Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Delusion Of Absolute Power:

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Well I’ve been thinking on that recently. Reading one of my favourite books with a guy with either a big axe or a big sword fights a even bigger bad guy with an even bigger axe or sword to rescue the helpless damsel in distress who is his childhood sweetheart who lived in the village along with some form of self revelation yadda yadda yadda. Anyway in the particular book I was reading it had an evil queen who used to be a good character but became evil because he had absolute power. That made me think.

Does absolute power really corrupt? in the story it seamed to be used as an excuse to say that deep down she was a nice person. And I think more on what we see, Hitler, Stalin, Nero, and other dictators. We use these as examples to show what power does when it goes unchecked. We do not condone or excuse the actions but we also say the “power” they wielded had a part to play.

Does anyone have absolute power? Yes God, is he corrupt… NO! he is good and pure. This makes me think when people on this earth have great power they abuse it, Yet God has even more power and He is Good, then therefore the problem is not the power influencing us and corrupting us but instead Us using and corrupting our power.

Absolute power doesn’t corrupt us, we are already broken and corrupt. The power is just an extreme outlet for what’s inside ourselves that we would rather not see. All that vile, bitter, hateful emotions and our fallen humanity. The greater the power the more opportunity for our corrupt selves to be expressed.

We say power corrupts, why? Its because we are unwilling to face the fact that the evil done by men who have power is the same evil lurking in potential under our surfaces. We don’t want to see or admit we have a flaw in us so we look for reasons outside our fallen nature to explain evil. We see mass evil done by rulers and men with power and we want to give it a cause that is apart from our broken selves, we seek to blame the absolute power for corrupting men to do the evil we see. We delude ourselves to our own condition.

Absolute power does not corrupt us

A fallen nature corrupts power.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Cooking with Jonny II:
Southern Comfort Peach Crumble


2 tins of peaches

3-5 shots of southern comfort

packet of digestives


brown sugar




  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Take a baking tin and grease with the butter.
  • Add the drained peaches with a little of the juice into the greased dish, and add a handful or two of raisins (depending on preference)
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • On top add the southern comfort spread evenly across the peaches. Again 3-5 shots depending on preference.

  • Take the digestives, and crush until they arte crumbs, mix with brown sugar then add to the top of the peaches. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on top again and a few raisins if desired.

  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until top is golden brown

Serve with custard or cream

For those who prefer a non alcoholic version you can cook without the southern comfort to give… well a peach crumble!

Friday, September 15, 2006


One of my old cell-mates (as in cell groups not dodgy prison style friends) was on the weakest link. I met dan in my final year as he joined uni he studies metology (the weather). He made the final 3 before being voted off. He survied torrents of insults implied as being both camp and wanting to be a weather girl, and survied Anne's trying to fix him up with another contestant. However his woefuly dreadful weather realted jokes made him look a tad foolish.

Well done mate, cut the weather jokes as you make both me and si look like comedy giants.

Sunday, September 03, 2006


Beer: is one of the world's oldest alcoholic beverages. It is a fermented beverage made from malted barley, hops and water, and is carbonated in almost all cases.

Larger: are the most commonly-consumed category of beer in the world. They are of Central European origin, taking their name from the German lagern ("to store"). Lager yeast is a bottom-fermenting yeast, and typically begins fermentation at 7-12°C (45-55°F) (the "fermentation phase"), and then stored at 0-4°C (30-40°F) (the "lagering phase"). During the secondary stage, the lager clears and mellows. The cooler conditions also inhibit the natural production of esters and other byproducts, resulting in a "crisper" tasting beer.

Ale: is beer that is brewed using only top-fermenting yeasts, and is typically fermented at higher temperatures than lager beer (15–23°C, 60–75°F). Ale yeasts at these temperatures produce significant amounts of esters and other secondary flavor and aroma products, and the result is a flavourful beer with a slightly "flowery" or "fruity" aroma

Stout and Porter are dark beers made using roasted malts or roast barley. E.g. Gunnies