Goodness Gracious III


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Love others. Value and esteem others. Treat everyone the same, regardless of social status, looks, speech, education.  Do not save your best manners for certain people only. Genuinely care and put others first. Instead of telling people about yourself, listen to others and let them talk about themselves.

Do you think she will come out and play with us?


Goodness Gracious II

Manners must adorn knowledge and smooth its way in the world, without them it is like a great rough diamond, very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but most prized when polished. Lord Chesterfield

Having a macchiato and hot chocolate with a friend outside Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.


The Picture in Our Heads

Yesterday I read on a lovely blog captioned with photos of Audrey Hepburn: ‘What [messes] us up in life is the picture in our heads of how it is supposed to be’.

Then I read Psalm 8:4: When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which you have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?’

Ringing in the new year with laughter!



Sitting on the Bridge


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I get nervous on bridges, especially when a heavy or fast moving vehicle crosses and the bridge vibrates.  Gephyrophobia it is – a fear of crossing bridges.

To cross or to walk around. Sometimes I can spend a long time thinking whether to even get on the bridge. When I do get on I think of it just breaking or bouncing me into the waters below.  In my head bridges are similar to rubberbands.

After the procrastination I aim to cross as quickly as possible. But, hope to be like the birds below – sitting on life’s bridges at times and enjoying the perspective.

Walk around     Get on it and sit      Cross it! By running

Rediscover Compassion

I have just found three chapters which I will read on the weekend in O’Mahony, Anthony and Ataullah Siddiqui (eds.) (2001) Christians and Muslims in the Commonwealth – A Dynamic Role in the Future. London: Altajir World of Islam Trust.

The chapters are:

1. Anthony Johns ‘The Need to Rediscover Compassion – Australasia’. p131-181

2. Matthew Hassan Kukah ‘The Collapse of Compassion: the African Experience’. p182-197

3. Dato’ Ismail bin Haji Ibrahim ‘The Need to Rediscover Compassion: South-east Asia and South Asia. p284-302


Photos and Probabilities

These were the first photos with my new camera. My old camera confused most.  The screen was broken so you just had to point and shoot and hope you get the angles right.  It was fun to see the madnesses once uploaded though.  These photos were taken a few months ago but I am still on automatic mode.  2012 I resolve to learn manual settings and a photo editing program.


Probabilities and Photos

From my previous posts you would have seen that I was at Oxford and in London last weekend.  I planned on attending a Wagner concert at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford but stayed longer in London and viewed the Taylor Wessing Photographic Exhibition Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (we accidentally got tickets to the First Actresses Exhibition but returned them for what we really paid our 2GBP for).

First, second and third prizes were all won by female photographers. The portrait winning first prize is of 13-year-old Harriet Power.  It was taken in the guinea pig judging area at the Royal Welsh Show where she was stewarding. For me the most captivating, in the curiosity it aroused, was the portrait of a female head prison guard who was once a rebel fighter. If you are in London it is quite worth visiting.

Well, having missed the Wagner Concert I decided some music was necessary before leaving Oxford and therefore headed to Christ Church Cathedral the next morning.  While sipping a macchiato outside Cathedral this public bus cruised by.

My host had left Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion beside my bed for ‘my reading pleasure’ AND I was in Oxford visiting the Department of Zoology.  So quite opportune this bus. But somehow my host, who sat next to me sipping a cuppa hot chocolate with The God Delusion in backpack, missed the irony.

If you are interested in the event advertised on the bus check out William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith Tour lecture at the Theatre at the site listed on the bus.  Enjoy the video of the lecture and the empty rebuttal table with no Dawkins.