Thursday, 23 October 2008


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Last week we were fortunate to get tickets for the Desford Brass Band concert at Theatr Hafren, Drenewydd. Most of the time we were on the edge of our seats. To hear the fullness of a brass band is an unforgettable experience ... but to hear a prize winning band playing it's own choice of music is very special indeed! So many colours. Volume that one moment shakes the base of your seat, the next moment is so quiet, you strain to hear. Harmonies, discords, solos, groups of players, but all so alert to movement an expressions of the director. Like an artist pallette, every colour seems to be possible at the movement of a finger or coner of a lip.
This is what a verse from Isaiah 35 says, in a modern translation:
Wilderness and desert will sing joyously, the badlands will celebrate and flower— Like the crocus in spring, bursting into blossom, a symphony of song and color. Mountain glories of Lebanon—a gift. Awesome Carmel, stunning Sharon—gifts. God's resplendent glory, fully on display. God awesome, God majestic.
That is exactly what it felt like, A EXPLOSION of colour and song. Sometimes subtle, sometimes just plain brash ... but always under control.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008


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Today I began my first faltering steps through the wood that is 'my family' tree.
I start with nothing and hope in time to find a great deal more.
This will, in time be useful for future generations to draw upon.
I have a memory or two, but come from a time when most people were called 'aunty or uncle'. These aunties and uncles were places where you could go safely after school. Rarely did people know the names of these, or the real family members. They were often referred to as 'family titles'. In Wales this was particularly so, as in 'Grace India ... aunty Grace who had at sometime or another been to India. Uncle Tom might just have been a close friend of the family, or he could have been a real, if distant, uncle.

I will be pleased if I can at least get some accurate branches to hang things on.


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