Indistinguishable sounds

30 01 2012

There are sounds that, strange as it sounds, I sometimes struggle to distinguish…

This hasn’t been the case the past few years, which I think just reflects the areas/house layouts I’ve lived in. But when I was younger, I’d lie in bed at night (this sounds like my previous post!) and hear a noise, and really not be able to work out what it was. Sort of this low rumbling noise, and each time it was one of these things:

  • An aeroplane or helicopter overhead (happened suprisingly often – I wonder if helicopters trained over Romsey at nighttime… that or I guessed wrong most times!)… When I was little, I used to be scared it was the beginning of World War Three… I was even more of a wuss then!!
  • Someone putting their wheelie bin out
  • thunder
  • a garage door being opened or closed…

I used to have a massive problem distinguishing between them!

Too weird? What other sounds are really similar?
This post was probably a bit too dull, right?

“Only the cover and the title page”

28 01 2012

When I was little, (we’re talking probably infant/junior school age) the idea of heaven used to totally freak me out. I’ll be honest, it still does from time to time (or even most of the time?!). I literally used to sit up at night crying and calling for my mum because I just could not comprehend the idea that heaven went on for-ev-er, like, has no end, just keeps going and going, and then, when you think it might just be about time to come to an end, there’s another day! It’s definitely a thought that can consume your mind if you let it!

When I was a little older, I got massively into the C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Each night I used to listen to one side of a cassette tape (which I should add, came in a lovely little cardboard wardrobe!). Each book was two tapes and there are seven books, so every 28 days I listened to the stories again, and got to know them pretty well!

#spoileralert: In “The Last Battle”, which is the last book in the series, we end up in Aslan’s Country, which maps to Heaven in “our world”. The last two paragraphs are incredible and moving:

“There was a real railway accident,” said Aslan softly. “Your father and mother and all of you are–as you used to call it in the Shadowlands–dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.”

And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

Most memorably, I remember a man coming to Bath CU to speak, and as he read this to us, he was choking back tears. I’m fairly sure that if I were to attempt it aloud then I would too.

The story was referenced again at church on Sunday, so I came home, picked up the book and read it through again, it’s lovely.

The idea of heaven can be scary, but actually, the bible tells us it’s gonna be pretty incredible. There’s an amazing description of it in Revelation 21. I’d paste it here except it’s pretty long! But one of my favourite bit’s is when it tells us there’ll be “no more death or mourning or crying or pain”.

And the *really* good news is that God has prepared a place there for each of us!

Maths probably doesn’t count as a hobby

24 01 2012

I like Maths. I think it’s really fun.

There I said it – may I be judged for enjoying something so ‘dull’!

This week at work I actually had to use Pythagoras’ Theorem which I was probably too excited about to be normal anyway, but this then led to a discussion of what fun things we did in A Level maths! Started with differentiation, then integration, then integration with limits, and then even radians in it all! (I may have added the word “fun” in there…)

It honestly made me want to buy an exercise book for some A Level course, either a pure or mechanics one, and go home and do some sums!

But that would make it a hobby wouldn’t it? I don’t think anyone does maths for fun…

Is that too weird? What hobby’s do you have or wish you could have that most people would think you bizarre for?!

“makes life easier”

10 01 2012

How many times a day do you use the phrase “makes life easier”?

I was considering the phrase a month or two ago, and since then have realised just how much I do say it!

  • It’ll make life much easier if I just defrost some chicken in the morning
  • “I just need to grab a pen” “Do you want to borrow mine?” “Oh yea, that’d make life far easier, thanks”
  • and of course, my stupidly obscure thought on twitter last month

Make’s life easier?! Does those with nothing think any of those things would make their life easier? Think of someone who wouldn’t know the word defrost, let alone spotify! Someone who if asked what would make their life easier, I’m pretty sure food, shelter and good health would be near the top, not those things. Maybe they’ll make life a *fraction* easier for us, but I seem to have absent mindedly used words like ‘much’ and ‘far’ in those examples, which are *definitely* out of place!!

Do you say it much? Is there any phrase you use often that you’ve realised is a bit odd?