Monday, May 30, 2005

Another into the blogsphere

This time my baby brother (not a current picture) has decided to use blogger as his tool of choice to maintain his personal website - check him out here

Off to London

As a family we are heading to London tomorrow morning. The plan is to rail into Victoria and then head by bus to SA House. We have to apply for South African citizenship for Anna, our daughter. The process shouldn't take too long, but we hare completely reliant on the British rail system - please keep us in your prayers!

Ta

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Laugh it off

T-shirt maker Laugh It Off has won its fight against SA Breweries over its right to mock the Carling Black Label brand. Judge Dikgang Moseneke, handing down judgment in the Constitutional Court on Friday, found that SAB had not proved that Laugh It Off had infringed on the breweries' trademark with the message on its shirts.

The words "Black Label Carling Beer, America's lusty lively beer enjoyed by men around the world" had been substituted with "Black Labour White Guilt, Africa's lusty lively exploitation since 1652, no regard given worldwide".

The T-shirt company's founder Justin Nurse told Sapa he was very happy with the judgment. "It's cool," he said. Nurse said Laugh It Off had another 1000 Black Labour T-shirts that it would auction off on its website. It would donate the proceeds to an anti-alcohol abuse charity.

"And that will be the end of Laugh It Off," he said.

Earlier, the T-shirt maker applied to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal against an appeal court finding in September last year that it was illegal to caricature the SAB trademark.

Check out their website here

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Lucky Girl...

My daughter, who is only 3 & a half weeks old is the first in the family to received the coverted little red passport. Here she is looking very smug...

Friday, May 20, 2005

Wise Words

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. - Robert A. Heinlein

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

What can we learn?

Andrew Jones recently blogged about the largest churches in the world - link here. What I found interesting in reading the list is to note how many of them are from developing nations (ex-third world).

I blogged (from Spencer Burke) about the change in demographics of the anglican church - link here.

I remember hearing Brian McLaren speak at John Benn's church First City Baptist in East London, South Africa (link here), where he mentioned that the western church had a thing or two to learn from the African Church.

What is it that the western church is missing? Have we moved on and left people behind? Did we skip over something simple that churches in developing countries see as core? Is our western faith weak because life in terms of finance etc is too easy?

Thursday, May 12, 2005

A challenge for you...

Via The Shiny Headed Prophet

Every 3 seconds a child dies because he or she happened to be born poor .... still!!!

It goes on, and on, and on.

You can help stop this ... but time is running out.

In less than 8 weeks the G8 leaders meet in Edinburgh. These guys have it in their power to change things that will stop those deaths... forever! Just think how amazing that will be, a 21st century world where kids do not die un-necessarily from the affects of poverty.

Those leaders will act if they think enough people want them to.

Please......massive PLEASE .... if you have not joined the make poverty history campaign please go to the website now and click the 'join' button. It costs nothing and could save lives.

Mandela said in Trafalgar Square:

Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great... You can be that generation.

You were created to do great things - go do one now by signing up.

This is more like it...


In an article published Thursday by the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gates is quoted as saying,

"I don't think the success of the iPod can continue in the long term, however good Apple may be. I think you can draw parallels here with the computer — here, too, Apple was once extremely strong with its Macintosh and graphic user interface, like with the iPod today, and then lost its position ."

Could it be true?

"To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different, it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard."” — Bill Gates

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

10 "vows" of a Vineyard Monastery

1. Simplicity - a frugal and focused life.
2. Community - a shared and stable life.
3. Worship - a God-centered life.
4. Study - a transformed life.
5. Work - a productive and creative life.
6. Service - a generous life.
7. Hospitality - a welcoming life.
8. Justice- a socially active life.
9. Sabbath - a renewed life.
10. Celebration - a joy-filled life.

via Jordon

I wish I was there...

Don't you just love friends that send you photos of waves going off back in SA. Thanks Craig, Camilla, Brewer & Nats. Love it...

Someone new in Blogsphere


I have managed to get a good friend in South Africa to start blogging. Check him out here (link)! Maybe he will keep it going and provide some food for thought.

Something humorous to think about

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this :

What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

If: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then: H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

and K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But, A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

And, B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T 2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.
A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Bullshit and Ass kissing that will put you over the top.

Thanks to Steve Gee

Things have been a little hectic at the moment

I have not been online as much over the last 2 weeks after the birth of our little girl (second child). You can check out pictures at schonken.com. I have barely managed to keep up with work, let alone extra reading and blogger. Maybe things will improve over the course of the next couple of weeks.

Quite true for me at the moment...

"A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world." - John le Carre

Monday, May 02, 2005

What Would Jesus Play?

About me

I am an African living in Scotland. A son, a father, an ex-husband, a boyfriend, a teacher and friend trying to piece together the stories that my God, my parents, my ex-wife, my girlfriend, my pupils and my friends are telling me, so that I can tell my own story. Thanks to all for your support and advice. I still love good coffee and popcorn.

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