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  • I believe in miracles

    "Won't somebody help me praise him?"

    I've spent the day working for a famous TV evangelist - during which miracles happened right in front of my eyes. Those suffering from cancer were cured, the lame were healed and threw away their crutches. Those in need were told to expect money to flow into their lives.

    All in Jesus' name. One thing I noticed though was that although he kept promising to share the word of the Lord with us, quotations from the bible were on the whole noticeable by their absence. To me this was fine because as far as I am concerned this has nothing to do with Christianity.

    If you are faithful to God he'll give you a cadillac!

    The one time he did reach for the good book it was simply to use the quote to encourage the faithful to put their hands in their pockets! Apparently your salvation could be bought for the bargain price of £76 and God even takes credit cards!

    I know that many people take issue with this type of evangelical style of preaching and I can see why. Firstly it all seemed to be about the pursuit of money which to me doesn't sit well with Christian teachings. Secondly the healing methods gave me serious worries. Telling people to throw away their crutches because they are healed is one thing, telling them God has cured their cancer is quite another.

    Looking at the audience to see who would believe in this stuff made me think it was the bungled and the botched. They are vulnerable and desperate people most of who could probably ill afford to give the kinds of sums being asked for.

    They had people come on stage and give testimonies. One person said that God had put £7500 into their account and that they had been summoned to court to have their house repossessed. However she had trusted in God and not gone and the court case had been cancelled! This was greated with cheers but I can't help thinking she was deluded. I suspect the court case has been postponed rather than cancelled and anyway if God had put money in her account why didn't she use the money to pay off her arrears?

    The whole experience left me feeling uneasy - probably more so than any other event I've ever been involved in - and in my time I've done events for Banks, advertising agencies, cigarette companies etc.

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  • Just plain rude

    I'm currently sitting in a meeting room at one of my client's offices while they rehearse for a conference next week. I've been here for over two hours now and haven't even been offered a cup of coffee. :##

    I had to leave home at 6am to get here and I'm currently fighting to keep my tummy from rumbling loudly!

  • I'm away

    Staying here

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    It's very nice isn't it?

    This is my room

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    It cost £15 for 24 hours of internet access and a gin and tonic from the mini bar is £8.50 so I dread to think how much the room cost!!

  • Thought for today

    From the movie Parenthood

    Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.
    Gil: Oh?
    Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride!
    Gil: What a great story.
    Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.

  • You can check out anytime you like

    Monday night I was working late in London so we stayed in a hotel - the Holiday Inn in Kensington. The room was the bargain price of £210 per night (breakfast not included). I got to bed at 3am and got up again at 6am which makes it £70 an hour for my bed!

    At least I got a free newspaper but reading that informed me that the grapes I have been enjoying for lunch this week that I have picked from the vine in the garden are only here because the average temperature of the UK has risen by one degree during my lifetime. So I am profiting from the effects of global warming!!

  • Ring cycle

    I bought my Wedding ring today - it was more than the one I looked at last week but less than the one I'd seen on the internet.

    My ring size is Y, Sarah's was K.

    Hmmm Ring size...KY....I'm sure there's a joke there somewhere but I just can't think what it is!

    This afternoon a ring of a different type. I had my CT scan to see if they can find out what was causing the headaches earlier in the year. I can't help think it would have been better to do it at the time.

  • And finally Cyril..

    Saw this in the local waxing establishments window

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    That's funny I thought they took off more than 20%

  • When you're lost in the rain

    We had a huge storm here on Wednesday night, great lightning lighting up the sky with a bright purple ultra-violet. Torrential rain caused minor flooding and rivers of water ran down the roads.

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  • If you believed they put a man on the moon

    In my job I get to meet a lot of famous people but yesterday I found myself getting excited about meeting one in particular. The guest speaker at the Business Traveller Awards was non other than astronaut Buzz Aldrin – the second man to set foot on the moon.

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    I guess the Apollo moon missions were probably the biggest news event of my childhood. I remember when Apollo 11 touched down on the surface of the moon on the evening of 20th July 1969. My mum woke me up to let me watch history being made on the TV – an honour not afforded to my younger brother who they adjudged to be too young to remember it. We watched on our black and white TV as the lunar landing vehicle descended onto the surface of the moon and Neil Armstrong announced “The Eagle has landed”. If I recall correctly we were disappointed to find out that they wouldn’t leave the lander for several hours – this actually happened in the early hours of the following morning so I didn’t get to see the one small step bit.

