Monday, 30 December 2013

Snapshots From The Bible Week 52 ~ Galatians 6 v 9- Helping Others

Galatians 6:9 

‘Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right if you don’t give up.’
It is good to end the year thinking of others rather than ourselves. Yes, we need to focus upon our individuality and understand who we are and to know the purpose of our lives. Sometimes this may not seem very clear, however if you take time to meditate and relax into yourself you will come to understand better.
All of us are here to help others- no man is an island therefore we cannot live an isolated existence. We are blessed with different talents so that we may assist one another in different ways. Maybe you help those around you on a daily basis, friends, family, colleagues, however it might be good to see if there is any voluntary work available where you can utilise specific skills. Help comes in many forms; sometimes  this means listening to people's problems or it could involve practical assistance such as helping someone with their CV or laying a carpet- very different yet necessary skills.
There are times when we can become tired helping others, especially if people are constantly seeking our help. My sister has an endless flow of people relying upon her yet I have never known her refuse. Sometimes I wonder how she copes with all those demands but being a strong Christian  finds internal strength through her faith. Helping others can be draining and there will be occasions when we need to take a temporary break- in other words, vacations are great, but we should always help those in genuine need.
Don’t give up- how we love that phrase in today’s society. Go for it and never give up so that you will be rewarded when the time is right. This passage refers to eternal rewards but knowing we have helped someone is a reward in itself.
In 2014 we need to keep up the good work! Make a definite effort to find ways of helping others and never be too proud to ask for help when you need it.
Wishing you all a happy and blessed New Year. 

Jaz McKenzie

Angel Therapy for Healing By Doreen Virtue

This is for anyone who is physically or mentally in need of some healing and believes in angels! I used it for stress and it is interesting how words which are relevant to the situation flow into your mind at the appropriate times. It's a video which I am happy to re-play because it has a very calming effect, therefore is beneficial. Try it and see how you go.


Snapshots From The Bible Week 51~Galations 6 v 4-Working well

Galatians 6:4 
‘Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others’
To make the best of ourselves we really need to take a pride in everything we do. It does not matter how big or small a task is, it must command our concentration and we should make every effort to complete each task to the best of our ability. Something as simple as making a hot drink can be done with care in order to avoid spillages and to make a great tasting beverage! Especially when making a drink for someone else- it’s really not nice being handed a cup of tea in a dirty looking mug or one that has slopped over.
The better we do our work the more we can achieve. If you work steadfastly at a task and complete it you will feel satisfied and ready for the next job as opposed to feeling as if you are not achieving anything much.  Making a list of jobs is very good for boosting our sense of achievement.
We are told in this verse not to compare ourselves with others. There are a number of reasons why this is good advice. The most obvious is that we are individuals and have different talents. Some people can finish their work quickly whilst others take more time. Provided you reach your targets speed is immaterial- unless you are exceptionally slow or aiming for employee of the year! Quality is always key, whether producing a tangible product or giving advice- if you can go that extra mile when advising someone they usually appreciate your efforts. When we are busy comparing ourselves we may become overly proud and gloat or have a confidence crash if we consider that we are not doing well by other people’s standards. Keep your focus and provided you work well consistently you can be proud of your performance.
Besides traditional work we can apply this attitude to any form of self- improvement. You have a starting point and work from there taking care to practice aspects you have identified. This could be simple- eg: doing a good deed a day or taking more care with communication, choosing words carefully to encourage others rather than speaking off the top of your head.
This is a good verse to take forwards into the New year and help you to advance well during 2014. 
Jaz McKenzie



Jim Rohn You Must DREAM!

Time to prepare for the New Year so we are sharing excellent advice from the late Jim Rohn. Jim gives us a quick overview of the need to dream and how to go about it with confidence. Here are the three main points:
~Plan your economic goals!!
~Make a list of the things you want ready to check off and celebrate success upon attainment.
~Personal development, what do you need to achieve to become more skilful?

Step 1~ work on your goals- make plans
Step 2~ write your goals down- in your journal and study your desires and accomplishments
Step 3~ check the size of your goals and the kind of goals- your goals are affecting you all days long, they come through your body language. Strong clear goals=good affects.
'Success is doing what the failures won't do.' Love it, definitely time to get started and as Jim says, 'don't join the thank God it's Friday club!' New year and time to re-motivate and achieve.

