February 11th, 2008

black king

Start the week

My LJ mood below reflects my overall mood. Of course I'm not happy to
be spending so much time away from home and family, but I count myself
very fortunate to have such a supportive home and family. It's another
cold morning, but a lot better than last week. There never seems to be
enough time to write these posts, but there would be if I put it
higher up my priority list, which seems to have "messing about to no
purpose" far too high on it, sorry. As I wrote last night, it will be
a very busy week, as the days are filled with work and the nights with
friends (first half of week) and family (second half) and sleep (third
half) so you can see there might be a flaw in my plan. In other news,
it's possible that I will "level up" at Hilton this week: who would
ever have thought that I would reach the top tier in a hotel loyalty
programme? I'm looking forward to having a valet standing to attention
in my room, who I can get fired if he doesn't bow every half hour. Or
is that one of the benefits they discontinued a couple of years ago?
More seriously, improved upgrades and more complimentary breakfasts
are the key. Breakfasts are good: they are the most important meal of
the day. I wish I had taken that advice seriously when I was younger.
It was confused by my family's view of morning time. Their view was
that seven o'clock was too early, six o'clock was far too early and
five o'clock was lunacy. So an early start was made later by omitting
breakfast. A cup of tea or coffee just before rushing out of the door
wasn't the best, but it was how I grew up, and how I continued for a
while as an adult until I came to the realisation that I felt so much
better both physically and mentally if I had something to eat within a
short time of getting up. It's also taken a long time to get to
understand that it can be reasonable to get up at a ridiculous hour:
my regular time for getting up during the week is 06.15, a time mum
and dad would have treated with deep suspicion as being far too early
for ordinary people.
  • Current Mood
    happy happy
black king

What to make of +Rowan's latest words?

+Rowan seemed to be genuinely surprised at the reaction to his
thoughts about welcoming Sharia law into Britain, and this is
remarkable. One has to assume that he is an academic so far removed
from the ordinary people that he has completely lost touch. I'm
working on a longer article on the whole issue, which may not be
publishable in the end. I'm not a scholar on Islamic law, but I have
lived in a country with two parallel official legal systems and in one
with, in parts, different official and informal legal systems. Neither
is pretty, and I wouldn't welcome such a thing here. But considering
the reaction, we must ask: does +Rowan want to be sacked? These
comments coming in the week before a General Synod meeting could not
be more poorly timed, and I wonder whether the might find himself at
the wrong end of a vote of no-confidence before the week is out. Now,
wouldn't that make for an interesting Lambeth Conference, with a
Vacancy in See! Or perhaps +John would welcome everyone to the York
Conference instead? If I do finish the other article, you will be the
first to hear.
  • Current Mood
    puzzled
black king

Disappointing journey

It started so well, with the train on time at Chester and Crewe, but
problems with signals from Rugeley to Lichfield, meaning that now,
less than an hour before our scheduled time into Euston, we're only
just south of Rugeley, which I think is close to Stafford, so I think
it will be a very late arrival into Euston, unless of course something
very bad has happened, in which case we won't get there at all. For
now, it's a beautiful cold and frosty morning. That is all.
  • Current Mood
    frustrated frustrated