Archive for February, 2009


Friday, February 27th, 2009

I like cars.

And unlike some of my friends, I especially like big cars. It’s probably my inner megalomaniac.

But I was a bit surprised the other night when a local garage revealed that in the month of January, they only sold one car bigger than a Ford Fiesta. I hope sensible sized cars (that bikes can be thrown into the back of) aren’t going out of fashion.


Thursday, February 19th, 2009

I got a history book for Christmas. I hated learning history at school, and dropped it as soon as possible (3rd year). But like so many things, once I was no longer forced to endure it, I now actually rather enjoy it (unlike rugby, which I still hate).

Anyway, so I’ve been reading a book of history. The other night I reached the reign of King Harald Bluetooth of Denmark, famous nowadays for having the radio technology that we use mainly for mobile phone hands-free kits named after him.

So what did to do to deserve this honour, since he clearly didn’t invent it, being dead for about a thousand years? Bluetooth was named after him because he is remembered as the man who unified Norway, Sweden and Denmark as a single kingdom, as bluetooth is intended to unite diverse devices in a happy wireless network. But what I hadn’t realised that one of the ways in which he united them was under a Christian faith, having been converted to Christianity himself. I’ve always been very fond of my bluetooth headsets (I’ve had a few of them over the years), but now that I know that they are intended to spread Christianity, I’m even more impressed. I have no idea yet how they achieve this, but I’m sure it’ll become clear sooner or later.

Slumdog Millionaire

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

I don’t often go to see award-winning films. I generally suspect that film juries are looking for different things to me. Unless it’s the award for special effects, admittedly, which does often tickle my fancy.

But I have been intrigued by the success of Slumdog Millionaire.  Having been to Mumbai a few years ago and having a friend who is involved with a charity that helps children in India, I decided it sounded interesting.

So I went to see it tonight. And it is a great movie; I was well impressed. A story of hope against overwhleming odds. I hope it does well in the oscars. And I hope that the child actors who were so good in it have a bright future.