An excellent news bulletin about Invocation 2010...
... can be found here and by then clicking on the link at the top of the left-hand column "Invocation 2010". Here is a snippet:
“It’s been a phenomenal success,” said Oscott Seminary Vocations Director Father Paul Moss.“All we hoped for was that this would provide young people with the opportunity to come and discern their vocation, to make new friends, and to have fun in fact, and I think on all three counts it’s been a great success.”
“I was told that one young girl actually misread the advertisement for this Weekend.She thought it was going to be just a general Retreat for young people, and she came and realised it was something quite different, and she said it’s changed her life. She hasn’t discovered a vocation to religious life, but what it has done is deepen her Faith and opened up a whole new way of seeing Living the Christian Life.So again, it’s been a great thing and people’s lives have been changed because of this weekend.”
Well, any self-respecting Film Studies teacher simply has to go and see those films that are being acclaimed by the critics and are up for awards, if only to better inform his/her students and perhaps encourage them to see the film in question. So, off I went to see what all the fuss was about. "The King's Speech" is full of very British wry, self-deprecating humour, affectionate digs at the royal family and tremendous performances. I never got the sense that Colin Firth was playing his character's handicap to the gallery, nor was he simply baiting the Academy Awards voters with yet another Oscar-friendly performance involving physical handicap. In fact, his handicap was much more an emotional one. I felt there was a real emotional honesty and depth to his portrayal (and the swearing is hilarious!). Both Helena Bonham-Carter and Geoffrey Rush are worthy of awards too. I loved B-C's knowing humour and intelligence as Bertie's wife (who for people of my generati…
Apologies to those who are ignorant of the landmark sci-fi tv series that came to an end in the US last Friday (with us Brits having to wait until tomorrow - think Moses leading the Israelites to the Promised Land with the Egyptians not only hot on their tails but also infiltrated into their ranks), but this exchange between Admiral Adama (Moses figure) + crack pilot Starbuck was one of many tear-inducing moments during the 5-year long serial's finale. Tear-inducing because of the fact that these two characters (like a father + daughter) have had this same exchange at key moments since the first series and it has acted as a pointer to the complicity, mutual trust and deep affection they hold for each other, and because of the context in which it happens (can say no more for now!).
I will say little more for now until the British showing has aired tomorrow. How do I know what's in it? I have to confess that I downloaded it Saturday and watched it last ni…
The albums of Switchfoot have never been far from my cd player/iTunes playlists since I discovered them back in the early 2000s. Though their songs (written for the most part by lead singer Jon Foreman) are uplifting and often upbeat musically, lyrically they fequently deal with the battle between darkness and light within each of us, e.g. “Ammunition”, “The Shadow Proves The Sunshine”, “Thrive”, “The Blues” and as shown here in “Dare You To Move”:
"Welcome to the fallout, Welcome to resistance, The tension is here, The tension is here, Between who you are and who you could be, Between how it is and how it should be,
I dare you to move Dare you to move Dare you to lift yourself up off the floor…"
Their new album (their 10th), is now available for pre-order, and to mark this Jon Foreman has written the following which I think not only sums up what this band are about, but also sums up where so many people are at in their lives, including me, dealing with the day to day challenge of…