Friday, June 23, 2006

I'm leaving on a jetplane...

It's holiday time!!! Heather and I are taking off for Cape Town this afternoon. Isn't air travel amazing, it usually takes us a couple of days to drive to Cape Town... tonight we get on the plane and land in Cape Town 2hours later. You have to have driven that distance to see how amazing that is. Wow!

Looking forward to seeing the Cape Tonians we have the time to see, especially our new nephew Luke!

Looking forward to Vida E Coffee, Olympia Cafe Pastries, Table Mountain, Somerset West, Franschoek chocolates.... the list is endless.

On top of it, I've got about 3 weeks break from 'scheduled' study. No early mornings. Yay.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Its time to get a dog (almost...)

Dogs are great.

I've been wanting to get myself a furry pet for a while. So now I am on the look out for a dog - and not just any dog... I'm looking for an Irish Terrier - like the one on the left. (That's Cony, my uncle's dog.)

The first Irish Terrier I met was my grandfather's dog, McGinty - or (Jinty). I remember going for walks with her and grandpa on the beach in the morning... those were good times (I was smaller then than I am now).

These dogs are a little hard to find, so, if you know anyone who has a dog that looks like this - let me know - I want to track down a breeder.


Saturday, June 17, 2006

My Birthday tomorrow!

Tomorrow is my birthday - 18 June. I was born in 1976, two days after the 'Soweto Uprising.' For better reflections on that see Wessel's and especially Rock in the Grass' blogs. I've always thought of the day / time / era in which I was born as significant.

I like the title of Paul Simon's song, born at the right time. I believe that I was born at the right time to be me. The individual that I am - apparently my name, Angus, has something to do with being unique.

I am grateful that I was born when I was born. I thank those people who 'rose up' to make this land the land that it is today. I hope and pray that I will be able to rise up as courageously as they have to continue to make this world better for all people (in my own small way).

Whenever it is, I believe we were all born (somehow) at the right time.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Jesus loves you!

Lovely sentiment, but sometimes the whole historical Jesus thing makes that sound a bit arb... I mean if I had a penny for every Gallilean, Jewish, Mystic, Activist peasant that loved me! Or whatever other descriptions you can come up with for the historical Jesus.

I guess thats why we need faith.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

New book blog

I know of more books to buy than I have money to spend. But that does not stop me from coveting them.

So, in order to guide my coveteousness I thought I would set up a blog for books - maybe just asking for comments, or reccomendations on books to read. I will tell my friends who read books (the kind of books I enjoy) an e-mail address to which they can e-mail their posts.

I will update / moderate/ beautify the posts, and people can also comment on them. There will also be a handy link to where you can order them online. (and you can follow the link at the top of my blog to get to the book blog.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Gruntled are the peacemakers...

My new baby nephew Luke whom I will meet in less than two weeks:

The good prof asks the question in the M&G:

"If on a bad day I am disgruntled, then why on a good day am I not gruntled?"

I'm not sure really - but god gruntle you anyways.

The reason I like this word is this:

Because I figure if Jesus had known the word gruntled (actually I am sure he did, if his listeners had known...) then I think the sermon on the mount would have gone something more like this:

“Gruntled are those who know they are spiritually poor;
the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!
Gruntled are those who mourn;
God will comfort them!
Gruntled are those who are humble;
they will receive what God has promised!
Gruntled are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires;
God will satisfy them fully!
Gruntled are those who are merciful to others;
God will be merciful to them!
Gruntled are the pure in heart;
they will see God!
Gruntled are those who work for peace;
God will call them his children!
Gruntled are those who are persecuted
because they do what God requires;
the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!
“Gruntled are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil
lies against you because you are my followers.

Be Gruntled and glad,
for a great reward is kept for you in heaven.
This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted."

- Good News Bible (Adapted for Gus)

So when I feel gruntled or disgruntled, I always try to think of these verses - (not so keen on the insults and persecution tho) - and before I get to these verses I think of a whole lot of other things like food... drink... gadgets... (such is my condition)