[kottke] Is this, perhaps, how Jesus would react if mugged?
Having learned of the swiss water decaffeination process, I wondered how some of the brands available in Sydney make their decaf.
- Campos use Swiss Water
- Grinders use Swiss Water
- Harris doesn’t say on their website
- Lavazza uses CO2
- Musetti – doesn’t say on their website
- Piazza D’oro appears to have a broken link on their site with their product information
- Primo use water processing (so does Caffe Di Stefano)
- Segafredo uses CO2
- Single Origin uses Swiss Water
- Toby’s Estate uses Swiss Water, and mentions some details on decaffeination process options
- Vittoria uses Swiss Water
Any suggestions for other brands that I’ve missed?
In bible study tonight, we read through the preamble and the crucifixion narrative in Matthew’s gospel – my very patient group put up with an hour and a half of looking at the different segments, and thinking about who was there, and what was going on.
It’s not completely unlike a season of 24: so much changes between the eating of the passover, and the next sunset.. a dubious trial, a number of gatherings, a great injustice… and something highly significant, at least for Christians.
I’ve had a succession of unusual Easters in the last few years (for example, the highly busy easter 2007). This is the first time for many years that there hasn’t been a wedding to go to, and we don’t often have 4 days off in a row, so we decided to go to Christchurch in NZ to visit jordan and channah.
Good Friday morning we went to our usual church. It was a standard evangelical morning service: hymns, sermon, prayers, bible readings. We visited my parents, then headed home for lunch, which was shared with an old youth group leader of mine, and some other visitors. Then we were off to the airport. Friday night we flew over to NZ. I spent the whole flight reading an article by Don Carson that our lecturer recommended we read a few times so that we understand what’s being said. I think I need to read it at least once more, but there was a sense of accomplishment in finishing the article at least!
Saturday, we walked into St Andrews church, which is probably the most famous church in Christchurch. Nothing church-y was happening there, it was just a place to go and be a tourist, but it reminded me of the church I went to when I was in london. Lots of history (it’s a little over 150 years old), and a “religious” feel to it. There was even a little chapel off to the side where you could take communion at a certain time of day.
Sunday, we went to church with Jordan and Channah; their church meets in a school hall, and the sermon wasn’t anything to do with easter!
I know it’s not cool for reformed Christians to talk about ritual as a part of worship, but surely the church calendar is there for some reason? I think that Easter is something that the Anglicans are doing correctly when they make a bit more of a big deal of it: it’s not just an extra church service to go to, there’s a reason to keep coming back, year after year, to the same story, and remember the events of that weekend.
I had a great time seeing NZ, but I’m hoping to be more reflective at Easter next year, to make sure I spend more time reading about and praying to God.
Surprisingly, once you prepare to board, there’s the opportunity for fresh food and even for passable coffee. They even accept australian currency, though they give NZ change.
Coffee is good: well above airport standards: you can taste the coffee above the weight of the milk. There’s a lingering aftertaste, too: overall, quite pleasant.
Picco premium coffee. A spot for weary travellers to gather and grab some standard airport fare: pastries, the ubiquitous ham-and-cheese-croissants, and some toasted paninis, salads, or yoghurt cups. Food is not incredibly fresh, but it’s not too bad for an airport lounge.
Coffee is not too hot, and looks safe enough, if a bit weak. Indeed, it tastes more like hot milk than coffee, and in doing so, avoids being too offensive. You could do worse at an airport, though there’s better available through customs.
C1 coffee. High st, christchurch. Themed after an old cinema, with a range of trendy, bohemian types, there is a rich scent of coffee throughout the inside of the place.
Coffee is good: there’s a thick head of foam at the top to keep the heat in, and just a hint of complexity.
Movie: Run Fatboy Run
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the movie Hot Fuzz, which is another Simon Pegg vehicle. It felt that in this film, he was out of his depth trying to portray the emotional range that the character needed, though somehow, amidst all the reaching for laughs, there are some genuinely touching moments.
David Schwimmer’s direction is a little all over the place: there are some great wide shots, but most strikingly, the film lacks a cohesive visual style.
[inflight movie] The Kingdom
I found this movie about americans investigating terror in the UAE to be disappointing: it seemed to be a way of justifying the caricature of muslims, without really explaining any of the interplay between the US and the Middle East. Watch Syriana instead: it manages to make the case a little more evenly.
DVD: Eagle vs Shark
Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement stars in this odd, indie film romantic comedy, about the romance between two hapless losers and their journey to find acceptance. Has some profound lessons buried under a lot of indie-ness.
[NZ TV] Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
It amazes me how much of the dialogue from this film I can still remember, though I haven’t seen it in years. I suspect it’s easier to enjoy this film if you’re under 20, but it’s aged reasonably well.