Monday, October 31, 2005

I can't belive it's happened to me...

The briefing from child line's an 8 page document outlining the issues / dilemma's that mostly teenage girls called about. There are some incidental stats about who called them and their situation. From an education point of view, it seems to advocate a peer-lead sex education program. The briefing also highlights a number of the issues that young people fear the most / shy away from when it comes to this issue.  It could be useful in knowing what issues to raise when we lead our session on this topic:
I beginning to wonder if we should spend two sessions on this...
Indecently, I found this on peer lead sex ed


Sunday, October 30, 2005

Some stats on our region

Some stats about our area from Scarborough Borough Council "All together better"
Here's some more...a report entitle "our region our health"

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Death...What Dreams May Come...

I got this idea from Anyway, while I agree with the comments on this website I think you have to watch most or all of the film to understand the Heaven / Hell bits. Saying that here are two suggestions:

Here's the link for What Dreams May Come on IMDB

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

A Guy thing

Watched A Guy Thing last night. It's basically a story about a guy who gets wasted on his stag night and wakes up with some other girl in his bed. He can't remember what happened / how it happened. It could be used for talking about drinking too much, promiscuity, lies and STD's (he catches crabs - he thinks it's from the girl but you later find out it's not). Anyway, you could start by playing scene 1 and 2 (first 12 minutes of the film). These two scene's include the stag party and the panic in the morning. If you want to go on to talk about STD, include scene 3 (which takes you up to 21 mins). In these scene there's lots of scratching and he has to go to the pharmacy. Through out the film and these scenes he tells lots of lies to cover up what's happened.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Walice and Gromit - the curse of the Were-rabbit

Went to see Wallace and Gromit - the curse of the were-rabbit on Saturday. Very funny, defiantly worth watching whether your are young or old. The story is basically about the annual giant vegetable contest...Wallace and Gromit have a business to keep the rabbits away from the veg...but in the process, something goes wrong....

I reckon there are some good bits we could use on the theme of temptation, vegetarianism and rivalry:


Sunday, October 23, 2005

Infidelity talk version 2 - With Along Came Polly

I've found a better clip to go with the Infidelity talk I did a couple of weeks ago...The first 10 minutes from Along Came Polly. It's funnier and also better suited for the younger audience...Check it out here.

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Coach Carter...

I watched Coach Carter the other enjoyable 'feel good' movie about a school basket ball team. Basically, the school is looking for a new basket ball coach. Ken Carter comes along and sort out the team, gets them working together and they start winning know the story...

Here are some possible ideas for discussion:

Determination / working as a team
32 - 40 mins. In this scene, one of the team who quit because he couldn't hack it returns to see if he can play. Carter says he can if he can complete 10000 suicides and 25000 press ups before the end of the impossible task. However, he goes for it... On the Friday is has all but completed the work, but he is exhausted. He is told that he has failed...the rest of the team spontaneously offer to do the remainder for him.

Making tough decisions...
About two thirds through the film, Carter discovers that some of the team are failing academically...he decides to shut the gym and tells them that there will be no play until they get their grade average up...he gets loads of agro from parents / head teacher / community, but he sticks to his guns.

Teenage pregnancy
There are some references to teenage pregnancy in the film, but not really suitable for discussion....not 'exciting' enough, however, for reference the scenes of interest are at

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Drama ideas - characters part 1

I'm just putting together some ideas for a drama session. As a prompt, I thought it would be good to come up with a list of characters, situations etc...

Here's the first list of characters:


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

More Teen pregnancy movies

Still not received the book on Teen pregnancy from Child Line...shame...anyway, here are some other movie ideas:
I think I'm going to try and get hold of Riding in Cars with Boys and Saved!

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Talk ideas from Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite
This is one of those films about the teenager that doesn't fit in. Napoleon is a bit of a 'geek', and has only one real friend, Pedro. Anyway, Pedro has put himself forward for class president and he has to make a speech and do a skit. The trouble is, they don't realise they had to do a Napoleon steps up at the last second and does this dance routine which blows everyone away...nobody was expecting it! This all takes place in Scene 17 - 18. It's kind of the opposite to scene 18 of About a boy...see my talk on that here.