Jaz McKenzie

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 50~ Hebrews 11 v1- defining faith

Hebrews 11 v1 

‘Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.’
Faith is almost indefinable. It is something we all possess and choose to either exercise or allow to lie dormant. This verse explains the way in which faith functions; how it ties desire with the act of attaining the things we have faith in.
Faith works when injected with enthusiasm and the unshakeable acceptance that what we ‘will’ ie: wish for, is going to materialise.
Very often our faith works particularly well when we determine a time scale, partly because we keep the object of our faith in mind and strive towards attaining it. Faith is a positive act, a considered step whatever context you are using it in from ultimate religious beliefs to improving your everyday situation. It would appear that faith itself is actually evidence because faith provides the proof. In many ways faith creates a self-fulfilling prophecy and those who seek, find. I have just moved and required ‘the right place at the right price and the right time.’ I set a 2 week deadline and these three major requests have all been met along with many sub requirements; in fact, I have everything I asked for that fits my current budget which is pretty amazing but if you understand faith it is the fulfilment of the expected.
The best way to build faith is by working on easy to attain things and seeing them appear or by taking an enormous step and being bowled over by the results. Like all good things, we need to exercise faith for it to stay in shape. Sometimes if everything goes well we can allow beneficial practices to subside instead of boosting our system with inner strength and confidence.
As we are close to the New Year it might be worth taking a look at the areas where your faith is strong and also where it could do with a boost. Think about ways of strengthening your faith to enable you to move life forwards in a positive direction. If you are on the right path you will excel and if you are not, with faith you can find the best steps to move forwards. Have faith, have confidence and progress! 

Jaz McKenzie

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

PC access so we'll share a great Christmas song with you and put some cheerful spirit into ~IB~ !!
It's a busy time of year and a time to pray for all those who do not enjoy this season or are experiencing the first Christmas without a family member or loved one. It is the season to care and share, not a selfish time so let's make the most of all aspects of this season. Merry Christmas!

Jaz McKenzie

Monday, 16 December 2013

How well do you know yourself?

Hello Braappers~ Just a quick note to let you know that internet access is currently limited: apologies and hope to resume regular service shortly.

Knowing Yourself

There are times in life where situations change or challenge us and we may have difficulty addressing our own actions or feelings. This poster accurately sums up that position and encourages reflection. How do we feel about ourselves? Do we understand the path we have just walked or are about to walk?

Most of us have a way of going about life however everybody acts out of character at times and this can be in a positive way. Sometimes the severity of events can bring about previously unknown strengths. We may be more courageous than we believed, find that we have the ability to make clearly analysed decisions, experience things that we imagined were beyond us. Alternatively we may act in ways that we later abhor and do things we wish we had avoided.

This results in times when others fail to understand us- that is not exactly our problem and sometimes we may have the skills to bring them around to our way of thinking; but when we fail to understand ourselves we are at a loss. When we feel like this it is a good time to relax and allow our inner voice to speak as we actually have all the answers.

Next time you don't understand something about yourself look at the triggers. Different people encourage us to react in different ways and possibly we are under the influence of people without realising it.

The best thing to do is to identify your own values and hold fast. Be in a position to know who you are and what makes you tick~ The better you are at being your own person minimises the need for regret. Be strong and be prepared for the unexpected. Life isn't clockwork, it's an incredible journey and we need to enjoy the adventure of self realisation

Jaz McKenzie

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 49~ Proverbs 17 V 22- Joy verses stress

Week 49~ Proverbs 17:22 

‘A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.’
Attitude really is everything and this particular proverb emphasizes how our attitude can affect our minds and therefore bodies in challenging situations.
How do we know that this refers to challenging situations? Very simply because joy is described as a medicine and medicine is not used by the healthy! Of course, the attitudes here are not necessarily applied with reference to our own personal situation but also describe how we are around others. Are we encouraging? Do we keep things in perspective or enjoy dramatizing them to fulfil some inner need or boost our role? Too much attention to the wrong details easily crushes vulnerable spirits and can lead to the downfall of others. How unfortunate if we genuinely wish to help.
We can enjoy creating useless drama in our own lives rather than relaxing, having a joyful attitude and expecting the best outcome in a situation. Drama can be a real smoke screen which prevents us from seeing simple solutions through impairing our ability to function properly. Trying to take a rational rather than emotional approach to life helps keep our feet on the ground.
Joy is a brilliant medicine. When we are joyful everything appears good and our spirit sings, leaving us feeling as if we can tackle anything and everything. Joy creates more joy whereas stress creates more stress. Emotions actually require practice which may sound strange, however you have spent your entire life practicing your emotional mind set without even realising it! If you are constantly stressed and agitated that is the result of ‘personal training.’  Too much of this attitude can ultimately lead to depression and poor self- esteem.  By contrast, joy is a positive emotion which elevates and helps us to enjoy life. Joy draws others to us because we wish to share the feeling and tend to reach out to others. Practice joy, it really will help you to enjoy life.
Jaz McKenzie
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Friday, 6 December 2013

Reflections~ A poem by Jaz McKenzie


To look, to dwell, to shimmer
Regarding time spent
Recalling, relishing or filled with remorse
The yesteryears, time passed
Dwindled away for evermore
And yet our memories replay
Eternal highlights
Wavering in the present

Like the reflections on the pond
Where we once fed the ducks 

Two small children riding their bikes
In a shaded woodland, summertime 

And as winter draws near
I return to the same spot
The same trees still stand tall
Affected only by the elements

Shedding their leaves
Barren, awaiting seasonal re-growth
And so it is!

