A few musings from St Kilda

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Thorns in the Straw

This is one did recently for GK's Thorns in the Straw and am posting it here as it's Christmas Day.  

Peter at the Breaking of the Bread

This is an old GK song he occasionally syill sings. I've combined it with some pictures from the Passion of the Christ. Interestingly, it's called Peter at the Breaking of the Bread, but to me it fits John better! Read the Bible and see what you think!

Send Revival (Start with Me)

Here's a clip I put together some while back which I've now moved from presentation to video.  Enjoy.

Friday, 26 November 2010

The Painting and the Painter

Have you ever seen this picture?  It's called Light of the World by English artist William Holman Hunt.  The original painted in 1853-54 is in Keble College Oxford, but a larger version of it painted later is in St Paul's Cathedral.

We know that Hunt got the idea from Revelation 3 verse 20 (Behold, I stand at the door and knock) and John 8:12 (I am the light of the world), but how does one envisage the face of someone the artist has never seen?  So what was Jesus' face to look like?  The solution is in the painting.

Now take a look at the close up of Jesus' face and a picture of a face that bears remarkable similarity.

And who is the owner of the face on the right?   William Holman Hunt.   The question is, if you were an artist painting a picture of Jesus, how much would it look like you?   My first reaction was that I would never dream of making such a connection and Hunt was being presumptious. Shouldn't he have made Jesus look unlike anyone people could make a connection to?  

But maybe that's the underlying challenge of Hunt's painting, and I'm not sure whether he had it in mind or not when he made Jesus bear more than a passing resemblance to himself.   If you look at Matthew  5:14-16, Jesus said to His disciples "You are the light of the world."    He's the light of the world, and He's made His disciples the light of ther world too.   So if I'm a disciple of Jesus, how much should I be like Jesus in every part of my life?

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Commonwealth Games Update

Source: Private Eye

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Elderly Catholic visits Britain

From Private Eye

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Relate survey suggests mid-life crisis 'begins in 30s'

Here's a snippet from a  BBC Article 29/9/10
Work and relationship pressures make the mid-30s the start of many British people's unhappiest decade, a survey suggests. Of the 2,000 people quizzed, more aged 35 to 44 said that they felt lonely or depressed than in other age groups. The survey also suggested that busy parents were using Facebook and similar sites to stay in touch with children.  Relationship advice charity Relate, which is behind the research, said it revealed a "true mid-life crisis".

Of those surveyed, 21% of men and women aged 35 to 44 said they felt lonely a lot of the time, and a similar percentage said that bad relationships, either at work or home, had left them feeling depressed. The same proportion said they felt closer to friends than family, and a quarter said they wished they had more time for their family

How very sad; but in a generation that's generally rejected Jesus, I'm not really surprised that by the time people get into middle-age, they wonder what life has been all about.  Yet Jesus said of the human race:  I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

Friday, 13 August 2010

For those who like bossy waiters ..

Strange, there only seems to be one customer
at Bully Cafe

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Stena brings back smoking

So here it is; Stena Lines new superferry, the Stena Hollandica. It's the largest ferry in the world. It's big and it's impressive, but the most noticeable thing about it is the massive pall of part-bunt diesel that it belches. You see the pall of smoke rising above Landguard Fort before you see the ship itself approaching Landguard Point. I'm sure it's luxurious as promised, but pity about the pollution.

Scram Scammer!

I was phoned today by a guy wanting to tell me of a major problem that was happening to all Windows computers. Curious? I'm fairly well read on these things and hadn't heard anything. He assured me that my computer would be full of errors. Did I have it switched on? I sensed a large and smelly rat.

As it happens the computer was on so I quickly switched from Linux to Windows and he started his game and I started mine as ignorant punter. He took me to Event Manager and asked me to look at the items in it - were there any errors or warnings? In the first folder there were warnings. I looked at a few and they were all the same and actually of no consequence - all networked Windows computers show them by default and that's normal. In another there were errors - but were all "phantom" errors I could explain easily and there were no problems. "You see he said your computer is full of errors. It will crash sooner or later! However, if you pay us £54 a year, our Microsoft trained engineers will sort out all your problems 24/7." At that point I hung up on him fearing his nose might get so long he would do himself an injury.

Why do I post this? As a warning mostly. It's just a telephone version of the scam that pops up saying your computer is full of viruses. You then pay for a program that does little for viruses but supplies your data to crooks worldwide. This is a simpler scam than that. Someone provides you with telephone support to sort "problems" out with your computer - but they are actually non-problems. If you are really concerned about security on your computer, go to someone you know and trust, don't respond to emails or phone calls from people you've never heard of.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Unleash the Lynx

Most people know that I'm a bit of a computer anorak and also know that I don't run Windows (or for that matter very little Microsoft software) on my computer but a version of Linux called Ubuntu. Like Windows it's an operating system and it's just come out in its latest version 10.04 codenamed Lucid Lynx.

