Superfast fibreoptic internet is built by farmer’s wife Christine Conder for 2,300 members, rural community Lancashire as a revolutionary internet pioneer. Her DIY solution solved neighbour’s internet connectivity problems in 2009 evolved into B4RN internet service provider of a faster gigabit per second broadband speed to parishes in picturesque Lune Valley. Is 35 times faster than 28.9 Mbps UK speed internet connection according to Ofcom. Began when trees separating Chris’ neighbouring farm from nearest wireless mast only internet connection provided by Lancaster University grew too tall. Something more robust was required and no alternatives available Chris decided to take matters into her own hands. She purchased a kilometre of fibre-optic cable and commandeered her farm tractor to dig a trench. After lighting the cable, the two farms were connected, with hers feeding the one behind the trees. “We dug it ourselves and we lit the cable ourselves and we proved that ordinary people could do it she says. It was not rocket science just 3 days of hard work. Her motto she often repeats in conversation, is JFDI. Three of those letters stand for Just Do It. The fourth is work out for yourself.Fibre optic cable cattle grid. And JFDI she has. B4RN now claims to have laid 2,000 miles 3,218km of cable connected to string of local parishes to its network. It won’t connect a single household, so the entire parish has to be on board before begins to build. Each household pays £30 per month, £150 connection fee, larger businesses pay more. And households must do some installation themselves. The entire infrastructure is fibre-optic cable right to the property than just to cabinet with existing copper phone lines running to home generally offered by British Telecom. The service is so popular the company has work lined up for next 10 years and people from as far as Sierra Leone attended the open days held couple of times a year. The bulk of work is done by volunteers although there are now 15 paid staff on board. Farmers give access to their land and those with equipment like diggers and tractors do the heavy work. Other landowners can charge B4RN complain on Facebook page about price of cabling under a disused railway bridge owned by Highways England. A spokesperson told BBC standard industry cost include a £4,500 fee for surveying, legal fees and price per metre for cable installation. So B4RN has yet to make profit once it pays back shareholders it should be in good financial health although on condition profits ploughed back into community. Chris’ services to rural broadband have recognised by the Queen was awarded an MBE in 2015, alongside Barry Forde, a retired university lecturer who now leads the co-operative.Newborn cattle registered online within 5days in UK. Incredibly B4RN customers had been surviving on dial-up services or paying high fees for satellite feeds. So Chris says some still do. As farmers now register online with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) within 5 days of every calf being born to enter food chain, connectivity is vital. “All the farmers who have not got broadband have to rely on land agents or auction marts or public wi-fi spaces which we haven’t got round here either, or paying somebody to do it,” says Chris. Farmers finding dial-up just could not cope with it. They bought satellites, but children use all satellite feed for things and when they came to use it at night there was no feed left, gone over data and they were being charged a fortune for what they then used. “So the farmers have been incredibly supportive of this and that is why they have given us free rein throughout the fields, which we go through to connect them and then we get to the villages which subsidise the farmers’ connections. “You could not do it for farmers alone, but you could not get to the village without farmers so it is win win.Independent fibre broadband providers like Gigaclear serve 50,000 customers in several UK counties and Hyperoptic is active in 13 cities. They all claim to offer 1Gbps speeds. “The best way to make sure this country has faster up to date internet is support alternative networks says Chris. “When there is competition BT will then up their game. “We cannot do the whole country. BT, Virgin etc are good businesses, they are in it to make profit, as businesses do.” Openreach, currently a division of BT, owns the UK’s largest broadband infrastructure. Big picture is a plan alongside government to get 95% UK fibre coverage,” said Kim Mears, Openreach’s managing director of Infrastructure Delivery. The provider upgraded 90 small Community Fibre Partnership, set up to work in areas it describes as “hard to reach.” Ms Mears appealed to those struggling with poor connectivity to make contact. A lot to gain if communities come together we are really here to help,” she said.
