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After Greenbelt

Oops. I archived this the first time.

Greenbelt was brilliant. I definitely went to more things last year but this year was just a lovely opportunity to meet with people. I saw Dave almost everywhere I went and got a copy of his cartoon booklet from the Church Times Stall which was very near the SCM stall. We had our new publicity on display which was sooooo cool. It’s a whole series of really sweet cartoon characters and it’s the first time they’ve been on display. People definitely seemed to like them although we did get a lot of questions about what a whovian is, as one of the pictures is of a whovian. It entertained me when Sophs’ dalek was onsite. A whovian is a Dr Who fanatic, just as a trekkie is a Star Trek fanatic. It was good to see Sophs again.

I only managed to go to the sessions I was involved in running, and I didn’t make it to the wibmeet. I really wanted to meet Fishsoup and Dave K, I think, the only wibloggers who I hadn’t met before and didn’t meet during the weekend. I particularly wanted to meet Fishsoup as she had been my WISEe. I also haven’t met the non-wibsite bloggers who were on the Greenbelt thread. I saw lots of Tractor Girl (sometimes accompanied by Third Party), Jack working hard, Alice and Benjamin, Sarah, Excited Rainbow Girl (who was definitely excited and Rainbowed), Carrie Bradshaw and Tall Girl and Mr Tall Girl. I also think I met Jacqui but in an entirely different hat on so got confused. It doesn’t take a lot.

I think that my sessions went well but it’s always hard to judge when you’re leading them. We packed the speakers section of the Christian Aid tent on Saturday which was brilliant. I really think that the workshop which looked at the Jewish Oral law tradition is facinating and it was really good to see all sorts of people engaging with it.

I still haven’t removed by wrist band yet. I just got used to it being there. I must remember to do it otherwise I’ll forget for ages. 😉

Oh, and a message for Smudgie – I’m going to meet with the Superintendent two weeks today but I’ve never met him before so there is a lot to discuss and probably a long way to go before anything happens. Don’t you just love cryptic comments on blogs. BTW, Smudgie, did the post cards from Mum arrive?


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.


Make Tiredness History

Okay, so I’ve been out of the march for over 24 hours and really should have posted – however I needed sleeeeeeeeeeeeep.

The march was brilliant despite having to queue for over 2 hours before we started marching. There was a good variety of people present, each nicely fitting into the stereotypes in an entertaining manner. There was the Mothers’ Union woman who kept trying to organise her husband and kept referring to him as ‘Dahhhhhling’. There were the students looking student-like, hippies looking hippy-like and all sorts of other people in between. The diversity was amazing.

I spent most of the day near the contempl8ion zone which was where the faith based organisations had their information. This meant that I chose not to see any of the events happening on the main stage but I did hear Texas. I had the opportunity to meet up with the bloggers mentioned below as well as Ship people and SCMers. It was really nice to put names to faces even though Tractor Girl did have blue face paint all over her face.

The march round the city was fantastic but it did take a very long time. While the march itself took less than an hour queuing was something of a problem. There were so many people that there was a wait of over 2 hours to go through the barriers. It really was hot, and the one flaw in planning that I spotted was not having water points. If we had left the queue, it would have taken hours to get through again and a litre of water can only last so long. There were many placards available and a group of us discussed which organisations we’d have problems carrying banners for. The opinions of the masses seemed to be that they were grateful that The Mirror had spent so much money on them but the average activist would rather be seen dead than actually have ‘The Mirror’ emblazoned on the placard. The result of this was that there were a huge number of people carrying shorter placards and pieces of paper saying ‘The Mirror’ were carefully left lying behind them. I wonder what the impact would have been if it had been a ‘quality’ daily rather than a tabloid.

I think many of the particpants will be wearing extra white bands for a while as there will be tide marks from the sun. We ended up really quite pink by the end of the day.

Somewhere in the region of 225000 people went to Edinburgh and made the event feel like a real festival. I was honoured to be part of it.

Since yesterday I have had a chance to look at some of the local media output folllowing yesterdays event. It’s been really positive and there have been some really nice images. It has only been today that I have found out how many people were there as we were told significantly less during the march. I would definitely think that the estimate published in the media is closer to the mark.

