Showing posts from February, 2008

New website for our Brothers in Argentina + Uruguay

Our congregation's central website has announced the launching of a new website by our Brothers in Argentina + Uruguay. The introductory page has a simple but very effective animation of a world map, showing where and when the Brothers arrived in countries around the globe.  
The main site (see below) is in the style of a blog. Those who can read Spanish may find things of interest.

African Educational Project - Uganda 08: training weekend

On Thurs. Feb. 7th, those of us taking part in this year's African Educational Project in Uganda in July travelled by road (minibus + car) and overnight ferry to the De La Mennais Brothers' Mother House in Ploërmel, Brittany (N.W. France) for a weekend of training and team bonding to prepare us for the challenges that lie ahead in getting our teens, aged between 16 and 18, to lead summer camp-style activities for children in Uganda. It was a very successful weekend and one which saw the group gel really well (always a good sign) and come up with lots of ideas for activities to do in Uganda and fund-raising events beforehand. The 2008 "Team Win" at Warwick services.

After getting off the boat at 8.30am, we were treated to breakfast by the Brothers in our St. Malo community.

Bro. Joseph Pichon, St. Malo

Nick W. about to get an extra wake-up call.

Group photo-call on the canal in Josselin (nr. Ploërmel) in front of a splendid château. 

The view from a bedroom at our Ploërmel …

Tommy Cooper classics

Some absolutely classic humour from great British comedian Tommy Cooper sent to me by my brother. Apologies for any offence caused, but I just had to share them!! :-)

1 . Two blondes walk into a'd think at least one of them would have seen it.

2. Phone answering machine message - '...If you want to buy marijuana, press the hash key...'

3. A guy walks into the psychiatrist wearing only Clingfilm for shorts. The shrink says, 'Well, I can clearly see
you're nuts.'

4. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.

5. I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him 50 quid that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf.
He said, 'No, the steaks are too high.'

6. My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.

7 . A man came round in hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, 'Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!'
The doctor replied, 'I know you…

"Juno" - a review

It's been a hectic last few weeks, what with being away each of the last 4 weekends. I'm looking forward to a little more stability at least until the end of the month. One of the weekends away was with a group from school on a (very successful) training weekend for this year's African Educational Project trip in July to 2 of our Brothers' schools in Uganda. I'll post some photos from the weekend soon.

In the meantime, here's my review of the much-hyped "Juno".


"Juno" is the second film by Jason Reitman. I liked it very much in all aspects, writing, acting + direction - the latter being a little less gimmicky than in the director's other film "Thank You For Smoking". It is very much a character piece that manages to avoid too many character clichés. Yes, the father of the child, Paulie Bleeker is a bit of a nerdy geek (he'd have to be with a name like that!), but much less obviously a figure of fun than in m…