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Open House

December 16, 2010

A young man born without arms or legs who is not angry at God any longer.

A member of the Mafia deserts the Mob because of his faith.

A doctor tells how and why she and her husband went to Ethiopia and started a hospital for fistula patients.

Another doctor tells how he died for 55 minutes – and returned to life.  Obviously.  Or he wouldn’t be relating the account.



These are some of the stories in Sheridan Voysey‘s latest Open House – Volume 3, his third volume of conversations from his excellent national Open House radio program.

I loved Open House Volume 3.  The range of interviews Sheridan selected from the program are varied, but almost uniformly inspiring.  I was enthralled by Michael Franzese’s journey from mobster to living a life of faith – all through the power of the love of a faithful woman.  I have been exposed to a lot of internet “hype” about the amazing Nick Vujicic but Sheridan’s interview showed his vulnerability.  I was left with immense admiration for all Nick has accomplished but could still relate his journey to my very mundane one.


Joel Osteen faced probing questions from Sheridan, Caroline Jones’ unorthodox (in the Christian sense) grief reaction is handled sensitively,  and there is poignancy in Bryce Courtney’s story – surprisingly not in the account of the loss of his son from AIDS.  You will have to discover it for yourself just why.


Life, faith (or lack thereof) and culture.  It’s great reading.  And would make a perfect Christmas gift.

You can buy Open House Vol 3 here or in all good bookshops in Australia. Volume 3 isn’t listed on Amazon yet but you can get the earlier volumes there..


Get it.  Trust me on this.




Hitler’s Daughter

April 2, 2009


MissN makes her acting debut tomorrow (April 3, 6.30pm at her school, tickets available at the door) , playing Mark, one of the main characters, in the stage adaptation of Jackie French’s novel Hitler’s Daughter.

It’s the Junior (years 7-10) production at her school.  She is also studying drama as one of her electives and loving it.

Consider yourself invited to Hitler’s Daughter!

Break a leg, sweetie.

I’m feeding on the satisfying sweetness that my girl has found herself a niche – something she loves, excels at and can immerse herself in, something that allows her to express herself, gains her recognition with her peers and improves her self esteem.  And of course, as an ex-English teacher, how can I NOT love that she loves Shakespeare and  Oscar Wilde?

The suspect morality of Twilight

March 18, 2009

twilightMissN discovered Twilight in 2006 when we were in London. We were looking for books to read while we were away and she bought it, not knowing anything about it or imagining it was going to be the next Harry Potter.   No-one else had heard of it then.  She read all 4 of the series (quite a few times!) before she tired of them (or grew out of them).

Here is a speech she recently gave ( a one minute persuasive speech) to her English class:

Today there is an epidemic in which teen girls are taken over and cannot be saved. This is called the ‘Twilight’ anomaly. In all likelihood there are some of the afflicted among us. I am speaking with sympathy today to those people, as there is but one cure: to realise that Twilight is not the meaning of life.

Let us look at how Stephenie Meyer foists questionable morals on young impressionable girls. She debases love into physical attraction, describes marriage as a means of having one’s selfish desires satisfied, encourages sexism, and makes abusive relationships seem the norm.

Over the whole book of Twilight, Edward’s beauty is mentioned 165 times and yet Edward’s personality as a means of attraction is only mentioned four times. A questionable ideal to be displaying.

Bella, not content with Edward promising to be with her for a lifetime, insists on being changed into a vampire and gets married to him only to ensure that immortality is in store for her. Her persistence in the matter of eternal life could equate her to Voldemort.

Sexism and inequality in relationships are displayed as the standard in this piece of immoral literature. Bella is displayed as “weak” and constantly needing male protection. Edward is constantly controlling Bella, and will not let her see certain friends of hers. This gives the two protagonists an uneven, abusive relationship. In addition, Jacob forcibly kisses her, causing Bella to believe that she is in love with him. This is a depiction of a weak female mind, which is a male chauvinistic belief.

