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Meditation and Reflection

Third Sunday of Advent: rejoice in the recognition of Jesus

 

Today is Gaudete Sunday: into the season of waiting, preparing and expecting, we inject a note of delight and good cheer: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand‘ (Phil 4:4f). Rejoice always? Easier said than done. How do you rejoice when your children are hacked to pieces, your wife raped and sold into slavery, and you yourself are about to be crucified or beheaded or both? How do you rejoice when the news is all of tales told by idiots, full of Trump and Fury, signifying nothing? How do you rejoice when politicians reduce the Faith to their transient apprehension of ‘British values‘, subsuming centuries of religious liberty to a new state moral othrodoxy? How do you rejoice when self-appointed commissions seek to destroy the very foundations of that liberty in the name enlightenment, tolerance and equality?

How do you rejoice when shepherds of the sheep lead some of their flock to wander over the nearest cliff, and then fail to realise that some of those who remain are really wolves, devouring their prey in the morning, and dividing the spoil  in the evening? In an age where the discernment of spirits (1Cor 12:10) has become a morally dangerous pursuit, we tremble to identify the presence of the judgment of God in human activity, preferring instead His absence, or, better still, His movements of non-judgmental orientations and directions: all is love, peace, harmony and reconciliation.

Ye shall know them by their fruits‘ (Mt 7:16). The presence or the absence of the Holy Spirit is the gulf that exists between God and the Devil, between angels and demons. But who believes in the Devil anymore? Is all that is of the world and the flesh so antithetical to the work of the Spirit that there can be no cohabitation, integration or accommodation? Can the consolation of God not come from the desolation of man? How do we discern the truths of the prophet from the deceptions of the false prophet when what we really seek is affirmation of our life choices? How do we discern the wisdom of Jesus from another Jesus when moral norms fluctuate and new theological understandings help us to recognise different apprehensions of good and virtue? How do we discern between the spirits of depression and the spirits euphoria when we have reduced discernment to the force of our feelings?

The Third Sunday in Advent.
The Collect.

O LORD Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. 1 Cor. 4. 1.

LET a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

The Gospel. St. Matth. 11. 2.

NOW when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

  • David

    Another timely and excellent article from the Archbishop, and thank you for it. It captures much of the mood of the times, which is indeed bleak.Yet He lives !
    “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5)
    The Christian message is always vital, insistent and uplifting. Moreover it is eternal.

    Yes we need to regroup and refresh our strength. And we shall, if we trust not in our own powers, but those of God.

    For over 70 years the Russian people hung on the cruel cross of militant atheism. Everything was pointed, forcibly in that direction. Churches were closed, destroyed and even priests killed. In the west the godless foolish celebrated the destruction of The Faith in at least one major culture, and they worked to feed the poison into the veins of the western system. Grasping that Capitalism offered more consumer goods to most than Communism, they created Cultural Marxism, the destruction of our moral base, as their weapon of choice to undermine Christian western civilisation. A broad attack on nation states, family and faith was launched, slowly gaining ground against the City of God. Their subtle combined attack has “achieved” much destruction. The dreadful hatchet job of a report from the Woolf Institute is but the latest round in that deadly war against western culture.

    Most of us were amazed when, with few warnings it seemed, the Soviet Communist system collapsed utterly. Moreover, the nascent Russian Orthodox Church has made a strong recovery, becoming ever more deeply embedded within the deep culture of that vast country.
    So ye of faint hearts, if such wondrous recoveries are possible in the east, why not in the west also ? Have faith ! Proclaim the Gospel ! The godless atheists, Humanists and fellow travellers have little of lasting, deep value to offer to the people, long starved of that sense of the presence of God. Science is a wonderful tool to shape the physical world and harness the power of our regular Universe, but it feeds not the soul. Certainly the multi-culti mish-mash will appeal to few, except perhaps some cold academics.

    For, ” look, here is the Lamb of God” (John 1:36)
    We need gifted new preachers to convey the eternal, unchanging gospel of salvation, through faith in Christ, into the vernacular language of this century, to reach out to the great mass of the unchurched.

    • @ David—if such wondrous recoveries are possible in the east, why not in the west also?

      Communism had myriad faults and failings but it never subjected its realms to mass immigration, multiculturalism and equality. For political and church leaders in the East, patriotism has always been a virtue, not a vice.

