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Plus below is one of my favourite scenes in the film. You can tell I'm a fan can't you ;-)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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I wish I could say I was surprised by this woman's inane and stupid comment, but sadly I am not. Its amazing how some political activists fail to use their brains and let their emotions govern their political beliefs to the point of exaggeration and wilful blindness.
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Sarah Malik is the (first) Youth President of the Methodist Church in the UK. Her blog can be found here.
What made you decide to start blogging?
The reason I blog as the Methodist Youth President is to keep people informed with what I am up to, its a really good way for people to hear about what’s going on in different parts of the church.
What is your best blogging experience?
And your worst?
What do you regard as your best blog entry?
I keep up to date with the Methodist President and vice-president’s blog, and with my friend John Cooper, because I find them really informative and interesting blogs.
You are the first "Youth President" within the UK Methodist Church. What have you learned from being in the post so far and what do you think you will take from it when your term ends?
The major learning of my year, and one that I would like to shout out, is that regardless of how many people talk about the church dying, and becoming irrelevant; there is a huge amount of amazing work going on out there! There are loads of churches around the country that are doing brilliant Godly things for young people and young adults alike. One of my jobs is to highlight this good work through my blog.
What sort of things could local Methodist Churches do to help reach out to younger people that have not been tried before, or which have not been tried often?
Often when churches try to reach out to young people, they do it for the wrong reasons. The best way is to pray about it and God will give you an answer. Get in contact with all your local resources, find out what’s out there and use it. Sometimes, the best way to reach out, is to go out! If there is something that’s happening for young people around the corner, help them! Think outside the box and continue to pray. Most importantly, don’t forget to ask the young people what they want. Not ‘Do you want a barbeque next week?’ but about the space, structure, activities, people; everything that affects them. Through participation things always improve, no matter the struggle to get there.
In the world of information technology that we live in, and the changing definitions of what makes a community. How do you see the future of the Church within the next thirty years?
This is one of the key questions that the Methodist church is struggling with at the moment. I think that the church may do a ‘phoenix’, in that older churches that cease to be relevant for a new generation will continue to die off, and those that are willing to change will benefit from the death of older churches and move into a kingdom vision. There is one thing that hasn’t changed throughout history, and that’s our need to worship together. The most important thing is that the Methodist people continue to worship together in a way that is pleasing to God. That’s all that really matters.
Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?
Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?
Do you have a favourite political figure in history?
Which Christian figure has been your greatest inspiration?
Throughout this year, I’ve become a bigger and bigger fan of John Wesley! Having had the opportunity to visit Epworth and other places and read about him, he has really inspired me to get back to the roots of what Methodism is really about. About being a living, changing force in this world, about standing up for those that cant and really changing things for the better.
Favourite Bond movie?
Favorite Doctor Who?
I am a big Doctor Who fan! I can’t watch the older series, cause the awful sets and costumes just make me laugh, but the newer ones are amazing! I will continue to be a David Tennant fan for a while yet, all depending on how our new Doctor Matt turns out . . .
It’s really good for picking out Christian themes too; Series 2 episode 13 ‘The last of the Time Lords’ is an amazing example of this. Also the ending of Series 2 episode 9 ‘The family of blood’ was brilliant and really shockingly beautiful parody of Christ’s mercy.
Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?
Chocolate ice cream, with chocolate chips and chocolate sauce please!
Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?
Im quite liking Florence and the Machine at the moment, but seeing Led Zeppelin at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970 would be beyond awesome!
In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?
Favourite national newspaper?
What would you say your hobbies were?
I’m a computer game geek! Currently enjoying Sims 3 (at very slow speed, but still enjoying!) and Hotel Giant 2. I’m also really into creative prayer and love every opportunity I get to do some.
And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?
1) Babe im gonna leave you – Led Zeppelin
2) One people, one struggle – Anti Flag
3) Apocalyptica’s version of Metallica’s Nothing else matters
1) The case for faith – Lee Strobel
2) Any of Terry Pratchet’s Disc world series (I couldn’t pick one, thats too cruel!)
3) The visit – Adrian plass
Saturday, August 15, 2009
he actually has hit on some home truths. American healthcare isn't perfect (in spite of what some commentators on Fox would have you believe) and, yes, neither is the NHS, but what is at the crux of debate here is comparing American health care with British healthcare and I have to say that, for all its faults, the NHS is better for many people. Some of the #welovethenhs tweets have touched on this. Many have pointed out that if they didn't get immediate healthcare and had worried about hospital bills they would have died, or had suffered further with their health. I can also testify to this, I have asthma and I have not been in highly paid jobs since I have graduated, in fact many have been on the National Minimum Wage, so to get prescriptions for my inhailers that do not cost much and to get free check ups is a great bonus, because, trust me, if the circumstances were different I would avoid going to the Doctor's if I could!
Many others have told their stories, some worse than mine. Yes, to answer the critics who dismiss them as such, they are emotive, but this is a highly emotive issue that deals with life and death and there are some Tory critics, not all, who want to see the NHS privatised because they abhor any form of state intervention in people's lives. The real tragedy here is that the word "lives" is the linch pin to the debate, not ideological posturing.
Dan Hannan (MEP)
"Of course, that isn’t how these rows work. Almost no one who has phoned me seems to have watched what I said in full. If they had, they would have seen that I conceded that there is majority suport for the NHS in Britain (although I believe this is partly based on the false premise that free treatment for the poor is a unique property of the British model), and that my views did not reflect those of my party leadership."
Deborah Thomas (PPC (Via Twitter) )
"..is furious at the bullshit argument about the NHS. Once again politicians are being forced to agree with a consensus without grown up debate"
"before you attack Hannan, answer one question: if you could design a health care system again from scratch, would it really be the NHS?"
Donal Blaney (Prominent Conservative blogger)
"But if state-run healthcare is such a great idea why are not we advocating the reintroduction of state-run food supplies, a National Food Service along the lines of the 1940s food rationing model?"
Tim Montgomerie (Moderator of ConservativeHome)
"On Wednesday I made it clear that Dan's intervention was a very personal intervention that had z.e.r.o. relevance to Tory health policy. The attack on him by the Labour machine and Adam Boulton is getting ridiculous. A politician is entitled to express an opinion without being accused of arrogance and self-obsession. "
Tory Bear (Prominent Conservative blogger)
"In response to Stephen Fry's dribble that: “Even the most right wing British politician wouldn’t think of dismantling our health service.” Liberal Conspiracy commenter "cjcjc" said:
I wonder when Stephen Fry last saw the inside of an NHS facility?
Is it *just possible* that the rest of the world has not copied the NHS because it is not the best system in the world?
Damian Thompson (Blogs Editor, Daily Telegraph)
"So Daniel Hannan attacks socialised medicine on American television, and immediately Dave slaps him down. Is it because of his criticism of the National Health Service, or because of the way he criticised it - that is, with an eloquence and forensic command of detail that makes most members of the shadow cabinet sound like jargon-spouting middle managers?
If Dan was an MP, the Conservatives would be forced to engage in the very thing that frightens them most: ideological debate."
Hopefully there will be more to come later today. That said I will leave you for now with a comment George Osborne made in The Guardian recently
“Only health and international development have been ring-fenced – though today, when it comes to health spending, [Osborne] says only that ‘we will work hard to protect it’.” *
*Bold italics by me