Sunday, 26 September 2010

Monday, 20 September 2010


Well, what did we make of it all? The Rectory is settling down again after a few days of constant television, following with interest and great scrutiny the visit of  Benedict, He Who Must Be Obeyed. Our heads are still spinning with it all! It was superb television, although rather unbelievable at times. I'm not sure where the BBC got their presenters and commentators, but they will all get a holy medal, no doubt, for their services to Roman Catholicism and another for their servility. It was like listening to them fawning over the Queen Mother all over again! This was serious spin!

However, it has to be said that we, in The Rectory, enjoyed every last minute of it all! We did cringe a bit at times, but generally this had a feel-good factor which will encourage our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters and perhaps give them new heart after a particularly torrid time following the sexual abuse revelations. It probably, too, encouraged most other Christians, in Scotland anyway, if we are careful to emphasise what unites us rather than what divides us.

The Papal Visit, or the Humanisation of Benny as it may be subtitled, was an extremely valuable event, and will no doubt ignite serious and worthwhile debate within our society. I'm not sure how helpful it was to equate aggressive secularism with neo-Nazi-ism, but at least we will maybe now join the debate rather than have Dawkins, Hawkins et al shoved down our throat as the new,  and only worthy emerging religion of our time. There is an agenda here, and perhaps the modern Christian Church has been slow to respond to it, but it won't go away and it needs to be taken seriously.

So, thanks Benedict, for reminding me why I'm an Episcopalian, but helping us all to look again at the most serious issues of our age and encouraging us all to dialogue! Enjoy your rest! I don't know where you get the energy from!

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Total Class!

As far as spam goes, this one is total class! Received today from my "Internet Provider"...  I mean, I say "Amen" to that too!

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ive chnaged the password for security amen  

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

The Fitba'

It's been understandably quiet in the Rectory of late when it comes to the fitba'. Partick Thistle Nil are having a horrendous start to the season, despite winning on Saturday to ease their way into the Semi-Final of the "Cretin's Cup", a wee trophy in Scotland for the disadvantaged.

Good old Dumbarton are worse than Thistle, but it's on the International front that the Rectory has been afraid, mostly. As a member of the Scotland Supporters Club, aye I get my guaranteed ticket to all the home games, it is with trepidation, no,  from behind my fingers, that I watch Scotland these days. Yes, it's scary stuff right enough.

After a rather non-eventful 0-0 result in the mighty Lithuania on Friday, we will all don our kilts tonight, some will paint their faces, (I might do this myself for the Spain match), and proceed to Hampden to add our voices to "THE ROAR". We like to think we scare the hell out of opponents, but they probably just have a laugh at 60,000 hairy men, with blue faces, in skirts! (Actually probably about 20% of the crowd will be female, coming along to support their men in time of crisis!) 

The strength and skill of the legendary Lichtenstein come between ourselves and glory this evening, and we'll struggle as usual. Actually, I'd feel better if it was Spain tonight! I hate these games where we are expected to win handsomely! 

It is a disaster waiting to happen.

However, I'll be there, singing Loch Lomond, and whatever else we are commanded to do for the cause, probably with my face paint on after all. It will cover the embarrassment if we fail, again.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Here We Go Again!

A new word has crept into The Rectory over the past few days. Every now and again the RW starts a new fitness regime. Wii Fit was all the craze for a while, but the dogs didn't fancy it much, and Archie found it difficult to get into the screen to lift his leg as the RW was on her daily jog. We've exhausted the cowboy dancing and a whole host of other things, including the belly-dancing, but the word these days, seemingly, is Zumba. Yes, Zumba!

This new dance/fitness stuff claims to give you a body beautifying regime, with pulsing Latin American music. Basically, I think, you just jump around and look daft! At £4 an hour, with loyalty bonus of course, it is a good investment, as I get peace to watch the telly or read a book without interruption!

Now the RW is off to a local school for an hour every week to prance about in Latin Dance mode. The good thing is she doesn't need a partner! The down side is that the dogs are unimpressed. A good walk in the park does it for them anytime. Maybe we need to put some Latin American music on her iPod?