So how does it differ from Windows?
Stability - it rarely crashes, and if it does, it doesn't crash the whole system. The main reason for stability is primarily the lack of a registry and the fact that it doesn't need an orderly shutdown to reboot the system.
Security - high security is built in as standard. The kernel is firewalled as standard. You don't require anti-spyware, anti-trojan, anti-rootkit or anti-virus scanning software (although ClamAV is included to filter out malware in emails in case you forward it Windows users). It is very difficult to get bad stuff on your computer or to lose information from it.
Speed - it's fast, very fast - because unlike Windows, it contains a minimum of flabware. Ubuntu Lucid boots to its login screen in under 10 seconds.
Software - there's no fiddling with CDs and DVDs. All Ubuntu software is downloaded and regularly updated from online repositories. By all I mean all. Not just the Operating System but all the software. Ubuntu has about 99% of linux software online and available to download in a few clicks. There are good quality free alternatives to well-known software, particularly Microsoft Office and the awful Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Spondoolies - so how much does it all cost. Nowt. Ubuntu is free and always will be. All the online software is free too. I've only paid for about five pieces of linux software since I started using Ubuntu four years ago and I don't think I use any of it now! Is the software naff if its free? No. It's well used, well-trusted and well-supported software - it just happens to be free. The rule of thumb in computer software it seems to me is that the more money you pay, the less competent and more badly written software tends to be.

What's the drawbacks? For most users, none at all. If you are a gamer then Linux isn't for you. But Linux is a new world for most people. Ubuntu make it as easy as possible for people to migrate from Windows, but you have to unlearn all your bad Windows habits and get used to doing things a different way. It's not harder, just different. Unlike Windows which probably came bundled with your computer, you'll have to install it yourself which can be problematic. To those of us who have experience of fresh installs or re-installs of Windows on computers, Ubuntu problems are usually in the same category of difficulty.

You won't have access to a helpline where you will find help from someone who can't speak English and hasn't got a clue what your problem is. Ever tried ringing AOL? You'll see what I mean. You'll rely on posting your problem in the Ubuntu Forums where other users will suggest what you can do. Anoraks usually answer within an hour or two and usually they are right. Having been a host on tech message boards for AOL, I've found that other users give the most reliable answers, particularly on Linux boards.

Try before you don't buy - Ubuntu is designed to be test run from CD or DVD on any computer (PC or Mac) without disturbing the existing setup. Just download and burn a CD image. Or you can install Ubuntu to run in Windows using a program called Wubi. Or you can even install Ubuntu to run natively on your computer without disturbing Windows (it's called dual boot) if you've got plenty of fee disk space. It means you can play with Ubuntu before committing yourself to using it.

What about my favourite Windows programs? - I still have a couple of those. There is a package call Wine which can run Windows software under Lunix. It's OK on older and simpler programs but for good running I recommend running Windows in Linux using a virtual machine. That's a whole world in itself but easy to set up.

If Ubuntu is more secure, more stable, more technologically advanced than Windows, and free, then why don't more people use it? I'll answer that with a question. Why don't more people trust Jesus? Knowing God and having an eternal hope is free as well and will outlive all human technology; so why don't more people try it?

Knowing Jesus - Jesus can be discovered in your nearest Bible or at www.whoisjesusreally.org
Ubuntu can be downloaded at www.ubuntu.com

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Mr Bean goes to Church

I was going to put part of this in last week's sermon but the video was too dark. Here it is in full for Mr Bean addicts everywhere. Great performances here from Richard Briers and of course, Rowan Atkinson who plays both Mr Bean and reads the sermon!

The End of the Lemon

It was one of the great survivors. It survived blown head gaskets, broken cambelts and falling off exhaust manifolds. It was a car in the true tradition of the Vauxhall Frontera - badly made, unreliable, uncomfortable to ride in on normal roads and expensive to run. It was a true motoring lemon and it should have been scrapped on at least three occasions previously.

So why did I hang on to it? Apart from the fact that I couldn't sell it at anything other than the scrap value when it was still a runner, it was a fun car - great on rough roads, fantastic in mud and brilliant in the snow. But we don't get too much of any of that in Felixstowe!

The end came last week when the fuel pump went. It was the last straw and Whip Street Motors have taken it away to be recycled. Aaw, what a shame - not!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

John Cleese on Extremism

It's been a long time ....

It certainly has. I last posted on this blog in November. Actually, I'm only posting now because I'm waiting for a wasting machine to finish cycle. We're in Spain at the moment. It's a crisp morning before another hot sunny day - not bad for April. Pity because we have to fly home tomorrow. Such is life.

PS The Town Pastors in Felixstowe went out for their first night yesterday. Reports coming back are good. Thanks to all those who have supported and prayed for this project.