      In the West, hostile élites in church and state have spent the last 70 years tearing apart the fabric of the nations entrusted to their care. Everything that contributes to social cohesion and stability, from Christianity to the traditional family, is attacked and damaged, inspired by the cultural Marxism you mention. When bishops confuse Christianity with Critical Theory, what hope is there?

      Recovery in the West is possible if nationalist parties come to power. That will require a big shift in the public’s perception of nationalism, which is presently associated in many countries with extremism, racism and intolerance. When multiculturalism turns ‘unimaginably sour’, to use Douglas Murray’s memorable phrase, I would expect that shift to occur, if it is allowed to.

      • David

        Points well expressed and taken.
        I hope for a positive patriotism which is neither jingoistic, racist, or aggressively nationalistic, but acts as a rallying point, a flag under which as many as possible, if not all, can find common cause. For this to occur the over stretching umbrella must be Christianity, as only it is the only force that can bring about a measure of concord in truth.
        There are now many in our nation who are aware of all this, but they are, as yet, unable to do more than chip away at the still advancing stultifying edifice. We fight a retreating war at present I believe. The future is still unfolding as we speak.
        The Le Pen’s of France may be a part of this process – it is too early to be sure. But here, sadly, most of the brainwashed “sheeple”, with their misinformed, busy lives, are still being devoured by Cranmer’s cleverly disguised ravenous wolves.

        The “elites” you mention have much to answer for. They are possessed by evil in the worst cases, but many more are just deluded, useful fools, in the Marxist sense.

        • IanCad

          As, in the entire panel of the last “Any Questions”

          • David

            Errr, not sure about that Ian, because I ceased ‘consuming’ the BBC a long time ago, it being a threat to my having a good firm grip on reality. But if you’re sure, then yes, OK.

      • Orwell Ian

        Patriotism is indeed a virtue.
        Except when worn as a sheepskin fleece by the nationalist wolf.

        • @ Orwell Ian—Quislings UK, the British agents of the internationalist wolves, also cloak themselves in fake patriotism. The acknowledged masters of the art are the Conservatives.

          • Inspector General

            Agreed JR. Late in the day, but that just goes to show how an allegiance is not to be broken, until you realise that treacherous blighters are now in charge of that party.

  • len

    The rising tide of evil and the apparent inactivity of the Lord to react was remarked by’ Habakkuk’ long ago in history.But the Lord revealed His Plans to Habakkuk and all became clear although it would be a time of great turmoil and suffering but God will turn what we despair over into a means of salvation to those who trust Him.
    What was termed as the greatest disaster of all time the crucifixion of the sinless Son of God became a means of salvation for all who would place their trust in God and His Plan for salvation.
    There will be those who will be saved though and in the coming times when evil appears to have the upper hand but perhaps it is only by facing evil that we can appreciate the qualities that Jesus Christ presented to us ..Love , Mercy and Grace..
    ‘ I heard and my heart pounded,
    my lips quivered at the sound;
    decay crept into my bones,
    and my legs trembled.
    Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
    to come on the nation invading us.
    Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
    though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
    though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
    I will be joyful in God my Saviour’ (.Habakkuk 3:16-19)

  • Ian G

    Repent (and keep on repenting), believe ( and keep on believing), be baptised and receive (and keep on receiving) the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 – belief is implicit in the response. DEVOTE yourself to the Apostles teaching, to fellowship, to the
    breaking of bread and to prayers, Acts 23:42. When it goes wrong, it’s somewhere in those eight requirements. These days language is used to relativise everything. How do you repent if sin is redefined; how do you believe in a world where belief is bigotry etc.etc.?

  • David

    It would appear that we few three below are agreed on the basics.
    Note also the excellent article from that overly pessimistic, but sound, journalist the surviving Hitchens, in the Daily Mail – see anglicanmainstream.com

    • Ian G

      That would be anglicanmainstream.org which is not for sale.

      • David

        “not for sale”?
        Access is free.

        • Ian G

          The anglicanmainstream.com domain is for sale. Click on it.

          • David

            Ahh – all is revealed ! Sorry Ian, I didn’t expect that.
            But just to read it, there are no problems.

  • Inspector General

    One of the best images ever displayed on Cranmer’s site. Says so much. Well done him!