Edinburgh is still trying to deal with the other protests that are happening. People were stopping the war today having made history (which we genuinely did) yesterday. There is anarchy tomorrow and climate change on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out but I’m off on Tuesday.

I hope that by then I will ache slightly less and have caught up on some sleep as I started to do for most of this evening. I’m sure I will recover eventually – maybe in time for the next one. 😉

What I hope will come out of this event, and Live 8, is peoples increased involvement in the campaign. Just because we made history yesterday doesn’t mean that we don’t need to do the same tomorrow, next week, next month, and for many more months and years to come.

Right – here goes!

The mad week starts now! I’ll be out of things for about the next week at least. I’ve had a really good weekend though – I’ve really taken it easy. It was great to go to the ship meet last night and catch up with people.

It was quite disturbing when someone remarked that they can only think of one person they’ve been to more ship meets with than me! I really must get a life! I have been told I might be able to find some in second hand shops. 😉

Anyway I might get sleep now as it’s 01.01 here! Night all.

Party Update

I’ve finally got round to rearranging my Ann Summers party. I’ve put it off for a week so it is now

*Wednesday November 24th 2004*

If I have double booked myself, or you want to come, please let me know. Also if you want more information, it’s available at www(dot)annsummers(dot)com. I’m not putting it as a normal link as it’s only supposed to be seen by those aged over 18.

I did get offered a Friday Night but it’s November 19th and I’ll be at the SCM AGM, see http://www.movement.org.uk. I got offered a Saturday too – December 4th and I’ll be in Snowdonia with Ship folk. Oh to have a weekend of piece and quiet…

Spiritual Direction

I finally went to see someone about spiritual direction last night. I’ve been looking for a new spiritual director since I moved and it’s taken a little while to get sorted. I found it a very useful session and told the person in question what I felt was important without raising the subjects directly. It always helps.

What was a little embarrassing was that I think I wrote him a snotty email of complaint last summer for something that was out of his control. Oh well, I live and learn.

I also went to the cinema last night – saw Hellboy. I wanted to see Stage Beauty but missed it by 5 minutes. Hellboy isn’t too bad – it served the purpose. Having missed the film I wanted to see, I wanted to see something relatively mindless and I find a good superhero drama frequently hits the mark.

I’m still thinking about several of the things raised at Greenbelt and they still aren’t making too much sense yet.

Oh yes, in my madness I’ve joined the dating agency thread on the Ship.

This lent I’ll be…

Remembering not to post seemingly cunning suggestions on my blog. I have successfully made it to compline… Ok, I’m yet to make it to compline. It would have made so much more sense not to write my decisions until I’d started them. I’ll know better for next year.

When I’m rich and famous I’m going to buy a new battery for my lap top. One that lasts more than half an hour would be nice. It’s most annoying to get into something then for the stupid machine to shut down again. It’ll take a while until I’m rich and I’d rather not be famous really.

W*rk still seems to be going well, and I’ve applied for a job at the local Museum and Art Gallery. It might not be a good thing tho so I’ll see what happens. The last thing I want end up out of work again. I might lose my desk on Monday cos the person who’s desk it is *should* be returning from sick leave. I understand it would be quite interesting if he does and they aren’t really expecting it.

I spent today in the house, and was on duty twice. In between I read – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, far more explicit than the film – and saw my mentor sister. It’s reflexology tomorrow. I’ve referred myself for counselling now, and got a call about it today but wasn’t there to answer. Left a message and am waiting for them to call back again. I’m still thinking of something the spiritual director asked me to think about. I’m supposed to be thinking about what my ideas/images of God are. I don’t really know. I’m finding this one quite hard to think about.

I’m hoping to go and talk to someone about prayer and herbal medicine tomorrow if i can get in touch with them.

I’ve had a nice evening making cards. I’m always self conscious about such things as I have no confidence in them so I hope they are appreciated. I could always give up again and BUY cards again. It’s a busy month for birthdays and things.

Right, after a short break to reconnect to the electricity I’m back to continue in my random burblings.

I was very dedicated and went swimming last night. I REALLY didn’t want to go swimming but I went eventually, after wandering around town for an hour and a half procrastinating. 26 lengths. Not bad. Definately need a new swimming costume tho. Having fun in the water did remind me of lots of fun I had on Sidmouth beach during the folk festival last year with a penguin and a cuddly toy.

