Monday, 10 December 2018
QuizTen (Session 1)
will be resumed
as soon as possible
fbb has had a busy trip to the Isle of Wight, two additional and unexpected speaking engagements plus Christmas updates for the GoTimetable Sheffield site. Add this to the usually full-on preparation for the season and the fuses are close to blowing.
Time has run out to research the next few intended blogs. So to give the old man a breathing space, he has brought forward a couple of rounds in his Christmas Quiz.
This is just for fun and the answers will follow later this week. Here goes.
All except one have featured in fbb blogs, both ancient and modern
1. a picture of what?
2. where is this "junction"?
3. where and why?
4. What was launched with salty fudge?
5. where would you go for a pick-me-up?
6. once industrial now recreational - where?
7. translation, please?
8. What route number is this bus?
9 . trialled, where?
10. what and where?
A thanks to those who have forwarded information about Christmas Eve shut downs (shuts down?). The position is somewhat better than fbb had thought at first - but very patchy and illogically so.
Why shut down early in Sheffield and not in Bristol? What is the difference. Is the city itself different or do the bus company management teams have a radically different philosophy. Of particular interest is a group of Stagecoach towns (same operating company) where the policy is quite inconsistent.
More when fbb's sanity returns.
ADVENT CALENDAR 10
It was later writings in the prophetic Bible book of Isaiah that really opened up the understanding of EXACTLY what God's Messiah would be like.
It was a concept which the people of the day found difficult to understand, but it was a style of messiahship which was revealed, spot on, at the first CHRISTmas.
When your blogging author was Head of RE in a large comprehensive school in a fairly unholy district of Sheffield he used to read some of these sentences out to his class without revealing that they were from the Bible, let alone an Old Testament prophet.
It was the will of the Lord that his servant
grow like a plant taking root in dry ground.
He had no dignity or beauty
to make us take notice of him.
We despised him and rejected him;
he endured suffering and pain.
No one would even look at him
we ignored him as if he were nothing.
He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly;
he never said a word.
Like a lamb about to be slaughtered,
like a sheep about to be sheared,
he never said a word.
He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die,
and no one cared about his fate.
He was put to death for the sins of our people.
The sproglets in fbb's class were all agreed that the words were all about Jesus and his death on the cross.
Imagine their surprise when fbb revealed that they were written around 580BC!
This would be a VERY different messiah from "yer bog-standard" messiah.
But Isaiah went on to make it very, very personal. His prophecies ensure that events in first century Bethlehem are even more challenging. CHRISTmas becomes a much more precious story.
Next undecided blog : Tuesday 11th December