Saturday, 29 June 2019

Catch 22

To make a fire escape plan more useful,
you need to add more info.
Which makes it more complex
which makes it less useful...

Although, tbh, I doubt anyone looks at them anyway.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

The outward appearance

A game I've been working on as part of my next PowerPoint (David is chosen). Took waaaaaay longer than I anticipated!

I was originally just going to have two pictures in the PowerPoint: 1) the outward appearance, and 2) the outlines - some with red hearts (Christians) and some with grey hearts (not).

But judging by appearance is so ingrained that I was worried that it might backfire.

If the children were already prejudiced against a certain kind of person being a Christian, and that person was drawn with a grey heart, that might actually confirm their assumption that 'that kind of person definitely isn't a Christian' - even in conjunction with a verse that said the opposite.

Of course, I could make sure that all the 'less likely' people were marked as Christians and all the 'more likely' were not. But a) that would be silly and b) different people have different prejudices. Even in this country, never mind internationally.

So, in the PowerPoint itself, they all have red hearts. BUT there is also the game, and in that, random people are/are not Christians each time you play.

I suppose this could be classed as another example of Kirsty overthinking...
But I don't think so. As a Sunday School teacher, I am very aware of the unhelpful assumptions children make about these things. And the last thing I want to do is exacerbate them

Monday, 10 June 2019

The romanticism of the past

[Door opens with a spooky creeeeaaak]
And a drear enough place it was. Tallow candles glimmered in their niches, casting long flickering shadows out across the tall oaken desks and the ink-spattered ledgers that sat thereon. In short, it was the very acme of a soulless modern office.
"Why," said I, "This is the least spooky place imaginable."
~ John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme series 8 episode 1

Friday, 31 May 2019

A song for control freaks

Tbh I find the video a bit distracting (though fun). But the song's good.

Sometimes the things that worry us are huge things (for example, the singer's son is currently undergoing chemo). But sometimes the stress and anxiety and the 'need to control things' applies to much smaller things.

But "He already holds it all".

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Priority seating

Most trains have a small sign above the seats near the door, telling you to leave them for old/disabled/pregnant etc. people.

This is what a train I was on the other day has. Much more noticeable!

Monday, 13 May 2019


Your job here is to make one person look good, and that person is not you.
(Matt the speechwriter getting told off in Madam Secretary 1:18 The time is at hand)

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Outrageous grace


We do good, and we get rewarded.

Or, we do wrong, and we get punished.


(other hand behind back)

We do wrong, but we don’t get punished.


We do wrong, but we get a good gift.

My class of 6-8 year olds: WHAT?!?! No! That makes no sense!

Although I've taught the word 'grace' before, I think putting it in the contect of justice and mercy - and using the actions - really makes it clear how startling it actually is.