Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Good News for visitors to EL, SA

1Time expands again...

One year after bringing budget fares to the lucrative Johannesburg-East London route, low-cost airline 1Time is now giving Capetonians the chance to visit 'Slummies' on the cheap.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Omelette church

I really like this explanation of how church should be (thanks to steve)...

A really cool church service this morning...

Our family group (Green Group) proposed a warmer and friendlier welcome at our combined service this morning. We served freshly brewed coffee (Fairtrade, obviously) and warm doughnuts. The comments we received as people entered the building were great and they all enjoyed the warm smell of fresh coffee. Even Mel, my wife, who is not a coffee drinker loved the smell. It set a really great tone for the rest of the service and thanks to Lee (worship), Jess (sharing) and Graeme (sharing) for their input this morning.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Might be a good buy if...

This might be a good buy if you love a dog and enjoy surfing.

Stay hungry, stay foolish

The closing words of Steve Jobs' commencement address at Stanford University. Read the whole address here - link

Bored Artists

This is what happens when graphic artists get bored! Cool Cow!

My new toy!

I have had this for about a month now and have been very happy with it. It does take getting use to, but I think it is all worthwhile in the end.

Another friend joins the fray...

Great news that Kerry is joining the fray to blog about life in Africa. Should be well worth the read and you can find her at the following link -

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

R|Mail - give it a try

via Inside Google

"Not so long ago Randy Charles Morin has been coding around the clock to get ‘his’ RSS to SMPT tool ready for use. Let’s see how that goes. It delivers the latest posts of the blogs you’re subscribed to straight into your inbox. There’s a special filter applied that blocks the second, third, etc post within the same hour, so you don’t get a spam-situation. Feel free to check it out.

the R|Mail logo

The benefit of this system, I think, is that it allows you to be in touch with your most preferred blogs without having to surf there to check if there’s an update or not. Every hour, the R|Mail bot will scan the existing (known) RSS feeds, verifying for new entries. When someone has posted a new message/story, you’ll get a very short descriptive message about it in your mailbox, with a permalink that invites you to go there and read the entire post.

What I also like is the fact that there’s no registration necessary, or no login. Every time I’m checking the bloglines aggregator for example, I have to go find my password before I can read anything. My Outlook’s open almost 24/7, so in fact it’s far more handy to read the new posts there. It saves me a lot of time. Of course, you can subscribe yourself to many blogs, but you’ll have to bear in mind that you are ’so’ in control, you actually can flood your own inbox by signing up to multiple blogs. (+15). Luckily there’s also an opt-out included in every mail that’s sent. Gives you the power to interfere whenever necessary. You can also unsubscribe before going on a holiday, and re-subscribe when you return.

Want to have it on your own blog? Sure you can ! Here’s the code :

< type="text/javascript" src="{your feed URL goes here}">< /script >

You’ll have to close the ’script’ tags, because I had to insert some spaces in order to get it posted.

Let’s share the wealth.
To subscribe to ANY feed, just copy the feed url and paste it on the KB Cafe subscription page.

I’ve designed the logo myself, and I say it’s free for you to use it. If you’d like a small tag for your sidebar, feel free to use this item : small image"

It seems to work, but I am still in the infancy stages of testing it - give it a bash and let me know what you think.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Well done SA seven's

South Africa have won their first Emirates London Sevens, beating host and defending champions England in the final by 21-12.

Check out the full story here - link

via SA Rugby

Nice to hear from the Adlards again

Out of the blue, I received an email from James. He was wanting to get into contact with the old crowd from SA. He & Michelle have been busy, Josie is 2 and their second is imminent - here is keeping you in our prayers. As James recovers from being a dad of two, I am sure he will update their site. Check them out here - link

10 Easy Ways to Keep Me from Visiting Your Church Because I Visited Your Website

  1. Avoid telling me what's going to happen at your church this weekend. I found churches that had weather reports but nothing about their upcoming weekend service. I found two churches that had prominent information about upcoming golf scrambles (which I appreciated as a golfer), but nothing about this weekend's service. Why would I come if I don't know what I'm going to experience?
  2. Put a picture of your building on the main page. After all, ministry is all about the buildings.
  3. Use lots of purple and pink and add pictures of flowers. Really. Are you expecting any men to show up? And, for my benefit, please don't put any doves on your website. Doves scare me.
  4. Make me click a "skip intro" or "enter site" link. I don't have time for that and it's very annoying. If I have to wait for something to load or have to click around intro pages to get to the real information, I'm probably going to skip your church service.
  5. Add as many pictures and graphics as you can to the main page. My life is already complicated. I don't have time to figure out what's important at your church. If you dump everything on the main page, I'm assuming you don't know what's important either.
  6. Use amateur photography. And, for the record, it would be helpful to have at least one normal looking person on your site. Do us all a favor and hire a graphic designer, a professional photographer or purchase some stock photography.
  7. List every single ministry you have at your church. Frankly, I don't care what ministries you have. I just want to know whether or not I should visit your church this weekend. My first step isn't the men's Bible study or joining your church's prayer partners ministry.
  8. Make it as difficult as possible for me to get directions, services times, or find information about what will happen with my kids. It's important that my kids have a great experience. If you can't convince me that that will happen, I'm probably not going to risk visiting your service.
  9. Put a picture of your pastor with his wife on the main page. That tells me it's all about a personality, and I see enough of those people on television. I actually found one church that had not one but two pictures of the senior pastor on the main page. He was looking mighty dapper, though, in his fancy suit.
  10. Try to sell your church rather than telling me how I will benefit from the experience. I don't care how great your church is. I just want to know if visiting your church will help me and my unchurched friends take our next steps toward Christ.
via Tony Morgan

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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