So, despite the terrible plot, plastic characters, and the fact that there are very few original concepts in the series, there are the damaging effects that it has on the teen society. To the diseased with this horrible ailment, I seriously recommend a healthy dose of good literature.

Like Jane Austen…

Should we be discouraging our girls from immersing themselves in Twilight?

Anyone want complete set of the Twilight series?

What books are next to your bed?

October 30, 2008

I found this set of questions on Sheila’s blog.

What was the last book you bought?

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Russian: Один день Ивана Денисовича Odin den’ Ivana Denisovicha) – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.  We are reading it in book club this month and I need to finish it by Tuesday night.  I am well known for not finishing book club books.  I get to choose the book we read next.  Any recommendations?

Name a book you have read MORE than once.

The Bible.  I generally don’t reread fiction (unlike MissN who rereads everything – which makes buying books for her a pleasure as I know she will have endless hours of pleasure and that my money has been well spent.  She is currently reading LOTR for the fourth sixth time.)

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

What’s so Amazing about Grace by Phillip Yancey.  I was a very new Christian.  Wow.

How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews

Generally from recommendations or reviews.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

I read more fiction but enjoy non-fiction too.  I read travel books, memoirs, biography.

What’s more important in a novel – beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

That’s sort of an either/or question. I prefer both/and.

Most loved/memorable character

Commissario Guido Brunetti – the hero of Donna Leon’s Venice crime novels.  I could fall in love with Guido!

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?

I finished The Shack by William P. Young this morning.  It was profound,  Flawed but powerful and moving. Now I can read John Mark Hicks’ blogposts on it!  Readers in the USA can order a free copy of The Shack here. I know the 2 friends I ordered it for were blessed by it, and they in turn have blessed others with it.

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?

Many times. One book I tried to read so many times (it went on every holiday I went on for at least 5 years) was Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda, which C gave me for Christmas the year it was published (1988 I think). I got halfway quite a few times but could NOT finish it. Now I have enjoyed the movie and won’t ever attempt to read it again. I was relieved when I met others who had the same problem with O&L!

Which book or books can be found on your bedside table at the moment?

ESV New Testament
Wilful Behaviour – Donna Leon (I have just 2 Brunetti novels to read after this – her 2 newest.)
Five Quarters of an Orange – Joanne Harris (borrowed from a friend at least 2 years ago)
A Bunch of EverlastingsF. W. Boreham (my Boreham collection is growing)
The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook – Ian Brodie
A Gathered PeopleJohn Mark Hicks, Johnny Melton & Bobby Valentine (we started discussing it in a Yahoo group I am in)
TNIV Bible Experience
The Scandal of the Season – Sophie Gee (one of my Christmas presents – haven’t begun it yet)

On the floor, next to my bedside table are:

The Gathering – Anne Enright (book club several months ago – I got to page 142)
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (I gave it to C for Christmas because I knew I would enjoy it too – haven’t begun it yet. He enjoyed it.)
Cover to Cover – Through the Bible as it Happened (I need to pack this away – have tried using it twice but it’s too “bitty” – jumps around too much)
An Omelette and a Glass of Wine – Elizabeth David (now back in my cookbook bookcase – I did pack something away!) Elizabeth David is a favourite.  I have most of her books.
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth (a signed copy I bought in 1994 when I heard him speak at Writer’s Choice at Sydney Uni – I keep intending to read it.  I took it on holiday in December.  I think I need to pack it away! Or maybe just leave it out to take on holiday this December!)

There is also a (neat) pile of magazines but let’s not go there.
Or mention the books IN the bedside cabinet.

What books are next to YOUR bed?

Gado gado and emigration

October 11, 2008

My first exposure to Indonesian cooking was in 1981 when my friend Shirley cooked me some Indonesian food.  She had done a Indonesian cooking class in Johannesburg, and I was entranced by nasi goreng and mie goreng and a dish she made with meatballs (this in the days when I ate meat).  I was also introduced to Conimex products and I bought ketjap manis and sambal oelek, galangal and lemongrass. 1981 was a significant year in my culinary education – it was also the year that Carrier’s Kitchen reached South Africa.  Carrier’s Kitchen changed the way we cooked and ate forever).

