The Dock now owns a brand-new barbeque! Bought from B&Q yesterday and expertly assembled by me (only one bolt, one washer and a small metal clip left over – result!) it’s ready to be fired-up for its maiden voyage at the ARC BBQ on Thursday night.
Sizzling hot dogs and juicy burgers for carnivores (and something wholesome for you veggie herbivores as well), I can’t wait!
Plenty of images from Belfast were beamed all over the world during the last few weeks. The ones that make the headlines are always the negative ones – pictures of a future for Belfast city that looks crushingly similar to our past. But there were other pictures being taken in Belfast – in the TQ – over the same few days. Pictures of a vibrant, busy, fun, family-friendly, safe, colourful, hopeful city. This is the future we’re living and praying for:
I was just about to post a blog entry with some photos and pictures from the last week – then I noticed this beauty on the BBC website and thought it deserved space all to itself, so I’ll leave mine for tomorrow…
For all fellow Titanoraks: this is a shot of Captain Smith’s bathtub, complete with the lovely old Victorian pipework allowing either fresh or salt water, hot or cold, half-submerged in Titanic’s resting place at the bottom of the Atlantic… what a picture…
Today was the anniversary of The Dock’s darkest day. It was this time last year, at the Diocesan Synod, that I gave a defenceless woman a black eye by throwing a parsnip at her (if you’re new to the blog and you’re thinking Whaatttt???, the full gory story is here.)
Today was Synod Day again, and a chance to give a quick update to m’learned friends about all the exciting progress in recent months. In case Edith was there, I had brought a crash helmet to provide her with appropriate protection if anything went awry this year – and sure enough, as I walked up to the podium, there she was in the front row! She gratefully accepted the crash helmet – just in case – but thankfully this year my talk at Synod was injury free – hurrah!
So Edith really is a Dock Hero. It was fantastic to see her again today – sans black eye – and catch up with one of the warmest, funniest (and – phew! – most forgiving) people I have met in the course of Dock World. She even told me that she took the parsnip home to make soup – what a great way to deal with the unexpected slings and arrows (and parsnips ) of life. Edith, when the day comes to smash a bottle of champagne against the Dock boat, we won’t need royalty – your name will be at the top of the list.