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Archive for December 14th, 2006

Wii gives shop assistants a hug of smug

Posted by Martin on December 14, 2006

I have now all but given up even catching a glimpse of the hotter-than-the-sun Nintendo Wii console before Christmas. But one traditionally less-cheery bunch of folk – the humble, down-trodden shop assistants – have an uncharacteristic spring in their collective steps thanks to this little white box of wonders.

In every shop I’ve asked in, the assistants have trotted out the same bored message: ‘sorry Sir, we’ll have some in January.’ But they always have a glint in their eyes when they pass on this sad piece of information. Why? Because thanks to their staff purchase schemes, they’ve all got one! My theory is that all 500,000 Wii’s which sold on launch day in the UK went to our legions of shopkeepers and sales assistants. Twice today I’ve heard £5-an-hour video games salespeople say something along the lines of: ‘Ah, sorry, no. But I’ve got one at home, and they’re absolutely brilliant. Ooh – you have no idea what you’re missing!’

That’s one in the eye for The Man. And unfortunately today, I’m the man.

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A cold night with hot pies

Posted by Martin on December 14, 2006

…in prospect. I’m about to head out for one of those youth events that sounded like a great idea at the time – we’re going to hand out mince pies and sing Christmas carols on the local council housing estate. It’s not quite the Bronx, but it ain’t the leafy suburbia most of our kids are used to, either.

I don’t want to give a false impression though – I’m really excited to see how they’ll respond to being taken out of their comfort zones. It’s also really cool to hand out free stuff to people and watch their puzzlement as they try to work out what we want in return. And I love singing too! So it’s a winner on three fronts.

After we’ve frozen solid, we’re heading back to one of the other leaders’ houses for a very premature Christmas dinner. Wonder if anyone will have the guts to invite a random member of the public along? Will let you know…

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Thanks to the blogrollers

Posted by Martin on December 14, 2006

Just wanted to extend a hearty thanks to the range of people who have for some reason deemed me blogroll-worthy. It’s very kind of you to have linked to the site – I do really appreciate it. In the last couple of days I’ve noted a link on the pages of Shannon Cobb, Random Girl From Space, and the Au Pair Drama Queen (!). Thanks guys! Even though I don’t know you, I count you as virtual family.

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Five for Monty!

Posted by Martin on December 14, 2006

Just enjoyed this quite lovely piece of text commentary on the marvellous Cricinfo:

>>Panesar to Lee, OUT, and he’s got him! Monty has five! Lands this on middle, it turns just enough and Lee is rapped on the pad. Dar raises his finger and Panesar is the first Englishman to take five wickets at the WACA. This is Monty’s day!

I love Monty Panesar, and I want to have his babies.

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An emerging irony…

Posted by Martin on December 14, 2006

This is going to win me few friends in the blogosphere, but I’ve often been highly-critical of the so-called ’emerging’ or ’emergent’ church movement. I think it’s a bit of a bandwagon; I think it’s often used as an excuse for not having to commit to a holy lifestyle; I think it’s often about deconstruction and sniping at the church. I’m not saying there isn’t a lot of good in there – some great people are involved for instance – but it’s not my cup of English tea, and I’ve never been convinced that it’s anything more than a plaything for intellectuals and faux-intellectuals who just got bored of church.

So here’s the irony. I’ve just been asked to launch a ‘new expression of church’.

Which, let’s be honest, means I’m about to step into the world of emerging church. You’ve got to laugh really. I shall of course record my progress here. 

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Posted by Martin on December 14, 2006

Now he’s got Shane Warne out! Sweet Jesus how I love thee!

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The Montster strikes!

Posted by Martin on December 14, 2006

Alright, alright – I know I said I was giving up on cricket, but that was before they recalled the mighty Monty the Montster Panesar for the Third Ashes Test. The turbaned genius has just taken his third Aussie wicket, and at last, the Ashes have started. Shame we’re two down with three to play…

What has really impressed everyone today about Monty is his temperament. He was hit for 17 runs in a single over by the same batsman – then returned in the very next over to dismiss him. Then he got another wicket just a few balls later! What character! The Australian game plan is clearly to bully him out of the match, but what they didn’t realise is this: Monty Panesar is the new king of spin.

For non-cricket fans, normal service will resume shortly.

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