In 1985 C made a business trip to Australia.  We had been set on emigrating for a few years by then (and were awaiting his graduation so we could formally apply) and it was a good opportunity for him to get the feel of Sydney.  He came back convinced we were doing the right thing emigrating to Australia.  He brought back a gift for me from his friend Mike who had moved to Australia 8 years before and his Australian wife Carolyn (whom I hadn’t met yet).  The book is A Taste of Summer by Beverly Sutherland Smith.  I loved it then (how did Carolyn know I was into food?) and I love it now.

Gado Gado was one of the first recipes I made from the book and a dish I make regularly in the warmer months.  It’s basically a mixture of fresh and cooked vegetables, cold boiled eggs and peanut sauce served at room temperature (though you can have the sauce warm).  It’s a substantial salad meal, and you can use whatever vegies you have.  Tofu is a good addition too (cubed, either fresh or deep fried).  I love how the sauce, eggs and raw and cooked vegies taste together.  The vegetables in Beverly Sutherland Smith recipe are small potatoes, green beans, carrots, mung bean sprouts, cucumber, wombok (Chinese cabbage), onion and watercress.

Last night I used wombok, potatoes, green beans, sugar snap peas, broccoli, cucumber, mung bean sprouts, sliced mushrooms, halved grape tomatoes and radish.  Potatoes, cucumber and  green beans are the essentials for me.

Here is her sauce recipe:

2 TBS peanut oil

125g (4 oz) raw peanuts

1 whole small dried red chili

2 cloves garlic

1white onion, finely chopped

1 tsp shrimp paste (blachan)

1TBS brown sugar

2 TBS lemon juice

1 tsp salt

1 cup water

3/4 cup coconut milk

Heat the oil, and cook the peanuts until they are golden brown in colour.  Drain on kitchen paper and then grind them finely in a food processor. (I usually dry fry them)

Heat a little fresh oil in the pan, and add the chilli.  Cook, turning, until it is puffed and crisp.  Remove it from the pan.  When cooled, chop or crumble it finely, removing most of the seeds.  Cut the garlic into fine slices and add to the same pan, along with the onion.  Cook until golden and slightly crisp.

Mix in the nuts, brown sugar, lemon, salt, the pieces  of chilli and the water.

Place in a small saucepan, return it to the heat and cook gently until lightly thickened.

Add the coconut milk and simmer for a couple of minutes.  The sauce will keep for about 5 days in the fridge.  Serve the sauce cool or slightly warm, NOT chilled.

(There are simpler recipes for peanut sauce!)

Pour or dollop (it should be thick) the sauce over the vegetables and egg and you have gado gado!

gado gado

gado gado

Or you can use a can or jar of satay sauce like I did last night.  Yes, I do use packaged and processed foods, if there are no nasties (ie preservatives, flavourings, colourings) and the taste of the product is equal to that of home made.  This sauce was a little spicier than I liked but it was still good.

I have never been to Indonesia.  I don’t know if I will ever get there, even though it’s our closest Asian neighbour.  But eating gado gado, as well as being delicious and healthy, evokes memories of friends and conjures a world of islands called Kalimantan and Sulawesi, the Moluccas, the Sundas,  Komodo and Flores, a world I first read about in Marika Hanbury-Tenison’s A Slice of Spice, a world from where the spices of Cape Malay cuisine travelled to South Africa and infused Cape Malay cooking with a sweet and spicy combination of turmeric, chili, ginger and cloves, tamarind and garlic, galangal and lemongrass, cassia and cinnamon.

Another top 100 book list

October 8, 2008

I found this list on rooruu‘s blog, where I found my previous book list too.

