Jimi

Jun. 25th, 2017 02:55 pm
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I watched the 2014 biopic movie of Jimi Hendrix last night - 'Jimi'.
To start with I was fascinated. I loved Jimi Hendrix when I was younger and getting to grips with the guitar. Hendrix was the greatest guitarist ever for me. I thought Andre Benjamin (from OutKast) did a good job portraying him. But then the film started to drag a bit and started to feel quite depressing. Then it showed Hendrix beating up his girlfriend with a phone to the head and I didn't feel easy about it...it seemed very out of character to what I knew of Hendrix.
This morning I looked the film up on Amazon and the girlfriend who it showed being beaten up in the film (Kathy Etchingham) wrote a review denouncing it as completely false. I've read a few more articles and it appears that the film was way off the mark.
It didn't play any Hendrix songs in it either, because they weren't given permission, and I'm glad because a film about Hendrix without Hendrix songs is going to be limited in its influence and it doesn't seem fair to show him like that.
I'll leave you with this. If 60s were 90s. This band were given permission to sample Hendrix and remix it over some 90s sounds. I loved this when it came out:

https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=yf7AYlDmuqI

Art trail

Jun. 24th, 2017 11:20 am
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Every year in my town there is something called an Art Trail. About a dozen artists open their house up to the public to show their art. A woman called Lynda who lives directly opposite us is one of the artists so today me and Zac went round to see her art. It's quite an unusual situation wandering around someone's house when you don't really know them although I really like her stuff and got on well with her.
Then we went to another artist who also lives on the same road as us. She was an old woman who produced more traditional kind of art. (Lynda did more abstract stuff largely based on the human form). Not so much my cup of tea but interesting none the less. I liked her sketchbook. It had ink drawings of places she'd been and it inspired me to do something like that. It's a great way of appreciating a place while you're there.
Then we wandered further afield to this big house where 6 artists were based. The garden was pretty big and lead down to a lake in the park. It was a beautiful place to wander round whether there was art there or not. It had a giraffe made out of metal:
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I chatted to this Canadian artist who was telling me about this cycle journey he'd made from the southern most point of England to the northern most point of Scotland. I'd love to do that. Took him 18 days. About 50 miles a day.
I didn't think much to his artwork but I ended up speaking to him for a while. : )

Hippy talk

Jun. 21st, 2017 08:31 pm
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Get outside, often.
Slow your pace.
Breathe deeply.
Smile.
And keep watch.

From my book 'Soulfulness' by Brian Draper.
I've finished it.
There's some reminders at the back. Things like:
Make a cup of tea slowly.
Savour it sip by sip.
Do one thing at a time. Be liberated from the panic of task-switching.
Choose your funeral song...choose your funeral song?!
...wow,
Give yourself to the day instead of trying to take from it...

Tomorrow is going to be another cycling day. The weather is supposed to be cooling down so it should be good (and I need more exercise).

Out in the fresh air.

And breathe.

Politics and music

Jun. 21st, 2017 06:21 pm
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It was the Queen's speech in Britain today to welcome the Prime Minister, as voted by the people a few days ago but it was quite an embarrassing event because she'd counted on a landslide victory and ended up loosing a significant amount of seats.
The opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has become a bit of a legend, especially amongst the younger generation. It's partly to do with his honesty, partly to do with the media-bias against him which completely backfired and partly to do with his heart for the marginalised. He's going to be appearing at the Glastonbury music festival this summer and the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army has become his theme tune.
Check this out; it'll put a smile on your face:
https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=T4_Yrwb4rh8

Marchamos en la luz de dios

Jun. 18th, 2017 08:45 pm
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The weather over here at the moment is really warm - I think it was 30 degrees today. Some of you in hotter climates probably think that's not very hot but for England it doesn't get much warmer than that. That kind of heat is quite rare.
It was Father's Day today in England too so my youngest son brought me breakfast in bed and the others gave me presents. I don't really like eating breakfast in bed but it was really touching to see my kid struggling in with a tray when I woke up this morning and it made me appreciate it. He's such a lovely kid.
This morning in church I was singing at the front with my Venezuelan friends. We sang a song - Marching in the light of God, in Spanish. It's good that the Venezuelans are being welcomed into our church like that and encouraged to take part and it's an honour to be associated with them. I don't feel that my Spanish is good enough really and there are a couple of others in church who's Spanish is better but I've probably become closer to them than anyone else. It's funny but Rosalinda was the first Spanish-speaker that I ever used my Spanish with when I first started and realised that it actually worked. I couldn't imagine that 3 years later we'd be standing at the front of church together singing in Spanish.
This afternoon my parents came up and we ate and chilled in the garden. I don't see them that often and I was glad that I was able to have my Dad up for Father's Day.
Chilling now, in the heat.

Mi curso

Jun. 16th, 2017 04:19 pm
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I had a lovely day today. I had a bit of a lie in (7:30) and then I walked down to the train station which made a nice change to using the car.

There was a sports bag left on the platform and I was the only person waiting for the train. To start with I sat next to the bag wondering why it was there and then I thought about the warnings we've had about reporting abandoned bags in public places in case they've got a bomb in. I thought, on the off-chance that there was a bomb in it, I might be better off sitting a bit further away, so I moved. Then there was an announcement over the tanoy that any bags seen unattended should be reported straight away. It was as if they had seen me on the camera and were testing me... My train wasn't due for a couple of minutes so I went down to reception and reported it. A minute later the guard came up and started rummaging through it. It wasn't a bomb but had been left. : /
Anyway, once I got to Lichfield I had a 10 minute walk to the cathedral. My course was in a building on the cathedral estate. At lunchtime I walked around the cathedral and it was beautiful. Really peaceful, really grand. I took some pictures:


The course itself was useful too. Full of ideas on how to teach philosophy and in particular Christianity in a way that gets students to ask questions and engage with the subject.
Then afterwards I went to 'Darwin's house'. It was also on the cathedral grounds and was the house where Erasmus Darwin (Charles Darwin's grandfather) lived. Apparently he came up with the idea of evolution before his grandson but Charles investigated it further. This guy also invented the axle, was a poet, and had 18 children (14 were biologically his).... His garden was beautiful and it was a pleasure to walk around.
Then I got the train home.
There aren't many perks to my job... but today was one. : )

It was a sunny day

Jun. 15th, 2017 03:42 pm
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I took this picture on the way home from work. It was a good ride. I'd eaten well and I had the energy to push myself quite hard.
This week has been a but stressful at school because I've had a list of extra things to do but it's not as bad as I initially thought...
It's Spanish group tonight and tomorrow I'm on a course so I don't have to go to work. It's nice having a different destination and knowing that I don't have to get up so early. It's being held in the grounds of Lichfield Cathedral. I've been there before and it feels like Oxford university or something. I realized today that I don't need to drive either. I can get the train so that'll make a nice change.

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