    Over the next few years we followed the unfolding story of the moon shots, the moon buggy, Alan Shepard’s golf exploits, Apollo 13 – we watched them all. I collected all of the PG Tips space cards; I had the Airfix Saturn V rocket model. It was all very exciting. I remember being so excited when I went to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. and got to touch a piece of moon rock so actually getting to meet someone who had been part of all that had me acting like an 8 year old again.

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    One of the sponsors of the event was Eurostar and they had supplied a little booklet for all of the guests called something like 50 ways to change the world. It was a booklet designed to get business men to think about ways that they can act in order to make a difference to the environment. It was a shame that after the room had cleared around 75 to 100 of them were left lying on the floor. No doubt they were then swept up and are now on their way to a landfill site somewhere. Sad really!

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    My Dad has returned from a trip to the Shetland isles where he spent his 69th Birthday while investigating where our ancestors may have come from. He returned to find his birthday present waiting for him. He seems to have been amused by it anyway!!

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  • Wedding Song

    I love you more than ever, more than time and more than Love,
    I love you more than money and more than the stars above,
    Love you more than madness, more than waves upon the sea,
    Love you more than life itself, you mean that much to me.

    Went out today to try and decide what I will wear at my wedding on 21st December. As we have no way of knowing how hot it will be in Australia at that time it's a bit of a shot in the dark.

    I want something special, not just a bog standard suit, something that makes me feel that it's a special day. We went into a proper wedding shop where there was the most helpful man and I think I've nailed down what I want now. Only problem is the cost - they want to charge us 21/2 times the normal hire rate because of the length of time we will be away. So we are going to look at the possibility of buying something similar.

    Sarah got her wedding ring today, well we ordered it anyway. The one I liked was from a discontinued line and they didn't have it in my size - bugger.

  • Crash! Bang! Allakazam!

    :## Can someone have a look at the back of my car and see if someone has painted a target on there!

    Whiplash - ouch! :##

  • Sign of the times?

    Oh, hear this Robert Zimmerman
    I wrote a song for you
    About a strange young man called Dylan
    With a voice like sand and glue

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    I've got a problem with Mr Zimmerman. He's just released a new CD and to be perfectly honest I can't be arsed to buy it. Now once upon a time I'd be there on the day it came out and would rush home with the record or CD under my arm and put it straight on and then listen to it over and over.

    I can remember in 1979 travelling back on the Bank Holiday Monday from Reading festival and having to wait a few hours in central London before I caught my train. We were around Victoria and I passed a record shop and there was a copy of his new record in the window. Slow Train Coming had been released in the week we had been down in London seeing first the Who and then Rick Wakeman before going to Reading.

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    I stood for ages looking through the window of the shop at the record sleeve. I studied it's imagery and wondered what the songs sounded like. I'd obviously had heard the stories of Dylan's conversion to Christianity and longed to hear whether or not my hero had produced the worst album of his career. In the end I need not have worried because although the religious almost gospel songs took some getting used to the album still remains one of my favourites.

    On the other hand there was "Under the Red Sky" the worst of the worst. I had bought its predecessor "Oh Mercy" on vinyl and had immediately regretted not spending the extra cash to get it on CD. So when the next album came out I dashed out and bought it on CD - Big Mistake! It was dire! You could hardly believe the man who wrote "Blowin' in the Wind" could pen a song called "Wiggle wiggle".

    That was 16 years ago and since then Dylan has only released 4 studio albums, two of which were mainly traditional songs recorded by Dylan. The other two were hailed as masterpieces and have resurrected his career. But I hated them both. Time out of Mind and Love and Theft I just don't see what people like about them. It's a mystery to me.

    So in my mind here is an artist who hasn't released any good new material for almost 20 years. So I should be chomping at the bit to dash out and buy the new CD - but I'm not. I guess the bottom line is that I'm not prepared to be disappointed again. This wasn't helped by seeing an advert in Tesco the other day where Dylan was mumbling something incoherent over the top of a workaday tune. The sight of this wrinkled old man growling at the customers was hardly, in my opinion, going to increase his sales.

    But it keeps getting rave reviews and to make matters worse I listened to some 30 second clips on a website and they sounded quite good - Oh what shall I do?

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  • Scenes from a weekend

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    Make up your own story!

  • Boris the Spider

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    I don't know what the spiders in my garden make their webs out of but as I was walking across the garden to the shed this morning I snagged on one and I literally came to a stop. Same as I walked out to the car. I'm sure the little bastards have bought some fishing line!!

    Edit: Here's a picture of one of the little buggers who lives in my shed - only managed to get a shot of his front legs!!

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