Australian booksellers Angus and Robertson polled their customers again for their favourite books.

Here’s the 2008 list they’ve just released.  MissN is most disgusted that Tolkien has fallen off the list and almost complained in A & R yesterday.

Do you want to play along and list yours?

*** my top pick on this list
** read it, a favourite
* read it
~ read it, indifferent
^ would like to read it/plan to read it

1 Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling* (I only read HP1)
2 Twilight – Stephenie Meyer (MissN had an intense Twilight phase which is thankfully now over)
3 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen**
4 The Obernewtyn Chronicles – Isobelle Carmody
5 My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
6 To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee**
7 The Book Thief – Markus Zusak^
8 Breath – Tim Winton^
9 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini^
10 Break No Bones – Kathy Reichs
11 The Power Of One – Bryce Courtenay*
12 Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
13 Magician – Raymond E. Feist
14 The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
15 Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin^
16 Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden^
17 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold^
18 Cross – James Patterson
19 Persuasion – Jane Austen**
20 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte**
21 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger*
22 The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
23 Marley and Me – John Grogan
24 Antony and Cleopatra – Colleen McCullough
25 April Fools Day – Bryce Courtney
26 North & South – Elizabeth Gaskell^
27 In My Skin – Kate Holden
28 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte**
29 A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini^
30 The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory^  (MissN loved it.  We both loved the movie)
31 Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
32 Atonement – Ian McEwan^
33 Shantaram Gregory – David Roberts^
34 Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follett
35 The Pact – Jodi Picoult
36 Ice Station – Matthew Reilly
37 Cloudstreet – Tim Winton*
38 Jessica – Bryce Courtenay
39 A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
40 The Princess Bride – William Goldman
41 Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs^
42 Anybody Out There? – Marian Keyes
43 Life Of Pi – Yann Martel^
44 Seven Ancient Wonders – Matthew Reilly
45 People Of The Book – Geraldine Brooks^
46 Six Sacred Stones – Matthew Reilly
47 Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards*
48 Brother Odd – Dean Koontz
49 Tully – Paullina Simons
50 Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
51 The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger*
52 Eragon – Christopher Paolini
53 Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert^
54 It’s Not About The Bike – Lance Armstrong**
55 A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens*
56 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry^
57 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
58 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell*
59 A Fortunate Life – A.B. Facey**
60 The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley*
61 The Notebook -Nicholas Sparks (I was seriously underwhelmed by the movie)
62 Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen
63 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
64 The Host – Stephenie Meyer
65 Dirt Music – Tim Winton^
66 Eldest – Christopher Paolini
67 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon^
68 It – Stephen King
69 World Without End – Ken Follett
70 Emma – Jane Austen**
71 Temple – Matthew Reilly
72 Little Women – Alcott Louisa May*
73 Lean Mean Thirteen – Janet Evanovich
74 Scarecrow – Matthew Reilly
75 American Gods – Neil Gaiman
76 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez^
77 P.S, I Love You – Cecelia Ahern
78 All That Remains – Patricia Cornwell
79 The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
80 Past Secrets – Cathy Kelly
81 The Persimmon Tree – Bryce Courtenay
82 Husband – Dean Koontz
83 Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult*
84 Wicked – Gregory Maguire
85 Spot Of Bother – Mark Haddon
86 Always And Forever – Cathy Kelly
87 The Road – Cormac McCarthy***
88 Cents & Sensibility – Maggie Alderson*
89 Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
90 The Shifting Fog – Kate Morton^
91 We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
92 Everyone Worth Knowing – Lauren Weisberger
93 Hour Game – David Baldacci
94 Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Jeff Lindsay
95 The Woods – Harlan Coben^
96 Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie^
97 Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides^
98 Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis
99 Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali^
100 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks*
The 2007 list is still their website here.
What’s your favourite from the list above?  I was blown away by The Road which was harrowing and redemptive, sparse and rich.  I am eagerly awaiting the movie.

