Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cambridge Folk Festival 2012

I’ll probs have to catch up with the Beethoven cos I’ve discovered this year’s coverage of the folk festival on Sky Arts 1! Brilliant! So far we’ve seen some really good stuff, including Megson, who I’ve heard of from Greenbelt. Seth Lakeman and The Proclaimers are meant to be appearing, and will both be at Greenbelt, and Megson will be there again this year too 😀

Breaking up for the summer, hols, Lyme Regis, Greenbelt and birthdays!

We have all been very tired this half term. I’m not entirely sure why, but it doesn’t seem to have just been me walking round wondering what planet I’m on! I always worry about talking about the long hols you get in education, (people who have kids don’t want to put up with their kids for so long, those who work think we’re just lazy, as on average you just get 26 days as holiday entitlement, depending on the company you work for) but it only happens if you work term time only. Members of my team (Admin) are working, and will just get a fortnight off, and then need to be back because they are directly involved with processing the exam results (GCSE and A Levels) as the school receives them. I am very lucky to get all the time off that I do, but I will be going in at some point towards the end of the hols, and that will be because I feel I need to. I do not get paid for that. I am looking forward to relaxing, seeing friends who I don’t always get time to see, and to going on holiday to Lyme Regis (on the South Coast) for a fortnight this time, which we have never done before. I do not remember ever going on holiday for that long! Me and mum will also be going to Greenbelt of course, toward the end of the hols (we’ve got a new tent! Now we need to work out how to put it up! Wish us luck!), and on 3rd August ( not far away now) I will be 32! Georg Ganswein will be 56 on 30th July! He’s caught up with my mum at last!

We slept out for St Pauls!

We did it! Me and my friend have completed our Sleep out for St Pauls’ Hostel for the Homeless in Worcester, in our sleeping bags and carboard boxes! The whole thing was so well organised, so a massive thank you to those who worked really hard to do that (and to the people in the Hostel Kitchens for the BEST MUSHROOM SOUP I HAVE TASTED EVER!!!!). We would also say Thanks To God for the dry weather! We were so lucky! Also of course a massive thank you to those who have supported us by donating money. We have £180 so far. My page will remian active until October 2012, so please keep giviing! The address is,
or you can use the link fromk my Blog Roll. Thank you! 😀

Amnesty International; awareness of justice

We had a man from the local Amnesty centre come to talk to us. He basically took the sermon slot. He talked about a monk in Burma who had been supported by Amnesty and that the local chapter was taking particular interest in. He had been sentenced to 60 years in prison for sitting in the road, but with the new atmosphere of collaboration and freedom, had been released. No body now knows where he is. As we were off lectionary for this service (meaning that we weren’t using the readings prescribed by the Church of England), our vicar told me that I could choose my own reading. I chose Psalm 23 – THe Lord is My Shepherd. I find it very comforting, and those seeking justice are in the midst of a struggle, so a source of comfort and strength is important. Also, I usually prefer my Good News Bible, modern language version when I read. However, I just felt that the traditional version was what I had to go with. I don’t know why. I just did.

Psalm 23
New King James Version (NKJV)

The Lord the Shepherd of His People
A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord

Footnotes:a.Psalm 23:6 Following Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate; Masoretic Text reads return.

Rain…constant rain…but at least we have some sunshine now!

I don’t think, even as a poet, that I could put into words the weather in recent weeks. Seeing people in some parts of the countriy dealing with being flooded out several times in the same number of weeks. Seeing the damage done to crops and therefore livelihoods. My mother makes pickles, chutneys and preserves (her marmalade is amazing) but I think we’ll be lucky if there is any strawberries around at Pick Your Own sites for us to pick for her to make jam. I fany have grown, the price will most likely be high because so many more crops have failed cos they’re been waterlogged.
I was very glad to see the sun. It just makes you feel so much better, although it won’t repair the damage done. We cancelled a church fundraiser, but it was actually sunny for part of the morning on the day, so consequently we have had much chucking of toys out of the pram, if you take my meaning. You think kids are better sulkers than adults…you should meet some of our church members. There’s been a lot of stirring behind the scenes…it’s just like old times…that I thought we’d all grown up and left behind years ago!

