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Paul Bowman
I'm a Youth Director. My greatest achievements are marrying Val and becoming a Dad!
Interests: music, travel, good coffee, movies, photography, playing guitar.
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'Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue?' - Sam to Gandalf “The answer is yes. And the answer of the Bible is yes. If the resurrection... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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The past year has felt like a marathon, there has been so much stress and anxiety, and so many obstacles we have all had to navigate. How we do church and youth ministry has changed in ways we could never... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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These are my favourite TV shows from the year that was Twenty20. 1) The Mandalorian There was no argument about what my number 1 show of the year would be. The Mandalorian has in many ways been the rebirth of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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2021 has begun and I hope it is treating you kindly. I'm wrapping up my year end lists, and this is my Top Ten Movies of Twenty20. It is a long time since I sat in a cinema, (sadly cinema... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
A stunning combination of spoken word, music and visuals. May You by Irish Poet Stephen James Smith. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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1) Malojian - humm Back when the world was untouched by Covid-19 and all the uncertainty and anxiety it has brought in its wake we enjoyed an intimate gig at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace listening to Arborist and Malojian play.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Live music was one of the casualties of this horrible pandemic, but there were a number of live albums released to remind us of the joy of experiencing live concerts. Here's to better days when with arms aloft and voices... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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At the end of each year I have a tradition of posting my favourite albums, movies, TV shows, etc from that year. 2020 has felt like a marathon, there has been so much uncertainty, so much anxiety, and while music... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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This year has felt like a marathon hasn't it!? There has been so much uncertainty, and so much anxiety. It is a weary world right now. And it is to a weary world that the hope of Christmas comes. Wishing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Mark Lanegan - Dark Mark Does Christmas 2020 - I love Christmas albums and have long awaited this one... Dark Mark first did Christmas back in 2012 with an EP that was only available at his live gigs, at each... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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The clocks have gone back and we are well and truly into Autumn now. This is another of those records that provides a fitting soundtrack for the season. I’ve admired the work of David Eugene Edwards since his Sixteen Horsepower... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I've been recording my record collecting journey over on my Instagram page for several years, but I really don't utilise or post on my blog as much as I should do... so I've started The Vinyl Series with the aim... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I posted this on Instagram yesterday: Taking time for self-care/self leadership and getting outside with these two. It’s a beautiful day... don’t let it get away! In this season with all its challenges & changes its important to take care... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Back when the world was untouched by Covid-19 and all the uncertainty and anxiety it has brought in its wake we enjoyed an intimate gig at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace listening to Arborist and Malojian play. That evening Stevie Scullion... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I’ve long hoped to have this album in my record collection, but the original release is rare and extremely expensive on vinyl, so I’m delighted to see it get a reissue. And when it comes to reissues this is how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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This is another one of the records that I’ve been most looking forward to in 2020. Sufjan (along with Lowell Brams) has already given us Aporia this year, which was a departure from the folky Sufjan sound. With a nod... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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One of the comforts and bright shafts of light during lockdown and this dreadful pandemic was Drew & Ellie Holcomb’s regular kitchen covers sessions. Thankfully they’ve recorded them and are releasing three volumes - this is Volume One and it’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Pearl Jam albums don’t come around too often so when they drop a new album it’s always accompanied by a high degree of anticipation and expectation. With Gigaton expectations are well and truly surpassed...for me anyways. One of the things... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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His 39th album is a grand poetic statement and ample evidence that Dylan is still so far ahead of us and we haven’t caught up with him yet. There are papers and books to be written examining and dissecting the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Our lives changed forever at 7:14pm on 18 October 2002... this girl came into the world! Today she celebrates 18 trips around the sun. 18!!! Ah, that went by very fast! The night she was born Martyn Joseph’s Gift To... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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It has been a heartbreaking weekend here in Saintfield, as we lost a man who has impacted and touched so many of our lives: Sam Carlisle. As my good friend Rob put it, “My dear Sam, I don’t know many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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These are strange and unsettling times we find ourselves in, and we are all adjusting to a new reality. I’ve been concerned about our young people and the impact all of this is having on them, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Some of you may remember that for the past few years I've been studying for a Masters in Transformational Leadership with the Irish Bible Institute. When I started this course I never could have envisaged the journey taking quite as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I didn't get to see many movies this year, but I did catch a few and here are the ten that I enjoyed the most: Star Wars - The Rise Of Skywalker The saga comes to an end with The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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A decade has come to an end and I've been looking back over my year end lists and revisiting my favourite albums of the Twenty10s. I've already posted the Twenty19 albums so for this post I've gone into the archives... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog