If you get into hot water, read the bag

I have recently been approached/Spammed by Scripture Tea! If you are keen to have inspirational messages on your beverages then you know where to go!
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I’m with Marx though on his embracing of coffee and rejection of Tea. (I think that’s what he meant by ‘Proper Tea is theft’)

Is this your dodgem car sir?

Everyone should have a great repertoire of cool memories from the past. (Those who know me will know that ‘memory making’ is part of my youth work philosophy). Anyway I came across the picture below and thought, ‘How Cool is that!’
What a great memory to have, the day you were pulled over by a Police Motorcyclist AND an unmarked Police car for driving a Dodgem Car around town! Whoever you are, I salute you!

Let the train cause a strain

I’m in London today for a consultation on confirmation which I’m looking forward to.
Getting here though was not without its comedic value!

The following rant warning was issues at 09:55. Storm to gale force rant with occasional humour …..

train.jpg I turned up at Newbury station bright and early with my trusty folding bike (proper bikes not being allowed on morning commuter trains). I purchased my ticket (for which I was overcharged for by £5) and folded myself into the ‘child seat’ (I was assured it was an adult seat but you’d have needed to have been a child to be comfortable) and we tootled off to Reading where I could pick up the ‘fast’ train to London.
I arrived at Reading and ran (carrying the folding bike) to platform 5 making it with seconds to spare for my intended train (Yay). But the digi-board said it was delayed by 10 minutes (boo). Thirteen minutes later when we were told that the train was approaching the station they informed us that there would be a platform change and it would be arriving into platform 9. I jogged, still carrying HEAVY folding bike to platform 9, making it onto the platform AS the train arrived (yay) BUT I couldn’t actually get on as it was full with people sitting, crouching, leaning and standing! However at this moment there came a welcome announcement, “There is a second London train approaching platform 5!” This being my cue to leg it back down the stairs, through the tunnel, up the stairs and onto platform 5. I arrived only to watch the doors close before I reached the train and this service eased out towards London. GGGGGrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Fortunately there had been so many delays that several late trains were in the proximity of Reading Station and I was informed that in a few minutes there would be another train coming into Platform 5. Just at the allotted time there was an announcement “Platform change, the London Paddington Train will now be departing from platform 9!” Aaaarrrghghghg, sprinted with bike and rucksack down, across, up and made it onto the train THAT was also packed.
I managed to find a spot to perch myself in the luggage shelves (a step up from the folk leaning against the toilets I thought).
Arrived half an hour late BUT a train is not considered late until its over an hour late (and that has to be the train you were on, the fact that the train I was supposed to be on had no room has no bearing whatsoever!)
“Let the train take the Strain eh!”

Teenagers – The Manual

Haynes, famous for their Auto Manuals have diversified into other areas. Below is the press release for their Teenagers Manual! (This isn’t one of my japes, check it out here)
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“Wouldn’t it be good if teenagers were like cars? Reliable, undemanding and cheap to run. Put them in the garage and forget about them at night. Sadly, they’re not. The teens are a tumultuous period – physical, social and emotional growth can lead to problems, confusion and even dangers for parents and teenagers alike. However unlike a car, they do not come with an owner’s manual . . . until now.
Haynes is renowned worldwide for its car and motorbike manuals and the new Haynes Teenager Manual will help you take pride in your teenager as it develops into a classic model. This new book follows the format for which Haynes is famous – practical instructions written by experienced professionals …….. ”
(I haven’t included the next bit as it descends into unhelpful labelling)

I’m a happy hippy hippo

I had a great time last night at a Youth Service/Youth fellowship. It was a mix of being in the church for worship with a break in the middle (great idea, if leaders of adult services read this!) for food and malarky. The worship was fantastic (great vocals and band) and included a song written by the young people which was really catchy and had great energy too, it was a bit surreal in part BUT avoided the usual cliche’d stuff. The Chorus was:
ton.jpg“I’m a happy hippy hippo
In my camper van
Praising Jesus day and night
He’s a special man”

As this has been buzzing round my brain for the last 14 hours it’s sparked some thoughts. I imagine that there MIGHT be some who would struggle with this as a piece of worship but then I thought: Supposing you were to do some market research among people who can’t speak Christian subculture fluently, and have the words above …. alongside the following examples of more “serious” worship writing, then asked which made the most sense? (I think this would be fun to do)
“Who is like unto him
Never ending in days
He is the lord”
“Open the eyes of my heart lord [because]
I want to see you high and lifted up”
“The name of the lord is a strong tower
The righteous run into it
And they are saved”

I’m reckoning that Happy Hippy Hippo has the most clarity!
Thanks to all at the IMPACT group for a GREAT evening (sorry I had to leave a bit early).
OH and on a related theme, If Cartoons got saved?