Monthly Archives: February 2013

One Step Closer

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So here it is, the review I’m sure you’ve all been sleeplessly anticipating. I’m turning into a proper newspaper now, whatever next, obituaries? (hopefully not). Yes, for those of you that didn’t know, last night was the big fundraiser where I put my emcee skills to the test and invited my good friend Harry Baker down for a show. And wasn’t it worth it! I haven’t stopped buzzing since the moment he sheepishly stepped off the train to meet us. People were left lost for words but all was okay because Harry had plenty. Full of laughs and musings he played around with words until his voice just danced with frisk and frolic and I left on a real high, just wanting to rap everything I said from then on. (Of course I could never get close to being as cool as him but it’s always fun to try). So, he got us all hooked when he recited pi, but when he talked about dino’s we were all on a high, so please check him out if you’ve got the time, cos everything he says just sounds better in rhyme. (Shameful really).

Now if you weren’t there (you missed out) but it’s hard to describe exactly what it’s like. I get the feeling that if I told you he was a poet that rapped about maths and lego in a church I wouldn’t have you sold. The chances are, you probably wouldn’t agree with most of what I’m saying here but I’m bored of hearing ‘poetry’s just not my thing’ because realistically is poetry really anyone’s thing? Yet, I didn’t talk to anyone who didn’t thoroughly enjoy it last night, and I talked to most people there. In fact I got comments like “absolutely astonishing” and “the best thing I’ve seen in a long time”. Not bad for someone who stands up and recited pi to approximately a hundred decimal places.

Anyway, the point of all this was to let you know that thanks to all your continued support, this Kenya dream is now five hundred pounds closer. I think I can get a one way ticket now, which could be seen as a good or bad thing I guess but I would quite like to come home at some point 🙂

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Lyrical Bingo

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Love is in the air today, so I hope you are all having a wonderful Valentines day, but, with just two days to go, things have been pretty hectic getting ready for our friend Harry Baker. Tickets being sold, cakes being made, even my Spanish conversation teacher (who by the way is neither Spanish nor English) said she was planning on coming with her daughter, the word gets around. It almost feels like everything I do, I do it for this gig at the moment.It’s been a struggle but I’m not the kinda girl who gives up just like that. But it’s looking like things are going up now, it’s going to be a good night, I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes. I really do have a good feeling about this, it’s the kind of thing that can touch us one time and last for a lifetime, so, near far, wherever you are, come and share a truly great night of comedy and poetry this Saturday, because with or without you, it’s going to be fantastic, although in all honesty, God only knows what I’d be without you and your support. Because I really would like to do my bit out in Kenya next year, I’ve heard it’s like a whole new world, a dazzling place I never knew.

Now, as I said, I hope you are enjoying Valentine’s day, I particularly am as it marks the beginning of a much needed holiday for me. But doesn’t it just make everything so much better when the sun is shinning? For the first time in a long time, we were blessed with just a sprinkle of good weather, putting smiles on so many faces. With blue skies and a gentle breeze, spring is written in the wind, in fact, it’s everywhere I go.  So with these sunny smiles at the ready, I encourage you to share the love, not just today but everyday because after all, love changes everything, how you live and how you die, I’d even go as far as to say it lifts us up where we belong, but I guess that’s just the power of love. Because looking back at winter I just think, you don’t bring me flowers but then looking at summer I just think, that’s what makes you beautiful when I see your true colours shining through. And you’ve got to make the best of it when it’s here, sitting on the grass and all I have to do is dream thinking I want to lay like this forever until the sky falls down on me.

But that’s not the only thing that’s made me happy as it has recently been a very significant and happy time of year, I am of course talking about pancake day. A very treasured day in my year, now not all pancakes went to plan, but even when things went wrong, even when it ended up as a mess in the pan after a somewhat failed failed flipping attempt, I just looked at the poor little pancake and said don’t worry, she will be loved. But I carried on again and again I flipped pancake after pancake saying if you fall, I will catch you, time after time because I… will always love you.

So with chocolate hearts everywhere and letters being sent all around, I can see that love actually is all around, the only thing that gets me is surely you’d think that people would have had enough of silly love love songs? Anyway, talking about silly love songs, for all you eagle-eyed out there that like a spot of bingo, see how many words you can find that might not be entirely my own in this lovely lyrical special 🙂

A God for the Gays

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That’s right, I’m going to do (drum roll please…) a blog on an actual current affair. As most of you probably know, most of what I write is completely useless, but… check out who’s whacking out their journalistic side today to bring to you views on a what I call (nice little Miranda reference there) a topical issue. So, if you’ve been generally just living on planet Earth recently, you’re probably aware of the debate about gay marriage. Now, a lot of media has been presenting this topic as a ‘gays against the church’ kind of matter (with a substantial amount of the general public siding with the gays) but why does it have to be?

Realistically, a good Christian should be striving to follow the example of Jesus, a man that preached about love. A man that never once said anything about homosexuality. Only when asked about marriage does he mention divorced people should not get married and heck, we let them get married so why stop there? In fact, we let liars, cheats and gossips get married so even if it was a sin, is it really any worse?

A lot of people do use the Bible to define homosexual acts as a sin, but you’ve got to bear in mind the context of all this. At the time it was written there were billions of wars and battles going on (not an actual statistic in case you hadn’t guessed) and it was likely that people used homosexual acts to ridicule, mock and abuse their opponents after claiming victory, which quite frankly is wrong and probably what God had a problem with. Plus, if you’re going to take the Bible exactly word for word in it’s teaching, why stop at homosexuality? I mean, lets go all they way; let’s stone anyone wearing more than one type of fabric, lets kick everyone out of the church that has a flat nose or one limb slightly longer than another.

What I’m saying is, we can’t pick and choose what to listen to, what rules to obey and more importantly, who has to obey them. I don’t know a lot about everything, but I do know that it’s not a sin to love, in fact, I’m fairly sure if you look hard enough in the Bible, God actually encourages it and if the big man up top’s okay with it, then I am too.  We’ve just got to remember, God loves everyone exactly the same no matter who they are or what they’ve done.

So yeah, let them get married, because at the end of the day, at least they wont be after your girlfriends because lets face it, whose more likely to want to take them out to that musical they’ve been dying to see, spend hours listening to their problems and share a fun day at the spa after after an exhilarating shopping spree? 🙂