A new future, a new generation
New memories
Eternal promise!

Jaz McKenzie
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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 48~ Proverbs 17 V 14- Preventing arguments

Week 48~ Proverbs 17: 14 

The start of an argument is like a water leak- so stop it before real trouble breaks out.’
The problem with arguments is that they very often spring up from nowhere. You are having a great day and are in a good mood but unfortunately brush up against someone who may be emitting a very different vibration. If we have a good sense of awareness we may be able to prevent any serious deterioration and restore the situation quickly and painlessly to a reasonable discussion. On the other hand, the most common outcome is that we find ourselves being drawn  into an argument and end up giving as good as we get. The outcome will probably be unsatisfactory and you are left with feelings that can range from uncomfortable to furious.
Arguments can start with anything from a few little niggles to outright accusations. Being aware of other people’s moods and body language; matters that may be regarded as sensitive and anything that may be construed as criticism is a great starting point. Awareness helps us to plan what we are going to say and how we will deliver it to avoid an upset. We can also walk away from a dispute or use tactics to soften or circumnavigate a subject to reach a better conclusion. It is so much easier to prevent a leak than plug it. Likewise, it is better to maintain good relationships with people and avoid the need for damage control!
It is not always easy avoiding arguments, particularly if you are emotionally involved with someone. You may have better outcomes if you are pro-active and make decisions following discussions rather than reacting to things. Good old fashioned deep breathing has a great deal going for it, giving you space to calm down and get your thoughts together.
Prevention is better than cure, so challenge yourself- how long can you go without being drawn into an argument?
Might try this one myself and see how it goes! 

Jaz McKenzie
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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Meet Your Guardian Angels, Doreen Virtue

All of us have a guardian angel and there may have been times in your life where you have said, 'some one's looking out for me,' yet not attributed it to anything. This is one of the purposes of your guardian angels. Many of us are not very aware of our guardian angels and do not understand the role that they can play in our lives. For this reason, and to stimulate your interest, we are taking time to find out a little more and have the opportunity to connect. There are angels for everything and you can request help at any time. Fantastic concept and very comforting.

Regarding finding out your angel's name, I tried this and funnily enough a name jumped straight into my mind- maybe you are sceptical and consider it a reaction to suggestion- we can believe or disbelieve, everything is a matter of personal choice, however I am definitely angel orientated!

Jaz McKenzie

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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Be Braap~ Be Inspired #32!!! Real Quotes from Real People!!

'Celebrity life and media culture are probably the most overbearing pop-culture conditions that we as young people have to deal with because it forces us to judge ourselves'~ Lady Gaga


This is a particularly interesting and powerful quote from pop icon Lady Gaga , reflecting the power of celebrity and media within society today. One of the roles of media is to throw up questions for debate however as we have become very self absorbed and more judgemental across the board, sometimes we are in constant debate about the lives of others.

Sadly people do measure themselves against celebrities and many of todays children genuinely wish to live the celebrity lifestyle. As Lady Gaga says, maybe we need to take a little time to look at ourselves ourselves and make considered judgements about our choices and the way we live our lives. Sometimes we deal with the cosmetics rather than fundamentals leaving a lot of shallow unfulfilled people!

Jaz McKenzie

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Amanda Hall, 9 years old, Ballet Don Quixote, Pembroke Ballet

Beautiful skills on display from young Amanda Hall in this short solo from Don Quixote. Great to see such talent at a young age, tremendous poise and grace! If you love ballet this is well worth watching.

Jaz McKenzie

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Snapshots From The Bible Week 47~ Galatians 5 v 9- Yeast works through dough

Galatians 5:9 

‘A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.’
Our words are so often like yeast yet we may give little consideration to their ‘potentially’ far reaching effects. In the same way that yeast works through dough, rumours can spread as wild fire creating havoc in the lives of others. Words can become easily distorted  once shared as we have our own understanding and interpretation, building up or knocking down.
For fun, let’s look at the X Factor. Tamera Foster at the age of 16 was told from day 1 that she has the potential to be a superstar, yet during her first individual audition she forgot her words. Things went OK for a few weeks, but now that the pressure has mounted up Tamera forgot her words two weeks in a row.  Tamera has been told that it’s her time to shine and everyone is waiting for a spectacular performance.  At 16 this expectation appears too much resulting with the obvious- as Tamera has been told ‘don’t you dare forget your words’ (or similar by Sharon Osborne during feedback in that first audition,) that little yeast had been absorbed in her brain which ignores the negative ‘don’t,’ therefore remembering words is now a challenge. Had she been told to remember her words from day 1 something else might have gone wrong!!  When we speak with people we need to focus on what we want from them and not what we don’t want, in order to achieve the desired result. Giving positive instructions is far more helpful and easier to absorb.
Praise is the positive yeast used to encourage self- belief and reward achievement. When someone tells you that they believe in you, you will try far harder to achieve because we don’t like to let others down.
The same philosophy applies to money, giving time to others or even spreading a little love . If everyone donates a little we end up with a lot.
What this short sentence helps us to realise is that little actions count and can have a huge impact on the lives of others. We could probably all do with a little more awareness regarding our words and actions to help us have a positive impact on others and the world around.

