What's Good About Jet Lag Down Under?

I have jet lag here in Os despite the fact that I stopped off for one and a half nights at Dubai.'Have you come for the celebrations?' said the passport security lady, 'yes, you've come for the celebrations'. That is how I learned that I had come to Dubai to celebrate the New Year. Unfortunately I went to bed during the great firework display, but I did swim and laze on the beach.

Now I am with Belinda, Brent and Thomas in their lovely new home in the nice new suburb of Waurn Ponds. We saw the Hobbit in 3D except that I went to sleep. I went to the internet shop but my emails still won't send. I went to the gym but soon slipped out to sip coffee. I was about to walk back but it rained so I said Midday Prayer on a seat in the cinema foyer.

I am working on my memoirs. Every time I wake up or have a chat with Brent another section falls into place. Pure inspiration.

Belinda is studying the art of writing and is a budding author. We go through a short story she has written and discuss the art of writing. A section of my memoir is headed 'What makes a good author?'

Brent is pioneering fresh expressions of church and training of church leaders. We share experiences, information and insights. A section of my memoir is headed 'Tomorrow's church'.

'You have not come here to work, you have come for a holiday' he says. 'What good can come out of a jet-lagged holiday Down Under? Much, much more than an addiction-driven work programme. This reminds me of my friend Trevor Sullivan's recent email about the value of 'the absent leader'. Its time for another snooze since I can't bear to watch the final Test Match - that would be a humiliation one too many.

Posted at 18:51pm on 3rd January 2014
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