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I recently heard the song “Land of Confusion” by Genesis for the first time in a long while. The lyrics really struck me more this time than they had previously – maybe it’s because in the last few days I’ve been blogging about how we need to be the ones who help change this world for the better.

Anyway, I decided to look into the lyrics a little bit more, and found the following quotes from Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford:

Phil Collins called it, “A political song about the mess we have landed in.”

Mike Rutherford called this “a kind of ’80s protest song,” adding that, “It’s about how we live in a very nice world, and what a mess we’re making of it. How it should be all so easy and it’s all so difficult”.

Here’s some of the lyrics from this song:

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we’re given
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth living in.
Ooh superman where are you now
When everything’s gone wrong somehow
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour.
This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But there’s not much love to go round
Tell me why, this is a land of confusion.

Now can you see why the lyrics of this song seems to strike a chord with me? So just as I’ve said in the last few days that we need to be God to the world, so this song remind me again of the desperate state this world and the people in it are in. The world really does need God, so help tell the world about God, so that we see this world change from a land of confusion to one full of love and compassion for one another.

Here’s the original Genesis video for Land of Confusion – The video uses puppets created by Peter Fluck and Roger Law, who had a satirical TV series called Spitting Image. In the video, puppets of the Genesis musicians are featured, as well as some well-known political figures from that time.

When you see people at their most vulnerable, you realise each and every one of us, no matter their background or lifestyle, are just the same – they each have to rely on someone else to save them.

I recently watched a medical programme on TV where one of the doctors said those words. They were such powerful words I had to write them down when I heard them so I didn’t forget them.

When we are at our most vulnerable we really need those who love us and who can do something to help us, to be there with us – After all if you came across a building on fire, you wouldn’t call the coastguard to put out the fire would you, you’d call the fire brigade.

So when we’re feeling vulnerable we should turn to God, as he is the only one who can provide us with the love, support and help we need at that time – His answer may be to send us a friend to share our worries with; or give us direction when we there seems too many choices ahead of us. Whatever we face, God is the answer, so should be the one we turn to in our time of need.

Christmas viewing

Posted: December 29, 2018 in Christmas, family, religion, television
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When I was younger, I remember always looking forward to the Christmas season for many reasons: time with family, presents, remembering the birth of Jesus and of course Christmas TV.

Maybe it’s just my imagination now, but the programmes on TV then were so much better than they are these days. I remember there being lots of Christmas specials of all the favourite TV shows, very few repeats, and lots of great Christmas films.

That is definitely not what we have had this Christmas is it? There have been so many repeats of old Christmas shows which now look so dated, loads of animation films that don’t relate to the Christmas season at all, and when it comes to the soaps, they certainly haven’t been particularly cheery once again!

 

I have to say that, for us, this Christmas has been one of the worst for TV that we can ever remember – we’ve struggled to find any more than just a few great Christmas films or new Christmas specials.

So how do you rate this year’s Christmas TV?

Do you know one of these?

If anyone is qualified to make this statement, Christopher Reeve is! On May 27, 1995, Reeve was left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Virginia, in the USA. He now requires to use a wheelchair and a portable ventilator for the rest of his life.

But heroes don’t always come with such obvious obstacles to overcome, or appear to have the strength required to overcome what seem like insurmountable challenges. Heroes can be people like you and me. Heroes can be the person who says hello to a lonely neighbour; the friend you calls late at night just to check you’re ok; the stranger who stops and gives a homeless person food and water.

Anyone who makes a difference in someone else’s life is a true real-life hero. Are you being a hero to someone today?

So we’re now down to the last 16 in the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia – The group stages gave us  moments of shock and surprise at some of the results, and others games thrilled us with the skillful play that was on show. Yes, some will already have lost interest in what’s to come in the next few weeks as their country failed to qualify from the group stage. But for those whose country is still in the competition or those true football fan, I’m sure they are looking forward to some great games, fantastic goals and some silky skills.

But as of Monday, football will not be the only sport on offer for sports fans for a couple of weeks – On Monday Wimbledon starts, so all tennis fans will be glued to their TVs as much as they can to catch a glimpse of their favourite players.

So who’s going to win Wimbledon this year? One of those who’ve won in previous years, such as, in the men’s draw, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic; or in the ladies draw Serena Williams, Petra Kvitová, Garbiñe Muguruza or Venus Williams?

But with Murray and Federer just finding their way back after injury, Djokovic going from playing his best tennis to his worst all within one match, is it really set up for Nadal to succeed again? But then it’s Wimbledon and he’s not done too well there in the last few year, is it really his time again, or will one of the outsiders rise to the occasion?

When the comes to the women’s draw, I think it’s quite open again, as there hasn’t been the one or two players who’ve dominated tournaments for a while. So a previous winner to triumph again, or will we get a new champion for 2018?

Who do you think is going to win the Wimbledon singles titles this year?

Thunderstorm!

Posted: March 17, 2018 in computing, television, weather
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It’s to use your imagination!

Imagine it’s an evening, it’s dark outside, you’re in your house safe and warm, sitting with your feet up watching the tv. All of a sudden a thunderstorm starts. It get’s closer and closer until it sounds as though it’s almost directly overhead.