Jaz McKenzie

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Chilling with the Duke!~ Ellington & Cat Anderson

Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington & Cat Anderson Link

Time to start the weekend wind down! Life can be so pressurised that at times we really appreciate the smooth sounds of jazz- including the tipping & whispering Duke Ellington refers to during his introduction. When you hear music like this from back in the day you wonder how today's music really compares. Nothing beats live music by highly talented musicians of any genre.No wonder swing is back in fashion!

Jaz McKenzie

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Food for Thought~ untitled poem by Jani Ringler-Nielsen

I met Jani earlier this year at a poetry event in Croydon and am very pleased to be able to share one of her poems with you. I am referring to it as 'Food For Thought' because that is a precise description of this poem which is open to interpretation. It throws up so many questions concerning the pre-ceding scenario leading to the' switch' and mental shut down.

Anyone fancy writing a short piece leading up to this poem?


For the tear falls softly on her pillow, 
She looks up smiles and knows why. 
Her ears don't hear what she thinks,
Her mind don't answer questions
Why she just does and sleeps and knows I'm ok 
Cause I've made pie.

Jani Ringler-Nielsen

Jaz McKenzie

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Monday, 18 November 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 46~Psalm 139 v 14- we're all wonderfully made!

Week  46 ~ Psalm 139: 14 

‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made’
This is a very beautiful statement and not to be taken lightly. It also gives you something to be thankful for every day.
A quick question:  How happy are you with yourself- your physical appearance, your mind or maybe your basic characteristics? Hopefully you are very happy overall and thankful for who you are and the progress made in this lifetime.
Sometimes however we see things that we dislike. Whatever faults we see in ourselves need to be kept in perspective as they are simply part of the whole.  The fact is, we have all been wonderfully made starting life as infants and following developmental milestones as we mature which usually leads to a gradual decline of some physical or mental attributes. This is life, a process throughout which we are constantly learning and achieving new things, living and learning. That in itself is wonderful!
Ideally, we need to learn how to embrace ourselves in our entirety, accepting the good with the bad. It is a good job we are beautifully rather than perfectly made or there would be no room for improvement! The way we see ourselves is influenced by the media to a huge extent which often results in dissatisfaction leading to a permanent quest for self- improvement.
Why fearfully, in fear of what?  One possibility is the way we tend to destroy our 'wonderful' selves by spending too much time worrying and stressing as we are supposed to live from day to day in the reassurance that all of our needs will be met. Stress takes a toll on us both physically and mentally, wearing us down and ultimately affecting the quality of our lives.
We are beautiful people, so appreciate yourself, be thankful and make the most of your assets instead of complaining about the things that you consider your weakest points.
Jaz McKenzie
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Friday, 15 November 2013

Taking a look at the lives of Shaolin Monks~ Documentary

Very interesting/educational documentary revealing the lives of Shaolin monks, not all of whom are fighters, however they hold the reputation of being the best fighters in the world. They have been in existence for 2000 years. Their renowned form of Kung Foo  essentially balances the body with specific moves inspired by animals including eagles, scorpions and snakes, all beautifully demonstrated. There is no particular age to join, their youngest participants aged three years and already displaying a high degree of competency! It is good to have an opportunity to discover more about their way of life.


Jaz McKenzie

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Be Braap~Be Focused- 10 Tips for a Happy Day!

Life is what you make it! Here are some tips to help you gear up for the day ahead and sail through it on a positive note. The more happy you feel the better your day will go, so switch those negatives to positives ASAP and remember, practice makes perfect.

1)      Get up with the alarm!

2)      Stretch & give thanks for the new day

3)      Count your blessings

4)      Think happy thoughts and remain positive

5)      Plan your priorities

6)      Set about everything joyfully

7)      Eat well, exercise( if only briefly) and make sure you enjoy some fresh air

8)      Be polite, helpful and caring towards others

9)      Take 3 deep breaths when facing a challenge and consider options calmly!