A salmon clears a weir at Hexham Bridge on the River Tyne as shown by North News Pictures. This hurdle feat reminds us of athletes jumping over hurdles in sports competition. It seems impossible for natural habitat fish to fly but with God all things are possible. Christian believers find themselves in situations of hurdles of impossibilities. Yet with faith and inbuilt ability, seemingly impossible circumstances become possible. Unrealistic fear as false evidence appears real, trying to prevent leap of faith by believers like salmon in picture. Some natural issues scream impossible yet a supernatural mind filled with the Mind of Christ Jesus takes action.
On occasions believers spiritually are like salmon heading in the opposite direction. When the strong current flows downstream pulling all things along in its way, the salmon literary jumps upwards uphill. The salmon discovered other fish float along the river driving all things in its path in search of greener pastures. Meanwhile the rich nutrients uphill were abandoned and not fully explored. Adventure into the unknown by thrilling seeking fish means current resources available are not optimized. Therefore, the school of fish floats downhill without much effort but goes with the flow. As a result, other fish carried by the river compete for less- resources downhill. Often, the rich mineral nutrient left behind in rush feeds salmon on abandoned rich omega 5 nutrients.
The adversary, often lurks in the same vicinity looking for those to devour. While the salmon is busy minding its own business along its way upstream, the bear decides to enter the water to sustain itself on any one in their path. As the world moves on to adapt to fast pace modernization, Christian roots face adversity. Some abandon or blend faith with new alternatives which seem better options, more appealing, trendy, sophisticated to fit with the in-crowd on the broad way. New paradigm shifts cause sudden halt to previously tried and tested methods over time in the name of progress. Sooner or later, something happens so whole project is abandoned in search of new ones. Like salmon fishing in Yemen, for cinephiles who really appreciate film it is probably as comedy creating the impossible.
This is an opportunity to take stock of life and reassess options. The challenge is prioritize and re-evaluate own life to see what is the purpose for living. Is it just to live, eat, sleep,work, party, and repeat the cycle by reproducing new generations to repeat the cycle. The salmon travels upwards back to its rich source of resources to spawn, to produce or lay eggs in water. Similarly, the believer flows upstream in the river of life through the living water Christ Jesus, to reconnect to God the rich source of life. The Christian faces the choice to make a decision to flow with God. Therefore it is necessary to redeem the time, watching and alert in prayer in Jesus Name. To cause something new to happen by new thinking to develop or begin to produce new lifestyle. To recreate life this way is called being born again through Christ accepting salvation to renew covenant with God.
In the salmon dance a friend teaches another unfamiliar fun techniques and facts about salmon. In brand new dance, the beat is made with puffer fish inflating and deflating in time to the pulse. In God’s Kingdom, Jesus is the ultimate fisher of all sorts of mankind, saving variety of fishes. Like a journey in life, modern man, Christian believers face challenges, while doing the right thing suitable for its best interest and survival. There are so many victories to be won before Christ returns for rapture and second coming for ultimate victory and prize for the Christian believer. In recognition of power of Holy Spirit remember Christian roots, values, practices over time for the sake of God’s new trends. As a brand new creation and mighty man of valour search for right timing possible opportunity for Christian renewal, to transform, renew mind and lifestyle through regeneration and rebirth like the salmon upstream.
So while some salmon Christian may swim against the current, others may choose to live on land farmed in special tanks and restricted but turning out as salmon all the same. To prove my point, others may wear distinctive created salmon design label dresses or just look at Sofia Vergara in this Vera Wang salmon gown at the Emmys. I know she looks fresh, glowing, and dreamy in any color. The salmon jacket keeps warm in cold temperatures. Still some may choose salmon shoes to equip them along the way on land to tread carefully outside the waters. Sometime ago the “Thrift Shop” singer took to instagram to debut the North West ‘King Salmon’ M 10 for fans, in warm bright colours. It is said you are what you eat or wear so salmon gets bright colour from shrimps eaten. So, what one stays around gets into one’s system. Believers were first called Christians in Antioch due to the beauty of Christ Jesus seen in them, reflected by their faith practice, confidence, trust in God and actions that made lasting impressions on people.