Monthly Archives: June 2010

It’s Oh So Quiet

There was a deathly hush in the office for most of today. I can’t think why!!!! But I will not crow over the fact that England were not only beaten by the better team but didn’t deserve to get to the last 16.

Yes, Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal was a travesty and something should be done about FIFA but they can’t use that excuse. They were poor from the first match until they were finally knocked out.

You can’t blame the manager completely. England have a bunch of under talented, over hyped players who don’t seem able to grasp new tactics but the manager doesn’t get the if he plays players out of position.

Roll on the European Championships in 12 years time when we can anticipate much hype and failure.

I’m The Cute One

Firstly for Rain….

It went very well thank you. Stroppy Boy was very well behaved. He washed up and fed the cats the entire time he was here. We watched the football – hurray for the USA – Ronin, while I wrote my sermon, and then he went to bed at about 23:45.

He came with me Sunday morning and was asked to take the offertry and joined in communion as well. Then it was home to have lunch, watch Scaramouche and then time to take him home. Plus he he played on the X-Box.

FW arrived home yesterday. While in bed this morning we were stroking Che. He wandered a little way off down the bed but when I reached to stroke FW he came bounding back and inserted himself between us to imply that he was the one that should be stroked.

When FW went upstairs just now he was on the bed with his sister, Lemur, and had had a stroke. FW stroked Lemur and then commented on what a lovely purr she had. To which Che made a loud “murp” and reinserted himself for stroking.

We do not have spoilt, demanding cats, whatever others may think!!!

Busy Week

I’m in for a busy week. Stroppy Boy is visiting today and has been tasked with housework as a lesson by his parents. We’ll still get time to support the US in tonight’s football!!!

I have a sermon to write for tomorrow morning and letters to notify members of our forthcoming AGM for Sustaining Life. I think I’ll be giving the same sermon at another chapel next Sunday. This is because we’re driving to Leeds on Friday for Caring For Life’s Open Day next Saturday. Then back on Saturday afternoon so I can give the sermon on Sunday evening.

In between time I have a list of things to do that at work so that i’m not leaving others with work to do in my absense. I hate leaving things for others to do and have already pushed one customer to get some things completed early to accomodate my time off.

Sorry, I have to rush now as my sister wants to to drop her in Newport for a hairdressing appointment.

Happy Day

Today has been realtively quiet in work, BOO!!!! However I ahd a phone call this afternoon that brightened things up no end.

Someone I know set up a transport company last year. I was his first big customer and they have grown by leaps and bounds in the year. So much so, that he called today to tell me to buy the Western Mail – the national rag of Wales.

Normally I wouldn’t bother as I don’t think that it is worth the money. Yet, when I opened the Business in Wales supplement, there he was staring out at me. It was a very good 2 page article that really “bigged” him and his company up.

It also gave me a good feeling because here was someone I knew being built up and lauded for making a success from starting a business in a recession. Yet it also showed that his head is firmly planted on his shoulders and he hasn’t been overtaken by a successful start.

The article on the front of the paper was about Wales needing more successful and highly paid people. Wales is a country with a narrow gap between the low and high earning brackets. This sounds like a good thing but actually isn’t.

Wales lacks the high earning band of people who are usually recognised as the entrepeneurs. I’m not talking about bankers and such but about people who start businesses from scratch and create jobs, as well as personal wealth.

50% of our working population are employed by the public sector and this is much higher than the rest of the UK but also a dangerous level in a recession. Where will they be as government cuts budgets and costs? If people are made redundant from public service where are the alternative jobs in the private sector? Ok so Tesco, Asda (Walmart) or someone else may open stores but they aren’t exactly rewarding jobs.

So it is good to see that there are people out there looking to build businesses. What we need are more of them. People offering careers that will be rewarding and worthwhile for people leaving school or wanting an alternative. People who can offer jobs that are engaging and demanding and give a sense of accomplishment.

So if you know anyone who needs a container moved, let me know and I’ll pass things on 🙂

Big Leeks

I have been watching the news recently regarding the oil leek that is terrorising the Gulf coast of America.

We know how to deal with leeks in Wales. I recommend making a giant leek and potato soup.