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I'm a full-stack linux consultant from the UK but currently living in Istanbul. I specialize in rapid development of web/mobile apps using HTML5 typically using Bootstrap, AngularJS, Modern Perl (Catalyst/DBIC) and PostgreSQL but have worked with many other technologies and languages as well. I'm fluent in English and Turkish.

My day so far…

It’s been another lazy day of revision… Got up, read my Bible, went to the last lecture of the year about Islam! Then came home and listened to some lectures by Tom Wright and went to do Bible study with my mate Kim. Anyway, I really ought to get down to do some more work now…

Hissop

I went to Christian Union tonight for the first time this term. We looked at Psalm 51 which is one of my favourite Psalms and very clear about forgiveness and how we should live as the people of God. It’s amazing how you notice something new every time you come to the Bible, and this time I noticed that David talks about being cleansed to be whiter than white by Hissop. Hissop was a type of tree in Israel and it’s quite important throughout the Bible as a sign of forgiveness – in the Passover (Exodus 12) the Israelites are instructed to put the blood of the lamb on their door posts using a branch of Hissop so that the Angel of Death might pass over their houses. In John 19:29 as Jesus is dying on the cross, someone gets a sponge of wine-vinegar and offers it to him on a Hissop stick. It’s also used throughout Leviticus 14 law about temple sacrifices, specifically to do with the blood of the animal which has been killed.

It’s really amazing to see how these really random themes just permeate all through the Bible – there’s really no chance to my mind that they could have been invented by the human authors of the Bible.

Last APU :-(

It was the last APU cafe last night. It’s been a good year, we’ve seen it grow from one or two internationals to have at its peak about 20. We had a good party at Briony’s, Richard baked some potato bread and Karunashur made some wonderful Indian food. Briony made some amazing cookies too. I started my “trying to get to bed early” programme and managed just past midnight.