Thursday, October 27, 2005

Haikus/Haiku - Which is the plural ?

Whilst clearing my desk, prior to leaving, I found these haiku in a drawer.

The Church Steeple
The Church Steeple stands
Pointing towards Gods heaven
Bells call on Sunday

The Minister Leaves
Red topped and portly
Moving onto other things
It is "Good-Bye" time.

The Christmas Tree Festival
Aldwinckle twinkles bright
Joyful way to celebrate
St Giles follows on

An Alpha Course
Questions, questioning
Teaching the Christian Belief
It's the Alpha way

The Church Council
It's the Church Council
Talking. Why do we do it?
Who else will pay the bills ? :-)

I found out that the plural of Haiku is Haiku. Don't you love those Japanese :-)

Monday, October 24, 2005

A condom, mung beans and ART.

For the last week, I've been training for 8 hours a day and its knackering. The company is allowing those of us being made redundant to train (in my case) or be trained (the rest) on Microsoft Office Suite. Its been a real challenge but I'm chunking through it.

Friday night and it's another leaving do. Went to an american resturant and then onto the "SoundHaus" in Northampton. We ended up in the Goth room. For an alternative lifestyle they don't half wear the same gear , I was in a black jacket, silk shirt and trousers with a purple tie and I felt very alternative to the others. It was a great night out with friends, new experiences and resolution of long running situations.

Saturday, Kat was off to London ( Camdem Lock Market, etc) with her friends, so Ann wasn't happy with our "little girl" out on her own. No worries as far as I was concerned. I knew she would love it. In the afternoon we went to see two art exhibitions by an old friend Paul Tecklenberg. I definately prefered "Bodies and Anti-bodies", a series of "photos" of everyday objects "photographed" in the style of scienctific images, with a wicked sense of humour and with many deep levels of meaning. It's just how I like my art. Being able to chat to Paul about his work really brought it to life. I had two favourites. One was the diptych "Gram Stain Positive: Rods" I love the colours and the other was "Egg", using a condom captured as if it were a ovum with the sprouted mung beans as spermatoza. Think of all those levels of meaning, I loved it.

Sunday saw us do one of Ann's Gunpowder Plot trips, this time to Coughton Court. Living in Northants, and attending Tresham Institute, I know most of the stuff about the plot so it was a pleasant enough trip to an English country home.

Still no job :-(

Monday, October 17, 2005


Well I got through Conference.
But I was so angry at the organiser controlling everything and not giving me the information to do my job that I'm standing against him for the organiser position. Now its up to the electorate.
Its an old adage but Its one I live by.

Don't get Angry - Get Active.

Very quiet on the job front, just more rejections. I wont be working at the local Disney store over Christmas. Whilst it upset me, it would have upset the bank manager more had I got the position so I suppose that ones a draw.

Very quiet week-end, spent the time clearing jobs around the house and watching videos. Finally got that dripping tap fixed and finally watched The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen not a bad yarn and very enjoyable.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Down then Up

Friday saw me failing to be shortlisted for the Dream Job I was after. Education Manager at Bletchley Park, what a pearler of job. So the emotions crash. However Conference is coming and I try to sort out the Training Schedule but I'm having severe problems with the lack of information from the organiser.

Saturday was a great conference despite the problems. Managed to sort out the Training Schedule on the fly as I has given more snippets of information from other people. It always feels good when you complete something as all the odds :-) So the emotions soar.

Sunday was AWESOME. Had my birthday present from my wife and parents, an Experience day from English Heritage. It was Sword Fighting with my mate Jez. It was worth the money just to attack each other with large lumps of steel and quote movies with swords in them at each other. Went to Bolsover Castle and I can't recommend this enough. If you can complete this quote "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father: prepare to ....." then you will love this day out. So the emotions sail into the exosphere.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Antidisestablishmentarianism and other big words

Still job hunting, but another pearler has turned up :-) I'm beginning to be hopeful again.

This week-end its regional conference and I'm still trying to sort out the training schedule, I'll be glad when I've nailed it as its beginning to get edgy :(

An American friend, who goes by the sobriquet “ºOº TDC Dame E(ticket)lizabeth”, kindly sent me a wicked web-site about the FSM, check out ( for a wonderful argument against Antidisestablishmentarianism.
(I wonder, is that the longest word used in a blog today/this week/this year/ever??)