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The Abominable Gove and the Piece of Cod which passeth all understanding

Unlike Mary Kingsley, I have never had the slightest desire to spread the word of the Lord in Africa. Too many insects for my liking, not to mention all the nasty diseases which lurk there. My interest in the Dark Continent is confined to reading about the adventures of Dr. Livingstone in the ‘Travel’ section of The Jupiter (which is usually to be found after the time-share opportunities in Khartoum and the ‘Lifestyle’ colour supplement, this week featuring ‘At Home with Cora Pearl’). However, it seems that Africa is coming to us here in Europe. Soon we will be able to experience the joys of the tsetse fly in Tunbridge Wells and tribal drums at Evensong (though I do believe York Minster has stolen a march in that regard). How have we survived our dull and dreary lives without all this colour, diversity and enrichment one may ask? Why bother with Mozart when one can stamp one’s foot along with Bongo Maffin and his Soweto-songsters? At least the Italians have decided enough is enough and are attempting to turn back the tide, but, like King Canute’s courtiers, perhaps they will discover the tide is not for turning.

Speaking of percussion, one gets the distinct impression that the drums of war are beginning to sound across the Atlantic, where patience with the hermit kingdom of North Korea is wearing thin. This should concern us all. I have spoken to my Lord the Bishop on this subject and he agrees we need to take precautions. We have advised the old gentlemen of Hiram’s Hospital to wear extra-thick woollen long-johns to protect them from radiation, and Mr. Harding is teaching the choir to sing ‘Hang out the Washing on the Pyonyang-Line’ to boost morale. Mr. Slope, as honorary chaplain to the Queen’s Own Mounted Diversity Corps based at Silverbridge, has been doing all he can to stiffen their resolve. Barchester is willing, Barset is ready!

Should the Montgolfier go up, I fear it would do no good for us to enlist the support of Sweden’s army, which declares it exists to protect equality and LGBTQWERTY rights. It seems a strange mission statement, but then I have long given up trying to understand what passes for sanity in Scandinavia.

It may surprise you to learn that the Archdeacon is a devotee of Izaak Walton, and spends much of his leisure time at Plumstead dangling his rod in the water. The news that the Abominable Gove is cutting a post-Brexit deal with the Danes, allowing them unfettered access to our fishing grounds post-Brexit, has not been received well.

“Confound the fellow!” roared the Archdeacon when I came across him adjusting his tackle by the river bank, “What game is this blackguard playing? Does he know nothing about Danegeld? This slimy goggle-eyed spank-my-bottom-with-a-halibut politician has betrayed our stout-hearted fisherfolk with his wheeler-dealer fooled-the-masses-yet-again undermining of Brexit. We should throw him stark naked into a crowd of Whitby fish-gutters with ‘I sold you out’ tattooed on his forehead and watch the show. Does anybody in the May government retain an ounce of honour or a pinch of integrity?”

“That, Archdeacon, is the Piece of Cod which passeth all understanding!”

(Please don’t groan too loudly).

At Signora Neroni’s afternoon tea party the other day I had an interesting conversation with two refugees from Mrs. Merkel’s dystopia. Tired of being told there is no such thing as German culture and that ‘Old’ Germans should assimilate with the new vibrant ‘Germans’ and embrace their colourful ‘Teutonic’ customs like female genital mutilation, honour killings and halal food, they have crossed the Channel hoping their Anglo-Saxon cousins will grant sanctuary. I must say Mrs. Merkel and her myrmidons have created quite a cesspit out of the country which gave us Goethe and Schiller. My new acquaintances are both music teachers: in lessons they were forbidden to teach anything about the musical heritage of Germany, no teaching of scales and certainly no folk songs. Instead, the curriculum was changed to accommodate percussion, in particular African drums.

“And do people complain about this cultural suicide?” I ask in all innocence.

“No,” they said, “If you do, they call you racist, so people say nothing.”

Utter collective madness.

What is needed there is a latter-day Martin Luther prepared to nail Mrs. Merkel to the church door at Wittenberg. Perhaps we should send the Archdeacon.

Well my dear friends, I fear I must sign off for this week. I have to take my dear pussy to the veterinary as he has damaged his leg and may need surgery. As time’s winged chariot zooms into the parking space of destiny and the septic tank of irrelevance overflows with the malodorous thoughts of Chairman Corbyn, I bid you adieu.

  • David

    Whilst I wait for my fibreglass mixture to harden (don’t ask) I’ll grab the opportunity to be the first to comment – quite why I want to be first I’m not sure, perhaps it’s just my old competitive driving pastime surfacing. Anyway, to continue…

    What I most enjoy about your weekly summaries of the world’s excesses and madnesses is the delightful charming, although often jarring, mixture of images, puns and metaphors in Mrs Proudie’s ever triumphant finale of a final paragraph.

    “As times winged chariot zooms into the parking space of destiny and the septic tank of irrelevance overflows…”

    Pure brilliance Mrs Proudie – a million thanks !

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I blush, I really do! Many thanks, dear David, as ever…

  • TropicalAnglican

    Since Corbyn got a mention, here’s an unimpressed voter’s view of the Labour leader (courtesy of Sky News):

    “He couldn’t direct traffic down a one-way street”.

    • David

      He would want diverse streets, that’s traffic moving in all directions everywhere, with no defined footpaths. Oh and he’d abolish the Highway Code (a patriarchal relic from the days when only men drove), in favour of a Inclusive Code. All these changes would be enforced by the Highway Inclusivity Wardens, and all to be provided free of course. No cars with engines bigger than a 2CV would be permitted either – speed, comfort and safety being essentially elitist and wicked desires, again from the patriarchy.

      • Manfarang

        Sounds like India.

        • Happy Jackie

          Freedom of movement is a good thing, isn’t it?

          • Manfarang

            Few women drivers in India.

    • Father David

      But he was jolly good at increasing the number of seats gained by Labour at the June MMXVII General Election and massively increasing the Labour vote nationally. Look out Number 10 – here comes Jezza

      • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

        I note the use of Roman numerals for the year….Mussolini used them too…

        • Father David

          Musso being Italian that’s hardly surprising. However, let me assure you that Benito and Father David hardly share the same political views and I shall try to avoid being strung upside down on a lamppost..

          • James60498 .

            Benito was very keen on a united Europe led from Germany where democratic referenda be ignored.

            Are you sure you are not one and the same?

