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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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Good Friday?... good? It’s a terrible, bleak Friday... a day when it seems like all hope is lost. How can it be good? (Now of course when we note the etymology of Good Friday we find it comes from an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2022 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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“The music, while it lasted, brought a new world into being.” Wendell Berry Here we go with the Soundtrack of my year, the playlist of my favourite tracks from the year that was Twenty21. Over 2 hours of music reflecting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Some style records came our way in the past year, these are my favourites. What were you listening to in the year that was Twenty21? 1: The War On Drugs - I Don't Live Here Anymore Over their last few... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Next up are my Top 10 favourite movies of the year that was Twenty21. One of the things I've missed most over the last couple of years is a regular trip to the cinema, and with the exception of a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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And so begins my annual round-up of my favourite shows, movies and music from the year that was Twenty21. We'll get started with my Top Ten Shows (TV/Streaming). I've said it before but I'll say it again, I am convinced... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, may it be filled with much joy! And, after a chaotic year with many twists, turns, milestones and good times we are all excited to be looking forward to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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In part two of this short series we consider Self-Care and the example of Jesus. I think Jesus is the consummate example of how to live a balanced life of ministry. Let us consider Luke 2:52: “And Jesus increased in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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(My blogging has become very sporadic over the last few years; there is much I have wanted and intended to write about but the stuff of life has often gotten in the way. There have been a number of times... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2021 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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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