Are we turning into a country of criminals? I don’t mean to be sensationalist, but I am amazed every single time there’s an outcry against speed cameras. I cannot for the life of me think of any reasonable argument against there being a system that automatically fines you if you break the law. The speed limit is the law of the land – ok so it’s true that almost everyone speeds (espeially on motorways), but let’s not try to take a moral high ground over it. You break the law, you pay the price. Of course there are sometimes extenuating […]

"It’s good for us to be here…"

Sunday’s reading was all about the transfiguration, and it got me to thinking about Peter’s response to the revealed glory of Jesus. Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Elijah, and one for Moses. (Mark 9:5, NIV) The classic evangelical take on this is that Peter wanted to prolong the mountain-top experience, and stay there forever. “Let’s build a memorial” – or as one commentator put it “let’s make a theme park!” I just wonder if something else might have been going on as well. The […]

"Surviving a BAP"

For anyone preparing to go to a Bishop’s Avisory Panel on Selection, I’ve got some top tips for helping the process go as smoothly as possible. This is not to do with ‘passing’ (see the second tip), but just some small things I either wished I knew, or was glad I did know! So, in no particular order It really does do what it says on the tin – everything happened exactly as was stated in the booklet they send you. Remember it is not really like an exam or test – and to attend one with the concept of […]

"Vicar’s Blogging"

There’s a short article in this week’s Church Times about vicar’s who blog, or rather how few there are. This got me to thinking that I should blog with pride – the only reservation I have is that if anyone finds my blog and chooses to wander back in time, they’ll find a whole load of entries (a bit like this one, I suppose), which aren’t particularly meaningful or uplifting. Perhaps I’m just kidding myself that subsequent entries would create this expectation! 🙂

"Stepford Wives, The"

Yet another winner from Nicole Kidman – the woman has the midas touch. I’ve not seen (or read) the original, so can’t comment on its faithfulness, but this version was absolutely brill! The casting and acting was top notch – mind you the heavy guns were out; Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Bette Midler… And there was the light but oh so effective touch of comic genius. A quick look at IMDb suggests the plot follows a very similar line to the original version, although my feeling that was horror while this was most certainly comedy. I guess the basic premise […]


What an absolutley heart breaking film – all about loneliness and betrayal, and a young girl caught in a trap she’s desperate to escape. It’s certainly not a film for the prudish either, in the way that is perhaps typically French. All the main characters are so lonely – the loveless marriage and the prostitute hired by the wife to try to discover what her husband is truly like, by having sex with him. Like Moulin Rouge, the sex industry is presented as all glitz and glamour, and the girls being young free and easy – while at the same […]


Had a couple of programming discoveries at work in the last week or so. The first is Dev-C++, a free IDE for Windows. I’ve got Visual Studio as well, but this seems like a really good environment (not least of which because it’s free). The second discovery was Simple DirectMedia Layer (or libSDL) – a cross-platform multimedia library that provides low-level access to input, graphics, and audio hardware. It seems to work really nicely, and the best thing about it is that the same code will compile under Windows and Linux with no alterations, as far as I’ve sene so […]

"easy-ly pleased"

As shown by the sudden leap in the number of reviews, I’m enourmously enjoying my easyDVD membership. When the little orange envelope flops onto the letterbox, and I tear it open to see what the title is, and Yes it’s a film I’ve been wanting to see for ages. Of course a millisecond’s thought shows this as hugely circular – after all I’ve made a list of all the films I really want to see, marked them in order of preference, and that’s the order in which easyDVD send them. But there is still a small thrill because you don’t […]


Tee hee hee – what a fab film. And actually a surprisingly nice film, given the ripe language, and adult theme. So often films leave a nasty taste in the mouth, but Anchorman.. well I’m sitting here typing this with a big smile on my face! The story follows Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) as the head honcho news reader in Channel 4, but the boat is well and truly rocked by the beautiful and – gasp – female Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) arrives. This film was never going to be deep, and once or twice had me gsaping “I can’t […]

"No More Smoking"

Oh happy day – parliament have voted to ban all indoor smoking. At long last I’ll be able to go out to pubs and restauants without having my evening spoilt by second-hand smoke, and I can come home without my clothes and hair stinking of burnt tobacco. I have the tiniest slither of sympathy for those working in the tobacco industry who are increasingly finding selling their products harder and harder, and hence have their livelihoods threatened – but then I think the tobacco industry is little more legalised drug dealing. There is a strong history of deliberate deception and […]

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