10)   Remember to live in the moment and enjoy it!
Jaz McKenzie
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Monday, 11 November 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 45~ Romans 13 V 8- The Debt of Love

Week 45 ~ Romans 13:8 

‘Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.’
When someone uses the term to ‘owe’ the probability is that we think of financial debts or favours- ‘I owe you one mate!’ A favour does not necessarily require a return, at least, not directly. We can barter favours, usually as a means of helping one another or we may receive help from a different source somewhere along the line stemming from the ‘what goes around comes around’ premise.
Why then do we actually owe one another love? This is challenging and we are provided with a straight forward answer- to fulfil God’s law. What we need to do is to uncover the reasons behind our ‘debt of love.’
Firstly, we were born therefore owe a debt of love to our parents. You might say,’ I didn’t ask to be born’ maybe, ‘my parents neglected or abused me.’ Strong, wise people are able to go beyond the obvious and turn it to their advantage by analysing how life experiences have helped them develop their talents and personal characteristics. You are indebted to those who teach you valuable lessons and love could be shown through forgiveness, even if only on a personal level. Forgiveness can be purely within your heart. The fact that we have a debt of love emphasises that we are loved, we received love first. It is something we have been given, we deserve and is ours to share.
Why do I owe you love? What have you ever done for me? On a biblical level God doesn’t owe us anything yet He loves us, easing our way through life when we allow it (you can substitute universal law, if that is your understanding, as all things work together for our good when we believe it.) As we are loved without limitation we should be able to love one another and care for one another on both practical and emotional levels. Love is not wishy-washy, it is solid. Love may involve passion or a good dose of common sense! Like everything else loves has its own spectrum ranging from vivid to pastel, the love of life and beauty to the love of an individual. It has characteristics and qualities so we need to apply judgement in order to give our love to others- unconditionally.
The above verse is a command for life. There are no specifications beyond the order to love one another and of course, to love yourself. Love needs to dwell in your mind, body and soul so that your ability to share true love increases. If we could achieve a deep love one for another we could attain true unity. 

Jaz McKenzie
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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Big Band Sunday Vibes!!!

Just for once we're having a total change and going down the secular route on a Sunday. X-Factor has reached week 5 of the live shows which is big band night and I was curious to see what Rough Copy (Blogged previously) would come up with.

Hit The Road Jack

There were many great performances last night but this was super slick and I think Ray Charles would love the modern twist given to his song, 'Hit the Road Jack.' Unfortunately the video is not great quality so it's worth checking out their TV performance-but it's good enough to share the fun vibes. A superb arrangement giving the song a twist, as Sharon Osborne mentioned. This group will be a winner regardless of the outcome of the show. Pure professionalism! And the guys outfits are even more spectacular than usual in keeping with the Rough Copy distinctive style.

Jaz McKenzie

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Where's Wally~ Just for fun!

Sometimes we enjoy a challenge and as I have time on my hands this week I thought it would be nice to do something completely different and relaxing. We have to Where's Wally challenges and so far they've defeated me!
Info is taken from the Wikipedia for those of you who would like to track the progress of Wally! Ultimately wally has contributed many happy hours to peoples lives. helping fill their leisure time whilst improving focus and concentration! A wonderful concept.

Wikipedia entry- click for full info.
  • Wally, whose name was localised for international editions: In the first two books, Wally wandered alone; he was the only person or thing that could be found in every illustration in the books. Over time, more characters were added to find in each scene.
  • Wilma, Wally's friend first appeared in the Ultimate Fun Book, and was replaced by her identical twin sister Wenda in the Where's Wally: The Magnificent Poster Book.
  • Wenda, A friend of Wally who replaced her twin sister Wilma for In Hollywood (although she previously appeared in The Magnificent Poster Book).
  • Odlaw, Wally's arch-nemesis, who made his print debut in The Magnificent Poster Book. He appears nearly the same as Wally, except that his clothes are yellow and black striped instead of red and white; his glasses have a blue tint to them; and he has a moustache. Although we are told "his bad deeds are many," he is not depicted in the books doing anything particularly nasty. However, in the T.V. series, he is frequently seen to be attempting to steal Wally's magical walking stick. Note that the name "Odlaw" is simply a reversal of the spelling of "Waldo," the American name for Wally, although he is called "Odlaw" in the UK as well.

  • Woof, Wally's dog, first appeared in The Ultimate Fun Book, where he was identified as Wenda's dog. Only his tail can be found with the exception of the final page of Where's Wally: The Wonder Book, which depicts all of Woof, and the six activity books released between 1993 and 1995 (the first book of which is titled The Truly Terrific Activity Book), where Woof shows himself to the reader.
  • Wizard Whitebeard, first seen in The Fantastic Journey. His signature is his exceptionally long beard, which is often the key to finding him. In his first appearance, he was responsible for sending Wally on a quest to discover the truth about himself, and he has tagged along on Wally's travels ever since. His appearance in The Ultimate Fun Book, however, is in just one scene ("Old Friends") and his presence is unmentioned in the book and acts as one of the background characters.
  • The Wally Watchers are Wally's devoted fan-club that first appeared in Where's Wally? The Ultimate Fun Book (1990). They turn up wherever Wally goes, dressed in the same red-and-white striped outfit. 25 appear in most books, though there are 99 of them in the Ultimate Fun Book.
  • In the earlier books, a character appears in every scene, which the reader must look to find out who it is. This is because no information on the characters is given in the books aside from the task to look for them. The characters appeared as background characters and all had something unique to them (like blonde hair or a ginger beard).
  • In some cases, characters from previous scenes would also appear.

