Variable viscosity and filling removal challenges

after eight.jpgHave you ever played the game where you have to balance an unwrapped “After Eight” on your forehead and then have to move it to your mouth without using anything other than head movement and facial muscles? (The winner being the first person to eat their mint).
It’s a classic game for a youth group, or even a dinner party setting!
At CYM on Thursday one of the students introduced this game but with Jaffa Cakes rather than After Eights. I initially thought this would be easy as the cake side of the jaffa cake doesn’t melt and introduce the challenging variable viscosity dimension of the normal version. HOWEVER the transfer to the mouth in this scenario was only half of the objective and the additional goal stated was that the chocolate and cake must be then eaten away (Still without hands) leaving only an intact orange filling layer!
I did not believe this to be possible ………….. but it is! (Successfully achieved by two of the group)
Hilarious, give it a go!
(You could also play the French rules where you are allowed to use your hands, but this is not good form as the Irish will tell you)

Where the L is the cinema then?

newbury flick.jpgNewbury finally has a cinema (Yay) after years of being a cinematographical back water where a great night out at the movies meant peering in through the window at Dixons after emerging from the chip shop.
We now have a shiny new multi-screen complex which is cheesily being marketed as New ‘Vue’ bury.
The funniest thing though is the plethora of AA Road signs directing hopeful viewers to the “Multipex!” Begging the question, where the L is the cinema?

Captains Log Supplemental:
The AA were busy taking the “Multipex” signs down at 8pm last night

Church weekend away

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I’m still looking for a couple or a team who can lead the Youth programme at a Church weekend away next October. It might be a great opportunity for you to take and develop some young leaders as a distinct piece of work away from their normal context.
Let me know if you want to have a chat about this and I’ll introduce you to the church involved.
(The picture is of the venue, not the church)

The grass is bluer on the other side

I’m in a weird music twilight zone all of a sudden. I’m listening to Blue Grass Worship and liking it!
I’m sure it’s the sort of thing I normally wouldn’t gravitate to AT ALL but I’m really enjoying it ….. and now picturing Soul Survivor as a really chilled country festival 🙂

Armstrong and Miller

Armstrong and Miller in the latest episode had a hilarious take on “Back to Church!” The Church in the sketch also ran a photo printing business and the Vicar tries to persuade the customer to stay for the mid week service while the photos are printed. (Now available here)
My favourite sketches though are the two Pilots with some satirized teen speak exploration of various ‘harsh’ injustices:

Muse and Amuse

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I’m delighted to see that Dave Walker has been given a residency at Youth work magazine where his cartoon sideways take on things will be musing and amusing about our trade.
If you have an ideas for him to explore he’ll be at ‘Youthwork the Conference’ looking like this:
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Or you can comment your idea to the relevant blog post here

Youth workers Cars

I were Chatting with a youth worker t’other day and they mentioned the blog series on Youth workers offices. In their opinion a more interesting piece (and a bigger revealer of chaos) would be youth workers cars ….. specifically the interiors.
So if you have a moment over the weekend, snap a picture of the inside of your particular youth work mobile, taking in as much of the back seat, floor and boot as possible.
I’m guessing that this is an example of the sort of thing we are unlikely to see ……
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