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Can you guess the 19 Christmas Carols in this mashup?

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Saviour.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant light
Born that man no more may die.

Joy! Joy! Jesus Christ was born for this
He hath ope’d the heav’nly door
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight
Guide us to Thy perfect light.

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where he lay
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.
The angel of the Lord came down:
“Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing.”

And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day,
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of His love.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Born is the King of Israel!

Printable version

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Web Riddle Two

For those of you who like a puzzle, Sam Davyson has created another riddle – the Web Riddle Two.

I think I only got to Level 7 last time around, I wonder if I’ll be any better this time!

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I’ve been enjoying Michael Blastland’s weekly ‘Summer School’ on “fruitcake journalism” and “duff data” on the BBC News Magazine site. It’s often very entertaining.

This week he tackles causation and “the assumption that things happening after an event must be caused by it”.

He gives some examples for readers to tackle:

Here are a few examples, some new, some old, and all true except for the explanation. Work out the more likely chain of causation then think of some examples of your own.

  • Whenever ice cream sales rise, so do shark attacks (eating ice cream makes you tastier?)
  • As more economists are recruited to the Treasury, inflation rises (economists cause inflation?)
  • In Scandinavia, storks appear more often on the rooftops of families with more babies (storks bring babies?)
  • As vocabulary increases in infancy, so does appetite (words make you hungry?)

This is followed by a series of very funny shark and icecream-related comments, some of which made me laugh out loud.

Here are some of my favourites:

Perhaps when there is a horrible shark attack on the beach, people stay out of the water and have an ice cream instead. The moral is, if there’s a big queue for Mister Whippy, stay out the water.
David Routledge, Derby, UK

Warmer weather brings people to beaches, people buy ice cream at beach, sharks see ice cream, sharks become jealous. The sharks want the ice cream, and attack people to get it. The sharks will stop at nothing for a 99 with a flake.
Emily, Southampton

Clearly the author does not realise that it is easier to swim away from a shark if you are not trying to hold on to an ice cream.
The Late KingZog

And my favourite:

Economists are sensitive to the earth’s magnetic field. As inflation rises people require more coins to buy their ice creams. This additional metal alters the earth’s magnetic field, spooking the economists who retreat to where they feel safe – Treasury. Storks fear margarine and therefore cluster near the homes of those with small children who will have gone all organic and started buying salt-free natural butter. As the children grow they can request margarine and ice cream. This upsets the sharks, storks and economists, who then feed the children burgers to give them heart disease. All quite logical really.
Phil, Birmingham

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More puzzling…

Here’s a few more cryptic clues for the puzzlers among you. This time they’re all towns and cities in the UK:

1. Tying up cured meat with string. (M)
2. Fresh fortress. (N)
3. Envious magical woman. (L)
4. Stupid chips. (Sc)
5. Young shopping centre. (~S)
6. Murky pool. (N)
7. Contented cat with a lisp. (Sc)
8. Farm animal’s car. (S)
9. En-suite, perhaps. (S)
10. Wealthy French world. (N/L)
11. Dancing Queens become clergyman.(Sc)
12. Needed for snooker (L)
13. Where ethnic music meets hard rock. (S)
14. Outdoor caterer. (N)
15. Sight the Queen’s birds (W)

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Christmas Quiz!

Hey folks – have a go at these Christmas questions. Something for everyone I hope!

Answers on a postcard comment..

1. How much older than Jesus is John the Baptist?

2. Who told Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem?

3. What did the innkeeper say to Mary and Joseph?

4. When did baby Jesus cry?
a) when He opened the wise men’s gifts
b) whenever babies usually cried
c) when the cattle started lowing
d) “No crying He makes”

5. Just what is a “heavenly host”?
a) an angelic choir
b) the welcoming angel in heaven
c) an army of angels
d) none of the above

6. In which carol can you find the following example of animal neglect:
“The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind”

7. What happened eight days after Jesus’ birth?

8. What does Jesus’ name mean?

9. When is the feast of St Stephen?

10. In which carol will you find a rude wind’s wild lament?

11. What colour are the petals of a Poinsettia?

12. What are these carols normally known as?
a) Arrival Time: 2400 hrs – Weather: Cloudless
b) Loyal Followers Advance
c) Delight for this Planet
d) Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings

13. What does Mariah Carey want for Christmas?

14. Where was Saint Nicholas born?

15. Who was Scrooge’s dead business partner in “A Christmas Carol”?

16. How many sides does a snowflake have?

17. According to the carol, what type of pudding should we bring you?

18. What is ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’ often known as?

19. Reindeer are wrongly depicted on Christmas cards, at least for this time of year. Why?

20. What did Harry Potter get for Christmas in his first term at Hogwarts?

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Here’s a little photo competition for Kings people.. can you guess who these eyes belong to? (clue: they’re all people we know and love!)
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Jumbled joy

Here’s a little something I put together today while work-avoiding.

It’s made up of lines from the songs on my current worship cd-mix. I’ll be impressed if anyone guesses all 14…

Lift up your eyes,
Early in the morning.
The harvest is here,
The kingdom is near!
Though there’s pain in the offering,
I will celebrate the light.

I’ve tasted and I’ve seen,
I know with all my heart.
No one else will do:
Heaven’s perfect Lamb,
I’ll lay it all down again,
It’s You I live for, everyday!

Bigger than the heavens and the highest of heights,
The universe declares your majesty.
You are far above,
Strong to deliver, mighty to save.
I’ll learn to stand upon Your word.

My heart will choose to say:
I’m gonna stand,
I’m gonna run,
I’ll follow after You.
To find You in the place Your glory dwells,
That’s the cry of my heart.

When I’m found in the desert place,
Help me know You are near.
I’m lost without you!
I’ll fear no evil for You are with me,
With wisdom, power and love.
Who’s your equal?

Your Spirit’s water to my soul,
Healing comes from your hands,
The fire of God,
Stirring up my passion.
My heart is satisfied within your presence,
the warmth of Your embrace.

Your glory will fill the earth,
Like water the sea.
Peeling back the darkness,
Rising up in me.
You’re all I ever needed,
My daily bread, the air I breathe.

It’s true and I believe it!
Our God turns the bitter into sweet,
Mercy and grace he gave us at the cross.
He will watch over your coming and your going
And calm the storm with His hand.

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