  • ENJOY!!

    Jaz McKenzie

    Monday, 4 November 2013

    Snapshots From The Bible WK 44~ Romans 15 V 1&2- Helping the weak

    Week 44~ Romans 15: 1&2

    ‘We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let each of us please his neighbour for his good, to build him up.’
    There are many ways in which we can classify ourselves and one of the ways we tend to categorise is by strength and weakness, physically and emotionally. The Bible deals primarily with spiritual strength- how well we maintain our relationship with God and also one another.
    A very necessary quality is patience. Here we are encouraged to be patient and cultivate tolerance towards others, especially when they struggle. Humility is essential and helps prevent us becoming ‘big headed,’ viewing ourselves superior which effectively downgrades others in our own minds. No one is perfect and individuality means that we have different strengths and weaknesses therefore we all rely on one another at different times or in specific areas of our lives.
     We are directed specifically to help people consistently, building each other up to enhance the strength of our community. What do you consider to be your strengths and how can you use them for the good of others? Sometimes we may be able to emplyour talents professionally- it is good to be paid for the things we enjoy doing and do well! It may be that we need to ‘give back’ to society and assist people or projects voluntarily. Goodness needs to circulate as does love, money and all the important things in our daily lives.
    The good of others is seen here as the primary aim. Very often we put our own needs first and there are times when this is necessary, however as a general rule we should focus on helping others to make the most of themselves. Assisting people brings positive feelings of joy and accomplishment, great rewards resulting from an obligation! 

    Jaz McKenzie
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    Sunday, 3 November 2013

    Kambua sings Kenyan Gospel Music

    Sunday is the day for great Gospel Vibes so today we are sharing a beautiful young artist from Kenya... click link to play 'Bado Nasimama!'    Kambua~ Gospel Music

    Kambua has a beautiful voice and this song, which includes images of poverty, is extremely uplifting. We can take this opportunity to give thanks for all the good in our lives and live with expectation of the good to come!  This song is about maintaining faith and relying on God's guidance, His promises and steadfast love. Worthwhile checking out more of Kambua's music.

    Jaz McKenzie

    Wednesday, 30 October 2013

    Best Motivational video ever

    Time to be motivated and follow by example. Very quick and powerful video from Nick Vujicic who, seen here cuddling his baby, has no limbs.

    Unfortunately blogger is playing up so you will need to follow the link~ Worth the extra click! Have a blessed day. ~Jaz

    Monday, 28 October 2013

    Snapshots From The Bible WK 43~Proverbs 2:4- the importance of wisdom and common sense

    Proverbs 2:4 

    ‘Keep in tune with wisdom and think what it means to have common sense’
    It is surprising how many intelligent people we come into contact with who have no common sense! This verse really is the ultimate in wisdom because common sense makes life considerably easier and is something anyone can possess. Some people have a real knack applying common sense or ‘down to earth thinking’ to all situations. Maybe the purpose of this verse is to discourage us from trying to be too smart!
    Think about it. When we become deeply involved with ‘creative thinking,’ the upshot tends to be that we confuse ourselves. How many everyday situations appear complex simply because we have spent too much time elaborating upon them? Very often the first thought is right. Someone fails to phone you. First thought- they’re busy- which is probably correct. Leading on from here are a multitude of suggestions that enter the brain: phone is dead, they forget, I’m so unimportant they can’t be bothered… this is where paranoia sets in. Alternatively, in business you may have a sound idea however instead of using common sense to get it up and running, you keep adding more ideas and create an elaborate project that is extremely difficult to get off the ground. The wise person will encourage you to, ‘take one step at a time.’
    We need to tune into wisdom. Stop and evaluate our thoughts and intended actions to test how ‘sound’ they are. Wisdom prevents costly mistakes. It preserves respect and friendships; keeps money in your pocket; helps you to maintain dignity and respect especially when combined with common sense. Wisdom tells you not to show yourself up at the next works do whilst common sense tells you to drink little or no alcohol.
    To be blessed with common sense is a blessing indeed. It is a trusty steed in the race of life helping us to jump over hurdles! Wisdom creates admiration in others and wise people are very much sought after. If you seek advice from a wise person, common sense tells you to follow it. The problem comes when we zone out from wisdom and allow our emotions to take over. We can only be as wise as we allow ourselves to be, so open your mind to wisdom and common sense. The quality of your life will improve and you will know the reason behind every decision. 

