Friday, July 29, 2005

Peace out man, it's like, yeah

Thanks to Anthropax, I ended up taking one of these bizarre personality tests, and apparently I'm a Hippie. Worryingly, some of the detailed analysis is probably not especially inaccurate - though I've never smoked anything in my life, let alone pot.

I include the results for your viewing pleasure.

You are 42% Rational, 85% Extroverted, 14% Brutal, and 14% Arrogant.

You are the Hippie! Characterized by a strong sense of extroversion,
irrationality, gentleness, and humility, you no doubt frolic through
fields preaching peace and love to all! You are probably either very
spiritual or needlessly paranoid about "the man", like most hippies, as
a result of your focus on intuition and feelings over cold, brutal
logic. You are also very, very social. And like any hippie, who would
have no qualms about hitchiking across the country just to meet some
interesting people, you too love to interact with others, even complete
strangers. Because we know most any hippie is peace-loving and humble,
it stands to reason that you, as well, are terribly gentle and humble,
almost to the point of revulsion. Your carefree attitude of peace and
harmony is probably very, very sickening to realists or cynics or
anyone who isn't a hippie, to tell the truth. In short, your
personality is defective because you are overly emotional, extroverted,
gentle, and humble--thus making you an annoying hippie. And you listen
to psychadelic rock and smoke a whole lot of pot. Okay, maybe not, but
I wouldn't be surprised if you did.

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.

2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.

3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.

4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.


Your exact opposite is the Sociopath.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Televangelist, and the Robot.

If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you
could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42%
Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is
close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well.
Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can
determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored
near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 7% on Brutality
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You scored higher than 5% on Arrogance
Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Signs & Wonders

So there I was on Tottenham Court Road, at lunchtime and I passed a 'Subway'. "Mmmm" I thought. The trouble is, it had no seating area which didn't sit well with me having two bags and the street outside being a bit rammed.

So, I decided to tube it to Leicester Square on the basis that there'd be somewhere to sit and surely another 'Subway' (by this point the Meatball Sub really had taken my fancy).

Popping up in Leicester Square however I found McDonald's, Burger King, some random Italian places but alas no Subway. Then, just as I was about to give up, salvation came in the form of a man with a placard. You know the type; usually the placard says 'American Golf Sale' and you're just left wondering how much he gets paid to do that. This time however, the placard said 'Subway' and pointed me in the direction of my tasty meatball sub. So it just goes to show...

Mornington Crescent

Greetings from Mornington Crescent Tube station. I'm led to believe that this is of some significance if you're a Radio 4 listener, but I'm not so if someon e would care to enlighten me...

I've not got a lot else to say other than it was one of the more bizarre tube stations I've been to; I had to wait in an initially deserted corridor for a lift to the surface.

On with my travels...

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Random Places To Blog From Part II

Not quite as random as Ramsey Island but very cool nonetheless, this post is coming to you from the Tate Modern, where I'm sat with a pot of Earl Grey and a view of St Paul's. How cultured.

Following a quality lunch at Lincoln's Inn (thanks, Eleanor!) I've enjoyed something of a reflective afternoon. Shortly I'll be meeting my cousin, which I'm looking forward to.

Until next time...

Monday, July 25, 2005

These Days

I've been catching up with a lot of friends recently, and it's been great to learn that my corner of the Blogosphere does indeed have visitors; thanks guys! Apologies for the slight lack of postings recently, but it's one of those times where lots is going on and I lack anything in the way of a routine.

Last week I enjoyed a day back in Oxford, which was quality. I'd had enough of a break from the place to really appreciate it again when I was back. It just seems to attract the beautifully random and highlights of my day included seeing my scout, my notetaker and lunching with a friend who somehow has earned himself the nickname 'Skittles'.

This weekend was my aunt and uncle's Silver Wedding celebration, and they had decided to get the entire family together. This included such relatives as my dad's cousin's children and other such random relations and it was a fantastic day, even if I was completely confused as to where everyone fitted in.

As a result of the family gathering my great aunt has been staying with us. Having a great aunt is cool as it is, but my great aunt (from Scotland, no less) is truly a legend. Not one to mince her words she's been a lot of fun to have around the house.

