Archive for September, 2009

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$500,000,000 bill

September 23, 2009

Whitney’s new single is ‘Million Dollar Bill‘ but today I held a 500 million dollar bill in my hand.

Dr Leonard Makoni, from Scripture Union in Zimbabwe came to visit our chaplaincy group at College today and happened to have a spare $550mil to give away.

Zimbabwe $500000000

On a more serious level, he shared of his work teaching the Bible in schools and trying to reach children who don’t go to school as well as educating about AIDS and helping street kids. We heard of how life keeps going in Zimbabwe despite the headlines. I learned that the issue isn’t necessarily race-related but people seeking power and property for their own gain. He asked us to pray for those in power to be thoroughly changed by God to honour him and not themselves. Why not do that now?

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Sydney Dust Storm Pics

September 23, 2009

Looking out my window I feel like I’m in an old movie. Getting up early meant I saw the sky turn from blood red to sepia. Looks like a crazy weather day ahead – should be fun!

Here are some dusty pics. Wanna know who’s behind it all?

Sydney DustSydney Dust view

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Bridge Run Success

September 20, 2009

This morning I had great fun running 9km including over the Harbour Bridge. My unofficial time (i.e. from my stopwatch) was 47:41.07, well inside my goal of 50mins. Stay tuned for official results.

My Bridge Run medal

My Bridge Run medal

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Bridge Run Correction

September 18, 2009

Thanks to Steve Jacob on the ‘Today’ show, I am informed that the Bridge Run is only 9km. Therefore I am readjusting my goal to 50 minutes. I’ll let you know how I go.

The weather is looking better too – only 24 degrees max.

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Bridge Run Countdown

September 16, 2009

On Sunday I, God willing, will be running in the 10km Bridge Run as part of the Sydney Running Festival. I’m not a great long distance runner – sprinting is more my thing – but it’s been a helpful impetus to do more exercise. I’m really looking forward to the event, mainly for the scenery: running across the Harbour Bridge, Cahill Expressway, Maquarie St, Botanical Gardens with the finish at the Opera House.

My main ‘training’ has been the 7km Bay Run and my times are dropping:
30/8 – 38’02.25
5/9 – 36’27.00
14/9 – 36’27.01

My goal is to finish in under 55 mins by anything under an hour would be great. We’ll see how I go. The 27 degrees forecast won’t help!

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I Look To You – Whitney Houston

September 14, 2009

Okay – probably time to ‘fess up; back in the day I was a big Whitney Houston fan. I can remember mum playing ‘I wanna dance with somebody’ in the car when I was 11 and I can sing a mean ‘I will always love you’ at KaraokeWhitney Houston.

She’s done pretty well with her new album ‘I Look to You’. It’s #1 on the US Billboard & European Albums charts and is #16 in Australia this week. I haven’t listen to the whole thing yet, but the short grabs I’ve heard sound promising.

Her first single of the same title is not a standout (it just creeps in to #5 on my chart this week) but look out for the next single ‘Million Dollar Bill’- more uptempo and more appealing. She hasn’t had a great Australian track record, so we’ll she how she goes. So far she’s out-pacing Madonna whose new single ‘Celebration’ (which is unusually weak for her) has dropped out of the US Top 100.

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Top 5 Singles – 14/09/09

September 14, 2009

1. LIKE IT LIKE THAT Guy Sebastian (3wks on #1)
2. 22 Lilly Allen (-0)
3. MEET ME HALFWAY The Black Eyed Peas (New)
4. THE FIXER Pearl Jam (New)
5. I LOOK TO YOU Whitney Houston (New)

Action aplenty on my chart this week. Keri Hilson, Mika and Jordin Sparks (all quality tracks) fall out of the top 5 this week. They’ve been replaced by three interesting artists, two of whom are making comebacks.

The Black Eyed Peas’ third track ‘Meet Me Halfway’, though not their catchiest is easily their best track so far of the ‘The E.N.D.’ album.

Pearl Jam have entered the ’00s with a less-rocky, more-poppy track (and hence I like it more than their old stuff).

Whitney Houston also returns to form this week. ‘I Look to You’ isn’t much more than a safe, semi-spiritual ballad but it’s a start. More on her next post.