          • Father David

            Ways and means, dear boy, ways and means. It is because of Adolph and Benito that a new and peaceful way of being united in Europe came into being. Alas because of foolish decisions taken by Mr. Cameron and Mrs. Dismay (see what Matthew Parris recently had to say about the two of them and him a Tory, although now ashamed to be so!) that great vision of unity is now being rent assunder.
            However, when you think about it – have you ever seen Benito Mussolini and Father David in the same room together?

          • David

            United under tyranny and bad laws ? No thank you.

          • Father David

            Tyranny, like evil, is not a word to be used lightly. It can be properly applied to North Korea, for example, but is grossly misused when applied to the European Union. It’s the kind of thing that man Farage might say. How he gains such excessive media attention is beyond me, having failed no less than seven times to be elected to the Westminster parliament.

          • Maalaistollo

            When you see who does get elected (drawn from the pool of those permitted to stand by the party machines) failing to get elected to the House of Commons is a badge of honour.

          • Father David

            So, give Farage a knighthood as with no less than seven badges of honour he surely deserves one. Nay, ennoble the chap – as that’s the only way Mr. Trump’s Bezzie is going to get into Westminster.

          • James60498 .

            Surely as such a supporter of the EU, you should recognise his success at gaining for his party most votes in the last European elections.

          • Father David

            Since then how many Ukip MEPs have seen the light and become Independent members of the European Parliament?
            No, I prefer to rejoice at Ukip’s slaughter at the last General Election when they got nowhere near the 4 million votes garnered in the 2015 General Election. Ukip is now a busted flush and a total irrelevance.

          • James60498 .

            For avoidance of doubt, I am not and have never been a member of UKIP.

            Other than on the EU, they have always been part of the liberal establishment (see Suzanne Evans for one) and aren’t worthy of support.

            Unfortunately none of the other GB (see what I did there?) with representation at Westminster or Strasbourg are worthy either.

          • HedgehogFive

            The European Project was dreamed up by a group who had been imprisoned on the island of Ventotene by Mussolini, foremost among them Altiero Spinelli, a former Italian Communist.. Dilution leading to destruction of national identities is part of that project.

            Have you ever watched the film “Cabaret”? In one of the early scenes, a Berlin street is seen plastered with Nazi and Communist posters. The acute disease was overcome, the chronic one remains.

          • Father David

            No, I have not seen the film “Cabaret” but I have recently seen “Dunkirk”. Mercifully since joining the EU we have not had a similar conflict in Europe.

          • James60498 .

            That’s something I have in common then with Parris.

            Being a member of the same party as Cameron, Dismay, Hammond, Soubry and many others is indeed something to be ashamed of.

            Not sure when he left the party but at least I left before Cameron became PM.

          • Father David

            P. S. Currently, I have no plans to invade Ethiopia.

            Abyssinia

          • James60498 .

            I suppose that’s a start.

            But then having gone into hiding when it was thought that you (sorry he) had been executed, you presumably no longer have the Italian army at your/ his disposal.

      • David

        Be careful what you wish for !
        Corbyn will eat priests for breakfast once their usefulness is expended.

      • Anton

        Nobody seems to have included among the explanations of the election result the fact that Muslims were never going to vote for Miliband because he’s Jewish but were happy to vote for Corbyn. Wait until Labour put a Muslim in charge of the party…

    • Happy Jackie

      *sigh*

      Jeremy is Jackie’s secret love and she shouted it from the hills at Glastonbury and her secret love was a secret no more. Shame his armpits are so sweaty. Plus, he’s skinny and getting on a bit now. Running out of stamina and one fears his momentum is dropping.

  • Father David

    Ma’am, living, as I do, not so many miles away from the home of “Disgusted” I am worried about the possibility of “the joys of the tsetse fly in Tunbridge Wells. From what you write, it would seem that the African tide, like the lady, is not for turning. However, you seem to have forgotten all about the arrival of the Windrush as long ago as 1948. Obviously, the Africans, like Baldrick, had a cunning plan to arrive on our shores via the West Indies, which is a damned clever ploy, in my book. However, the latest wave to hit Italy shews just how clever Signora Neroni was to decamp to Barchester where I suspect the population of Africans and Muslims is minimal if not totally non-existent. It seems to me that you live in what might be called the “Barchester Bubble” and you never tire of blowing them.
    As for the sound advice given to the residents of Hiram’s Hospital – this gives a total new emphasis to the policy of “Duck and Cover”.

  • SonoView

    I trust that the veterinary surgeon’s damaged leg will recover quickly, with or without the help of your dear pussy!

  • Happy Jackie

    A big hello to you Mr’s Proudie from Happy Jackie.

    Now this Slope chap. Could you be so kind as to provide a brief description of his character and physical qualities? Jackie believes she may have encountered him in the Soho area of London. She is on the look out for a suitable husband and wondered if he might be right for her. Recently, a Carl Jacobs rejected her advances on here as did a nasty French person, Linus, who said Jackie was overweight and too yellow!

    • carl jacobs

      Look, you should consider the Inspector. He’s Catholic. You’re Catholic. He’s single. You’re single. He desperately needs some female refinement – for example, significantly fewer trips to the Mouse and Wheel. And he has a cat that needs the tender care he just can’t provide.

      The Inspector. That’s your target.

      • Happy Jackie

        Noooo ….. He’s transphobic and wouldn’t do at all. Drinks way too much and sees and hears odd things from the spirit world when under the influence. Besides, he’s content living with his goat. Jackie needs the love of a good man. Won’t you reconsider?

        • carl jacobs

          No. You’re a grapefruit and I’m already married. Besides. Any REAL woman would jump at the chance to reform such a rake. Don’t you read Romance novels?

          One begins to wonder…

          • Happy Jackie

            You’d let your daughter marry such a man? One who who shares his life with a goat and plays with it in the evening? A man who we know mistreats pussies? A man who drinks and smokes to excess? Think of the children! They need a If he was wealthy and agreed to spend our honeymoon at a Dignity Clinic in Switzerland, Jackie would consider it.

      • Well you’ve been up to no good this afternoon. It’s been bedlam in my gaff – literally.

        • carl jacobs

          I’m always good. A veritable saint of angelic demeanor.

          • Appearances can be deceptive.

            Do know there are a couple of interesting anagrams lurking within “angelic demeanor”?

            Daemonic General.
            Comedian General.

            Jack will be watching you carefully.