To end with, I think it's time for another musical reference. I'm sure those of you whose musical taste includes Bon Jovi will agree that their album 'These Days' must surely be considered the best they've produced to date; it's just one of those albums where some of the lyrics and the themes can at times be really relevant and I've decided that it deserves a mention. Nice.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Wexford, Baby!

Hello folks! I had a wonderful weekend in Ireland with Stan; we stayed in the Wexford area and explored the sunny South East.

The weather was beautiful and I really enjoyed my first taste of the Emerald Isle. We stayed in Wexford, which was quaint, if a bit small. It was the sort of town where we were able to come across the same drunk piper on no less than four occassions in no less than four places in about as many hours. It did appear to have some life though, and we were priviliged to witness the reopening of 'The Back Room' in the Centenary Stores, which seemed to draw in the crowds. And if that wasn't enough excitement there was always the Harry Potter launch, which saw the streets filled with kids who really shouldn't have been out in the town at that time. With all the various costumed people and street entertainers it was all a bit surreal.

One thing that really impressed me about Ireland was the hospitality and friendliness of the people; it really has to be experienced to be believed. Cars stopped to let us cross the street, and people always said 'sorry' or 'excuse me' if they so much as brushed against you in a pub. The service we received at the B&Bs we stayed in was second to none, and I would particularly like to thank Maurice and Mary and recommend their B&B in Wexford.

It's nice to have some time at home now, though coming back yesterday to find a truck pumping out the septic tank was a bit rough. These things have to be done occasionally, but it isn't nice. The only thing which relieved the pain of the noxious atmosphere was the slogan on the back of the truck:

"Too wise you are
Too wise you be
so use the name
Wise - That's Me!"

If anyone has found a worse corporate 'slogan', do let me know. It'd be nice to have some more comments...


Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Back from Ramsey

I came back from Ramsey again this afternoon having had a very pleasant afternoon. The weather was glorious and I saw deer, ravens, oyster catchers, seals and a pair of rather large butch lesbians.

This evening I came across an ad for Radio Pembrokeshire in a local newspaper, and I quote:
"102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire - a local success story. Official radio audience research has once again confirmed our place as the most listened to radio station, out of all BBC and commercial stations across the UK."
I wonder who they surveyed to come up with such blatantly biased statistics? Still, I for one found it amusing.

I also booked my ferry ticket to Ireland for the weekend. Two of us are heading over and staying in Wexford, which should be a laugh. Do any of you know the area, and do you have any recommendations?

Being a cheapskate, I won't be using my phone to blog whilst abroad, though you may get another post before I cross the water.

Bye for now...

Random Places to Blog from...

Number One: Ramsey Island.

A small island off the Pembrokeshire Coast with only two houses and a warden as the only resident, Ramsey is pretty remote, especially in blogging terms.

Life is pretty good, it has to be said. Thanks to Nick for his comments; has anyone else parted with money for terrible music? Comments please...

Friday, July 08, 2005

If You Were There...'d know what on Earth possessed me to buy The Best of Wham CD. I bought it a long time ago and found it during my epic clear-out. To add insult to injury, the sticker on the box implies I parted with £16.99 for it. Ouch.

On the subject of music, I made a rather more successful purchase the other day when I picked up the best of Van Halen double CD for just £6.29. Bargain.

Despite being very '80's' in places I'm very pleased with it. Eddie Van Halen pioneered various guitar techniques and some of the guitar parts are sublime. The album also contains such classics as 'Ain't Talking 'bout Love', with its catchy riff.

Incidentally this particular song is about casual sex, and I was amused by the person who'd commented on saying "I wish I'd known the theme before I had it as the first song at my wedding dance". Hmm.

Currently I'm enjoying a relaxing few days in Wales. The weather might be lousy, but it's good to get away. It's thanks to my phone that I can update my blog, but this does mean no weblinks and a higher chance of mistakes.

Do any of you contact lens wearers out there know where I can buy a barrel-style case which doesn't leak? I bought a new one from Boots just a few days ago and the seal has already broken to the extent that putting it in my pocket usually results in what looks like an embarrassing accident.