    Jaz McKenzie
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    Sunday, 27 October 2013

    Powerful Sermon by Matt Chandler ( Must See)

    It's Sunday and just for a change we are posting a sermon!! We have shared wise words from people of different faiths previously and today we come from the Christian angle. This sermon speaks straight to you, is amusing and looks at every day subjects such as the difference between joy and happiness.

    Matt explains God's ultimate mission and preaches from the 23rd Psalm; very enlightening and easy to listen to. Whether you agree or not, there is plenty to consider, Matt having a highly refreshing approach and ideas that may be new to some of us.

    Jaz McKenzie

    Tuesday, 22 October 2013

    Be Braap~ Be Focused #4- One moment in time

    Young children are truly free because they always live in the moment. This is why they often have a problem taking turns- no matter, life isn't perfect!

    How amazing life could be if we actually developed the ability to enjoy every moment. As adults, we know that 'now' is the only time we are guaranteed, therefore we should try to capitalise upon it. Sometimes this can be incredibly difficult yet it's simply a case of mind over matter; although this will take a while to cultivate. One solution is to re-live great moments when experiencing doubts and worries. This helps boost the mind into a positive, receptive state putting control back into your domain. Happy thoughts create joy which is something most of us prefer to feel, and joy attracts more joy.

    Sometimes it is worth asking, 'what can I do in this moment? Hopefully you are too busy enjoying yourself to worry with this question! If however, you are counting time clock watching then you are wasting it! Little pockets of time can be quite valuable and soon add up. Journey time is a great for relaxing so I often listen to positive talks whilst travelling on buses or trains. Five minutes can be used to de-stress by taking a few deep breaths in the middle of a busy day or alternatively, a great opportunity to grab a quick cup of tea before the next client enters your office- or a healthy glass of water!

    Finally, give thanks for time. It is very precious and cannot be retrieved if wasted. The better use you make of time, the more enjoyable and satisfying life becomes.

    Jaz McKenzie

    Monday, 21 October 2013

    Hannah Barrett sings Beautiful - Live Week 2 - The X Factor 2013

    There is some serious talent on UK X Factor this year and Hannah Barrett, brought up on the old school artists, really delivers some old school soul.

    Hannah started out as an extremely troubled 17 year old with the weight of the world on her shoulders, and has proven ability to put all of her feelings into her music. An amazing singer who has yet to develop her potential and one of my personal top 3 contenders.

    Jaz McKenzie

    Sunday, 20 October 2013

    Snapshots From The Bible WK 42~Acts 17 V 28- Own your own power!

    Acts 17:28

    'and he gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are. “We are his children,” just as some of your poets have said.'   Contemporary English Version

    This version of the above verse goes into more detail than traditional versions which I believe enables a greater understanding that is applicable to modern society. It speaks of the gift of freedom, a concept that is of great value within an environment where we are taught that we are here for a purpose and should strive to reach our full potential. The beauty of this verse is captured in its very essence; we can be who we are thanks to the power given to each and every one of us!
    We have been given this power to represent ourselves fully, to make decisions. We are free to live, move and be; therefore we need to apply our minds to our talents and circumstances, making good decisions about the way forward.
    Do you know who you are? Are you comfortable in your current situation? If you are, then great, just continue to focus clearly. If not, what would you like to change? Everything you are and think makes you, YOU. There will always be things in our nature that please us and other aspects requiring change. Sometimes it is simply that we need to identify our strengths and weaknesses in order to assess the opportunities awaiting us.
    Life is as much about tomorrow as it is about now. That doesn’t mean we should be worrying about tomorrow however we need to prepare ourselves and make strides towards the changes we would like to see. Usually we need to look inwards before we can look around in order to progress. Self- correction takes time, but by making decisions to take control and change our habits, we can make steady progress- discipline is the root of change!
    We need to be in control of our lives working with God and the universe to better ourselves and reach personal fulfilment; the road to happiness. If we fail to do this, others will control us; sometimes so subtly that we don’t even notice. Take an honest look and strip your life back. Identify the areas you feel comfortable about and hold on to them. Anything that leaves you feeling ill at ease requires further exploration and correction- never be afraid to take back your power  and do make an attempt to understand why you lost it in the first place. This journey of discovery will lead back to you- your past, maybe your fears but until they are faced and you have gained understanding you will not be able to make any real change. Once you do change, the negative patterns in your life will stop repeating themselves.
    The lesson here is to be yourself, lay claim to your true self so that you will be happy and at peace, sharing your sense of fulfilment which will encourage others to do the same. 

