Accidental Blashpemy

I blaspheme. Like, a lot! On a daily basis in fact.

As I go through life you’ll find my vocabulary littered with ‘God Damns’ and ‘Jesus Christs’ as I continually take the Lord’s name in vain whilst stubbing my toes or dropping things or, if I’m lucky, gazing in wonder and amazement at something magical.

But the important thing to remember is that I don’t mean it. These words have no more specific meaning to me than does the word ‘Coke’ mean specifically the brown sugar water made by the Coca Cola Corporation. When I say coke I mean any brown sugar water you have available (or at least did, when I drank brown sugar water). They’re just words I use to express a general meaning, and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Likewise my latest bit of blasphemy.

I’d seen this bookshop/cafe just round the corner from the hostel I’m staying in in Adelaide, and filed it away as a nice place to go and sit, drink tea, and read a book. And so, the other day, that’s exactly what I did.

Initially it seemed like any other bookshop you get; ie, full of books. But then as I was perusing the DVD shelves (I can’t help it, I see a DVD shelf, I have to peruse) I noticed that I’d heard of none of these movies; not a single one. ‘Ok,’ I thought, ‘So they get their supplies from some knock-off DVD supplier.’ It happens. Usually in 24 hour garages and back street newsagents though.

Then I spotted one with ‘Kirk Cameron Presents…’ emblazoned across the top, and a spark went off in my head. He’s a pretty well known Born Again Christian in the States. ‘So,’ I thought, ‘they have a religious DVD section. Ok, that’s cool. Each to his own.’

Then I headed to the cafe counter, passing lots of what appeared to be Self-Help books along the way. I stood waiting to order, my gaze drifting around the room, alighting on children’s books with the word ‘Jesus’ in the title, and adult books with the word ‘save’ on them somewhere, until it finally settled on a corner of the room separate from the rest that just had ‘Bibles’ written across the top of the entryway. I think around then is when I finally twigged I was in a Christian bookshop (and if that didn’t do it the t-shirt shop across the road selling ‘born again designs’, and the homeless guy with JESUS tattooed across his knuckles, really would have been the clinchers).

Now as I say, each to his own. It’s all good. But what made me chuckle to myself, and where the blasphemy comes in, is I was there to finish reading ‘Good Omens‘ by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, a light-hearted, tongue in cheek look at the Book Of Revelations and the End Of The World.

accidental blasphemy

If you haven’t tried it and you like a bit of a chuckle I suggest you give it a go. It’s a fun, well written book, that I thoroughly enjoyed. Apparently it’s a bit of a cult classic. I don’t know about that. I just picked it up in the book exchange at the hostel, figuring both these guys pen a good yarn, so together they’ll probably do alright.

But be warned, it doesn’t take The Bible entirely seriously. It doesn’t take much of anything entirely seriously in fact, but certainly not The Bible. That was why I felt kinda funny sitting there reading it in what was quite clearly a pro-Jesus establishment.

I’m happy to report though that I survived the experience. No one took umbrage at my presence or choice of reading material (though they would have had to have known it’s contents to do that, which seems unlikely in somewhere like that), and I was neither cast down, smote, nor rent asunder, which would have put a bit of a dampener on the rest of my day let me tell you.

I can only conclude that either God doesn’t care about that sort of thing or, as is more probably the case, She’s got a better sense of humour than most people give her credit for. Just look at the platypus for example. A prime example of someone having a laugh if ever there was one. 😀

Just Relax

This is what chilling out looks like…
making headspace
A book, a mug of tea, and nowhere to be. Elvis playing over head – ‘On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’, a poor little baby child is born, in the ghetto (in the ghettooo…)’ – two guys playing chess on the next table, cold outside, warm inside. Works for me, anyway.

Just one month into 2012 and it’s been ‘interesting’ so far. As well as all the previously documented occurrences I can report that the only part of my new year’s resolutions I’ve managed to keep is the not eating processed foods bit. Mostly that involved not having fry-ups for breakfast, but still it’s a victory for me. And I feel pretty good for it. Generally been a bit more energetic and awake this year. Whether one follows the other who can say, but anyway…

Ironic though that I should win a load of processed food just as the month comes to an end. 🙂

chocolate swiss roll no.3

And ironic too that I should (almost) perfect my swiss roll making skills just as I give up chocolate for the month. Still, I can wait to give it a try again. Don’t want to put myself off chocolate for life now, do I? Man, just imagine!

Very Excited…

Got an e-mail today from the Buddhafield Cafe. They’ve accepted my application to volunteer for them at the Greenman Festival in August.

For those that don’t know (and why would you?) the Buddhafield Cafe visits UK festivals year round serving vegan eats and treats to the festival goers. It’s run by a Buddhist group who also organise their own festival each year, and it’s all about promoting Buddhist ideals, veganism, and having a good time.

I applied just coz I want to get out and meet more like minded people, as well as learning how something like that is run, and the mechanics of feeding the general public vegan yum-yums for a whole weekend. I went for the Greenman Festival coz of all the cool folk acts that will be playing. Check this out for a list of who I’m gonna see (for free).

Iron and Wine
Fleet Foxes
Laura Marling
Alessi’s Ark
Noah and The Whale

to name but a few. I can’t wait! 🙂

Tide Tables Cafe

Not one for doing restaurant reviews on here normally, but I was so chuffed with finding this place that I had to give them a bit of a write up.

tide tables cafe

It’s the Tide Tables Cafe in Richmond. We went in there just for a cuppa after walking along the river, but when I spotted the “vegan menu” board up on the wall we had to have something!

I opted for the Winter Warmer Soup, while Sarah went for the Baked Potato with Veggie Chilli (I was very tempted by that too, but I always end up having a baked potato when I’m out and about most places, so I thought I’d go for something different this time). Have to say they were both really nice, especially after such a long walk. Really filled us up and gave us a nice glow inside.

Will definitely be heading back there again. It’s a really nice little place to eat (in one of the arches underneath the bridge) and they have a great selection of stuff to try. Reckon it’ll be a while before I get bored of going in there.

*Read this updated report as well!*