Tuesday, 27 February 2007

I am so proud of my brother!

If only I was there to hear what he had to say...

Monday, 12 February 2007

The ego has landed.

Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with the Robbie Williams kind, but everything to do with the "look at me" kind.

I can't believe people can resort to coming up to me and telling me that I should take photos of them or make sure they are featured in the papers because they are such an essential part of the team.

I don't discredit their invaluable contribution, but my goodness whatever happened to humilty?

He actually resorted to telling me a "story" about the organ pumper. About how organs before needed an organist, but also someone pumping the organ in order for a sound to come out. They may not be in the limelight, but the person pumping the organ is a very important part as well.

If only I had the guts to retort, why don't you read Luke 18:11
9To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:

10"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about[a] himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.

12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'

13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

14"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Saturday, 10 February 2007

Finally made to to Invercargill, home of the World's Fastest Indian, as close as you can get to the Antarctic, and where the sun sets at 9pm.

It was a bit of a shock to the system to land in Invercargill. I had just come from Auckland where it was bright and sunny and at least 30 degrees.

Stepping out of the airport, I felt all the hair on my arms stand up as I suddenly entered a winter atmosphere and all of 14 degrees.

Thank goodness I've got a nice warm fluffy jacket with me.

It all starts tomorrow. About 28 days of living in the pockets of 12 other people. This is going to be interesting.

Day in and day outs of phoning the media, updating the website, arranging media interviews, writing news articles for the website, taking photos, being a pseudo-camera person...

Radio interviews have already happened, so has a few interviews with the local paper. Just hope the positive media coverage continues, and even grows.

And let's hope I don't lose my sanity before then.

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Thursday, 8 February 2007

Just completed a day of media training with the church leaders today.

Went rather well, if I may say so myself. It's nice to see administration so open to the needs and seriousness of communication.

It's good to know that they are getting trained so that in the event of a crisis, they know what to do.

Overall, a pretty good day.

Checking into a new hotel today that comes equipped with a free sauna. Should be good!

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Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Am now in New Zealand, sitting on my bed in my motel room, watching the Amazing Race (season who knows) and this close to falling asleep.

And it's only 8.20pm NZ time, but worse than that, it's only 6.20pm Oz time and I had really just arrived in NZ about four hours ago.

I'm this close to becoming concussed.

Must be the fact that I'm suddenly faced with no prospects of doing any work for this evening and so my body has just suddenly realised that after all that months of insanity, it's time to relax.

Work starts tomorrow.

In the meantime, it may be bedtime soon...

Monday, 5 February 2007

I leave tomorrow for New Zealand for amongst other things, the Circle of Courage New Zealand Cycle Tour.

One month of traveling up the length of New Zealand with eight other cyclists at 20km/h.

Oh, I'm not cycling, I'm involved in the media relations side of things.

May or may not be updating this site, so I'll leave you with this (just because it's so cute!).

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Sunday, 4 February 2007

If Everyone Cared

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died

And I'm singing

Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive
Amen I, Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive

And in the air the fireflies
Our only light in paradise
We'll show the world they were wrong
And teach them all to sing along

Singing Amen I, I'm alive (I'm alive)
Singing Amen I, I'm alive

And as we lie beneath the stars
We realize how small we are
If they could love like you and me
Imagine what the world could be

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died

We'd see the day, we'd see the day
When nobody died
We'd see the day, we'd see the day
When nobody died
We'd see the day when nobody died

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