          • carl jacobs

            You must have some sort of anagram app. I refuse to accept any other explanation.

          • The Holy Spirit guides Jack’s web-surfing efforts, Carl.

          • carl jacobs

            Yes, that’s just a spiritualized way of saying “I used an anagram solver”. I knew it.

          • As Ardenjm has pointed out, God uses instruments. It was predestined.

          • carl jacobs

            It’s actually spelled “demonic” but … OK. We’ll call that a software error in your application.

          • It’s known as a variant spelling. A “supernatural and ordered confluence of events”

          • carl jacobs

            Well, in the interest of cross-Atlantic harmony, I’m willing to refer to British spellings as “variants”. However, the word ‘daemon’ refers to a software process that runs in the background. The old Latin spelling exists nowhere outside of fiction and computer games trying to be mysterious and ancient.

          • Dæmon is the Latin word for the Ancient Greek daimōn (δαίμων: “god”, “godlike”, “power”, “fate”), which refers to the daemons of ancient Greek religion and mythology and of later Hellenistic religion and philosophy ….

            [Even spookier given it refers to pagan spirits.]

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(classical_mythology)#Description

            Latin: daemōn a spirit, an evil spirit.
            Greek: daímōn a deity, fate, fortune.

            [Do they teach the Classics in the colonies?]

            http://www.dictionary.com/browse/daemon

            Do you ever make it through the day without at least one argument, Carl? You wife must be long-suffering.

          • The misspelling of demeanour helped.

  • bluedog

    ‘…a latter-day Martin Luther prepared to nail Mrs. Merkel to the church door at Wittenberg. ‘ Heavens, been watching re-runs of Emmerdale or is it Poldark, MrsP? And all this about a woman the The Donald has reportedly dismissed as ‘unf*ck*ble’.

    • Maalaistollo

      I thought that was Silvio Berlusconi’s verdict, following which he likened her posterior to something composed of adipose tissue of porcine origin. European unity is a wonderful thing, is it not?

      • bluedog

        You may well be right. I stand corrected.

        • Maalaistollo

          I’ve checked. The Guardian says he denied having said it, so that must be true.

  • Inspector General

    Good Day to you, Mrs Proudie

    Your Inspector shares your fears about the population of Africa decamping at our front door. To think the creation plan arranged for the Sahara desert to prevent this horrible event, overcome sadly by the invention of the dilapidated overcrowded bus. They say more than a few of them have not broken down (and their hapless human cargo never seen alive again) and made it all the way to the north coast of that terrible continent.

    And if that in itself is not desperately disappointing news enough, one is informed that scientists hope to cure malaria in the immediate, if not sooner. The prospect of all the offspring of a pair of Africans surviving as a result, eight to ten children, just about seals our fate in the West.

    • David

      Unless our fellow citizens open their eyes to reality and start electing politicians who are prepared to protect our lands and culture from destruction. Never say never, Inspector as one lives in hope.

      • Inspector General

        It’s coming David. If anyone calls you a racist for being complicit in your own culture’s demise, just say “I do believe you mean ‘realist’ old chap”

        • David

          Hear, hear Inspector.

    • Happy Jackie

      Do you have any babies yet, Inspector (Pees be upon him)? When Jackie gets the womb she is entitled to, she will help save the West. Free on the NHS too, and about time, you will agree.

  • magnolia

    I remember going to a concert of an excellent singer who had been long in the business without the success his talent merited. I think the weather was bad and a group had bought a block of seats and then done a no-show.

    So the audience was down. There was o trimming down at all. He told us that in his early days he had been told never to blame those who were there for those who weren’t.

    I think the Church of England doesn’t always hear or properly attend to that advice. I think that is probably something of a turn off.

    People do hear “we don’t want so many xyz people and we want more pqr people, and if they are xyz people it feeds a sense of rejection. Jesus does not want a single sheep lost like that.

    • Don Benson

      Absolutely, Magnolia; the internal forces ranged against Trump have a hysterical madness about them which could well change history for all of us.

      • magnolia

        Seymour Hersh himself has come out to say Seth Rich was the DNC leaker. The corroborating evidence is very strong indeed. But do we hear this in the mainstream press? Do we heck….Meanwhile reasonable people who could agree on this very clear evidence, do something about it and avert WW3 are pitted unnecessarily against one another.

        Lord save us all…

        • bluedog

          One fears a sequel may be in the offing, ‘The Missiles of August’. The march of folly is increasingly evident.

    • The Lizards are real. They’ve been here since before Eden, and their minions live amongst us and have grown in influence.

      Stay calm:

      ““Do not be depressed. Do not let your weakness make you impatient. Instead, let the serenity of your spirit shine through your face. Let the joy of your mind burst forth.”

  • Manfarang

    Seen on a duffle bag many years ago-
    “I am sure to go to heaven because I have been to hell- Korea Royal Sussex”

  • jaundicedi

    Dear Mrs Proudie, I fear you have confused Mary Kingsley with Mary Moffatt: that former spirited lady became a native trader, abandoning suburban life, the better to pursue the anthropological studies of her late father (or so she claimed to justify her jaunts across West Africa in crinolines) and amusingly recounted her misadventures trapped in mangrove swamps with a crocodile who wished to board her canoe or protected by petticoats in an elephant trap. I felt sure you were acquainted. The latter Mary was unfortunate to meet and marry David Livingstone when he visited her father’s mission at Kuruman.

  • Inspector General

    The most marvellous of news, Mrs Proudie!

    The National Trust has reversed its decision to make volunteers display the rainbow-paedo flag about their person…
    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/08/05/national-trust-reverses-decision-to-enforce-lgbt-badge-policy-for-volunteers/

    Your Inspector suspects resignation in mass from the organisation played a significant part, as defying militant buggery in this country is a step never taken lightly…

    • It’s the flag of Noahidism as well.
      I look forward to His Grace’s analysis of Noahidism.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noahidism

      • Happy Jackie

        Does he play for Paris Saint-Germain? Their new Brazilian forward is rather sweet. Always fancied a Brazilian. Maybe one day. A girl can dream.

        • I don’t know anything about that Jackie. But India has thrashed Pakistan in the first ICC match at Edgbaston. Yay.
          Not that I’m prejudiced like.
          http://www.hindustantimes.com/icc-champions-trophy-2017/live-cricket-score-india-vs-pakistan-icc-champions-trophy-2017-live/story-E9BJalPU98X7CS1ziYZrCI.html

          • Happy Jackie

            What is an ICC?

