Let me Google that for you

This makes me laugh 🙂 When someone asks you a question that not only will you Google for an answer, but the person who asked could just have easily have done so too … use this site to put the question in, then send the enquirer the code generated. A tad sarcastic? I’m not sure ….. I’ll google and find out.
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Chris Tomlin ‘Burning Lights’

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I really like the new Chris Tomlin album, ‘Burning Lights‘ It’s out tomorrow but I’ve been allowed a sneak peak listen ahead of launch day.
The first half of the album is a really up-beat, kind of anthemic in places, album with strong guitar, great vocals and even an injection of rap. Tracks that would make a great soundtrack for a drive to the mountains or the beach I reckon! The second half of the album is mellower (maybe the drive back in the evening) including In fact the only track I sort of knew, Chris’s rendering of the hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns” which he melds with the song “Majesty”
There’s a couple of tracks with familiar titles for a UK audience, namely, “White Flag” and “Awake my Soul” but worry ye not these are not Dido or Mumford covers! My favourite track so far is ‘Lay me down’ which is kind of Mumford-esque for the first few chords.
A great album in two halves!
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Mobile Contract

Loved this: A mum who gave her teenage son an i-phone also issued her own contract with it. Much wisdom therein and worth flagging up. Here’s clauses 13 through to 17:
” … 13. Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos. There is no need to document everything. Live your experiences. They will be stored in your memory for eternity.
14. Leave your phone home sometimes and feel safe and secure in that decision. It is not alive or an extension of you. Learn to live without it. Be bigger and more powerful than FOMO (fear of missing out).
15. Download music that is new or classic or different than the millions of your peers that listen to the same exact stuff. Your generation has access to music like never before in history. Take advantage of that gift. Expand your horizons.
16. Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then.
17. Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling …..”

Captains log supplemental: ref #13. I was watching the New year celebrations in London (on a TV, not actually there) and the rather impressive firework display. Whenever the cameras panned over the crowd it was staggering how many of those present were videoing the display on their mobiles?! I can’t imagine anyone saying, “oh lets sit down and watch the phone video of the New Year fireworks”
We definitely have a culture of being too busy recording the experience to fully experience the experience. I’m taking a cue from Wordsworth and his encounter with the Daffodils:
“… For oft when on my couch I lie
in vacant or in pensive mood
they flash upon the inward eye
which is the bliss of solitude
and then my heart with pleasure fills
and dances with the daffodils”

and not
For often when on my sofa I sit
but there’s nothing good on the TV
my mobile files I scroll on through
which thus protects from solitude
and then with picture small and tinny sound
see shadows of what might’ve been profound

Longevity of tradition and ticketage

There are s the some traditions that are too good to lose!
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When I was a teenager I never used to take my Greenbelt ticket off my wrist when the event finished waiting instead for this umbilical connection back to the festival to drop off of its own accord some days or even weeks later. Needless to say this is a tradition that remains to this day despite me now being forty odd years old.The wrist bands however are now rather more resilient being made out of plastic rather that the waxy paper of the 80’s and do not easily give up. Hence, four months on I am still sporting my wrist band and my allegiance to Greenbeltism. Today MAY be the day I admit defeat and surgically remove it?
MAYBE!

2013

I’m still finding “2013” a slightly odd number to look out but I’ll no doubt, at some point, get used to being in the teens of the new (ish) millennium. I’m back at the desk and back to all things youth-workery; the e-mails remain a trickle though so clearly everyone isn’t fully back yet (long may that last).
Christmas break did involve a certain amount of illness, not un-typical by all accounts but a mellow time nevertheless involving all the important staples; church, family, friends, food, a dram or two of whisky and watching “Muppet Christmas Carol!” Courtesy of i-player there was even some TV; Miranda, Dr Who and Outnumbered. Fab!
So, here I am! [Youth Ministry] Surgery is open. Next please …