I want to end on a more serious note and say that those involved in London yesterday are in my thoughts and prayers. As the Tim Hughes track playing in the background has just reminded me "He's got the whole world in his hands". Somehow we've got to trust and hold on to that...

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

It's Wednesday!

Despite what the rather lame title might lead you to believe, today is not a particularly special day from my point of view. In fact, I shall probably be spending most of it tidying up, continuing from where I left off yesterday in sorting out all my old books and other associated junk.

It's good to have some time at home, but given the weather at the moment I'd much rather be with those who've been fortunate to jet off somewhere exotic. Mrs JP is in Italy, Mark is in China and those of you following Sam and Anthropax through the Blogosphere will know that they are now in Hong Kong. Wouldn't it be nice if we all had friends who's grandparents vacated their flat in Hong Kong for us? I have to say, I'm very pleased for Sam (if admittedly a tad jealous) especially as he also has a contact who bumped them up to Club Class for free as they boarded the plane. How cool...

I'm also quite excited by Mark's work for ISEC, teaching English and working with kids in China. I've also got some friends working to build the church in Japan, and I am really encouraged by it all.

Despite being penniless and job-less (awww) I've actually really enjoyed the last few days. We've had some friends who pastor a church in France staying, which has been great. It's been a time of fun and laughter and also of inspiration.

Yesterday I had a visit to the optician, and have gone from having a pair of contact lenses and three pairs of glasses for different situations to wearing just one contact lens in my left eye. Weird. My eyesight is a bit complicated because I suffer from a mild form of nystagmus, and having been less stressed recently my prescription has evidently changed. I've got to go back in two weeks and I'll keep you posted on how the results of my one-lens trial turn out...

I've been volunteering on a mulitmedia bus supporting RE lessons in my old school - setting up the computers and all the funky technological bits and pieces. It's been a lot of fun but I can't help thinking that actually the lessons (on fear, rejection and forgiveness) aren't that beneficial for the kids. From my experience it's all a bit vague and uninformative. The charity running the project has also labelled it the GSUS bus which seems a bit odd. Jesus is a name, and mis-spelling it to seem 'hip' is just something that the kids will see through anyway.

As Tony Anthony put it on Sunday night, we really need to get the simple Gospel across. It's not rocket science, and it is good news. So often we muddy the waters with our wishy-washy attitudes and rules and regulations that it's no wonder people don't have a good impression of what we believe. Rather worryingly we've entered a culture where lots of people haven't really got an accurate idea of what Christianity is about, but "know that they don't believe" anyway. Given the CS Lewis quote I posted a few days back, this is perhaps something that needs to be changed...

Until next time folks...

Sunday, July 03, 2005

This Week's Good Idea

Further to yesterday's posting about the Live8 gig, I would like to reaffirm that despite my sarcasm, and in cynicism in some cases I am of course behind the idea of making poverty history.

On the advice of Anthropax in his last comment I checked out Keith's blog from where I have shamelessly stolen the title for tonight's post. The good idea is to pray for the G8 Leaders. What a top idea. Go on, take a moment now to pray.

Incidentally, church tonight was great - we were priviliged to be addressed by Tony Anthony, who has an amazing life-story to tell.

More on that later...

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Live 8?

Currently I'm on a train en route to Manchester, and I'm listening to Radio 1's coverage of Live 8.

The idea of lots of artists performing round the world is very cool, and the idea that it's promoting an end to World Poverty isn't a bad one.

The thing is, I'm less than convinced. Is it going to have a positive impact? We'll have to wait and see. But, if it's all about ending world poverty, why have I just had to endure Snoop Dogg singing "What's my name? Snoop Dogg"? Did no one tell him that the world in which we hope to eradicate poverty does not centre around him?

And what's with the (unnecessary) use of bad language? All very 'rock & roll' it might be, but come on people this is meant to be a charity gig, with the aim of affecting the opinions of world leaders. And kids are listening...

Being a big fan of making poverty history (seriously) I'm going to do my bit, following in the steps of those I've been listening to.

"What's my name? J P!"