Bang! There’s a thud, and then all the lights and the power goes off. You’re plunged into darkness.

So you’ve no power, so no lights, no tv…

What do you do now?

I guess for some of us, our laptops and/or tablets or phones will still have charge in them, so we’ll still be able to browse the internet and/or play games on our devices. But imagine the power runs out on your devices while the power is still off, so then what do you do?

I suspect for me, if there nothing I can really do, I would probably go to bed and sleep!

How about you what would you do?

I recently caught the end of the tv programme Room 101. In this programme the panel are given a category. They then have to discuss their pet hate in that category and persuade the host to put their pet hate into Room 101, a location whose name is inspired by the torture room in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four – In that Room 101 was said to contain “the worst thing in the world”.

I thought it might be interesting to come up with some categories and see what things we’d want put into Room 101. So I’ll give a category and then tell you what I’d want put into Room 101, and my reasons why. What I’d like you to then do is tell me whether I’ve convinced you that my items should be accepted into Room 101.

Category 1 – cars

My pet hate: People who park in disabled spaces when they don’t have a blue badge

Reason: I think it’s obvious, as they deprive those who have a blue badge utilising the spaces allocated to them. I once heard someone who was not authorised to park in a disabled space, says when they were confronted about it, that they weren’t well so should have a disabled space. My response to them is, if you think you merit a blue badge, apply for one! You’ll soon find out then whether you are entitled to one or not.

Category 2 – animals

My pet hate: People who don’t pick up their dog’s poo

Reason: It’s ridiculous how you have to watch where you’re walking on some streets these days, because if you don’t you’re likely to step in dog poo. In fact a few week’s ago when I went out our gate I found, right in the middle of the entrance, dog poo! It’s bad enough that we have to watch where we’re stepping to avoid stepping in dog poo, but imagine families walking along the street with young child, as they can run and fall. It’s disgusting and a health hazard when dog poo is left lying about. I just don’t understand why some dog owners think it’s ok to let their dog’s do their business anywhere, particularly if they have no intention of clearing up after their dog. I wonder how they’d feel if someone else left dog poo right outside their gate!

Category 3 – travel

My pet hate: People who drive along in the middle or outside lanes of the motorway when there’s no traffic in the inside lane(s).

Reason: If you’re driving along the motorway and find you’re moving quicker than the cars in the outer lanes, you have to move out either to a lane outside the car going faster than you (if they’re in the middle lane), or move out behind the car in the outer lane. Even then you can find that the car moving slower in the outside lane, will still continue to drive along in the outside lane oblivious of the quicker cars behind them wanting past. If you’re not overtaking anyone, move over to the leftmost lane of the motorway, and let those who want to drive faster, a clear drive to pass you, as you’re causing a hazard sitting in a water lane driving slowly.

 

So there you go, there’s my three pet hates in these categories. Let me know which, if any, of my pet hates you would confine to Room 101.

Festive TV

Posted: January 6, 2018 in Christmas, New Year, television
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So Christmas is now a distant memory. You’ve made lots of new year resolutions, some of which you’ve maybe already broken! You’ve returned to work and are already counting down the days to your next time off.

But let’s go back to the Christmas and New Year period, and let me ask you this one question…

Personally I wasn’t very impressed – There were lots of repeats, the same old programmes, with very little new offerings. It was so poor I can’t really give you a single programme that stood out for me, it was so bad!

Let’s hope 2018 TV programmes are better.

I’ve done a few Word Associations and Places Associations with you, and several other UK specific Places Association which, as the title suggests, is all about places in the UK. i.e. cities, countries, towns etc.

So instead of throwing words at you and responding with the first word that comes into your mind, today I’m going to throw names of places in the UK at you, and this time I want you to respond with whatever comes into your mind first about that place.

So here goes…cities

  1. Slough
  2. Bristol
  3. York
  4. Preston
  5. Wimbledon
  6. Darlington
  7. Oban
  8. St Andrews
  9. Sheffield
  10. Derry

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. The Office
  2. Airport
  3. B&B
  4. Train
  5. Tennis
  6. Car
  7. Sea
  8. University
  9. Cutlery
  10. Boots

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did you understand all my answers? Did any of your own answers surprise you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond to any of these words or place association games, with the first things that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state and our true feelings about a place.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I’ve done a few Word Associations and Places Associations with you, and several other UK specific Places Association which, as the title suggests, is all about places in the UK. i.e. cities, countries, towns etc.

So instead of throwing words at you and responding with the first word that comes into your mind, today I’m going to throw names of places in the UK at you, and this time I want you to respond with whatever comes into your mind first about that place.

So here goes…cities

  1. Margate
  2. Carlisle
  3. Prestwick
  4. Taunton
  5. Llandudno
  6. Milton Keynes
  7. Forfar
  8. Penzance
  9. Blackburn
  10. Crieff

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Only Fools and Horses
  2. Border
  3. Airport
  4. Tennis
  5. Holiday
  6. Roundabouts
  7. Bridie
  8. Train
  9. Phone call
  10. Hydro

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did you understand all my answers? Did any of your own answers surprise you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond to any of these words or place association games, with the first things that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state and our true feelings about a place.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?