24 May 2010

Sporty post

First of all, I need to offer congratulations to the Seasiders. Blackpool have made it through the play-offs to gain a place in the Premiership next season. Of course, they follow fellow Lancastrian team Burnley, who have just dropped back out of the top flight. there was some discussion in the office today about the lasting benefits of promotion, especially if the team comes back down in the following season like Burnley. I think it's a good thing that a bit of the money from the top of the game finds its way down to the second level, even if it's by way of parachute payments for relegated sides. Burnley have improved their stadium and their training facilities, and this will hopefully make them a better Championship side next season.
Anyway, well done again to Blackpool. I look forward to seeing Premiership football on the Fylde coast.
Then there's the cricket. I neglected to post anything at all about England's T20 victory in the West Indies. This was because life was in one of its busy phases here in LankyLand. I felt, however, that I should belatedly offer my congratulations to a very classy England side who finally showed that we have the talent for the shorter forms of the game. The crucial thing, as always, is good selection. Many bold and brave decisions were made by the selectors, and these were backed up with a renewed approach to fitness and fielding drills, leading to some impressive catches and run-outs. Then there's the batting. It was great to see some power hitters who aren't called KP or Freddie. For too long now, England have relied on the same 2 batsmen to club the bowlers out of the ground. Now it seems we have a team full. 
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21 May 2010

The day the world changed

As regular readers will know, I have been on a 'journey' towards training for Priesthood in the Church of England for some time now. I was successful in being selected at my BAP over a year ago, and since then we've been working on trying to clear enough debt to make training financially possible. I decided that the best course of action would be to keep my plans private until I had to spread the news. Of course, lots of people had to know; friends, family, fellow churchgoers etc, but I decided to keep the news from my work colleagues.
I told my boss about my plans a couple of months ago when we were planning the budgets for next year, then on Wednesday this week it was time to tell my colleagues.
Now I work in a boisterous open-plan office where the language is ripe, and the content of conversations is often from the gutter. I'm not the shy and retiring type when it comes to office banter, and I'm not averse to responding in kind when the comments come in my direction. So you can probably imagine that some of my colleagues where a little surprised to hear of my plans!
Anyway, all in all, I've been pleasantly surprised by the all-round support I've been given (so far). And I'm looking forward to the 'tarts and vicars' party which seems will be the inevitable send-off.
I've been thinking for a long time about telling my colleagues about my plans, and it made me very nervous. I wasn't sure what I would say, or how they'd take the news. I'm glad we're now in a position where the truth is out in the open, and I feel like a significant weight has been lifted. It now feels yet more real, and the countdown to Cambridge can truly begin.
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6 May 2010

High turnout at Lancaster university

I just thought I ought to record the fact that the queue of students at the campus polling station (in the chaplaincy) was longer than I've ever seen it! Student apathy was taking a holiday today!

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