John Robert Parker Ravenscroft (aka John Peel)

John Peel
John Peel

What sad, sad news to learn that legendary DJ John Peel has died suddenly while on holiday in Peru. I was visiting our local Roman Catholic community when one of the priests, Fr John, returned home with the news that John Peel had died suddenly, of a heart-attack.

I discovered John Peel rather late on, but when I did any opportunity I had I would tune in to his late-night Radio 1 show. What I loved about him was his gentle, down-to-earth nature on the radio and his passionate love for music that spanned almost endless genres and styles and moods. I used to enjoy how he ended his show on a Tuesday night, leading into the Rock Show with a heavier-than-heavy track by someone like Nalpalm Death. Often that track would be heavier and ‘nastier’ than any of the Nu-Metal that was (sadly) offered up on the Rock Show.

I shall miss him on the radio; a familiar, comforting uncle of music who disturbed and challenged, and pushed boundaries to introduce me, and thousands of others, to all sorts of obscure and wonderful pieces of music. I only hope there will be someone to fill that void on radio, to keep challenging those who would reduce popular music to a narrow selection of manufactured artists.

The Church Invisible

The Church Invisible by Nick Page
The Church Invisible by Nick Page

I’m currently reading this novel by Christian writer Nick Page. It brings together a lot of good current thinking and research into why the Church is failing. I included quotations from it in my sermons at both St Salvador’s, Stenhouse and the Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield these last couple of weeks.

The challenge is, as the character Lydia says in the novel, not to tell people about the good news about Jesus. We have to be the good news.

My first Valid XHTML 1.0 document

Ladies and gentlemen of the internet. Today I validated my first XHTML 1.0 Transitional web page. (I’m almost in tears with delight, as I type… Not really. nods a little bit shakes head nods)

Valid XHTML 1.0!

Hoorah me! Although, if I’d been a genius I’m sure all my HTML documents would have been validated by now. Damn those elusive seven points!


I clicked a link somewhere on the New York Times website and ended up on an IQ quiz page.

Turns out I have an IQ of 133. Apparently they used science, so it must be true.

According to Terman’s classification (I have no idea what that means either) an IQ of 120-140 is “Very superior intelligence” and over 140 is genius. Oh! So close!

Congratulations, Gareth!
Your IQ score is 133

This number is based on a scientific formula that compares how many questions you answered correctly on the Classic IQ Test relative to others.

Your Intellectual Type is Word Warrior. This means you have exceptional verbal skills. You can easily make sense of complex issues and take an unusually creative approach to solving problems. Your strengths also make you a visionary. Even without trying you’re able to come up with lots of new and creative ideas. And that’s just a small part of what we know about you from your test results.

That’s all from me, this evening. Gareth Saunders, Word Warrior, signing off.