    Makes one consider the see of Gloucester. We don’t have a bishop at the moment. Not a proper one, as such, but a woman, Rachel Treweek, who thinks she’s the bishop, and the established church in England tends to agree with her, which is rather awkward.

    Anyway, Rachel is on record for not bestowing the courtesy gender of male to God the Father. If she can get away with it. Must be that Rachel’s understanding of the bible is somewhat thin, as Jesus was always referring to ‘His Father in Heaven’. Or maybe not. Could it possibly be something to do with womyn’s rights we wonder. You know, that train of thought that suggests woman can go it alone in this world, as millions of enlightened young things are indeed doing.

    The Inspector has no idea if Rachel objects to the courtesy title given to God’s principle agent on this earth. Mother Nature. Could it be that Rachel has no such wrestling with conscience over that one. So if you’re reading this Rachel, do say…

    • David

      Good post Inspector.

    • chiefofsinners

      Strangely, the name Rachael means ‘a female sheep’.
      I think Treweek is a kind of dance popularised by Miley Cyrus. How long before we see that at evensong?

      • sarky

        Id go if there was twerking!! As long as its not done by Mabel whose been doing the tea’s for the last 50 years!!

        • chiefofsinners

          What a lovely couple you’d make: sarky and twerky, the spiritual dancing ministry team.

          • Martin

            CoS

            Is that ministry or mystery?

          • sarky

            Might boost attendance!! 😉

      • David

        Now you are frightening me – must hide behind the pews !

  • len

    Many Muslims are turning to Christ now as they see the total barbaric cruelty of groups like IS who offer only hate and violence .The Love of God revealed through Christ Jesus is drawing people towards salvation….

    ‘And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.'(John 12:32)

    There will be a great ingathering of souls through these last days into the Kingdom of God…..

    • David

      Within the denominations too Len, globally and nationally, people are sorting themselves out, the Scriptural faithful to one side – conservative and orthodox, and the ones like The Inspector below refers to, heading away from orthodoxy, The Creeds and a conservative interpretation of the faith into an increasingly dysfunctional theology and confusion that’s led not by the Light of The World, Christ, but by the obsessions of this ever darkening world.

      • Anton

        The time will come when persecution lops off the hierarchies and Christians are unable to use their church buildings, and the liberals will apostatise; then at last there will be only Christians and non-Christians.

        • David

          I fear that may well indeed be the logical trajectory of this confused society, Anton. But whilst one hopes that it will not come to that, we must be prepared to brace ourselves, for evil stalks the land with an increasing swagger and confidence.

          • Anton

            If such a time comes then I would weep for the land, not the church. I’d interpret persecution not as Christ abandoning the church but as Christ purifying his bride.

          • David

            Yes. It would show conclusively that the institutional Churches had failed, rejected by a rebellious world and that God’s enormous patience was finally exhausted. He would have been left with no option but to graphically, teach better ways to a lost nation, by separating us from all those false things we came to value excessively, whilst ignoring God. It would not be punishment but instruction. It would be our wilderness experience.
            Let us hope and pray that the nation returns to face the Light, repents of its ways and that many are reborn, rising into the true faith, thus saving the present non-Christians from that desolation.

      • Coniston

        A BBC local radio station which provides a weekly (7 day) ‘Pausing for Thought’, with a new speaker each week, recently had a woman on air, described as an ‘independent catholic priest’. She has pointed out – doubtless to many people’s satisfaction – that the Churches of East and West have got it wrong for the last 2000 years. The Greek of the NT does not say that Jesus is the only way to the Father. All well-meaning people have access to the divine (she bases this on having done Greek at a seminary – what seminary? She seems to have invented her own church and religion).
        The trouble is that many people, will have believed her, such is the religious illiteracy in this country.
        I also heard, 2 years ago, at a weekend retreat, one of the leaders tell us, in great detail, how the Aramaic version of the Lord’s Prayer meant something quite different from the version we have, from the Greek. Of course we do not have an Aramaic version; there is a transliteration based on the Syriac version, but even the Syriac is not the original Aramaic.

        • David

          Interesting. There are many false guides about inside and outside the Churches.

          • Pubcrawler

            Always take a copy or Pevsner, myself.

        • chiefofsinners

          She might have a glance at John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me”.

          • Pubcrawler

            Yep, that’s pretty unequivocal, even in the Greek 🙂 This lady is cleary either strikingly ignorant, or a charlatan.

