Ballet on ice

I had a front row seat this morning for a rather moving, auto themed, ballet on ice. The pace was slow and graceful, but the ending made a huge impact. Although it was a remarkably short piece of work it has certainly left it’s mark.
il neige
voila, ‘Pas de deux!’
le fin de port
pouvez-vous voir

I got to thinking about all the things that could be worse than pranging your car, for some reason, amateur French poetry was in that list?

Captains Log Supplemental:
£125 excess!!!!!! Ouch (that’s for the car repair by-the-way, not the bad poetry)

Stories from the coal face 2

cface.jpg Anonymous writes:


” As another leaver guess the factors will be quite complex… There are questions about why start in youth work to begin with, and questions about training. Lots of questions about the way jobs are set up – what does it mean to have a professional trained youth worker in what is often a very unprofessional setting. Questions of good and bad experience and questions about age – do lots of people ‘grow out of youth work at 35ish’? Wages are also in there somewhere as people get older and might have families to support and about career structure/lack, short term contacts and how other people see youth workers. Then there is something about personal development and the way faith grows…I’d argue most churches still have a very basic – join our club – outlook and as the youth worker becomes more reflective that outlook often feels too narrow to stick with.
As for me…I’m probably heading into formal education for at least five reasons:
1) On the whole the church wants activist youth workers and I’m more reflective
2) .Yes I have had some bad experiences of church based work that made me wonder what i was doing/achieving and if it was worth it.
3) My sense is that education (of a more formal kind) can do more for the life chances of young people than the hour or so a week we get with them – sorry guys, don’t get mad with me!!
4) I can see more of a place for my leadership gifts in education than in church based work.
5) I don’t want to work for a church that thinks bums on seats is it, and thinks that despite me having fifteen years of ministry, when something seriously pastoral pops up, it is time for the vicar to take over that relationship “