London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony Highlights

28 07 2012

I’m still completely blown away by last night. I thought it’d probably be some artsy fartsy representative work of our countryside, history and be a little bit dull to be honest.
The first 15min or so I thought I was right, but it greatly improved!
I’ve been trying to find the best bits to paste here, but there’s nothing official on youtube, so instead here’s links to some BBC videos.

  • BBC Highlights
  • Bond & The Queen – Do other countries think this is normal day-to-day for us?! Oh, and they both parachuted into the stadium, don’t believe me? watch it!
  • Mr Bean – I never ever expected the British sense of humour to be displayed in the opening ceremony, so to have this treat – utterly brilliant!
  • The torch lighting – This was outstanding. We’d all been speculating as to who might light the torch, but I don’t think anyone would have guessed this. A beautiful gesture. A part of the cauldron brought from each country, and lit by multiple representatives of the next generation. Amazing. (But still with a selection of the famous Olympians bringing it to the stadium to keep everyone from complaining!)
  • The Red Arrows – no major British event is complete without this!
  • There were definite fluctuations through the evening, from surreal to superb and back again several times, but overall just fantastic! (assuming we ignore Paul McCartneys minor muck-up against his backing track…!)

    I was worried before it started that we’d just humiliate ourselves or be boring, but it was fantastic!

Friday five favourite: possibilites for lighting the Olympic Torch tonight

27 07 2012

So tonight is the official kick off of the London 2012 Olympic Games! (But how great is it that the first game of the games we won!

And of course, one of the biggest talking points is who will light the torch in the opening ceremony. The BBC have their own thoughts on it, and to be honest mine overlap a fair amount, but here they are!

  1. Sir Steve Redgrave
    Definitely my top choice, this rower has won 5 Golds in 5 separate Olympics over 20 years for our country – very worthy of the honour!

  2. HRH Prince William
    I know he’s not a sportsman, but he was involved in the Olympic bid to bring the games to London, and as a fan of a royals, it’d be great to see him do it!

  3. Roger Bannister
    The first man to run a 4 minute mile!

  4. Her Majesty The Queen
    So she’s not a sportswoman, and wasn’t involved in the bid directly. But this woman is incredible. In her 60th year on the throne, what greater way to top it off than give her this honour?!

  5. David Beckham
    I never used to be a fan of Beckham, but with all the work he does for Sport Relief he’s definitely growing on me! It was a shame he was left out of the Team GB Football team, so yea he’s not an Olympian, but again he was involved in the bid to bring the games here, so maybe lighting the torch would make up for being omitted from the squad!

P.S. This is my 100th blog post! Happy hundreth!

Who do you think should like the flame tonight?

Not a rant at crazy drivers, almost pity!

23 07 2012

So last week I was driving home from work and there’s a bit where there are cars parked along the edge of the road and so only room for one car at a time to go down the road. Oncoming there was a car that was trying to parallel park and so I stopped to wait patiently to let it do so. Behind it was a learner driver and an ice-cream van so I just decided to wait and let them all go through. The cars behind me had other plans. Two cars pulled out round me, in front, and then had to go round onto the pavement (narrowly avoiding a pedestrian) to get round the learner and the van. I mean what did they gain from that? 20 seconds off their journey? Ironically, as I then let through another 5 or so cars, they all thanked me, apart from the one person I knew, who didn’t recognise me and just drove on through!

But as I drove home it dawned on me. Who is going to get home flustered and stressed, and who is going to get home peaceful? Who is more likely to have a stupid accident one day?

I didn’t feel rushed, it looks like patience pays off 🙂

Friday five favourite: Animals

20 07 2012

I was going to do five favourite zoo animals, but by number four I was pushing it, so I’ve gone for my five favourite animals 🙂 I couldn’t get them in any particular order, they’re all so lovely!



I have a bit of a thing for ducks, I think they’re really beautiful 🙂 Oh, and my grandma used to call me duck 🙂


Golden Retriever
These dogs are incredible, they are loving, clever, and beautiful!

And this is Kea, my friend Emily’s cat who I used to look after when they went on holiday – she still loves it when I come over because she thinks I’m going to feed her 🙂 she’s wonderful!

What are your favourite animals?

Do you see her face? – Gilmore Girls quote

18 07 2012

“They talk so fast by they talk so true” as J.D. would say!

I’m currently working my way through the box set of Gilmore Girls and loving it! Coming towards the end of season 4 this evening there was an episode where a guy was listening to a love advice tape – the sort of thing that sounds like Oprah etc and most people would totally ignore, but there was this one quote that was actually pretty lovely:

Whose phone calls or visits are never unwanted or too long? Do you see her face?
Who would you most like to have in your life to ward off moments of loneliness? Do you see her face?
When you travel, who would make your travels more enjoyable? Do you see her face?
When you’re in pain, who would you most like to comfort you? Do you see her face?
When something wonderful happens in your life, a promotion at work, a successful refinancing, who do you want to share the news with? Do you see her face?
Whose face appears to you, my friend? Whose face?

So cute 🙂

Ineke’s philosophies on life: “Based on a true story”

15 07 2012

“Based on a true story” translates as “this will not be a happy film”

(Currently watching: “Pursuit of Happyness”)

Things I can pray for my sponsored child

7 07 2012

I’ve just written this as a potential for the Compassion UK blog, but thought I’d share it here too 🙂

In church recently we’ve been going through the book of Ephesians and it’s been a great series. One thing our pastor has encouraged us to try a couple of times is to take Paul’s prayers, and pray them for people we know. He said if we’re struggling to find where to start our prayers, then who’s a better pray-er than Paul to take inspiration from? And if we can’t beat him we should join him!

The idea is essentially to take a prayer from his letters, and where it says “you”, replace it with the name of who you’re praying for! Just look for the “I pray” bits!

So with that in mind, here’s some of the bit’s we’ve looked at in recent weeks which I’ve dug out to try. Where below I’ve put “my sponsored child”, do try inserting the names of your sponsored kids!

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give [my sponsored child] the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that [he/she] may know him better. I pray that the eyes of [my sponsored child’s] heart may be enlightened in order that [he/she] may know the hope to which he has called [him/her], the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” – Ephesians 1vv17-19a.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen [my sponsored child] with power through his Spirit in [his/her] inner being, so that Christ may dwell in [his/her] heart through faith. And I pray that [he/she], being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that [my sponsored child] may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3vv16-19

Friday five favourite: Twitter feeds

6 07 2012

I think my favourite twitter feeds vary a lot, but these are my current 5 favourites 🙂

A fictional account for her majesty – absolutely brilliant 🙂

All the bizarre facts you ever wanted to know 🙂

Bible verses, quotes, encouragement, and info on their work!

articles, pictures, anything with the potential to go viral on the net 🙂

jokes, comments, sarcasm, puns etc 🙂