          • It’s an international competition for a game that boys play. Us girls and transexuals wouldn’t know anything about that.

          • Happy Jackie

            Sexist, patriarchal misogynist throwback then. But one has to love men all the same. Have you noticed how feminine they are becoming these days?

          • James60498 .

            Sky Cricket Commentary (T20) has been taken over by women now that the English women won the Women’s World Cup. Lords was supposedly full for the final.

            You had better learn all about it quick or you will be seen as letting the women down.

          • Wonder if one will still be permitted to use that time honoured expression: “To bowl a maiden over”?

          • James60498 .

            I am more concerned that when OFSTED takes over the government’s scrutiny of the game, the “bowler’s Holding the batsman’s Willey” might become a requirement.

            Edited to apologise profusely. Obviously I meant “the batsperson’s Willey”

          • Nooo …. still too binary.

            “if you suspect someone identifies as non-binary …. a neutral term like “they” may be more appropriate.”

            Here’s a helpful guide from the BBC that will help you think straight …. ooops …. correctly. Jack expects to see a marked improvement in your language reflecting a new appreciation of evolution’s diversity and a respect for all.

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32979297
            There are links for more advanced study as you progress on the path of enlightenment and liberation.

          • James60498 .

            Other than by reading a BBC article, how does one learn to speak like that? (I hope that I am not offending anyone who self identifies as two). Clearly the links are a wonderful help but there has to be more.

            Can’t be alcohol. No matter how much wine I drink I could never learn to talk such twaddle.
            Plenty of drugs at the BBC.

          • CliveM

            This self identification lark is going to allow us all to self identify as whatever we want.

            As long as it’s not white, male heterosexual.

            That will be beyond the pale.

    • David

      Rejoice !
      Big intolerant “liberalism” crashes against the limits of its ability to boss people around, and illiberally impose its political agenda on the public.
      Like so many formerly worthy charities it has become the plaything of the left.
      Two years ago, after over a decade of membership of the National Trust I decided to not renew my membership once I sensed the intentions of the new left leaning top leadership. Three years ago I removed my gift of gratitude, formerly written into my will, for my first university; I finally became tired of their left wing political leanings and their censorship of free speech. Why they even turned my first degree subject, Physical Geography, into a social issues matter, when it was a distinctly science and statistics driven discipline on my undergraduate course.
      Hit back ! The people have power but they must use it to defend freedom.

    • Coniston

      The BBC, on the other hand, never misses an opportunity to show local LGBTQWERTY parades on TV and anyone who demands that N. Ireland ‘join the modern world’.

      • Inspector General

        It’s all getting too much for ones sanity, Coniston. From PN. Try and work this one out…

        “Gay man pregnant with his husband’s child gives birth to an adorable baby boy”

        • It surpasses your Higher Understanding, Inspector? Surely not.
          We poor mortals need words of wisdom and encouragement at times like this.

          • Inspector General

            Jack. Those who sport the LGBT badges, T-shirts, wrist bracelets, tattoos should be aware that they tacitly support all this nonsense. It’s part of the package and LGBT doesn’t do half measures. If they try and opt out, they would be ‘binary bigots’ and that’s a terrible thing to be thought of.

          • Jack read the comments section on the National Trust issue. It seems we’re all bigots and homophobes for not wearing the rainbow ensign – it being the mandatory new emblem of inclusivity and welcome.

            God help the child in such an evil environment. It is utter, utter madness.

          • Inspector General

            It doesn’t look good for the child. A schoolboy living with two gay men as parents was asked if he had any ‘issues’. He said he regretted that none of his school friends would come round to his house to visit.

          • Seriously, as a parent, would you permit an impressionable child to be exposed to this type of “family” environment? One feels for the child. One really does. Imagine how he will feel when he has to compose a family genealogy in school. These being all the rage these days. There’s no doubt in Jack’s mind, none at all, that this constitutes serious child abuse – both moral and emotional. And for what? To pander to the fantasies of a deluded and selfish “couple” who want a child as an accessory to their lifestyle and a symbol of it’s legitimacy.
            God forgive those idiots who repealed Section 28 of the Local Government Act.

          • Inspector General

            It beggars belief that the best interests of the child, any child, trails behind the wants of quite frankly psychotic types. One wonders how many deeply confused adolescents have to be cut down from trees before society says enough is enough.

          • Not psychotic, Inspector. The products of a society that has lost the capacity to reason.

          • Inspector General

            There is some good news. Very good news. This tranny business is shaking LGBT apart. Look out for a rival appearing soon. LGB. The two ideologies are warring on PN and have been for some time now. It will happen.

          • bluedog

            It’s always been on the cards, Inspector. One has never understood how lesbians could possibly accept a man who dares to pretend to be a woman, let alone become a lesbian woman. It’s a full frontal assault on their vision of feminism.

          • Inspector General

            Bluedog. Lesbians don’t get much of a look in in LGBT. They’re there, but one has the notion they are tolerated to the degree of being virtually ignored by the intensely homosexual men who queen over the proceedings, and those men include trannys in a dress and high heels…

          • Inspector General
          • David

            Poor lad. What chance does he stand of becoming a normal, well adjusted adult man.

          • Inspector General

            Depends on his intellect, if he has one. If he hasn’t, he could easily be a heavy drinker who might one day live in a shop doorway. You see, he’ll one day understand he was sacrificed by an uncaring society. And what to him was normality of sorts was anything but. What does one say to him then…

          • “Given the sin of impiety through which they [the Romans] sinned against the divine nature [by idolatry], the punishment that led them to sin against their own nature followed…. I say, therefore, that since they changed into lies [by idolatry] the truth about God, He brought them to ignominious passions, that is, to sins against nature; not that God led them to evil, but only that he abandoned them to evil….

            “If all the sins of the flesh are worthy of condemnation because by them man allows himself to be dominated by that which he has of the animal nature, much more deserving of condemnation are the sins against nature by which man degrades his own animal nature….

            “Man can sin against nature in two ways. First, when he sins against his specific rational nature, acting contrary to reason. In this sense, we can say that every sin is a sin against man’s nature, because it is against man’s right reason….