There was lots of snow again today. Last time it snowed, it snowed cotton wool balls but today I just woke up and it was there. I *DO* wake up occasionally.

I’m still trying to write my essays. I feel like I’ve been trying to do them forever. I’ve set myself a deadline tho. I’ve been advised from various folks to give up the course but if I complete the year I’ll get a qualification, at last. Last week I said if I didn’t do some work (an average of 1 hour per night) then I’d seriously consider giving up. I think I did about 20 hours this week, so that’s more than an hour per night. The goal for next week is that I need to have submitted an essay. ARGH. That, too, seems a rash promise. It’s not a big essay but I haven’t finished reading for it yet, so I’d better hurry up.

I’m going to a conference in Derbyshire next weekend which should be interesting. I’m also going to be a group leader which could be even more interesting. I must remember to be on my best behaviour for the weekend. It’s going to be a shame leaving the convent for a few days tho. Last time I did that it took a while to settle into again. Oh well.

I’m being taught to budget while I’m here, it’s something I’m terrible at, but I’m supposed to share the figures to check I’m doing it right. It certainly will be an interesting experience!!! Hopefully it will get me better at doing such things and we’ll see what happens. It can’t be a bad thing, can it?

Anyway, I have 9.00 duty again tomorrow so I’d better get some sleep, and I still have to read some of the Journal Keeping book, the bible and pray. Maybe I was being too optimistic, but I’ve started now so I may as well finish. *Yawn*

Night night.

Taking a Little Break

I’ve not been posting much lately as the silence indicates. This has been for a variety of things and I’m grateful to the friend who pointed it out. Things have been intersting in the last month. I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted. In the last month I have lost the job I found, then got a new one again. I’m temping so it’s still uncertain and the contract could, theoretically, end with the same level of notice as before (that would be – er – none). I’ve also spent some time out of the community which interrupted the routine to some extent. My few days in the rainy city were good but it’s taken a while to get back into things here. I’m still trying to get my studying done and it’s actually getting there although I’m too tired tonight. All of 4 hours sleep last night didn’t help. Oh the joys of insomnia.

We had a little surprise yesterday. The power went down for a while and the house got very cold very fast, and some of the sisters had to rediscover the stairs. They really aren’t up to using stairs very often so it certainly made things interesting. We got to the point of huddling round the stove in the kitchen. Fortunately power was eventually restored and things carried on as normal. We even got to watch the big cats on BBC2!

We’ve also celebrated my birthday and several profession anniversaries in the last month. The latter seem really nice and have been very revealing about the sisters. It’s nice to be part of the community here even when I don’t want to see anyone.

There are some days where I just don’t want to see anyone and that is hard. The community isn’t really set up for that, but I suppose being in community means you have to give and take. Sharing the harder times is a lot harder than sharing the good things.

I’ve even made it to a ship meet or two while I’ve been here – within 8 days of each other! The second was up north and the weekend there was very hectic. I think I planned a bit too much! It was good to see folk from all sorts of places though. I got some nice pressies and was spoilt rotten.

The weekend after I was at a meeting for most of the weekend. It was a productive meeting. I made a good new contact and a friend came to see me in the convent before it started. It was the first time one of my friends has been to see me here. The sisters seemed very pleased to see him. It was nice, albeit slightly strange. When Mum and my friend came to visit (independently of each other) it was strange that the different parts of my life had converged, even though it was a) very brief and b) being in the convent is very much a part of my life. It’s still strange but that is strange too.

The new job is going well. I’m working for the same company, just in a different department, in a different building. I am basically working under my own initiative but my manager seems happy with my work. I get the pleasure of printing off hard copies of computer files and… filing them. I’ve managed to print almost 2.5 reams worth in 3 days so I’m keeping busy.

Things look like they are going to settle down for all of about a week then I’m going away again. I’m off to the SCM Conference in Derbyshire. It’s a complicated weekend. There are 4 birthdays of close friends and family in different parts of the country as well as the conference but it looks good so I’m going there.

Anyway, seeing as I’m almost asleep and it’s my day off tomorrow (NO duties or worship required) I think I’ll try and get some sleep now even at just gone 8pm.

Night Night.