bye bye

it is the last weekend of banner road...

everything is packed up into cardboard boxes and bin bags, shoved against walls and awaiting their new adventure to the new house on the new road in the new part of town...
This year in banner road feels like it has set me up for a lifetime. the fear of leaving university and being confronted with a big wide world full of big choices and hard decisions and struggles to realise dreams has been softened by the banner road family and their antics keeping the magic alive.

I want to write a list of some of my favourite times in banner road, as it has been the beginning of a bristol journey that has made me smile every day...

i love our house rules written by marcroy smith for the kitchen wall...
i love our one hour crescendo and team quiz in the basement on new years eve 2008...
i love being two steps away from carnival...
i love the steps, sitting on them, smoking on them, drinking tea on them and stroking meusli on them....
i love drawing the houses across the street
i love ping pong in the basement for hours with strangers and friends (until the light bulb went)
i love how it is a second home
i love how there always seem to be 30 pairs of shoes in the hallway
and enough bikes for a small army chained up outside

bring on effingham



choose what you read

A lovely idea borne from the commuter life in the big smoke.
Some lovely people wiht a lust for good books turn up every first monday of the month outside charing cross station (and other london stations) bearing a big sign and a big box of books allowing you to disregard that dull, bemusing metro you get shoved into your face each morning, and replace its position between your hands with a fantastic novel on any matter of subjects.

A little quote from the librarians:
The Librarians
Choose What You Read is our reaction to the tonnes of free newspapers dished out and thrown away every day. We'd like to give you the opportunity to read a book instead, donated by the public, to go back out into the public once finished. We’d like to give you the opportunity to choose a novel over a free paper. We love reading, we’re pretty sure you do too. Thank you for reading.
get involved, pick up a book, read it, send it back, then help yourself to another book.. what a wonderful world.

hopefully coming to a city near you soon...



The TED lecture of A J Jacobs year of living biblically rings of a more inquisitive and informative Dave Gormanesque adventure.

He spends a year following the rules of the bible - and not just the ten commandments, he read through a whole pile of different bibles and drew out around 700 rules and commandments to be followed- many of these obscure, and many of them contradictory. Apart for leading for a great foundation for a novel, he also inevitably took an intense spiritual journey triggered by his fear and confusion of fundamentalism.

see here for an excerpt and information on how to be biblical amongst other bits and pieces.

This idea is brilliant because it brings to light fundamentalists and their idea of 'taking the bible literally' - as it seems no one can truly do this. this is proof. religion is a pick and mix of sections you want to follow and sections you choose not to. It is nigh on impossible to take a book which has been written over many many years and follow each and every of the thousands of rules. religion is a tool that can be used for good- or for bad. It makes me question when someone acts in the name of god, if they really are disguising what they selfishly want by a mask of religion.

Its such a shame when something so good can be manipulated for something so terrible as war.



this film is for fans of:
pitch black
red dwarf
the moon
people who like subtle epic soundtracks
that film which is set under the sea and the sharks get intelligent and attack the people living in the under water house.... i think llcool J was in it? (I'm not sure why it made me think of this?)

top nice acting by mr rockwell, funny and endearing moments, a creepy kevin spacey voice coming from a happy faced robot and a set which i swear has been lifted directly from red dwarf. (maybe the concept too- as pointed out by ms jo barker)