            “Secondly, man sins against nature when he goes against his generic nature, that is to say, his animal nature. Now, it is evident that, in accord with natural order, the union of the sexes among animals is ordered towards conception. From this it follows that every sexual intercourse that cannot lead to conception is opposed to man’s animal nature.”
            (Saint Thomas Aquinas)

            “Receive the Body and Blood of Christ very frequently. The sight of a Christian’s lips red with the Blood of Christ terrifies the enemy. He immediately recognizes the sign of his own ruin. He cannot stand the instrument of divine victory by which he was taken captive and cast down.”
            (Saint Peter Damian)

          • David

            God will be their judge Jack.
            Jesus said : –
            “It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than if you were too cause one of these little ones to stumble” Luke 17:2 (NRSV translation).

          • But, truly, given the corruption of basic rational truths these days, and Christian truth, they are the same, can these tortured souls really know what’s right from wrong? Who are the wolves in the sheepfold and who are the lost sheep? Only God in His wisdom and mercy knows. He will hold the false Shepherds to account though and that will be fearful. God help us all. They need our prayers.

          • Shadrach Fire

            It is surprising even though H Jack went through some form of transgender experience from an extinct animal to a jumping toy LOL.

          • Jumping toy?! How dare you!

    • Malcolm Smith

      Nevertheless, I am shocked that 30 out of the 350 declined to wear it. It should have been 30 agreed to wear it.
      Apart from that, I would refuse to wear a badge even for a cause I agreed with. Once they do that, it will only be a matter of time before you are required to support something you disagree with.

      • Why be surprised?

        In Brighton today is ‘Pride Day’ and it looks as if it is going to rain on the various civic parties tonight.

        I just met a young man Muslim who works for Sainsbury’s, he was very upset because he was forced to wear one of these tee shirts. He didn’t protest he wants to work.

        The National Trust has been forced to lay off of bullying its volunteers, maybe our retailers might follow suit.

        I tend to listen to a lot of BBC’s Radio 4. I feel bullied, recently, every day there has been at least one programme glorying in homosexuality, one is actually called ‘Gay Britannia’. Perhaps it is English sexual prurience but homosexuality seems more prominent even than heterosexuality on the BBC. It is surprising since only 2% of people self identified as homosexuals in the last census, perhaps in the artistic ‘community’ the figure is much higher than the national average but I wish they would just get on with their lives – quietly, like everyone else.

        http://marymagdalen.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/gay-bullying.html

    • James60498 .

      Fantastic news.

      And what it shows is that WE can get things overturned. I contacted them on Friday evening and said that I would not be going anywhere near any of their sites as I am sure many of you did.

      One win is good but generally we are not good at boycotting

      The thing is to repeat this time and again.

    • Shadrach Fire

      I wonder who stepped in and caused this reversal? Well done whoever it was.

      • Inspector General

        This has cost them plenty, in hard cash terms. That’s why.

  • David

    For those with 25 minutes to invest in listening to a cracking good speech, take a gander at the Breitbart London article featuring Nigel Farage’s latest speech. His address focusses on conservatism and freedom, and therefore against the crony, corporatist, global capitalism beloved of the banks, the EU and the Labour Party, the Lib-Dems and much of the fake Conservative Party. His audience are young Republicans (of the conservative ilk). It’s Nigel at his most sincere and spontaneous best.

    • IanCad

      If the speech is as good as the one he presented at the 2016 Republican Convention then it would confirm my belief that he is the best British speaker of modern times.
      Do you have a link please?

    • Manfarang

      The 1950s (before Nigel’s time) weren’t so bad but not that great either.

  • Happy Jackie

    Why wouldn’t you let your daughter marry “such a man”? Is Jackie of any less worth? Is her happiness not so important? Jackie is beginning to suspect you are harboring transphobic prejudices, Mr Jacobs. This is cruel and hurtful and you are a not being nice man. Jackie’s feelings are deeply wounded. She is just coming out of therapy too and recovering from all the horrible trauma she has suffered. She will have to hold back the tears, go and lie down and do the relaxation exercises her doctor has recommended.

    *Humming to herself*

    Oh yes, I am wise
    But it’s wisdom born of pain
    Yes, I’ve paid the price
    But look how much I gained
    If I have to,
    I can do anything
    I am strong
    I am invincible
    I am woman”

    *quietly sobbing*

    • Grouchy Jack

      Oh for God’s sake get back in the bloody closet and stay there! Grouchy’s had enough of all this nonsense. And do shut up! Now!

      And you Jacobs, yes you, stop encouraging her. It’s a small space in here and she’s driving us all up the frigging wall.

  • Thank you again Mrs Proudie for your excellent missal. Shocking to hear that the Machiavellian mischief maker is at it again. What on earth is he trying to achieve by undermining the Brexit negotiations like that? After the Whitby fish gutters have finished with him, someone ought to lock him in the cupboard until it’s all over as he’s clearly not to be trusted.

    • IrishNeanderthal

      Telegraph Bob Cartoon from 2nd July 2016, brought to mind by the phrase “Machiavellian mischief maker”:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/06/30/telegraph-cartoons-july-2016/bob-cartoon-july-2/

      • He’s put the TNT in his own pocket again dear oh dear!

    • Merchantman

      One learns that the Gove family business was Fish Packing therefore its probably local knowledge that inspires the Danish Deal so move along- nothing to see there- ehem.

      • Yes but if we had our waters back our fishing industry would grow again. The reason it is now so small is because of the EU rules & regs. Gove is doing us out of business.

        • Merchantman

          Yes that’s what’s so crazy. You wonder don’t you, whether the damage a non-fish diet may be causing to the UK and its politicians in particular, isn’t showing through with a vengeance?

          • Manfarang

            There is tons of plastic waste dumped into the oceans along with other pollutants which enter the marine life food chain.

          • Everything is so polluted these days, the seas, the air, the soil, the water no wonder people are going loopy.

          • Anton

            So we are told. But I reckon the air is a lot better than in the pre-sewer age and during the Industrial Revolution, and we all have tap water that we can safely drink which wasn’t so until fairly recently. Cheer up!

          • Yes, of course you are right.

        • Manfarang

          The reason it is so small is the seas and oceans are becoming fished out.
          The FAO State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2004 report estimates that in 2003, of the main fish stocks or groups of resources for which assessment information is available, “approximately one-quarter were overexploited, depleted or recovering from depletion (16%, 7% and 1% respectively) and needed rebuilding. Since that time there has been in some areas a small recovery due to conservation methods.