    • Inspector General

      In a mosque, not a million miles away…

      “Good day to you imam. My name is Akbar, and I’m here to tell you that my family and myself are converting to Christianity”

      “Sorry to see you go, and rather sad it didn’t work out for you. Still, if you ev er change your mind, you know where we are, what!.”

      “Well, good bye then.”

      “Goodbye old chap. Here, the lads will see you out”

      “They’re holding baseball bats”

      “Yes, they are. All of them. Holding baseball bats”

      “Look, maybe the family has been a bit rash about leaving Islam. So, if it’s all the same to you, we won’t”

      “That’s the spirit! We don’t want to lose you. Really, we don’t”

      • len

        You underestimate the courage that Muslim converts have Inspector They face much more than a beating with cricket bats and still uphold their faith in Jesus Christ……

        • Inspector General

          hmmm

          Unless one is mistaken, the forces of law and order in the UK cannot assist in the UK those ex muslims in their desire to be free from the devil that is…

          • len

            Unclench that fist inspector and try to loosen up a bit you will feel a lot better….and a bit more Christian?.

          • Inspector General

            There always was a certain inane smugness about you…

          • len

            That seems to be a general attitude of the unsaved towards Christians? Oh well carry on as you are…I expect…..

  • dannybhoy

    Good post.

    This afternoon my wife and I will be involved in our Christingle Service.

    We had our last Messy Church of 2015 on Friday, and we’re hoping to see many of them at the service this afternoon.

    Don’t you just love children? How they respond to adults who genuinely care for them with the love of Jesus. Solitary mums struggling to cope with their brood, and no husband to love and support them..

    Then read and consider this from a Rotherham newspaper..
    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/rotherham-sex-abuse-trial-victims-were-taken-to-sheffield-to-be-sold-for-sex-1-7618267

    There is no god like unto our God, who notices even the falling of a sparrow.
    It is Christianity which brings light and love and forgiveness and renewal into the world.
    Let us all stand up for Jesus, ye who would be soldiers of the Cross..

    • David

      Shocking graphic description of the hell visited upon these young girls. Great is the culpability of the local and even national political establishment.

      • IanCad

        What’s the betting that, if found guilty, a severe slap on the wrists will be the penalty?

      • dannybhoy

        ” Great is the culpability of the local and even national political establishment.”
        Exactly, and this is where Christians and others with a Godly morality, need to speak up and demand our democratically elected national and local government officials take their responsibilities seriously.

    • Anna

      “Solitary mums struggling to cope with their brood, and no husband to love and support them…”

      The saddest thing I have seen in western churches – struggling single mothers. Also the children seem less happy carefree. This proves that feminism has actually made things harder for women.

      Among Eastern Christians, divorces tend to be rare, unwed mothers practically unheard of and most children are surrounded by parents and doting grandparents. I am sure part of the reason for more stable families is the social stigma associated with divorce and children being born outside wedlock, but still children benefit and mothers are not expected to carry the load alone. Sadly this is changing especially among younger couples living in the west.

      • dannybhoy

        ” This proves that feminism has actually made things harder for women.”
        I don’t think it’s just that Anna. I think the ‘me and my happiness first’ culture has something to do with it. And the ‘littleboyzation’ of men so that an increasing number of them won’t take their responsibilities seriously, and use the “It’s a woman’s choice to have a baby or not” as a pathetic excuse for failing to be a real father to the children they helped bring into the world.

        ” I am sure part of the reason for more stable families is the social stigma associated with divorce and children being born outside wedlock, but children benefit and mothers are not expected to carry the load alone.”

        That’s how it was when I was a kid. Couples were more prepared to work at a relationship because of the social climate and family expectations. My parents were in that category, even though I as one of their children would say they should never have married!
        Once you get past the romantic, ‘sex whenever’ stage, you realise you’ve married a person with just as many faults and failings as you have. That’s where the hard work and adjustments start……. ;0)

  • Anton

    Let us remember Happy Jack in his illness and pray afresh for him.

    • Pubcrawler

      Indeed. I was just now wondering if there had been any news.

    • dannybhoy

      Amen. Does anyone know if he is in pre- or post treatment state?

      • Cressida de Nova

        Amen. Let us pray to Almighty God to alleviate Jack’s suffering and grant him recovery from this terrible illness.

