Archive for July, 2007

Mostly Uncomfortable Flirting…

This evening was our last night at Amicus before we break up for the Summer. As promised, during the week Matt and Nicci had sent out instructions to everyone in preparation for tonight’s Speed Dating activity. We were to all turn up in character, wearing an appropriate costume, with props as needed, and with the whole back-story worked out. I’m pleased to say we had a good turnout and that everyone made a fantastic effort. We rotated round the group and spent 2 minutes with each person before scoring them on attire, looks, ability to hold and conversation, and personality.

Mr Barrymore Howard Orlando Owen Pierre Vince Lt. Smash Stacy Steph Stevie

After the initial round of speed dating the group was paired-off into suitable couples before a set of “compatibility exercises“. Then the organisers selected a winning couple from the selection. Thanks to Maddy for playing Stacy so well, and apologies for the uncomfortable flirting. There are a couple more pictures below and a video of one of the dating rounds. The full set of 35 pictures from the evening can be seen online. Thanks to Matt and Nicci for doing such a great job organising a fantastic evening.

The Mob In Character Wooing Stacy
Future Couple - Stacy and Between Rounds

At the end of the evening, whilst still in character, we recorded a special video message for Simon. We’ll send it to him in an effort to support and encourage him as he continues his incredible journey. We also gave him a call to find out about his progress and to wish him well for the next leg of his journey. The money is still trickling in and as I write he is just £93 away from reaching his much revised £4000 target. Let’s see if we can get him to revise his target still further! Please let all your friends and family know about his endeavour – it’s not too late to sponsor him. Also, make sure you sign up to his update emails so you don’t miss any of his news.

So that’s it for another year. It’s been challenging at times – but a fantastic blessing the rest of the time. Let’s hope next year is even better. There are some changes afoot for next session (which were briefly explained tonight) and we’re looking to organise a special pre-session get-together to fully explain and celebrate them (possibly August 29th?). Watch this space…

Meanwhile, whatever you’re doing, have a fantastic Summer and we’ll see you again when Amicus starts back on September 5th!

God bless…

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Surprised By His Own Spoon

The planning for tonight went fairly well. Most people let me know in advance the food they’d like to order and brought the correct money with them. Some came along and ordered promptly – and some even brought along cake (mmmm!). The order was placed much quicker than planned – but we were warned that the wait would be from 60-90 minutes. We managed to amuse ourselves in a variety of ways. For example here’s a video of Simon who appeared to be suffering withdrawal symptoms due to the lack of a Wii this evening:

A small group headed outside to chat amongst themselves, some went off to practice some music for Camp, some just wandered off and came back again and we had no idea where they went. But gradually the time ticked on and patience wore a little thin. We had to make our own entertainment to take our minds off the lack of food:

Sarah Plate-sitting

It wasn’t long before even seeing Sarah sitting in a plate couldn’t alleviate the rumbling stomachs, and the knowledge that Maddy and I had collected money and that so far there was nothing to show for it. Then just as we were about to call and find out what had happened to our food, a little yellow van shot past the Church and then called to find out where we were. Then finally it arrived!!

Finally Food

The food was delicious and it was a shame we had to rush it in the end – but it was an enjoyable night anyway. After we’d tidied up, we ended the night by praying for Simon as he makes his final preparations for his epic expedition. Don’t forget to join us at the Church Centre this Saturday morning for a special breakfast to send him on his way. Then we followed that up by eating Laura’s divine chocolate cheesecake (which she can bring to Amicus any time she likes!).

Those of you who understand tolerate my passion for Threadless t-shirts will understand how proud I am that my wife is now Threadless Royalty and appears on their website.

Camp Information

Please note that Consent Forms must be with me by this Friday. If you are not going to see me before the weekend, please complete your form and drop it into the flat. I am currently still awaiting forms from: Matt Chapman, Tim Young, Chris Bell & Isobel O’Sullivan.

Also, the Camp Pocket Money deadline is also this Friday. If you manage to get your Advance Party Fee (£15) & Pocket Money to me by Friday night it will be processed and transferred into your Camp Bank Account – if not, you’ll have to take it with you.

Please pleasantly surprise me this year by getting both in on time – thanks!

Next week: it’s the final week of Amicus for this session as we’re taking a well-earned break over the Summer. We’ll be following in the footsteps of Ali’s earlier well-executed but poorly supported Speed Dating – more info from Nicci and Matt D by email later in the week.

Return Of The Wii

The video describes better than words could just how much fun was had at Amicus this week…

Mega Wii Set-up
Mega Wii Set-up

Wii-ly Engrossed
Wii-ly Engrossed

Wii Ruler
Wii Ruler

Wii Musketeers
Wii Musketeers

Next Week: a celebration meal – to celebrate the ‘almost’ end of the Amicus session, but also to send Simon off on his long trek to Camp! The restaurant at MK College is now closed as the students have to complete their college work submissions (how unreasonable), so we’re looking out for reasonably priced alternatives. I’ll email the details out as soon as I can – but if you have any suggestions please get in touch.

Final Week: following Alex’s earlier success, Nicci & Matt will be organising an evening of Speed-Dating. Details to follow…