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Here's my supporting statement:

I believe I would be perfect for this position and would do the job better than anybody else could simply by referring patients to real doctors. I strongly believe patients in the NHS should have some measure of free choice however we would not pay government money for them to take up fishing as a treatment for cancer, even though it would likely be a more effective treatment than homeopathy. For that reason, my goal as a specialty doctor in homeopathy would be to simply refer all my patients to real doctors, explaining that homeopathy can do about as much for them as pulling a rabbit out of a hat, and then go back to watching cartoons on the Internet.

So if you employ me I will do the only humane thing and not fill patients with false hope of being cured by magic spells and potions. I understand the placebo effect, however that falls apart the moment they talk to anyone rational and are told that homeopathy is nonsense and the devastation could have a seriously negative effect on their mental, and possibly physical, health. I play guitar though, I could play them some Placebo. I'm not much of a singer, mind, so you might want to give me a sound-proofed office for the safety and sanity of other hospital staff.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing your decision.
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rachelesque has done something lovely and syndicated my blog for me as billhayes. So no more cross posting, you want the blog posts you follow the feed.

Gosh, that didn't last long.

Thanks, Rachel. The cross-posting was more than a little ugly. Feed is much cleaner. :)
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You might already have noticed a post from it. I sync posts from my blog to LJ but not vice-versa.

Oh and if anyone with a paid account fancies syndicating http://billhay.es/feed/ (from http://www.livejournal.com/syn) then that'd be great too. Give it a nice name, like my name for example, and stick a 47 on the end if it's taken. Thanks.
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Just thought I’d show you guys what I’ve been up to with a new album on the horizon. The song’s called We Rule The World and it’s the opening track for my next album, 2KX, to be released later this year. Planned release date is July 1st.

There’s a lot of political stuff on the new album, including this song which is about how we live in a democracy so if we’re not happy with how our country’s being run then we, theoretically, have only ourselves to blame. Regardless of how much control we actually have, things are only going to get better if we actually take an interest in politics and get involved in areas that matter.

A particularly annoying trait I’ve noticed amongst some Christians is an unwillingness to get involved in social issues. I remember many of my Christian friends not posting anything at all during the general election earlier this year but were quite willing to kick up a fuss when they felt churches rights to discriminate, for employment purposes, were being threatened. The focus is all too often on issues that affect them as Christians, not issues that affect them and their society as people.

Don’t get me wrong, there are often some very good initiatives run by churches to deal with specific issues (some are good at feeding the homeless, others are good at supporting families, there are plenty) but church members are all too often distanced from the issues surrounding them, whether by a deliberate decision to focus entirely on the growth of their local church to the exclusion of all else or on a subconscious level.

If this happens on a subconscious level I think it is largely down to fostering some kind of “us and them” mentality with regard to the general public. There is a lot of preaching that goes on stating that we are the church, we are the beacon of hope to a fallen world, they are the sinners and we are the saved. While that may be true it’s not a productive way of thinking, the fact is that all of us are sinners as all have fallen short of the glory of God.

If you fall prey to this mentality, try to remember what it was like before you joined a church. What drew you into that church? Did you see a sign you like the look of or did somebody from the church reach out to you and invite you? I’m betting it’s more likely the latter, as if the former is more likely then our churches have reached a sorry state indeed.

This leads me to my next point, the conscious decision to not get involved in society’s problems and focus on the local church. This is a paradox, your church will not grow if you don’t genuinely care about your society. Not simply to win people to Christ, although that is certainly worthwhile, but just to show the love of God to the people around you. Here’s a Bible quote.

Philippians 2:1-8: So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Our model for how to treat people in our society is the model given to us by Jesus. While we were still His enemies, He died for us. This is the kind of love that Paul encourages the Philippians to take for one another and also those outside the church.

It’s all very well saying “oh but I help with my church’s debt advice centre…”. Well great, keep doing that; but if your only community support is within these specific confines then you’re fostering, whether consciously or unconsciously, the “us and them” mentality. Remember at all of these ministries there is a desk, whether real or figurative, that has church members offering support on one side and not-church-members receiving support on the other.