        • David

          Well said.

        • Shadrach Fire

          I got a small book through the Freedom Association how the EU destroyed our fishing fleets and now we only have a few fishing vessels. It was shocking. Good time though to redevelop the fleet with state of the art ships.

          • Manfarang

            State of the art. Vessels fitted with M2 heavy machine guns so they can fish off Iceland.

          • bluedog

            Is it just a coincidence that the ship-building industry and the merchant marine have dwindled to nothing since the fishing grounds were given to the EU? For an island nation that imports 42% of its food and raw materials, protected by just 13 escort vessels of the RN, this opens up a near-suicidal strategic vulnerability.

      • IanCad

        Slimy business.

        • Merchantman

          From a slippery customer. The Conservatives do themselves a huge disservice by clobbering our fishermen; after all the disciples and even Our Lord himself were much involved in the practice. However they would do well to consider how many constituencies and potential of the same; plus of course the naval bases were lost or may not be won due to bad thinking; by land minded ministers and their policies.

          • David

            Hear, hear !
            Our surrounding seas have defined us for generations. But the Westminster bubble have forgotten who we are !

          • James60498 .

            Not sure that the “CONservatives” care much about Jesus and the Disciples.

        • Gutted …

      • David

        Now he’s got himself into deep water !

    • Father David

      The only reason Mrs. Dismay brought little Gove back into the Cabinet is to stab Boris in the back again if he looks covetously at the keys to Number 10.

      • Anton

        How I’d look forward to it!

  • HedgehogFive

    Mr Clegg, the former Liberal Party leader is, I understand, half-Dutch, and his wife half-Spanish half-French. Not that one objects to individual hybridizations among humans, but it is lodged in my memory that I read somewhere that Mr Clegg’s mother hated Britain.

    So Mr Clegg might well be one of those de-nationalized Euronians that many of the founders of the EU wanted to create.

    Would he not be much more “one of us” if he had married a suitable lady from the continent of Africa? I am sure there are quite a few others like this lady, see Kemi Badenoch’s maiden speech in the Commons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3o0Cx-kqww .

    • David

      Well you are right that he is certainly not a patriotic Brit., nor indeed does he appear to have any emotional connection with these islands. He is a classic example of an “anywhere” person, a globalist, as opposed to those possessing loyalty to their particular culture and country, the “somewhere” people.
      Indeed if you listen to his speeches and look at his unreasoning passion for the EU, it is very clear that he is emotionally attached to the idea of Europe as a nation, and not the UK. You cannot win such as him over with reason or argument, as he has what amounts to a belief system which certainly includes, as a central feature, devotion to the EU.

      • Manfarang

        There are a lot of patriotic union flag waving people in Northern. I doubt whether you have much regard for them.

        • CliveM

          Are you saying that all patriotic flag waving Ulstermen are bigots? What right do you have to say that?

          • To be fair, the Union Jack in the arms of some, just like the abuse of the Rainbow, does have less positive symbolic meaning.

          • CliveM

            I don’t disagree. It’s the implication that all are bigots that I take issue with.

          • Manfarang

            No what I am saying is nearly all of the Protestants of Northern Ireland want to remain part of the UK.

          • CliveM

            But why imply that this wouldn’t be welcome?

          • Manfarang

            It isn’t by many people in England.

          • CliveM

            And?

          • Manfarang

            In the North they love England and hate the English.
            In the South they love the English and hate England.

        • David

          Then you are wrong. Whilst I distance myself from the excesses of the Orange movement I think the DUP are good, upright Christian people.

          • Manfarang

            Relations between the DUP and Order have healed greatly since 2001, and there are now a number of high-profile Orangemen who are DUP MPs.

    • Manfarang

      It is established that at least 29% (percent) of the words in English come from French.
      Maybe you should revert back to speaking Anglo-Saxon. Although the Anglo-Saxons came from Europe.
      Most people in the south of England have some west European DNA.

      • HedgehogFive

        If you look again at the main article, my main point is that Mrs Proudie should not be so hasty in totally dismissing the quality of people of African origin. I simply chose a rather despicable European as an object of comparison.

        As for the French, I am a Huguenot Hedgehog, and I was not objecting to the ancestry of his wife. However, I seem to have made a mistake about her, possibly picked up from some journalist. Miriam González Durántez appears to be all Spanish, and judging by her Wikipedia biography she seems to be a much better sort than he is.

        • Inspector General

          Ah! An admirer of the African way…

          You should become a prison visitor, dear hedgehog. The prison system is awash with people of African origin. You wouldn’t know why that is, by any chance?

          • Manfarang

            According to official data, the working class, the young and some minority ethnic groups are more likely to commit crimes than the middle class, the elderly, females and whites. Working class men are the main offenders.

          • Inspector General

            Police in Durban are looking for the body of an unidentified man whose severed head was found in a backpack, news site IOL reports. It says that “two men have been arrested in connection with the discovery” and alleges that one man was attempting to sell the head to another for ritual use.
            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
            At least eight people have been killed in a gun attack on a church in southern Nigeria, police say. Police said the shooting was the result of an argument between Nigerians from Ozubulu who were living abroad.

          • Manfarang

            Two MS-13 gang members from El Salvador, both in the United States illegally, held three teenage girls against their will and killed one of them in a satanic ritual, authorities in Houston reported last March.

          • Inspector General

            Thought you might appreciate the first story, Manfarang, as you people were once head hunters, what!

            Between us both, did anything stir deep inside as you read it?

          • Manfarang

            The Wa people in northern Burma were headhunters until the 1970s.They are also heavy drinkers. My people are of a more vegetarian persuasion.

          • Inspector General

            Whatever. Just don’t do it again…

          • Manfarang

            I won’t be drinking ever again.

          • Dominic Stockford

            There were cannibals in North Cornwall after there were headhunters in Asia.

          • HedgehogFive

            Regarding witchcraft, in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, women were burnt when suspected of being witches, possibly as a result of malicious accusation.

            It is said that one of the things they were often accused of was causing women or cattle to miscarry. Now that is almost certainly down to superstition, but today across the Atlantic in the USA they almost found themselves lumbered with a woman for president whose stock in trade seems to be getting women to miscarry, a fact verifiable by medical science without any recourse to magical beliefs.

          • HedgehogFive

            Trouble is, Inspector, there are far too many theories already. Even in this country, our educators seem to have caught a similar disease to the one ravaging Germany, as told to Mrs Proudie by those two Germans who managed to make it across the North Sea (or did they travel to France and cross the Channel?) Not only are these “ejjukators” addling the brains of our native population, I wonder what are they doing to the children of the folks more recently arrived from Africa or the Caribbean?

            But me as a prison visitor? I might achieve something, but whether it would be to improve the situation or make the whole lot go off like a volcano, I cannot be sure.

        • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

          Hasty? I am never hasty, dear HedgehogFive…

          • HedgehogFive

            Indeed, Mrs Proudie. Alas, since so much of the time I feel half ready to hibernate, everything around me can often appear to be going at fast forward.

      • IrishNeanderthal
        • Manfarang

          Old English is a Germanic language, modern English is a hybrid language. It has a simplified grammar. loan words from many languages and a rotten system of spelling, if it can be called a system.

          • IrishNeanderthal

            I do not know what you are aiming at. Some of your information about Thailand is quite interesting. Following it up, I learnt how in the early 20th Century the French hacked Laos from Thailand (linguistically, at least, I understand that the Lao and the Thai are quite close.) This may well have given rise, roughly 60 years later, to a weak link which led to the catastrophic situation which developed during and after the Vietnam War.

            Here is someone of part Native American descent who says she is glad the the locals resisted a Spanish attempt to colonize the area which became Jamestown, and she is much happier to be speaking English rather than Spanish: https://twitter.com/hontas_farmer August 2nd.

            But your manner keeps reminding us of

            The idiot who praises with enthusiastic tone
            Every century but this and every country but his own

            But maybe that is just an impression.

          • Manfarang

            It is hard to believe that people from Britain traveled to the four corners of the earth and once had the world’s largest empire. English is the world’s language and it has many varieties so don’t get your wear-under (Indian English) in a twist
            My friend who grew up in Toronto observed that the conservativism of the people of Britain will lead to its death. He seems to be increasingly right. However there is still Earl Grey’s and crumpet to praise. (the century is still quite new)

          • bluedog

            You seem to have forgotten that in your own domain of South-East Asia it was the ethnic Chinese Lee Kwan Yew who insisted Singapore should be an English-speaking city state. Lee went further and even tried to persuade the Chinese Communist Party to convert China itself into an English-speaking state. His rationale was that the English language is in effect an open system, with very simple grammar in which anyone with even a limited vocabulary can make themselves understood. With the Roman alphabet, written communication in English is easy too, unlike in Chinese, where there are 4000 different characters. Lee reasoned that if the Chinese wished to become a global cultural power, they could never do so by asking the rest of the world to learn 4000 characters. While it is easy to make implied criticism of English by denigrating the language as ‘Germanic’, those with a more pragmatic agenda have taken a different view leading to success and prosperity.

          • betteroffoutofit

            Mr. Bluedog: The “germanic” tag does not mean the language descended from modern German. Rather, both German and English developed from a common ancestor(s). It’s a bit like evolution, and our oft imagined descent from ‘apes.’

            It’s really rather sad that knowledge of the early development the language, and knowledge of Latin, are no longer part of our general education. The ignorance spouted as a result is too nonsensical.

          • Manfarang

            The official language of the AEC is English I am glad to say. Mandarin is also an official language of Singapore but most Chinese there are speakers of other dialects. English is the second language of China. There are now millions of learners there. I met one the other day. A big gal from northern China, a veritable Guan Yin. She needs a bit of help with her English pronunciation lah..

      • betteroffoutofit

        Re English vocab vs Kermit noises: So your establishers would have us believe.
        However —- let’s not forget that froggish is merely mucked up Latin.
        Long before Billie Bastard arrived to make a mess of everything, our English scholars, while retaining much of their own [germanic] language, established an outstanding tradition of our own. His henchmen didn’t manage to destroy our academia, however; the churchmen responsible managed to hold onto most of it, even as they worked to communicate with the British indigenes. So, personally, I refuse to give the frogs credit for very much English vocabulary. Some – yes – but we had also used Latin in our own way, and to our own ends.

        As to the euro DNA – of course Angles, Jutes, Saxons, and Vikings were from germanic euroland. The point is surely that, in coming here, they established independence from the so-and-sos they left behind.

        As to ‘reversion’ to Old English . . . you might want to specify which dialect you want to direct us to? Each reflects a slightly different origin; each retains its own beauty.

        • Manfarang

          I am sure you eat pork and beef (Norman French words)
          However-
          Fæder ūre þū þe eart on heofonum,
          Sī þīn nama ġehālgod.
          Tōbecume þīn rīċe,
          ġewurþe þīn willa, on eorðan swā swā on heofonum.
          Ūre ġedæġhwāmlīcan hlāf syle ūs tō dæġ,
          and forġyf ūs ūre gyltas, swā swā wē forġyfað ūrum gyltendum.
          And ne ġelǣd þū ūs on costnunge, ac ālȳs ūs of yfele.
          Sōþlīċe.

          • betteroffoutofit

            Sōþlīċe indeed! Now I am impressed! I recite that one to myself most days, btw 🙂

            Do you know this one too? It was reputedly created by a cowherd with a Celtic name, Caedmon:

            Nu sculon herigean heofonrices Weard
            Meotodes meahte and his modgeþanc
            weorc Wuldor-Fæder swa he wundra gehwæs
            ece Drihten or onstealde
            He ærest sceop ielda bearnum
            heofon to hrofe halig Scyppend
            ða middangeard moncynnes Weard
            ece Drihten æfter teode
            firum foldan Frea ælmihtig.

            cont’d ….

          • betteroffoutofit

            Cont’d: … To Manfarang,

            On your “pork” — well never mind the frogs; the word is from the Latin “PORCUS’ – so it’s entirely possible we’d heard of it before BB. In any case, OE records indicate that we did have pigs, and I have seen a reference to ‘picgbread – referring to pig’s food.’ Most extant texts, though, mention them as ‘SWIN, or SWYN’. or ‘EOFER (boar).’ Thus: “Æt ðæm áde wæs éþgesýne swátfáh syrce, swýn eal-gylden, eofer írenheard, (“Beowulf” 1111).

