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Quite enjoyed School Assembly, we talked about 'remembering' today. Every School Assembly that I do reinforces my belief that I could not hack it as a Primary School Teacher. A tip of the Biretta to those folks.

The Agenda and Priest Report for Sundays Annual Congregational Meeting are complete. The Sermon on the Foolish Virgins is finished, so to gird up my loins for tomorrows Coffee Morning, a curry and a beer are the plan for tonight.

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I recently had an ‘out of body experience’. No, I didn’t have an accident or operation and see bright lights at the end of tunnels, or anything of that sort, so please don’t be alarmed. But I did have a consultation with an Audiologist who had a clever device that allowed her to look inside my ear. This device was also linked to a computer screen so when she used the device to look in my ear I could also see inside my ear by looking at the screen. That was a first for me as I have never seen inside my ear before. It was like an out of body experience.

The reason I was visiting an audiologist was to have a pair of earplugs custom made for use on my motorbike. Earplugs are important when riding a motorbike because the noise can cause serious damage to your hearing, not the noise of the bike but the noise of the wind. It is important from a safety point of view that you can hear the bike, other traffic and emergency vehicles’. So in order to hear what you need to hear and to not hear the wind you need to wear earplugs fitted with special filters that remove or filter out the wind noise.

As well as damaging your hearing, wind noise can be very distracting and ruins your concentration, with the earplugs in place you can hear what you need to hear and nothing else. Wouldn't it be wonderful, as we approach the season of Advent, a season of anticipation, a season for preparation, a time to listen to God as we ready ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be fitted with a special pair of Advent Earplugs, to filter out all the distractions, the commercialism, the greed, the marketing that is associated with Christmas.

Well the really good news is that such a device is available and the even better news is that it is free of charge! Custom made earplugs for motorbike riding are quite expensive but Advent Earplugs are totally free of charge you can find them anywhere and everywhere and the brand name is ‘prayer’.

Celebrated a wonderful wedding at St John's today with the Princess Royal in the congregation.

Good game of golf today at Moray Old, Lossiemouth. The game was a draw but well pleased with form as much better than last week.

Had an interesting time today at Pluscarden Abbey attending the Abbatial Blessing of the Right Reverend Dom Anselm Atkinson OSB as the new Abbot

Well here I am all signed up is there anybody out there?
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