That can’t be all there is. Philippians 2 calls us to muck in with our community with the genuine love that Christ showed for us on that cross. You must consider the sinners outside your church more significant than yourself and the only way to do this is to get involved. How you do this is up to you, try involving yourself in political campaigns or charities that may or may not be run by Christians, but do something where you are putting yourself on the same level as the rest of society and not trying to rise above it. Remember, Jesus “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men”. Bear that in mind as you go out and have a positive impact.

Your goal on this earth is not purely to bring people to Christ, your goal is to worship God and one of the ways you do that is by showing something of the love that Christ gave to us through genuine sacrificial service to others.

The title of my song is We Rule The World, which is true to a point. God is sovereign and in His wisdom has allowed us to take care of the planet, take positions of authority and tackle social issues. God rules the world really, He is fully in control, but a huge responsibility has been given to us and we need to take up that calling in genuine love for our communities on earth.

So, whether Christian or not, let’s fight social injustices and support one another. We rule the world.

Originally published at billhay.es

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"If anyone in South London (tooting area) or St Georges Hospital has seen or knows someone who has seen a black and red samsonite backpack, kind of beaten up, with several keyrings hanging from the zips (a lego tie fighter, a lego admiral ackbar minifig, two giraffes [one wooden and one soft], an eeyore, a rubber lizard, a lego keyring with my name on it), and a rainbow ribbon on the back, please contact me (email info on my userinfo page) or hand it in to security at St Georges. It would be some stress and hurt taken from my shoulders."

Pass it on.
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The voting system in this country is screwed. Myself and a few friends decided to try and tackle this by creating a website that allows people to vote directly for a hung parliament in this year's general election. The reasons for this are many but ultimately it means better representation for your views in parliament and would likely lead to electoral reform that would basically save democracy.

Right now we're pretty much stuck with either Labour or Conservative, two parties virtually indistinguishable from each other, who spend more time mudslinging than they do debating the issues we care about. A balanced parliament is the way to fix this. Check the website for a better write-up than I can do here about the reasons why.

So vote hung parliament and spread the word.



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...what're you looking at?
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Two posts in as many days? Shocking. Today was amazing though so I'm going to write about it.

Woken up by Jasper this morning, had a ten minute snooze then fed him. After which I had exactly the right amount of time to shower, do hair, watch Cheers, smoke a cigarette, get dressed and my lift to church turned up as soon as I opened the door. Perfectly timed. Nice sunny day and it stayed as such until it got dark. This was especially good because I got new sunglasses yesterday, first time I've owned any as far as I can remember. Got to church at 9am which I enjoyed but was mostly uneventful. Since I've been pretty depressed lately (to the point of stress-induced hair loss) it was nice to be up, awake and willing to help with a smile.

Church was excellent. Or rather, the presence of The Holy Spirit was excellent. Worship was so great and I really connected with God but there weren't any words brought for me specifically and I wasn't in a place where I needed to be singled out and told anything specific, God and I just connected. I felt filled with The Holy Spirit in a straightforward joyful way, feeling like I was God's son when so often I've felt like I've had to be His "project" (although I know that's not how He sees me).

In fact, God so overwhelmed the church during worship that the preacher didn't give the preach he'd spent so long preparing. He came before the church in tears, saying he was a "broken man" and that the sermon he'd so meticulously prepared wasn't right. God had been telling him something else all week and he'd tried to work it into a mostly unrelated sermon (the church was going to start a new series today). Honest, convicted and humble he just preached what God had told him about in the week and what God was saying to him in the morning, which fitted perfectly with prophetic words other people had brought during the worship.

This is what church should be about!

After the slightly shortened sermon we were encouraged to split up into groups and share any words that we may have had for one another. God was speaking so clearly to so many people that there wasn't time to have everyone come to the front and share so we shared with each other in groups then prayed. This is the first time I've seen this happen on a Sunday morning in all the years I've been at The City Church Canterbury (since December 2002). I had a word about how the biggest pain Jesus felt on the cross wasn't the nails but it was the separation from The Father. The perfect relationship of The Son and The Father which had been in place since before creation was broken while Christ took on the sins of the world. We were also talking about how Jesus felt every temptation and understands every trial we go through; my point was that He even knew separation from The Father due to sin (although not His own) and somebody was feeling that. One guy I didn't know well responded and we all prayed for him then back into some more worship.

