I’ve created a new website/blog called katartismos.net that I have decided to ‘launch’ today. It’s from the greek word found in Ephesians 4. So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 My heart is for equipping the saints. Or perfecting, or preparing, or training, […]

"That’s amore"

There was quite a funny little exchange on Twitter a few weeks back, when Catherine Fox mentioned the Dean Martin song That’s Amore (you know – “when the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pie, that’s amore”). This launched a series of alternative lines, which I thought were worth collating. You may beg to differ! Sorry they aren’t formatted properly – writing this on the WordPress Android app, and it’s too painful to try and do the tweet magic. Chris Upton @Turkeyplucker When an eel bites your thigh and you think you might die, that’s a moray. Jeremy […]


I went to Ripon Cathedral on Sunday to support my vicar being installed as an Honorary Canon. The installation was carried out during Choral Evensong, which is a very beautiful service, especially with the acoustics of the cathedral. It was lovely to see his parishioners out in force – It felt like every church family must have been represented in one way or another (although I know some couldn’t make it) It was great to see him honoured in this way, both in the position itself, but also through the words said during the service. Photos are online at photo.eutony.net/2012-06-24–Canon-Francis.

"Febrile Convulsion"

I had one of the most horrible experiences of my life this week. I should prefix this story by saying that everything turned out ok!! I should also say that this is a potentially traumatic story if you have kids! On Tuesday we went out to the Stray to line the route of the Torch (see my last post), which was all very exciting and uplifting – and we even got a free bottle of coke out of it. When we got back home, it was a lovely hot afternoon, so the boys and I played about in the garden […]

"Follow the Flame"

The Olympic Torch made is making its way through Yorkshire, and yesterday came through Knaresborough, Starbeck, and Harrogate. I took the afternoon off work in order to line the route with No. 1 Son, and cheer it (and the team) on their way past. It was really exciting – while there weren’t HUGE crowds on the particular bit where I was, it was 2 or 3 people deep for as far as I could see in both directions. I tried to take some photos of the general environment (as well as the actual Torch Bearer herself), and have popped them […]


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"Race for Life"

It was the Cancer Research 2012 Harrogate Race for Life this morning. Going on 3,000 ladies of all ages taking to the Stray to walk, jog, or run to raise money and awareness. I salute you! You can see the other photos I took via photo.eutony.net/2012-race-for-life

"A Year of Photos"

Well, that’s it. My last photo in the project was duly taken on Tuesday, making a grand total of 366. I’ve decided to carry on, although I might not be quite so strict about the rules now – we’ll see! Some top level statistics: 366 Photos taken 100% taken by me – i.e. I composed the shot and triggered the shutter. 100% on my Canon Eos 300D All but 3 taken on the advertised day (one was 7 hours late, one 12 hours late, and one 4 hours early) 346 were taken with my 50mm lens, 16 with my 70-300mm, […]

"Home Straight"

Unbelievably I’m in the last week of my 365 project. While I haven’t reached a final conclusion, it’s hard to imagine stopping taking a photo every day – I certainly haven’t run out of inspiration. The opposite really; there are still masses of types of photos I want to take, and there is significant room for improvement in my landscapes, portraits, and wildlife. I plan to do some analysis of the sort of pictures I’ve taken over the last year. I reckon my photography has improved technically, and I’ve certainly tried things I wouldn’t have tried otherwise. I think the […]

"The Hunger Games"

I went to see The Hunger Games on Friday, at the Harrogate Odeon. Don’t go to the cinema very much, so it was a real treat. What a cracking film – really enjoyed it. The premise is that there is a brave new world order, with a ruling class and a lower class. The ruling class live in a hi-tech city and generally the lap of luxury. The ruled class live in ghettos (called Districts), growing crops, mining, generally eeking out an existance. Around 70 years before the start of the film, twelve of the districts rebelled. This rebellion was […]

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