            On “beef” — well, I grant you our pronunciation owes something to the froggishly corrupted Latin “bos, bovis” – which in turn relates the Greek “bous,” and probably also to the Gaelic “bo.”
            Known Old English texts employ our own “oxan,” and “cu [-cealf]. Thus: “Emban úrne ceápgild: hors tó healfan pund . . . And oxan tó mancuse, and cú tó .xx. , and swýn tó . x. (pence), and sceáp tó scł ł. , “(Laws of King Athelstan. v. 6, 2).
            Or, translating the Latin: “Oexen boves,” in “An Anglo-Saxon Psalter” (printed from MS. Cott. Vesp. A. 1 49, 10 : ií. p. 291, 11 ).*

            This isn’t just a silly game, of course. Those seriously interested recognize that Western languages can trace their roots back beyond the Greek, and towards common origins from ‘Indo-European’ /Pontic areas.

            __________________________________

            *These refs are from T. Northcote Toller, MA. “An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Based on the Manuscript Collections of Joseph Bosworth, D.D., F.R,S.” Online edition: https://books.google.com/books?id=oXlii1KgDngC

          • IrishNeanderthal

            I remember the Old English word fearh, from which we get “farrow”: the same Germanic root is seen in varkensvlees, Dutch for “pork”.

            I have just been to check this up in the Online Etymology Dictionary, and found that fearh means a young pig, and its origin is conjectured to be PIE *porko-!

            To demonstrate to overseas students the fact that in English voiced consonants are generally unaspirated, while unvoiced ones are aspirated, I hold my hand in front of my mouth and say “a big pig”.

          • betteroffoutofit

            Thank you – Well Done!!

      • Dominic Stockford

        West European DNA? Well of course they do, England is IN West Europe.

        • Manfarang

          That refers to other western European countries as opposed to British. What is called the continent by a lot of British people. The DNA test lists it as West European. My Uncle and Aunt recently sent me the result of their tests.

  • IanCad

    “Utter collective madness.”
    It is an unfortunate fact that such behaviours rarely end without violent conflict.

  • There is weeping and gnashing of teeth in the Pinkosphere:

    According to multiple reports in LGBT news outlets, the White House has issued policy guidelines aimed at bringing the ranks of the military in line with President Trump’s recent tweets.

    Titled, “A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out,” the document has not yet been made public.

    The Washington Blade reports that, “Sources familiar with the planning said it would encourage early retirement, usher out any enlisted personnel after their contract is up, and would fire trans officers up for promotion. Basically, said a source, ‘the administration wants to get rid of transgender service members as fast as they can.’”

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-white-house-issues-guidance-on-president-trumps-transgender-ban

    • Inspector General

      Casual readers might be taken in by how patriotic trannys are by joining the US Armed Services. There’s a few hundred of them. The truth of the matter is somewhat prosaic. They join up entirely for selfish reasons. They can, or should that be could, transition at the US Defence budgets expense. These desperately sad people are simply not fit enough to serve in a disciplined environment.

      • Manfarang

        Is Jan Morris a sad person?

        • IrishNeanderthal

          I first came across Jan Morris through this quote from her book The World: Travels 1950–2000 (written before her transition in 1972):

          All this upsets our Chestertonian, who, reflecting that Britannia needs no boulevards, no spaces wide and gay, feels it somehow irritating that the French should need them either.

          Now I am great fan of Chesterton, and I felt that was somewhat iffy. So I searched for the reference, and found it in a poem by Chesterton, AMERICANISATION. It goes:

          Britannia needs no Boulevards,
            No spaces wide and gay:
          Her march was through the crooked streets
            Along the narrow way.
          Nor looks she where, New York’s seduction,
          The Broadway leadeth to destruction.

          From which she (or then-he) drew that totally erroneous conclusion about Chestertonians. Chesterton himself greatly admired the French in many ways, but did not, like some aristocrat wishing to show off, think that their ways could be transplanted to England at a whim. Since she is Welsh, I would (if opportunity arose), tell her that that quote is a load of sbwriel.

          • Manfarang

            The slowness in building a motorway system in Britain certainly impacted its economy.

          • Father David

            One of Mrs. Dismay’s many acts of madness is to opt for Heathrow as the location for London’s extra runway. The M25 around Heathrow must qualify as the most congested section of the Queen’s Highway in the entire realm. In future to misquote Mr. Blair’s mantra “Things can only get WORSE!”

  • David

    Note that the National Trust has now rowed back from insisting that its staff and all volunteers wear garments celebrating homosexuality. The online Express carries the story.

    • IanCad

      David, this reply is not a response to the good news about the National Trust, it is to thank you for giving the heads up on the Nigel Farage speech. It is you who I must thank for persuading me to participate in the Referendum; a process I had hitherto considered antithetical to our system of representative government.

      Farage is a remarkable man and has been sorely treated. He may have to join the fray again as I fear the wretches within the Conservative Party who engineer to keep us within the belly of the beast are in the ascendency.

      Of particular interest was his response to the question raised at about 44 minutes in.

      Here – again – is the YouTube link:

      • David

        Thank you Ian for your kind words. Always happy to help.
        History will judge Farage well, as he is a remarkable man, although sadly unappreciated yet by most of his fellow countrymen and women. Most of our politicians are too small minded to recognise how great a British patriot Farage has been and still is.
        I have been fortunate in life to have been able to do a number of interesting things both professionally and in my private life, but campaigning on the streets with both Ukip and Vote Leave during the run up to the referendum was one of the best things I have done.
        My instinct is that Nigel Farage is just resting and may yet find another remarkable leadership role in some sphere.
        Best wishes.

  • Both the terms Union Jack and Union Flag are correct for describing the de facto national flag of the United Kingdom. Whether the term Union Jack applies only when used as a jack flag on a ship is a matter of debate.

    https://www.flaginstitute.org/wp/british-flags/the-union-jack-or-the-union-flag/

    • Manfarang

      Then there is the Ulster Banner.

    • CliveM

      Serves me right for being a pedant!

  • betteroffoutofit

    Your Grace — I never expected to see such a thing on your site.Thanks for showing the Tweeted sign to Barnsley …. my home town!!! [And also for supporting the lack of update 🙂 ]

  • bluedog

    Mrs Proudie, this humble communicant urgently seeks your advice on a matter of deportment and etiquette. While receiving the sacrament from a vicarette earlier today, the sanctity of the moment was interrupted by the squeaking of her rubber-soled shoes on the stone work. Is there any guidance on this sort of intrusion? Should vicarettes at least wear kitten heels? What would you advise?

    • Dominic Stockford

      She was wearing comfortable shoes?!