates for the party too. Either November 17 or 26. Hopefully the 26th and I really hope there’s nothing that should be in my diary for those days…. 8pm if you’re interested.