Set down was nice and uneventful, then I got invited to a barbecue. It was mainly with people with whom I had not socialised before so how surprised was I when the "So which is your favourite window manager?" discussion came up! Turned out there were a few geeks around! Another highlight was me and Mike chasing after an ice cream van that we couldn't see but heard. We'd cycle after the sound, not find it, go back to the house disappointed, then hear the sound again. This happened twice more and we eventually found it and told the driver where Mike's house was so he could come sell us ice cream. Great stuff. Just a really nice time in the sun with some interesting discussions (not just the geeky stuff, there was some spontaneous bible study which was really interesting and fun as well as the usual party-style discussion) and some excellent people who I wouldn't normally see much of.

This took us right through until 6pm when we went to Invision (the evening meeting for students and other 20-somethings). We got there just in time for the worship which wasn't as spectacular as the morning but nonetheless great. The preach was also very good, sometimes hilarious and sometimes challenging. Good times. It was about Christians and drinking, standard student-y subject and well-presented without (as far as I could tell) making anyone feel condemned for drinking. The overall point was that alcohol is good and a gift from God which we are to enjoy in moderation (drink, enjoy it, don't get drunk) and the solutions alcohol is often meant to solve (stress, boredom, loneliness) are to be solved in a more permanent fashion by God.

Afterwards pub with some of the guys from Invision, good time of fellowship and fun conversation nicely topped off by some very funny conversation with a few guys on the way back home. The icing on the cake is now, coming home and chilling with Andy in the living room watching Family Guy after a brief conversation about what a great day it was for both of us.

The chocolate chips in the cake (oh yes, it's that good) were the myriad of compliments I received during the day on my new hair cut, shave and glasses. Seems it's a good look. Also a lot of people didn't recognise me which was just hilarious, particularly at the pub where a bunch of girls I didn't really know said things like "IT'S BILL HAYES!?" to each other. I showed them my driving license (provisional, don't get excited). Also a few people had come back to Canterbury after being with their parents over Easter and it was wonderful to see them again.

And y'know what? For the first time in ages I've spent a whole day being around people and not once wanted to kill anyone or escape somewhere quiet and lonely. That, I think, is real evidence of my depression lifting.

God has been good to me today, very good. It's so much more than I deserve and such a wonderful gift. This rarity of an LJ post is made to commemorate a wonderful day and praise Him for it.

o/~ Our God is an awesome God
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Posting this here because it's cool.

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Album: mistakes.morti.org.uk
Gig: 21st (that's next Saturday), Run of The Mill, Canterbury, 8pm.
Facebook: facebook.morti.org.uk

Facebook link is there so you can become a fan and find the event for the gig so you don't forget to come along. It's free entry and will be excellent. Album costs £8 and is also excellent.

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Made me laugh anyway.

Click the image to get the song.

Edit: It happened again. I could imagine a giant future space woman being from Ukraine.

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Dear O2.

Here's what I want:
  • A Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.
  • When that is out of stock, I would like you to order one for me on your system such that it will be delivered as soon as it is in stock.
  • I don't want to call you once (often more than once) every single week as I have been for the last three months to check the stock of this phone.
  • Stop offering me other phones, we've been over this plenty of times.
  • More Internets, being able to view a 10 minute YouTube video in under an hour would be nice.
  • When I call and say my download speed sucks, listen to what I say without making me go through all your ridiculous test procedures that waste my time and yours. I know what I'm doing.

Failing the above:
  • I want out of my contract. I owe you nothing.

This is seriously ridiculous. I'm one slight away from T-Mobile, that's how annoyed I am right now. I've been with O2 for as long as it's existed (I used to be on BT Cellnet) and it takes some pretty bad treatment to get me to want to shift elsewhere but that's what I feel like I'm getting at the moment. Sure, most of the people who work there are very nice when I call customer services (every week, remember) but an actual usable service in terms of either mobile phone or Internet would be much appreciated given that's what I'm paying you for.

Fuck you.

Bill Hayes.

P.S. Fuck you.
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Current Music: Morti - Spot The Deliberate Mistakes

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