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Marty's "Living life in chapters" A self development blog: 11/9/08 - 11/16/08

Marty's "Living life in chapters" A self development blog

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dodgy encounter

I felt a little uncomfortable for a short while this evening.
As usual, I got back from band and popped round to the pub as a usually do for a pint. A guy I know from a little while ago started having a pop at me. I sensed the atmosphere as I walked in the pub and overheard him making some unsavory remarks. His son and mine were friends as young kids.

We used to go to a different pub a few years ago back when I first got involved with church. I guess back then I was more than a little enthusiastic about it. Its a bit like finding a new resturant that you want to tell everyone about.
Well.... this guy wasn't too impressed back then, but it seems he held a grudge for some reason. He made a few untrue allegations about me and my son. That hurt! I tried to make light of it, but I'm not in to confrontation, particularly when a drop of alcohol has been consumed. I stayed reasonably quiet and truthfully prayed about it. I felt the need to apologize to the guy for offending him (albeit some years ago) but before I could do that, he apologized to me for being "out of order".
Strange how things work out. I did apologize to him anyway and then he left.
This sort of thing plays on my mind at times, so I felt the need to write it down. I know I'm sensitive, but I also know that others are too. I never meant any harm, but it goes to prove that despite that, it's important to be sensitive to others.

I guess we all never stop learning. eh!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Moments in history

I caught a bit of the TV programme the other night on the 1980 embassy siege in London. It's one of those moments that embeds an image on your mind and you remember where you were.

So..... I'm thinking about those sort of moments I can remember in my life that stick in my memory. So... in no particular order...

1. Iranian Embassy Siege 1980.
I'd just left school that year and had been away for a week or so on some sort of holiday. I think it may have been with my parents. Getting home and switching on the TV with no knowledge of what had happened made for dramatic viewing! I'd certainly never heard of the SAS up to that point and I guess many folk felt the same.

2. 1969 man on the moon.
My father woke me during the late evening to watch this event on the TV. As a young child, I didn't fully appreciate the significance of it back then. For some reason, I do remember there being a full moon in the sky that night, very bright.

3. Live Aid - Wembley Stadium 1985
Now..... Why was it I decided to go to a night club in Canterbury that night and miss the whole show? Still, I watched it a few days later with a friend who taped the whole thing. Watching the horrific images of the staving Africans to the music of "Drive" still made an impact though. Very moving.

4. Twin Towers - 911
Sitting on a bus in Bromley during a lunch break and hearing someone mention a plane hitting the towers and thinking it was probably a small aircraft and an accident. Then spending the rest of the day at work, like everyone else glued to the TV.

5. The death of Diana - 1997
I got in from the pub the evening before and after watching a little TV just before midnight, decided to turn in. Found my young kids in bed with mum because the were poorly, so slept in Craigs bed for the night. I remember being semi awake in the morning with the kids up early saying the was no kids TV progs on. I heard Christine mention something about the death of Princess Diana and woke immediately.

Well, those are 5 that come to mind right now. There are probably more, but I can't think of any right now.

How about you?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Musical comedy

On my way home from work tonight, I was listening to Classic FM and heard Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2.
It brings memories of comedy from cartoons to mind. I was thinking "Now was it Tom & Gerry or Bugs Bunny". After looking it up on You Tube I realized that in fact the piece was used by both! Not only that, there is a hilarious recording of Victor Borge having fun with it too. Here are the vids. All 3 are classics in their own right!