Shakespeare Season and The Proms on The BBC

I love Shakespeare. I think he’s AWESOME! My dad hates that word, but I think it’s apt! The Hollow Crown has given us some of the medieval historical plays; Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. Henry V is quite well known, but I don’t the others get played so much. There’s also been more plays done on Sky Arts, which I have recently discovered to be really good channels.

My mother is a rocker, and my father prefers classical, although he’d give Harrison Birtwhistle a wide birth! I’m in the middle and everywhere in between. My musical taste is eclectic. I love watching festival coverage, but I love watching something like the Proms. They don’t televise everything but I am looking forward to Handel’s Water Music being shown on BBC4 on August 4th, and before that, tomorrow (BBC 4), friday (BBC 4) and Saturday [BBC 2] (26-28th July) we have a Beethoven marathon with Daniel Barenboim conducting Symphonies 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, which will be brilliant! I love Mozart too, so I’ll always be happy if anything of his is played!

BBC programming and sport

My father kicked off majorly during Wimbledon about programmes being cancelled or postponed. With Andy Murray, and Marray in the doubles, I’m not surprised, considering how desperate everyone is for British success. The Tour De France didn’t really get that much of a look-in in terms of terrestrial coverage, until the run in to Paris which crowned Bradley Wiggins as the first ever British winner in the 109 year history of the race. Now we are staring the Olympics in the face. I do like watching sport, particularly the more obscure ones that don’t get as much coverage, and maybe I don’t know so much about. I love swimming, diving, and rhythm gymnastics, which we don’t always get to see. I know my father doesn’t appreciate changes in programmes or the saturation in prgramming that we are goung to get over the next few weeks. I also know that he’s not on his own. It is difficult, nay, almost impossible for please everyone. No matter what the programmers do, someone will complain, and that applies to television in general, not just to sport. In a world where so many suffer; where so many don’t even have life’s basics, maybe it is time that we all just count our blessings.

The Williams sisters

I don’t know about these two. Venus is very ill. I’ve read about her autoimmune deficiency condition, which is not easy to diagnose. It all comes down to dryness in the mouth and eyes, but through this, fatigue is also a major issue with this condition. Obviously fatigue and compeitive sport don’t necessarily mix! Serena has been very ill. She has made a comeback after the pulmonary embellism that she was diagnosed with. For both of them coming back from such difficulties show a great deal of grit and determination, which I suppose they had to have ingrained considering the background that they came from to begin with. It concerns me that both women can be very ill, can go away from the tour for long periods and only come back and play grand slams, and can still, despite everything, desemmate the field. No one can touch them. I think their ability to win tournaments like they do, despite not playing regularly, really insutls those who graft away on the tour week in, week out, but by the same token, it is a bad reflection on the WTA tour if all the great players that are currently on the tour can’t beat them. WHat is the answer to this? I really don’t know. I can’t think of anyone who has got the same level of power in the serve and in the shots as Serena has. She hits the ball so hard, and always has.


I do love Wimbledon. I’ve been to Davis Cup ties in past years, and that’s where I discovered that doubles is the most entertaining form of tennis. I love it. I think the women’s compeition was a bit predictable but in the event there was more of a match in both womens and mens finals than maybe I had expected. Both the runners up gave their opponents a match, whereas I might have been expecting them to capitulate in straight sets. Great to see a British man win the men’s doubles title for the first time since the 1930s ( I think). Great match as well to watch. I have to say that all the people whose comments I’ve read in newspapers, about Andy Murray being a wuss because he cried, and that his ability to show his emotions is why he lost…I think most of you are male, and how on earth you have attracted females is beyond me. I think seeing a man show his emotions; to see him show how much he cares, is incredibly important, and is not something that is easy for men to do, probably because of social conditioning. Men don’t cry, women do. If you’re a man, and you cry, you’re a big girls blouse. I think it’s about time everyone just grew up.