Wednesday 2 August 2006


Another study day today. I decided that in order to get a decent amount of my latest essay written I should get out of the house and study elsewhere.

I started the morning of at my usual coffeehouse - Moda. Then after lunch I went to the library, but that didn't last too long because the battery in my laptop computer ran out. I felt embarrassed to ask if I could plug in to the mains. They already let you read books for free so I didn't want to take advantage and use their electricity for free too. (By the way, here's my favourite library from the town where my wife and I first lived when we got married - 7 years ago!)

So I decided to break with tradition and go to another coffee house. Ironically it's right next door to my usual and both are opposite the library. I didn't travel far today.

I found a seat with a table that was by a mains supply so I could plug my computer in. I figured if I was paying for coffee it would be alright to literally recharge my batteries. I decided I would leave a tip anyway.

In my studies I came across the early North African Christian theologian, Augustine. I'm not sure how I feel about him. On the one hand he is known by a great name - Augustine of Hippo (see what I mean?), but on the other he sanctioned the violent persecution of believers that were deemed heretical because they questioned the integrity of leaders in the Church. But then again he has some great quotes. Of speaking of God he says,

You have made us for yourself and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in you.

I think I might return to this coffeehouse again. I quite like it. The only problem is that it's actually a cafe bar which means there is a kind of funky smell around. (Since the introduction of the smoking ban you'd be amazed at the smell that smoke used to cover up. I wouldn't change it though).

What I liked best about the place was that the building used to be a church. I didn't realise that until today, but looking at it now it makes sense. I'm not sure what kind of church it was. I'll let you know when I find out. It started to get me thinking about how you could creatively "do" church in this space again. I'll let you know about that too.

I asked for a cookie to go with my latte, but they don't serve cookies. I'm not sure if they serve toast there either even though that's the name of the cafe.

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