Adbusting: LG Seamless Entertainment

You would think no one could make this stuff up and be serious about it. I mean really. Who actually falls for this? OK, where do we start? The premise of the advert is that modern life constrains us, forces and squeezes us into a generic bland consumer one-size-fits-all mould. It shows us all facing the dull hindrances of life, with dull jobs just like everyone else. Just like everyone else. So far it’s compelling, it’s a line we’ll buy because it has the grain of truth to it. Much…

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Progress

Just under a year ago I ran the route below for the first time(clocked 29’42), ran it a few days later (29’36) and then in a time trial with the club (25’47). I know the run is coming up again soon so I thought I’d give it a go. Didn’t push it as we have a time trial on Wednesday and just to gauge where I was at…clocked 26’59. I’ll run it later in the week and pick it up again. So if I measure it against a year ago, I’m almost…

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I link therefore I am (30/11/09)

Some good things today, worth checking a few of them out… As the Lib Dems unveil their tax plans, the BBC Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders reflects how their proposals show “our skewed idea of what constitutes “rich” in this country that a tax affecting, at most, 1% of household in the UK was felt to hit too many in the “middle class.” Just a reminder that advent starts now  Which means you should think about Christmas, Consumerism and a Different Way to Live  Which is quite, no make that very…

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Ministry can kill relationships

Kill is quite a strong word isn’t it? But I think it’s probably true – those who want to be about the work of the kingdom of God can end up losing it all because we make the work the most important thing. It’s a trap I think I fall into on a daily basis, but at least I’m starting to realise the trap is there in the first place. I notice it when I start another piece of work instead of heading home, when my schedule fills up and…

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I link therefore I am (27/11/09)

Dealing with debt for many in Britain is a crucial issue and it’s great to see that Christians are at the heart of it. Nigel Ring has a great report on the recent CMA conference  Can we live in a world without oil? Rob Hopkins thinks so (HT: Make Wealth History) For the soul read this psalm for the generous  As a biker I appreciate this invention and the photos that accompany it  Bookmark of the Day – just a good site plugged from bookmarks try FileHippo.com for free downloads of…

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I link therefore I am (26/11/09)

Apparently giving 10% of your income is newsworthy. Although what Toby Ord is suggesting is incredibly generous and if only more Christians took part our missions, church planting and aid programmes would be revolutionised. I like what Mark Heath has to say about the purpose of pain It’s that time of year where Americans get all maudlin over thanksgiving and every American Christian blogger does one on thankfulness. Here’s one from a pastor and here’s one about turkeys

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Book Review: Affluenza

Money can’t buy happiness, is a truism (although some disagree). Oliver James sets out to show how consumerism or affluenza makes us deeply unhappy as a people. Essentially it breaks down like this, the more we have and the more we’re encouraged to have the more likely we are to end up depressed and the more likely it is that our relationships will fail (for a review by an economics professor read this). James interviews people from US, New Zealand, Australia, China, Singapore, Russia, the UK & Denmark and compares findings.…

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