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Yes, I bought a Heat Magazine…

I went to London on Wednesday for work. The place I was going was right next to St James’s Park (I didn’t realise how close this was to Buckingham Palace until I got there). I’ve not been to London many times, so when I got there I decided that after I had finished work, I would walk along and take some pics. Unfortunately when I got out it was raining and I hadn’t taken my umbrella, so it was a quick walk to Picadilly Circus to get out of the rain.

I had a bit of fun getting home – there was a fire south of Doncaster so all the East Coast trains were cancelled. Just as I was about to walk from Kings Cross to St Pancras to get the train to Sheffield instead, a train to Skipton (via Leeds) popped up on the board, so I went for that one. I’m not sure if many people noticed that it was going though Leeds because the train was deserted! It was a very slow journey because of congestion on the line, so I had time to watch Black Swan, and then a lot of How I Met Your Mother DVD extras. These two DVDs had an iPad/iPhone/other media device version, which meant that I didn’t have to take my laptop with me! I hope more DVDs start doing this…

I took a few pictures while I was in London (iPhone pics so not the best quality):

 

If you don’t understand the title of the post (and there is probably only one person I know that does), it’s from this old TV advert:

Bible in 6 months?

I sometimes have problems picking up the bible and reading it. Sometimes, I can open it and find exactly what I needed, and other times, I seem to lack the motivation. I’ve recently been reading a 100 day reading plan, which takes you briefly through the bible in (you guessed it) – 100 days.

Although I am really enjoying reading this and the notes that come with each day’s reading, I am not really reading anything that I have not read before. There are still some parts of the bible that I have not read, and some that I am not too familiar with, so my goal for the next 6 months  is to read through the entire bible.

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Rather than reading front to back, which can be demotivating when you know exactly how many pages you have left to go, I have chosen a reading plan on YouVersion which takes you through the entire bible, mixing in old and new testament. I read the descriptions of a lot of the ‘Whole Bible’ reading plans, and the one that caught my interest was OwnIt365. As you may guess, this aims to go through the bible in 1 year, but I have decided that I would like to read more each day, so I am aiming to read it in 6 months.

The good thing about YouVersion is I can read the days readings in my bible, online, or on my iPhone or iPad with the free apps that they have. You can also listen to the audio version on any device if you want. If you miss a day out, there is a ‘catch up’ button which allows you to move back to the last day that you read (could come in quite handy).

Here we go…

10 days…

…until Wakey Wakey!

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Chris Sale

1. I love Chris Sale.

2. This picture on FanFeedr of Chris Sale pitching in the fog against the Indians (taken by Jonathan Daniel) is awesome.

3. That’s all.

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Just what I needed…

There have been a couple of times in the last week or so when I have heard/read something that was exactly what I needed.

I have a couple of Bible reading plans, one is a 100 day reading plan in an old book I bought from Wesley Owen, and the other is Project 3:45 on YouVersion (great website btw – check it out). Last week, this came up on my reading plan and I thought it was perfect.

1 Peter 5:6-9
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

On my way home from work tonight, I was listening to Brad Paisley’s new album, and the song ‘One of those lives’ came on. The words are very thought provoking, and really put me back into perspective again.

Brad Paisley – One of Those Lives
Man, it’s been one of those days
When I’ve been thinkin’ poor me
I’ve got no right to complain I guess
‘Cause right now all I can see
Is a little angel in a Yankees cap
It makes me realize
It’s just been one of those days for me
But for him it’s been one of those lives

Now Reading: Dennis Avey – The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz

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Now Reading: Madeleine Wickham – Sleeping Arrangements

After the last book, which was quite good (if a little strange), it’s back to another trashy book, and the next of the Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickham books.

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That’s gonna leave a mark…

My favourite baseball player Gordon Beckham got hit in the face last night by a relay throw in the game against the Blue Jays.

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It looked really painful – the last I heard, his eye was working but he was going to hospital to check for fractures. Let’s hope he’s okay and he’ll be able to get back soon!

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Caption Competition

A baseball themed caption competition today with a couple of amusing pictures I saw when browsing around FanFeedr. Prizes for the best caption for each picture *

*(Not really)

Now Reading: Adelbert Von Chamisso – Peter Schlemihl

I’m taking it in turns between trashy books and ones that have a bit more substance, so this is the first of my set of books that are apparently ‘lost classics’. It’s about a man who makes a deal with the devil to exchange his shadow for everlasting riches. It sounds different, so we’ll see how it goes!

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I had a couple of requests to post a review of the Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickham book that I just read – ‘The Wedding Girl’. I don’t want to spoil the story for those that haven’t read it (I hate reviews that give you the ending in the first line), so these are just my opinions.

I’m a big Sophie Kinsella fan – her shopaholic series was good, and she’s written some other books that I really liked too. Madeleine Wickham is her real name, the one she used before she ‘rebranded’ herself as Kinsella. Apparently she did it because she wasn’t sure about the new direction her books were going in. To be honest, she would have been better keeping her name, seen as though no-one has heard of Wickham. I can see why her books have been re-released as ‘Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham’.

Reading this book, you could tell she was younger and less experienced when she wrote it. Some of the character descriptions seemed a bit forced or exaggerated, which I think disrupted from the flow of the story. The plot was good, although the end seemed quite rushed. There was a lot of build up, and then it seemed to just fizzle out. Wickham made an effort to intermingle three different stories, and while most of the book was written from the main character’s perspective, there were also chapters written from the perspective of the other characters, but I don’t think these stories were developed enough. I would happily have read a longer book to get more of a complete story.

Regardless of all this, I still really enjoyed the book. The story was good for the most part, and it was just like most chick-lit books in that I got to the end and just wanted to keep reading to see where the story was going to go.

I’m looking forward to reading the other two Wickham books to see what they are like, but at this stage I have to say I prefer her as Kinsella.

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