Friday, December 28, 2007

The grim reaper

Eurodog was wondering yesterday, after the sickening assassination of Benezir Bhuto, if there would ever be peace on earth. I recently read a biography of Nostradamus who lived from 1503-1566 and yet predicted with accuracy the events of the French Revolution and the execution of Charles I and thought that the end of the world would be at the beginning of the seventh millennium. In his day, people believed that there had been 4000 years between the creation of the world and the birth of Christ so the seventh millenium would begin at the year 2000. There was no mention, as far as I could see, of peace in his predictions. I suppose peace, like charity, begins at home.
My boyfriend's mother died yesterday so he is back off to Australia to make the funeral arrangements. 2007 really has been the most appalling year.


Blogger kinglear said...

There are years like that - you just have to hold on. RIP.

10:27 am  
Blogger Eurodog said...

Oh, WW, I am so sorry.
For you and for me 2007 was a bleak year. Let's look forward to a more settled 2008.

10:53 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that. Presume at least he saw her before Christmas.
As KL said, some years would be better left behind. However they often do leave you stronger for the experience, tough though it may be. Believe me I know it to be true - my 04 was one such! If I'd known you were at Midnight Mass I'd have said 'hello'- being a 'regular'! Michael deserved a slap for that shocking sermon joke though!!! Thora Hird indeed!!! Appalling even for his sense of humour ... The music was stunning I thought. Have a good day. Liz - another Christmas/NY work slave!

11:14 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi KL & ED - yes, let's hope for a better 2008.

Hi Liz - you are right - that sermon joke was of Christmas cracker quality! The music was excellent, as always: I think Andrew does a great job, as they all do. We sat in the Quire so didn't have much of a view. Did you have to queue for long to get in?

11:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in line from about 2130, although I was only about half a dozen from the west door till about 2200 when the lines got longer. Managed to get seats in front of the Crossing, about 6 rows back on the left, so the stand was worth it. I was with friends who gave me a lift as I don't drive and don't live in Winch, so it's my only way to be able to go to any of the Christmas svcs. Sarah and Andy - and indeed Phil - do an amazing job and the girls are on fire at the moment. We shall miss Sarah when she goes off to Chich. Are you going to go to the Epiphany evening concert and exhibition? She and Sophie have done a fantastic job on the Messiaen combined art and music project and I'm sure Roly's meditations will be well worth hearing. I'm ashamed to admit there's every possibility Michael got that awful joke from me earlier in the year and 'pondered it in his heart' ready for unleashing upon everyone else. Mea culpa if it WAS one of mine...

12:02 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Golly you were keen - bravo! I'd like to go to that concert. Are you going? You could drop in for a drink beforehand?

1:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That'd be good. Yes, I am going. Think you need to prebook - £12 a head from the box office - as there will be canapes and wine of some sort. I'll be going to all 3 services that Sunday, so I can come round after E'song if that's ok. The concert starts at 1900 so probably need to get there fairly well in advance to be able to see the art works on the screen during the music. How do we contact eachother as I obviously don't actually know who you REALLY are or how/where to find you!? L

1:27 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Ok - sounds good. Post your e-mail address to this blog (I shan't publish it) and I'll write to you.

1:38 pm  
Blogger kinglear said...

ww- Miss Lear max is v. well and having a lovely time swanning about in first and business class all over the place - with 100s of GBPs worth of cheese in her baggage for various parties. Hmmmm.

4:49 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

kinglear, that's good news, and the cheese is a great idea.

So sorry WW to hear of your boyfriend's sad bereavement. I so hope 2008 will be a vast improvement.

6:18 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

So sorry about your boyfriend's mother - what a terrible thing to happen at Xmas.
And the assaasination of Bhutto has left me depressed about the state of the world, too.

We can but hope, WW.

9:36 pm  

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