    Jaz McKenzie
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    Wednesday, 16 October 2013

    'EMPTY' ~ a touching, thought provoking poem by Kyillie-Ann Jones

    ~IB~ loves bringing new poets to your attention and today we are excited to be featuring a poem by Kyillie-Ann Jones, from Trinidad and Tobago. Kyillie-Ann much prefers to 'speak' her poems, making good use of open mic nights, however this work stands well as a written piece and tells a very sad story of loss emphasising the inability to grieve and let go. It is easy to relate to the emotional tug-of-war even if you have not been through this experience.
    Kyillie-Ann Jones

    Verse 1
    I saw her in the park.
    People avoided her.
    What seemed rational to her was insanity to the untrained mind.
    People couldn't embrace her vision of normal, but I could see clearly
    that she once some time, had a baby that she loved dearly,
     I walked over to her slowly.
    I looked at the smile on her face as she pushed the empty swing.
    I stood next to the swing beside hers.
    She looked and me and smiled.
    She raised the hand of what she imagined was her child.
    I waved back at him, then I became a slave to her mind,
    She pointed a little higher than my thigh and said,
    ‘Why don't you lift up your son and put him in?’
    She watch me, I watched her, and it was like she was begging me to play her game.
    I wasn't as brave as her;  I felt the deepest shame.
    Then I said to myself, 'if I denied her offer then would I be saying that my baby I lost was unreal?'
    But that’s not true. Just like her son is real to her, mine is real to me.
    Maybe this game will make me heal- it was like a thrill Aaron was alive again!
    I picked him up and I could feel him breathe.
    I questioned my own sanity, but I just let go and I joined her show.
    I talked about Aaron as if he really was in the swing in front of me and she…
    Spoke of Teri, her sick baby that nearly died when he was a year old.
    She looked at the swing and said, ‘but he is better now, he is here with me still, Teri is no longer ill....

    Verse 2
    She put her Hand on Terri's arms and raised him from the swing;
    And I did the same- funny thing was that I could see Aaron's face as clear as day.
    We set our boys down, watched, in what seemed to be an empty sand pit, our children play.
    I wiped my tears away, she looked at me and touch my hair,
    She put her hand on my stomach as if to say, in her own way that ’Aaron is still with you,'
    She knew- I didn't really see every day what she sees
    She knew- that this was the first time I saw Aaron's face,
    She turned from me, picked up Terri and I watched her walk away...
    Until she was gone.
    I tried to walk away from the sandpit, alone-
    I really wanted to go home, but Aaron cried from behind me.
    I ran to him, I picked him up.
    He felt so soft and warm in my arms I didn't want to say bye.
    So I took him home, opened up the door-  it was him and I alone!
    I told him that his daddy had gone.
    What felt so right to me, the world would have thought is wrong,
    I held him close to my chest.
    I gave him some milk that went down my vest.
    We bathed together, just like a mother would bathe her baby.
    The day was done.
    I took him to the empty baby room;
    I switched on the light.
    Everything felt so right-
    I put him in the empty crib and gave him a little kiss.
    I turned off the light and for the first time
    I wished my son good night... 
    Good night stars, good night moon, good night son- I will see you soon.
    Kyillie-Ann Jones

    (Re-formatted by Jaz McKenzie)

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    Tuesday, 15 October 2013

    Fonzo - Rain (Official Music Video)

    Time to share a little bit of Fonzo- great song here in a very laid back style from this UK artist who has a somewhat American flavour. Definitely chill out zone so sit back and enjoy!

    Photo shoot and as you can see, Fonzo is in the middle with the ladies!

    Jaz McKenzie

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    Monday, 14 October 2013

    Snapshots From The Bible WK 41~ Revelation 21:5 God makes all things new


    Revelation 21:5 

    ‘And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.’
    During recent meditation the words,’ Behold, I make all things new,’ literally sprang into my mind. It was the first time I have encountered words in this situation that are not derived directly from my thoughts, but as an answer or response TO my thoughts. The question that had been in my mind earlier, related to some underlying fears that have been re-presenting themselves, despite my own efforts to drown them. The logical mind comes up with solutions enabling a temporary way of re-focusing however this statement quenches the flames of anxiety.
    Whatever situation we are in, God can make it new. We may have to go through a period where it is necessary for us to be cleansed and set free from our present situation, and this can occasionally be a proper demolition job- you might lose your employment, home, friends, have to move states, or undergo another form of drastic change to arrive at the next destination in life. Sometimes our job is simply to sit tight and roll with life until the, ‘caterpillar to butterfly metamorphosis’ is complete!
    Sometimes God helps makes us new. We develop new beliefs, habits or an entirely different way of life- maybe we have friends or family who need to undergo this change. We can be distressed about a person and focus on what we want for them and sometimes the change will come about in a very surprising manner. How many terrible teens turn into highly responsible adults having caused their parents a horrendous amount of worry?
    We are assured that everything can be made new and every minute of the day is a new minute, a new opportunity. All we have to do is claim God’s promises and maintain our faith in times of trouble- and please remember, there will be times when our faith weakens, but provided we recognise this and get back on track, all will work out for the best in the end.

    Jaz McKenzie