From the monthly archives:

July 2004

In the Sunshine State

by Richard on July 31, 2004

So we’ve made it. We arrived, rather later than planned, at our friends house in Florida last night. It marks the end of the extended driving we’ve been doing, and in a strange way I think I’m going to miss it. Although getting used to some of the differences took some doing, I’ve really quite [...]

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Rain, and lots of it

by Mike on July 31, 2004

I haven’t seen the sun in over a week. Each day, it rains relentlessly; the streets turn to rivers and everyone says goodbye to what electricity there is. But we know nothing over in these parts.
In Bangladesh, one of the worst monsoons on record is devastating even more than normal the lives of [...]

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The Issue is Independence

by Mike on July 31, 2004

It’s been a while; I feel I should talk more about Tibet, and in particular, the issue of independence. The little that is known is not enough, and seeing as we have a forum for such things here, let me say more.
Tibet was legally recognised as in independent state in 1949, before [...]

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In Savannah

by Richard on July 30, 2004

A quick post from the historic city of Savannah, where I think John Wesley was based during his disastrous mission to Georgia. I wonder if there’ll be any information about him here?
It’s hard being a vegetarian traveller in the US — most vegetarians in restaurants here sem to be on the plates rather than at [...]

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Letter from America

by Richard on July 29, 2004

My apologies!! I might be in the most “online” country in the world, but my access to digital resources has been somewhat limited.
We’re still in South Carolina, in the fair city of Spartanburg. I’ve met up with a friend who was a student chaplain when I was an undergraduate. It has been 20 years since [...]

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Lost in America

by Bene Diction on July 29, 2004

I see Joel and Mike are at their blogging posts and contributing to connexions.
I’m getting a “Where is Waldo?” thought.
Where is Richard?
We know he went to the USA.
We know he was in Kentucky and heading to South Carolina.
He has asked us to keep him travelling along with us…but, er, maybe it’s the other way around.
Are [...]

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Conflicted Voting

by Joel on July 27, 2004

Does it feel strange when your candidate is sometimes helped by things you oppose, such as a lottery or cockfighting?
In the 2002 Oklahoma general election, a ban on cockfighting was approved. I supported the ban. But additional rural Democrats who came out to oppose the ban helped to put some of my candidates [...]

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Keep me travelling along with you

by Richard on July 26, 2004

It has been quite a day. I preached in Jeffersontown UMC this morning and was received very warmly — the pastor allowed me to preach at the second service having heard me at the first, so it can’t have been too bad! There was a real welcome and sense of fellowship in that place. It [...]

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Into the heart of the Promised Land

by Mike on July 25, 2004

They shot missiles into a crowded street.
For the love of God, how long must this continue?

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Star Wars question

by Richard on July 25, 2004

I see that the title of the new Star wars film has been announced:
The third and final Star Wars prequel - due for release next summer - will be called Revenge of the Sith, producer Lucasfilm has said.
The film, out in May 2005, links the prequels with the original trilogy by showing how Anakin Skywalker [...]

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A warm welcome

by Richard on July 25, 2004

We’ve been warmly welcomed here in Louisville. The old cliche that “there are no strangers in the church - only friends you’ve not met yet” is being proven once again. After the prayer breakfast this morning (a bit of a misnomer for me, since I discovered I just wasn’t capable of doing breakfast) we went [...]

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Brain Rigidity

by Joel on July 25, 2004

For many years, I bought gasoline at my neighborhood Exxon station. It was an independent station, though, so its owner wasn’t bound to continue that brand affiliation. About a year ago, the station owner decided to switch brand loyalty to Phillips 66. That change has made no difference to my pocket [...]

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Old people. Fascinating.
I’ve always been interested in the elderly; if there were an academic field, i’d study it. Oldology maybe. There’s something that those of a certain age possess, something that puts us youngsters to shame. In part, it’s wisdom - experience. More than that, though, I think it’s [...]

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A quick update

by Richard on July 24, 2004

A smooth rail journey and a tolerable flight from Gatwick brought us safely to the US. The nice people at Alamo were persuaded to part with one of their cars for a time so we’re able to get around while we’re here. I could have wished that my reintroduction to America’s roads had been somewhere [...]

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Potty Rage

by Bene Diction on July 22, 2004

There is road rage and air rage.
Now a couple of men in the US will be appearing before a judge because of potty rage.
One was 52, and one was 37, and they acted like five year olds.
One guy was ‘taking to long’ to use the restroom in a Burger King.
An argument [...]

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And so it begins…

by Richard on July 21, 2004

T minus 1. Time to shut stuff down.

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Thinking Trinitarianously

by Richard on July 21, 2004

maggi dawn: Ten minutes on the Trinity

The fashion for the Trinity has led countless Evangelicals to the unlikely act of purchasing a copy of Rublev’s Icon of the Trinity.  - three angels sitting round a table (see the story of the strangers at the Oaks of Mamre to see why God is depicted as Angels). [...]

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Tempus fugit

by Richard on July 21, 2004

Time has been on my mind today too. Specifically, where does it go to? It is the last day of pre-school nursery for my youngest daughter, the last day of infant school for my eldest. These are important milestones for them both, waymarkers on the road that is “growing up”. I can’t help feeling a [...]

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A Brief History of Time

by Mike on July 21, 2004

Time. You kind of take it for granted, at least in the UK. Here in India though, time is of a different nature. I’m not entirely sure of the physics involved in calculating time, or ascertaining what it actually is, but i’m aware that unless you’re travelling close to the speed of [...]

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Almost ready

by Richard on July 20, 2004

Most of our stuff is packed, the dogs are at their holiday homes, the battery in the video camera is charging…
We’re almost ready.

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