        Hang in there Jack. We are with you in spirit.

        • David

          May one inquire as to the condition, as you appear to have some knowledge ?

          • Cressida de Nova

            I have no recent news. The last I heard he was in a lot of pain.I will keep you all informed if I receive any . Carl may know.

    • IanCad

      For those who may wish to drop him a card. The address is:

      Peter D. AKA “Happy Jack”
      Ward 4
      Western General Hospital,
      Crewe Rd S,
      Edinburgh EH4 2XU

      • David

        Thanks for the details, Ian.
        ’tis now sent….

        • dannybhoy

          That’s good of you IanCad.
          I’ll send him a card tomorrow.

      • The Explorer

        On its way.

      • Thank you, Ian.

      • Anton

        Do you know if he will be out for Christmas, and/ or if the address will still be good if a card posted now would arrive there?

    • David

      Amen !

    • Martin

      Anton

      That he might be saved. I wasn’t aware he was unwell.

  • chiefofsinners

    Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
    So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. 1 Peter 4 verses 12-19.

  • IanCad

    “— subsuming centuries of religious liberty to a new state moral orthodoxy–“

    “–In an age where the discernment of spirits (1Cor 12:10) has become a morally dangerous pursuit–“

    “–But who believes in the Devil anymore?”

    “—How do we discern the truths of the prophet from the deceptions of the false prophet when what we really seek is affirmation of our life choices?”

    And then – The Prayer Book.

    A sobering post YG. How far we have fallen!

    “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
    2 Timothy 4:3,4

  • Inspector General

    By the way, chaps, the Inspector would just like to express his unmitigated delight that we’ve seen the last of the odious blog nuisance, that rotter Linus. Dreadful fellow. Sure you’ll all agree. That leaves DanJ0 as the only gay in the village, so to speak, but at least he’s house trained…

    • DanJ0

      House trained, and lovely too!

      • Inspector General

        Ah, and so sweet. In comparison…

      • Royinsouthwest

        The Inspector is in a rather generous mood today. Unlike Michael Foot when he called Norman Tebbit “a semi-house-trained polecat.”

        • dannybhoy

          Allow some time for the Tullamore to wear off…….

        • Inspector General

          Do you know, the Inspector was once in the same room as the erstwhile Chingford Skinhead. No communication took place other than smiles between us…

          • Royinsouthwest

            The Greek meets Greek!

    • dannybhoy

      Linus was okay. It was easy enough to not read his posts. I think he was looking for a reaction most of the time.

      • Inspector General

        He was a bloody lunatic…

        • dannybhoy

          Au contraire Rodney.
          au contraire.
          He was very adept at winding people up….

          • Pubcrawler

            Yet so dull-witted when it was done back at him.

          • dannybhoy

            Low self image?

          • Pubcrawler

            Absent sense of humour and/or irony

          • dannybhoy

            Lost in Translation?
            (After all, one of his aliases is French..)

          • Pubcrawler

            Or somwhere on the autistic spectrum.

          • dannybhoy

            Monet perhaps?

          • CliveM

            Nah PC is right.

          • Pubcrawler

            I’m going to print that and frame it 🙂

          • CliveM

            For its rarity value?!!!!

    • The Explorer

      I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Linus: only of Linus in his third incarnation. He’s probably planning his next version of himself right now, in order to hit us when a decent interval has elapsed after his last departure, and we’re off guard. But we’re ready for him. A Spot-the-new-Linus competition was set up on the previous thread.

      • Royinsouthwest

        Is Linus a Time Lord like Dr Who?

        • Inspector General

          No, he’s a bandit of sorts {ahem}

          • Martin

            IG

            I think the term is troll.

          • Inspector General

            Actually, the term is ‘arse bandit’. if Cranmer would permit such a vulgarity…

            Anyway, keep boys well away from him…

          • Inspector General

            “My Lord Inspector! Our coach! It is being held up by highway men!”

            “Relax, my lady, for by their attire of tasteful pastel shades, they are in fact bandits”

            “You mean, the most precious thing about me, my virginity, is safe?”

            “Indubitably, young thing, but the Inspector’s ‘anal cherry’, far from…

          • Martin

            IG

            I don’t know about His Grace, but I’d rather not see it.