Malaysian inspired tofu curry

September 10, 2008

I have a lot of cookbooks.  Over 200, I think (and that’s without the magazines).  I haven’t had a less than delicious experience cooking from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, and I have made quite a few of the recipes recipes.  It’s the most amazingly comprehensive recipe book, with over 800 recipes and won the some prestigious awards, including the Julia Child Award for the best cookbook of the year.  I was first introduced to Deborah Madison’s recipes in the magazine Eating Well, and I still make a few of them.  I subsequently bought (all on ebay) The Greens Cookbook and The Savory Way, as well as Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.  Deborah Madison combines flavours and spices you would not have thought would work – and they do!  And she has some very simple combinations that astonish.  She isn’t a vegetarian herself but is the author of the best veggie book I know of (and I have a few vegetarian cookbooks and have a few more on my wishlist.)

This meal has it all, it’s quick, easy, frugal, delicious, healthy…  and exotic.   All the things I value in food. Some of you would have gathered that I like exotic.   If I find an exotic ingredient, I buy it and then search out a recipe.  But there is nothing too elusive in this one – tamarind paste can be found in most Asian stores, and HP sauce can be substituted if tamarind paste is not available.

I have spent time in Kuala Lumpur airport on the way to Europe and back, but that is my extent of a Malaysian experience.  Way back in 1982 (when South Africa was persona non grata to much of the world) C made a business trip to Singapore and Malaysia from South Africa and I wasn’t able to go with him on my (then) South African passport.  (He had a British passport – we are both now Australians).  My not being able to go made Malaysia seem all the more exotic and glamorous.  C doesn’t remember much except that it was VERY humid.  He did make a trip to the Cameron Highlands which he enjoyed.

Malaysian food is often overlooked for the more popular Thai or Vietnamese cuisines here in Australia.  But I love the combination of influences that make up Malaysian food, and nasi lemak and laksa are two of my favourite dishes.  Be brave and try this one – even though it’s not a traditional dish!

Malaysian-Inspired Tofu Curry


350g firm tofu
400ml unsweetened coconut milk
2 tsp light brown sugar (10ml)
1/2 tsp salt (2.5ml)
1 tbs ground coriander (15ml)
2 tsp curry powder (10ml)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne or to taste
1 tsp tamarind paste (substitute HP sauce if tamarind paste is unavailable)
2 large cloves garlic; finely chopped
1 tbs finely chopped fresh ginger
4 roma (egg) tomatoes; seeded and diced
4 spring onions; including the firm greens, chopped
1 lime; juice of
cilantro (coriander); chopped


1. Drain then dice the tofu into 1/2-inch cubes. Combine the coconut milk, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, spices, tamarind paste, garlic and ginger in a medium pan. Boil for 1 minute, then add tofu. Lower the heat and simmer 10 minutes.

2. Add the tomatoes and green onions and simmer approximately 10 minutes more. Add the lime juice and salt for taste.   Vegetarian oyster sauce makes a nice addition here too.

Serve garnished with chopped cilantro (coriander) over Chinese egg noodles, linguine or rice.

Serves: 4-6
from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Ruby Tuesday #2 – Venezia

August 12, 2008

Today is Ruby Tuesday, which is hosted here and involves posting a photo of your own which features red.

Red is not a colour one normally associates with Venice…

laundry Venetian style

laundry Venetian style

This photo, taken somewhere in Cannaregio, evokes the wonderful few days we had in Venice on our last trip to Europe in 2006. We stayed in the most wonderful hotel, Locanda Orseolo, with the nicest people. We ate marvellously (not easy in Venice but we had the best recommendations from the Orseolo family – they would ask us what kind of dinner we would like, recommend a place, then call and book it for us, draw us a map…), saw some wonderful art (Titian’s Assumption in the Frari is one of my favourite works of art. I hope to see it again someday, along with the Bellini’s.  It was as good as I had remembered it from 1993.) We visited too many churches (according to MissN), but mainly just strolled the calle off the main tourist routes, had cafe in the campi, took photographs and enjoyed what someone we met on our first visit to Venice called “Disneyland for adults”.

