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Friday, September 28, 2007
  Time for a Change
Well, after a couple of years, a respectable number of posts and a change of job(s), it's time to change blogs too.

That doesn't mean I've actually done anything other than create it, but nevertheless... once I have a few moments (when I'm awake), Dr Moose's random scribblings, reflections and rants will be over at but until then I need some sleep!


Friday, September 21, 2007
  New address: Yes, Internet: No.
What it says really. We've been here in Northampton for well over a week and courtesy of BT an Tiscali I still have no broadband, and it's driving me absolutely crazy! I don't know how much time I'm going to have to be able to sneak into Internet cafes, and I don't have a university ID yet.

Stll, we're alive. Lucy's at school, and settling with plenty of tears and uncertainty. Becky has just about adapted to her new room and there is stuff everywhere, still needing to be found a home.

Licensing Sunday, and my broadband should return by 26th, allegedly!

Will write more when I can... as well as having to find a new name for this blog!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007
  Staying Alive
(Cue Bee Gees music!)

Still alive, but with a move due on Tuesday, and still having to work through to Sunday, I hope you'll understand why I've not said a lot recently!

Greenbelt with the family was a qualified success, but that comes of having a 5 year old and an 18 month old as part of the package. They are not going next year, but I am!

Too much happening and not enough time... or motivation at this minute. BUt where motivation fails, determination is needed. Back to tidying the office and the computer...

Pray for us!


Thursday, August 23, 2007
  Greenbelt or bust!
Right. GB here we come. We're all packed. The stress is lifting. See you all at the races!

Mine's a pint of Hobgoblin, and if they don't have that, well, I'll just have to stoop to the organic cider at 8% abv.



Wednesday, August 22, 2007
  The calm before the storm
Well, it's Wednesday before Greenbelt. The weather here is distinctly odd. The tent can't be properly aired, there's nowhere really big enough to put it. The hire car can't be collected until tomorrow.

We are still getting removal quotes. The diocese has gone to sleep. MLPK is pretty much asleep. I want sleep. We still have no confirmation of LM's school place.

Am I worried? Strangely, no. But the Licensing is only a month and a day away...


Thursday, August 16, 2007
  The divine solution
Not quite what you might expect, but it tickled me. Advanced maths, popular puzzles and theology lite!

Good for a Friday, any way!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
  Not The Good News, but good news
At last! I can now officially tell the world (or that tiny portion of it which reads my scribblings!) that which was the worst-kept secret in MLPK - to wit, I HAVE A NEW JOB! :)

In early September the herd of Moose will be striking northwards to sojourn once more in the East Midlands, in Northampton to be precise, which may or may not be a city, depending upon who you ask!

On September 23rd I'll be licensed as Priest-in-Charge of St. Mary's, Dallington and Chaplain in the University of Northampton, two half-time posts which I will try to ensure don't both become more than that!

Dallington looks like a typical East Midlands village, especially if you look at it's heart - the honeyed-stone church opposite the pub, the Old Schools serving as the Church Hall, the almshouses etc... until you notice it's been swallowed up by Northampton - in the form of a couple of council estates! New readers may correct me if I'm wrong, but there appear to be no real links between the congregation and the denizens of the estates. Welcome to the Church of England! It's been rather left to wind down over the past decade or more, so while it remains a big challenge, it's going to need a slow pace and a loving hand.

Having said all that, the University (the second in Northampton!) is typical of the latest batch of universities, an HE college that has grown up. My ministry there will be a gift from the diocese (of Peterborough) and will involve working alongside a group of other lay and ordained, Christian and non-Christian colleagues. There's a Multi Faith Chaplaincy Centre, but no regular Christian worship, yet! I get the feeling that the paces of the two places could be refreshingly different. Dallington isn't close enough to be a student parish, and St Mary's certainly isn't a student church (Common Worship Traitional Language - pray for me!)

We're now in the process of arranging a move while the Vicarage is being spruced up ready for us. So it's busy, busy, busy!

And there's another thing. I'll have to rename the blog. I have an idea I might followup, but not a re-hash of this. NN5seven doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it?

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To some he's the vicar, Reverend Stuart, on a mission to help people discover the open secret of eternal life. To others he is a writer, thinker, punster and drinking partner. He is Dr Moose - and these are some of his thoughts.

Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

Ten years or more of Higher Education, 7 years of Ordained Ministry in the Church of England... and now I'm managing to combine both, parish priest and university chaplain. It's a wonderful life. (Oh yes it is!)

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