2015: My Highlights

One of my favourite things about going home for Christmas is reading the family newsletters that Mum gets sent. It’s always a joy to hear what more successful people have been doing with their year.

And this year I wanted to get a piece of the action myself.

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The Mikeyra – A Eulogy

The Mikeyra was more than just a car. It was a way of life. It touched the hearts and captured the imagination of countless men, women and children. 

It taught us so much – we learned to love. We learned not to judge a book by its cover. We learned patience. We learned that if your heart is pure then no challenge is too large. We learned the importance of always having a valid RAC membership.

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Art

Sometimes, it is difficult to express yourself fully in words. So I have taken to drawing pictures to articulate some of the unfathomable depths of my soul. This particular piece of art is so deep even I don’t know what I mean.

It is a picture of David Cameron feeling awkward at a ceilidh. Jeremy Corbyn is also there, along with some other celebrity guests. I hope that you enjoy it. But more than that, I hope that it speaks deep emotional and grammatical truths to your soul.

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A Final List of Things Recently Discovered in My Car

So, the moment is upon us. A moment we all knew would arrive. But none of us wanted to face. It is time to say goodbye to the hallowed vehicle we have come to know, affectionately, as the Mikeyra.

So many memories it has given us. So many lives it has touched. So many adventures. So many words I could say. And I will. But not yet, for there are important rituals to be observed.

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Some More Thoughts on Songwriting

So in last week’s episode of ‘Mikey is suddenly and unexpectedly serious’, I suggested that our worship music is sometimes let down by its lyrics. Perhaps it’s a mistake to assume that worship leaders automatically make good songwriters. Perhaps we should encourage non-worship leaders to get involved. Perhaps more lyrical guidance should be given to aspiring songwriters.

This week, I continue that train of thought.

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Some Thoughts on Songwriting

I like writing songs. And I’d like to think that I’m quite good at it. But that hasn’t always been the case.

I remember first being encouraged to write songs by a couple of leaders at church. I was 15, I played guitar and I led worship. The natural progression was to write my own stuff, right?

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A Brief and Wildly Untrue History of Hay Fever

So, the British Summer appears to be upon us in all its half-hearted, muggy glory. Bumbling slowly along with all the grace of a short-sighted giant in stilettos carrying a heavy shopping basket full of insect repellant and sun cream.

Hay fever, in this repulsive train crash of an analogy, is the wart on that giant’s nose, the foul stench of dried sweat emanating from its pores, the head-lice in its sticky hair – an unwelcome parasitic stowaway gleefully making its obnoxious presence known.

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An Ode to a Faithful Friend

It has taken me a long time to pluck up the courage to write this blog post. I think, until now, I have been unwilling to face the reality of my loss. Unwilling to admit that it really happened.

You see, it has been 4 months now since I last saw my beloved water bottle. My faithful friend, my constant companion, the source of my life. My confidant, my closest ally. My butler, and my bodyguard.

This post is dedicated to him.

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