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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?

Once again this week, we’ve seen many killed in America by someone who decided to use guns they owned to needlessly kill others.

No wonder we find ourselves asking again, “where is love?”

Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

With all that’s going on in the world it can be hard to believe sometimes that love can overcome evil. But if we believe in God, and believe in Jesus, we must believe God’s love can overcome the evil in this world.

Once again news of another shooting in America hit the news headlines on Sunday night. Just about the time I heard of this latest atrocity, I read the following by Nicky Gumbel, and never did these words seem more appropriate:

You are never more like God than when you are helping hurting people, lifting up the fallen and restoring the broken.

Please join me in praying for the family and friends of all those caught up in the events at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas last night.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18

It’s been a while since we’ve been away anywhere on holiday, so I’ve been thinking about some countries/cities I’ve always wanted to go to but as yet have not visited. I thought I’d share my list with you and the reasons why I’d like to visit these places, although as you’ll see some of my reasons are a bit bizarre!

So in no particular order, here’s my 5 places:

South Africa

Nelson Mandela was such an inspiration, I’d love to visit his homeland.

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Hong Kong

The mix of British culture and Chinese traditions sounds amazing and that mixed with superb shopping and sightseeing opportunities, is something I want experience for myself

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New Zealand

The landscape and climate in many ways reflect those I’m used to in Scotland, so maybe that’s why New Zealand has always jumped out at me as somewhere I’d like to visit.

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Dublin

The closest place to home on my list, but I place I’ve never been to but heard great reports of it been a fantastic place to visit.

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Kuala Lumpur

I have always just loved the name of this place and it’s always been a place that’s intrigued me, so I want to visit it!

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When we first make that decision to visit a place you’ve never been to before, it can be a leap of faith in many ways, as you may not know much about the place, the food or culture. However once you find a place you love, it can become a place where you want to go on a regular basis, for numerous reasons. e.g. fun, relaxation, sport, entertainment, shopping, activities, scenery, climate, culture etc.

Of all the places I’ve visited there are a few places I’d ready go back to – Some for the reasons I’ve listed above, others just because they remind me of past times, or family members who are no longer with us. I wonder how many of these places would be on your list!

1. Las Vegas

This has to be my number 1 place as there’s so much to las-vegas-skylinedo and see there even if you aren’t a gambler! When we first went there on holiday a number of years ago a number of folk were surprised that we were going there and were even more surprised at how much we enjoyed it, as neither me or my hubby are gamblers! Vegas is so much more than just gambling and is great if you and your partner want to do different things like sunbathe or shop. Add to this the fantastic variety of high quality food and entertainment available, and for me it has to be my number 1 go-back-to destination.

2. Cambridge

CambridgeI sent most of my childhood summer holidays in Cambridge as we used to go and spend the summer holidays with my aunt and uncle and their family. I got to know Cambridge quite well having insiders there to take us to the best local places etc. I would love to go back to Cambridge and see it through adult eyes now, as I’m sure there was so much I didn’t see in the past just because it wasn’t of interest to a child.

3. Australia

Perth AustraliaI was lucky enough to spend 4 weeks in Perth, western Australia, a number of years ago when my aunt and uncle where living out there for a period of time while he did some work for one of the universities. My aunt and uncle took me to a lot of places in Western Australia and I loved every minute of my time there, so I’d love to go back to Australia and spend time in other parts of the country.

 

4. Paris

I’ve been in Paris a few times, with my parents and more recently with my hubby, but there’s still so much to do and to see there I’d readily go back again.

paris5. New York

I’ve just been in New York the once, and that was just for a few days as part of a 3 city vacation one summer. What I saw of New York I loved, but there were so many places we never had time to visit, so I have to add New York to my list of places I’d return to.new york

No it’s not Christmas I’m talking about (although that is only a few weeks away now!), it is in fact Black Friday!

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Black Friday, a day that has started to take on huge significance in the lead up to Christmas in the UK in the last few years, having being “copied” from America. It may be something that’s just come into prominence in the last couple of years, but what an impact it’s had!

On Black Friday many retailers, both in our high streets and on-line, slash their prices on many items including high ticket price items giving the consumers the opportunity to get huge bargains on one day only!

So have you been caught up in the Black Friday frenzy? Have you tried all you could to get that must-have deal, or have you just had a look to see if there#s been something there for you without being too bothered one way or another, or have you refused to get drawn into Black Friday?

Whether your ready to spend big or just look for a few bargains, please make sure you don’t over extend yourself financially, as just because something is a bargain doesn’t mean you have to buy it – Only buy it if you can afford it!

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, but today, as the title of this blog post suggests, it’s the 5th of my “associations” blogs all about places, 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 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. South Africa
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Greece
  4. Edinburgh
  5. Birmingham
  6. Scarborough
  7. Cambridge
  8. Oxford
  9. Penzance
  10. Glenrothes

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. Nelson Mandela
  2. Food!
  3. Hot
  4. Capital
  5. Spaghetti junction
  6. Holidays
  7. Family
  8. University
  9. End
  10. New town

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 found myself listening to the one particular song over and over again in the last couple of weeks:

I’ve been challenged again by the words of this song – Have I give God everything? Am I all He knows I can be? Do I do all God asks of me, no matter what?

My honest answer to these questions has to be no, but in acknowledging my failings, I know I can still give my all to Him because it’s never to  late to give Him my all.

Have you given Him your all yet? There still time…

All that I am, all I can be,
All that I have, all that is me,
Accept and use, Lord,
As you would choose, Lord, right now, today.
Take every passion, every skill,
Take all my dreams and bend them to your will.
My all I give, Lord, for you I’ll live, Lord, come what may.

In the last few months in my previous “Slogans” blog posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Peace of mind
  2. Tell ’em about the honey, mummy
  3. In touch with tomorrow
  4. The totally tropical taste
  5. Good to the last drop
  6. Fly the friendly skies
  7. Perpetual spirit
  8. The power of dreams
  9. Don’t be evil
  10. Better sound through research

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

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So here’s the answers…

  1. Chubb
  2. Sugar Puffs
  3. Toshiba
  4. Lilt
  5. Maxwell House
  6. United airlines
  7. Rolex
  8. Honda
  9. Google
  10. Bose

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last few months, but today, as the title of this blog post suggests, it’s the 4th of my “associations” blogs all about places, 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 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. Newcastle
  2. Chicago
  3. New York
  4. Gold Coast
  5. Amazon rain forest
  6. Stranraer
  7. Hong Kong
  8. Glasgow
  9. Hawaii
  10. Jersey

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. Geordie
  2. Downpour
  3. 9/11
  4. Snorkelling
  5. Creepy-crawlies
  6. Mispronunciation
  7. Somewhere I want to visit
  8. Commonwealth games 2014
  9. Hawaii-five-O
  10. Bergerac

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?