Friday, 4 July 2008

Another Christian music plug

I'd like to draw your attention to the music of my friend Daniel Shiells, whose debut album, A Taste of Things To Come, is out now. He has a real passion for sharing Jesus through his music—and for writing good songs! I can testify that the second of those ambitions has been achieved, and am praying about the first. The writer of this review of Dan's performance at this year's H3 Festival agrees.

The album was produced by Tre Sheppard of Onehundredhours and is being toured around the UK as we speak.

Related post: Jesus loves hip-hop

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

No tobacco in the joint

Dutch ban smoking tobacco — but rules on marijuana are still hazy (The Times)

The article is about the current situation in The Netherlands, which has recently followed the rest of Europe in banning smoking in enclosed public places. Smoking tobacco, that is: smoking pure cannabis in Amsterdam's (in)famous coffee shops is still legal.

Obviously, this is absolutely crazy. As one bemused Dutchman put it, "In other countries they look for the marijuana in the cigarette. Here they look for the cigarette in the marijuana". Also, presumably the rationale behind banning smoking cigarettes indoors is to eliminate the associated health risks. But what difference will that make in a room where everyone is smoking something else? Just another occasion where the law is an ass.