I can’t finish a post about Venice without mentioning the books of Donna Leon.  (Thanks to my sister for recommending them to me).  I have read all but 2 of them.  Leon writes crime/mystery novels set in Venice, but that reduces to them to a genre where they don’t quite fit.  Her “hero” is Commissario Guido Brunetti who reads philosophy and ancient history for relaxation, can be described as “complex, moral, gracious, and fiercely loyal” and comes home to the smell of squid ink risotto or some other Venetian dish cooked by his university professor wife and worries about his children.  Guido and Paola have some interesting spiritual discussions.   This is a good introduction to the Brunetti novels. One can even do Brunetti tours of Venice!  I read each Brunetti novel with a map of Venice handy.


Do I have enough Bibles?

August 11, 2008

I have

  • a KJV which I was given by my parents when I was confirmed in 1970 (and the font is too small for me to read even with my multi-focals).  The cover is white plastic and is now stained and I have never spent any time reading it.  Not because the cover is white plastic…
  • a NKJV (with a horrid plastic cover – see a theme emerging?  How shallow AM I? ) that I bought when I was doing the Alpha course in 2001 before I knew what to look for in a Bible (and before I had found a congregation/church)
  • a NIV Study Bible which I bought shortly after I joined my Bible Study Group in Feb 2002
  • a paperback ESV NT that lives in my handbag and is pretty dog-eared
  • 3, yes 3, paperback NLT NTs, one which has Psalms and Proverbs too
  • a paperback Amplified NT
  • a KJV NT (used to be my handbag Bible before I bought the ESV)
  • I HAD a NLT One Year Bible.  I took it to Europe in 2006 and left it in the library on the cruise ship
  • a TNIV Bible Experience Bible I bought this year.  It’s the text which accompanies the CD’s which my dear sister gave me as part of my 50th birthday pressie.
  • I also have access to a CEV version MissN owns (, and she has a NIV Backpack Bible I used to borrow if I wanted a portable Bible (but my TNIV fulfills that role now) and she has a school CEV too.

I think that’s all.  I may have missed one.  I would like an ESV but I haven’t found one yet which is the right price/size/font.  I was wanting one as a tote-around Bible but now I have the TNIV Bible Experience, that is my tote-around Bible.  I also have in my cupboard 2 Bibles I have bought for presents and haven’t yet mailed.  One is for my dear sister (hi there, yes I should mail it to you!) and I have had it for over 2 years… It’s gorgeous and girly.

And of course I use bible gateway daily. I have downloaded e-sword but haven’t used it!

This (thanks to the internet monk, Michael Spencer,)

is now on my wish list.

Of course, one only needs one Bible.  The thing is to immerse yourself in it, and not find excuses in the plastic cover or the archaic language or the flimsiness of the paper or the miniscule font.  So many Christians in China, India, Africa… do not a Bible at all.  But I am a bibliophile, and so I am sure I will continue to collect Bibles.  I also would like a Message (oh, I do have a NT paperback Message somewhere…)

Which is YOUR favourite Bible?

Love Wendy, off to to update her wish list…

Giveaways: a winter “quilting” parcel, a bag and “The Shack”

July 29, 2008

Giveaways abound. I seem to be entering at least one a day. 3 today – one for a copy of “The Shack” (I SO nearly bought that on the Koorong sale) at Trey Morgan’s blog  and another for a parcel of winter surprises at Lindi’s blog. But I am hoping that I will be lucky and win this gorgeous bag.

Giveaways. Is this how one increases your blogging stats? (As well as top ten lists – I know they work for Trey!) I will have to ponder just what I can give away… (apart from Dolce, the cat – any offers?)

Meanwhile I offer you a song:

This is Our God from the latest Hillsong album, destined, I think, to be a classic like Shout to the Lord and Saviour King.