Monday, 14 December 2009

The Bunnymen

Every now and again i attend a gig that makes the hairs on the back of my head tingle, tonight was such an occasion, I've seen Echo and the Bunnymen once before and they were dreadful! But tonight they were amazing! It was great to hear the old stuff, it brought back memory's of listening to there albums when i was younger... age is weird thing! It's also been great to listen to there new stuff, there most recent album is excellent.

I also enjoyed the support band 'Strangeways' which is rare as normally they can be awful! they had two lead singers and they were very good, I'm going to be looking out for them. I'm a recent convert to Spotify, an interesting way to check out new music before buying it! Even though I'm in to the new technology of Ipods and such things, i also download a lot of new music as well, but i still much prefer the 'real' thing, I like the artwork and the content of the inserts. There's something good about holding a CD! I also have to admit to liking vinyl as well, i try to find rare stuff, but i often find i don't know what I'm looking for! It seems the more i read Record Collector the more confused i get.

Monday, 30 November 2009


This is the first week back at work after our trip with the Bee's to Amsterdam, its the second time this year that we had been, so it was fresh in the mind, the last time was to celebrate my mum's 80th, my brothers 50th and my 40th! So its been a big year.

Over the last few months Karen and i have really enjoyed city breaks so it was good to go back to Amsterdam and take in the sites, sounds and smells that this great city offers, and there are many of these experiences to be had here! The great thing about Amsterdam is that there are lots of great places that are hidden away and off the beaten track one of those things is the great bars that are dotted around the city, we spent many a happy hour over the week enjoying the numerous Trappist beers!

We had a great time in the Van Gogh museum, it was good to see some of the more unknown pieces he had produced and to learn a little more about his life. As well as the work from Van Gogh there were other artists on display which were equally as good.

We also visited The Jewish Historical Museum which told some of the many stories of Jewish life in Amsterdam throughout the years. This of course highlights the moving stories of the Second World War. As it tells the personal and more general stories of the war, it tells them in such a way as to make you see a sense of hope and optimism in the midst of the horrific events of the German occupation of Holland and of the 'final solution'.

At the start of the the Jewish museum there is a display about a Jewish artist called Meijer de Haan (1852-1895) and there was a picture that really struck me of three Rabbi's sat around a table debating some elements of the Torah, the first five books of the bible. What struck me about this picture was the realisation that theology and the bible are always in some ways up for debate and in our modern world it seems to me to be even more appropriate to have these kinds of discussions.

The weather wasn't the best over the week so we decided to go to the House of Bols, which tells the story of how it all began and you get a to smell the flavours and taste them as you go around as well as receiving a free cocktail at the end and a couple of shots! its was well worth it, we had some great fun.

In terms of holidays that's about it for us apart from Christmas. Its been a great year for getting away, and next year is also looking as exciting as we head off to see our pals in Cincinnati in June, which we are very excited about! So up until them its time to save some money!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

at last...

Well at last i have managed to get around to doing something on here... its taken me 2 years to get around to it!

This last few days have been a bit mad, trying to plan for the first Methodist Youth Assembly taking place in Durham this weekend and also working on a flier for cafe re:

I have been thinking about Sunday@thepub and working on doing something on God and Somalia, thanks to the Cafe Sunday team in Timperley for the resources!! very helpful.

Now i have got this up and running I hope to do a few more blogs so watch this space.