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Talk response 21: flash paper

Flash paper...a good response to a talk on forgiveness. You can buy flash paper from various magic shops. I've bought it from the Magic box in Newcastle. It cost about £6 a pack. The idea is that you cut the sheets into small pieces and invite your group to write their confessions / prayers onto them. You need a chunky marker pen. When you set fire to them (use a candle), they literally vaporise...they burn up really quickly. This then ties in with God wiping your slate clean etc...there is nothing's gone...


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

A bit more on Teen pregnancy

Here's an update on the research...

Fifteen and Pregnant
The Cider House Rules - has some interesting questions, for example:
  • How do I know if I'm in love? Will sex bring me closer to my girlfriend/boyfriend?
  • How will I know when I'm ready to have sex? Should I wait until marriage?
  • Will having sex make me popular? Will it make me more grown-up and open up more adult activities to me?
  • How do I tell my boyfriend that I don't want to have sex without losing him or hurting his feelings?
  • How do I manage pressure from my girlfriend to have sex?
  • How does contraception work? Are some methods better than others? Are they safe?
  • Can you get pregnant the first time?
  • Finding yourself in a sexually charged situation is not unusual; you need to think about how you'll handle it in advance. Have a plan. Will you say "no"? Will you use contraception? How will you negotiate all this?
Other Websites

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Money and Gossip

Here's is today's's a Bible study on money that I did in May last year. I have one other talk on the subject...I'll try to upload later this week.

It's FOCUS tonight, so I'll be trying out the gossip talk I did earlier this week. I've decided to shorten the clip for this group to make it more appropriate. Basically I'm going to start the clip from about 17 mins (they come out of the night club into the subway and talk about a possible rumour they could start) to 24 mins (the bit where the gossip is been spread about...stop immediately after the bit where someone bangs their teeth together). This clip removes some of the more questionable dialogue.

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

13 videos for 16 quid

Just bought 13 used videos' for £16...not bad. They include some of those I've been considering for movie clips: Big Fish, Starsky and Hutch, Elf, Die another day.
Anyways, I've also been checking out some of the other videos for ideas (I have over 350 videos / DVD's). Here're some conclusions:
Dude Where's my Car 
I love this film...I think Steve Martin is actually quite funny in some of his older films like these. Anyway, it's a story about a guy called Dell with a big nose...there are three clips worth noting:
Planes / trains and automobiles
Matilda - Chloe suggested these...
Drop Dead Gorgeous - Finished watching this film last's actually quite a dark film...and quite funny. Basically it about a beauty pageant...and one by one the contestants get bumped off.  Themes include: competition, rivalry, tragedy.  A couple of ideas:


Friday, October 07, 2005

Gossip talk

I've uploaded a talk I'm doing next week on can find it here.

I had a couple of ideas that I might use at a later date:
  • Do a quiz based on the headlines from gossip magazines...basically they have to guess who they are talking about.
  • American Pie - If I remember correctly, Paul pays someone to spread a rumour about his sexual prowess

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Drugs talk...ideas...

Video clips
Other resources
Books / articles
South West 9
  • Watched this last night...not a brilliant film, it does however show how been off your head can cause you to get into difficult situations...this guy called Mitch ends up nearly shooting someone after doing some LSD (he didn't realise).  The film seems to suggest that it messed his brain up big time...not just for the short term, but that there will be long term consequences.
Speaking of consequences...
Local drugs projects

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Teenage pregnancy...heaven and hell...body image...

Teenage pregnancy
Heaven and Hell talk
Body image
  • The site gives a few prices on what various cosmetic surgery costs

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Talk response 20: Paper prayer chains

Paper prayer chains - see the conclusion to this talk on friendship

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Research update

Teenage Pregnancy
Self harm

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Family service - prayers for our nation

We're doing the prayers this morning in Church with some of our young people...we're going to pray for our nation. Here's a copy of the script we're going to use.


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