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That's the house we stayed in and two of my kids.
That's a well in the garden too.


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Was that as tense for you as it was for me?
I've been on the edge of my seat for the last hour watching that.
We're through.

(Edit: the world cup)

edit: unlucky

It was good enough for Robin Hood
I took my eldest son to an open day at Nottingham University on Saturday. We stopped off at a McDonald's for breakfast and there was a homeless guy sitting by the entrance. I made eye-contact with him and asked him if he wanted some breakfast. I wasn't sure what reaction I'd get because I've heard that some homeless guys are so obsessed with their next fix that they don't want food and they can be abusive but this guy was very grateful. I asked him if he wanted to sit with us but he declined and took his food outside. It's the first time I've bought food for a homeless person. I think I'm getting a better understanding of them from my interactions as a street pastor, which can only be a good thing.

The uni itself was really impressive. Everything is on the campus, from fast-food restaurants, coffee shops, sports facilities, accommodation, a big lake, lots of big open green spaces, everything you could want. It was very pretty. I'd love to have been in those kind of surroundings when i was at uni. When I went, it was free, but rough, and I didn't really value it.

Sunday we had a big soccer match with a load of families from church in a park. I absolutely loved it. Zac was in goal and there was a whole range of ages.

The sunny spell that I mentioned a couple of months ago seems to have carried on ever since. I don't remember a spring/summer like this since I was a kid.

Yes we Kane! : )
It's days like these that I play down my Scottish roots and fully embrace my English identity.
; )
6 - 1 against Panama!

I've also finished my exam marking.
: )

And the sun is shining.

I just need to get through the next 4 weeks of school.

That's the way you do it
I've been thinking about the best way to get through these exam papers this weekend and it's worked well today.
I got up when I felt like it (which was still pretty early - 7:30); had some breakfast and then got marking straight away. My reward was the 10:00 match (France v Australia). I had a workout, had some food in the garden, did some more marking, shaved my head (like you do), had a shower, and now - it's Peru v Denmark.
Same sort of routine tomorrow.

Football crazy
Managed to organize another game of staff soccer after school today. Absolutely loved it. I played much better than last week and even scored a goal which is rare for me. One of our players is an English teacher who used to be a sports journalist. He said he'd write up our game and send it to all the staff at school on email so if he does it I'll post it on here.
: )

I'm currently watching the Spain Portugal game.
Sorry my American friends, I didn't realize that you're not in this one.
Next match is tomorrow morning.
I'm going to have to watch it in between my exam marking which will give me some ideal breaks.
(Apologies if you don't like soccer. : /)

I watched Old Boy on Netflix last night. The American re-make. I watched the original years ago. Was it Korean? Great film.

I've been working through these exam scripts but I'm doing it at a sensible rate so it's not been too bad.
I set my myself small goals and then feel good when I achieve them, and I've been loving this sunny weather that we're having at the moment too.
Every opportunity I get, I strip down to just shorts; walk outside into my garden and lye on the grass soaking it all in.
Every opportunity I'm out there - sitting, listening to the birds singing, eating, I'm even enjoying hanging the laundry out. Feels like a little bit of Eden.

So it seems that England is one of the few countries in the world that isn't familiar with bubble tea.
And I now know the Japanese word for the spicy sauce. Turns out Wasabi isn't just the name of the restaurant.

Today was sunny in England. Probably the most beautiful day we've had here for close on 6 months. I spent most of the day in the garden - sawing tree wood, reading, eating, drinking coffee, playing soccer with zac, playing in the swing with zac, just breathing in the spring air. I've missed it so much.

Donald Trump, southern States, Christianity and Pussy Riot
I've been trying not to think about work by exercising like mad, watching Netflix and exploring social media for anything inspiring.
There's a music festival in the UK called Greenbelt that some of you will be familiar with because I mention it every year. It's a Christian festival that is known for quality, quirky art and music. This year Pussy Riot are playing and so is this dude - he's from Birmingham Alabama. Possibly the most energetic act I've seen live and he sings about justice for everyone. Totally on my page:


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