    • IanCad

      He’s (DanJ0) also one of the most informed and helpful of all HG’s flock.
      Of sound mind and good judgment. His input over the years has helped this blog to be what it is.

      • Martin

        I’ll take that as tongue in cheek.

        • IanCad

          It was most assuredly not tongue in cheek Martin.

          • Martin

            Ian

            Then I fail to see how you can say that.

          • IanCad

            Martin,
            I have to assess him by his posts, which, over the years, have been pretty consistent.
            Sure, he is not heterosexual, that has never been hidden. He does not proselytize his inclinations – far from it. Judging from his comments he comes across as a Libertarian – Whiggish – Conservative. Certainly someone with whom I would be content to hold the reins of administration.
            He has taken much abuse on this blog and is quite capable of dealing with it. Always helpful, courteous until roused, and more than able to hold his own in most disputes; In some ways he reminds me of David Starkey.
            Wait a second!! Never mind who Linus is.
            Is DanJ0 really David Starkey??

      • William Lewis

        Great with soft furnishings too.

      • CliveM

        Yes I’ve noticed he’s not around as much, which is a pity.

  • Martin

    Your Grace

    Actually we’ve only had religious liberty for 187 years, so you can’t say we’ve had religious liberty for centuries. The Test acts were only repealed in 1828.

    • Taikan 戴冠

      If I correct, the United Kingdom since 2013 only in the revision of the inheritance law, had the freedom of religion. Catholics before this date could not be able to inherit the throne, and the monarch could not marry a Catholic.

      • Martin

        Taikan

        That was of course due to their serving a foreign ruler. Not quite the same as religious freedom.

  • The Explorer

    Is Taikan the new Linus? If so, he didn’t waste much time. Can’t keep away from you, Inspector.

    • Taikan 戴冠

      この道や / 行く人なしに / 秋のくれ

      • The Explorer

        Translation, please.

        • Taikan 戴冠

          Yokoyama Taikan was famous Japanese painter. I know not if parents choose this name in honor of him. Perhaps, in order to honor him, they choose this name. They died, when I was very young, they could not be able to tell me.

          What is Linus ?

          • The Explorer

            What is Linus? That’s the question we all ask.
            If you aren’t Linus, ignorance is bliss. If you are Linus, you’ll know the answer better than the rest of us.

          • Taikan 戴冠

            “Ignorance is bliss” ?

            I not agree. Ignorance sometime is necessary but never pleasurable. Without knowledge is frustration.

          • The Explorer

            Take it up with Thomas Gray and ‘Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College’.

          • Pubcrawler

            You may have to express it in the form of a haiku.

          • The Explorer

            Don’t encourage him.

          • carl jacobs

            Linus is the Tailor of Enbizaka.

          • The Explorer

            Carl, you are one of our three appointed arbiters. (See below on the thread.) Is this Linus in his newest guise?

          • carl jacobs

            One must observe over time, Watson. It is a capital mistake to theorize in the absence of data. A man is innocent until proven guilty.

          • chiefofsinners

            いいえたわごとない、シャーロック。

          • dannybhoy

            Or even the Failure of Enzibaka..?
            “”But I must persevere with my wok.”
            ―Kayo Sudou[src]

            http://theevilliouschronicles.wikia.com/wiki/The_Tailor_of_Enbizaka

          • dannybhoy

            I think you is Linus..

          • Sam

            Dude

            This is piss pour. I’ve got a lot of clients in the far east and they don’t write or speak like fu man chu.

          • Thw worst, faked Pidgin English I’ve come across, Linus.

            You are inconsistent in your tenses and the faux grammar errors don’t correspond to those of native Japanese speakers…or any Terrestrial language used by hominids. Have you neverheard a lower level ESL speaker in your parts? You’re a frigging disgrace, man. Grow up and cut this shit.

        • Pubcrawler
    • dannybhoy

      I think he really likes the Inspector….
      Can’t see it myself.

  • The Explorer

    tailor of enbizaka

    • O yeah, you guys are getting good. Too bad I missed the race. This guy thinks we somehow post without being on the ‘Net and have never heard of Google. He needs a good arse-kicking from a real Japanese.

      • The Explorer

        This time he’s running two identities simultaneously. See latest thread.

        • If we ignore him, he’ll have no one to squabble with but himself. That’s an act I’d love to see.