Friday, 9 April 2010

Spiced Tea.

Good afternoon!
As you know buses are usually decorated in some way or another. On the inside, they are (typically) adorned with the names of the driver's children and/or spouse, a couple of photographs of Jesus and Mary (perhaps even a saint or two), a large handful of memorial cards, and often, more than a few posters of the driver's football team of choice. In my experience, bus drivers have a tendency to be Manchester United fans.

You see, the bus I managed to catch twice today had a rather large poster with "Glory Glory Manchester United" on it, another of Rooney, and a framed picture of Jesus.

I'm vaguely aware than Man Utd lost a game last weekend (was it even last weekend?) and thought for a minute that the bus driver must be a wee bit embarrassed that he's expressing his fandom for a team that so recently lost. That thought was taken hostage by memories of staunch Man U fans who, even after a pathetic failure of a game, remain loyal and though they're less loud about the match they lost, they bring up their history and what not.

So, I figured that even though his team are going through a rough patch, my bus driver was still proud of his allegiance to the team. He had declared it and he is not ashamed, now or ever.

Don't you think that's how we should be? Is our faith something to be embarrassed about just because our generation thinks it is? I'm sure the Chelsea fans rubbed the loss in the faces of Manchester United fans. Should we back down? Should we be ashamed? We've proclaimed it, it is no secret, so why do we shy away from it when "face-rubbing" situations present themselves?

My point is, our openness shouldn't depend on whether our "team" is winning or losing. Let's take a pinch of the passion football fans have.

Monday, 5 April 2010

This Edit and a Hike

I recently read a blog with great, albeit rare, content with a layout I fell in love with. Little did I know that in pursuit of said layout, I would spend over an hour editing HTML (thank God for screenshots), feeds, positioning and settings. And use a ruler for editing a photo because I'm too knackered to work out ratios consistently. Yes, a metal ruler for measuring "soft" parameters whose normal measurements are made in pixels. I'm unsure whether that's resourceful or plain stupid...

My parents, Alison, Tommy and I went for a 2 and a half hour walk today. It wasn't your typical walk-on-the-pavement-at-the-side-of-the-road type walk. It was more like a walk-down-narrow-paths-along-cliffs-and-climb-down-clay-and-rock-slopes-only-to-climb-up-more-slopes-at-an-even-greater-angle-to-the-horizontal type of walk. I have to say it was utterly beautiful to be by the sea on such a pleasant day but it was extremely taxing on our muscles. It was a full body work out. Some hills were so steep we were on all fours grabbing onto plants on the edges so as not to tumble down, and the amount of times stones gave way beneath us during our descent meant our balance was often tested. I have to say, the adrenaline rush was incredible and Tommy loved it. The sea was a surprising shade of blue in some places and perfectly clear. I saw a bay I hadn't seen before as we climbed up a valley I didn't know existed because they're conveniently hidden between two more prominent bays and valleys. It was exhilarating to run up or jump down where it was safe enough to (and even where it wasn't). There's something about these adventures that gives a sense of accomplishment. Like you've passed one of life's tests.

Although I started off in a less than perfect mood, after about twenty minutes I was flying high. I don't know why, but it's hard to feel upset or affronted when you're exposed to such natural delights.

The hike was difficult and occasionally painful, risky and often dangerous but it was also captivating, peaceful, ravishing and illuminating whilst being vague in direction and with an unclear outcome. Sound like anything?

Found this website today, I love it. Read the first post (#512) it's really really really worth reading.