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BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?

Steve Shaw 16 Feb 18 - 07:55 AM
Senoufou 16 Feb 18 - 05:44 AM
Jos 16 Feb 18 - 05:30 AM
Steve Shaw 15 Feb 18 - 05:16 PM
Senoufou 15 Feb 18 - 05:13 PM
MikeL2 15 Feb 18 - 02:24 PM
Steve Shaw 15 Feb 18 - 08:40 AM
Nigel Parsons 15 Feb 18 - 07:27 AM
Dave the Gnome 15 Feb 18 - 06:31 AM
Steve Shaw 15 Feb 18 - 06:05 AM
Bonzo3legs 15 Feb 18 - 05:51 AM
Charmion 14 Feb 18 - 10:56 AM
Nigel Parsons 14 Feb 18 - 10:49 AM
Charmion 14 Feb 18 - 10:36 AM
Dave the Gnome 14 Feb 18 - 10:00 AM
Steve Shaw 14 Feb 18 - 09:19 AM
Dave the Gnome 14 Feb 18 - 09:02 AM
Senoufou 14 Feb 18 - 08:52 AM
Dave the Gnome 14 Feb 18 - 08:32 AM
Nigel Parsons 14 Feb 18 - 08:21 AM
Senoufou 14 Feb 18 - 04:37 AM
Nigel Parsons 14 Feb 18 - 04:06 AM
Jos 13 Feb 18 - 03:47 PM
Dave the Gnome 13 Feb 18 - 03:14 PM
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Jack Campin 13 Feb 18 - 01:46 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 16 Feb 18 - 07:55 AM

His ministry allegedly lasted for three years...


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Senoufou
Date: 16 Feb 18 - 05:44 AM

You're right Jos. Jesus' ministry lasted about 3 years. Oh crumbs, no, I couldn't 'fast' for three years. I'd end up...well...normal size!


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Jos
Date: 16 Feb 18 - 05:30 AM

Nigel Parsons said:
"I've never understood why Lent ends on Easter Sunday (or Maundy Thursday).
If it commemorates Christ's 40 days of fasting in the desert it should end with His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday."

At the time, I thought that made sense ... but isn't there something missing? My memory of the bible story is a bit vague, with a childhood of church on Sundays and school religious assemblies mostly delivering disjointed readings of seemingly random excerpts.
But wasn't the spell in the wilderness followed by some baptising, preaching, miracles, curing the sick, turning water into wine, feeding the five thousand, having a bit of a tantrum in the temple, walking on water ...
If the Lenten fast is to end with Palm Sunday, wouldn't it last several years, not just 40 days?

OK, everybody, back to talking about cheese.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 05:16 PM

Haven't tried Cornish Cruncher (it's made in the Davidstow cheese industrial complex just down the road from here), but on your recommendation I'll give it a whirl!


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 05:13 PM

I used to take groups of pupils over to Normandy for a week, and we visited the little markets in various villages around Etretat. There were always the most wonderful cheeses for sale, really strong-flavoured, from small local dairies.
On one of the trips, some of the pupils bought one or two of these cheeses to take home as gifts for their parents. The stench was very noticeable on the coach going to the ferry at Calais. By the time we'd docked at Dover and travelled all the way back to Norwich in our coach, it was overpowering. The poor driver was nearly sick.
I confess I had a couple of the things in my small suitcase... absolutely delicious... :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: MikeL2
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 02:24 PM

Hi Steve

While talking about cheese have you tried Cornish Crunch.

Last year we were given a load by Marks & Spencer because we ordered something else but they did not get it.

So they rewarded us with a large package among others and this Cornish Crunch was great with a good bottle of beer or a good red wine.

Trouble is we don't seem to be able to get it now.

A Cheesy Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 08:40 AM

As far as I know, only Shepherds Purse make Yorkshire Blue. Your description matches all the ones I've found online. I think Morrisons mislabelled that lump of cheese. It was hard, dry, salty and the very opposite of creamy and spreadable! We'll give it another whirl when we see it again - anywhere except in Bude Morrisons! It was only a small piece, by the way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 07:27 AM

Glad you enjoyed the chocolates.

I took my boss (wife) to Cardiff's New Theatre to see "The Sound of Music". A very good evening.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 06:31 AM

What a shame :-( The one I had was moist to the point of being spreadable. Maybe it was just old, in which case you should have kept the remains and took it back for a refund!

Was it this?

https://www.shepherdspurse.co.uk/our-cheeses/blue-vein/yorkshire-blue.html

I am up in Ribblesdale over the weekend. If I get chance to go to Hawes do you want me to go to Elijah Allen's and make up a food parcel? :-)

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 06:05 AM

The Italia Primitivo is a charmless, stern beast. No more. Thankfully, we had a bottle of the Peuceta 2016 Primitivo to hand, a warm, sunny, fruity thing. The Wensleydale and Vallage were gorgeous, things of beauty, but I'm afraid the Yorkshire Blue was like a dry, salty version of a very average Stilton. Half of it ended up in the bin. Gotta try these things I suppose...


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 05:51 AM

Lent is catholic drivel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 10:56 AM

I do.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 10:49 AM

I remember going to work after Mass and washing my face in the ladies' loo on the way in. I wasn't the only one, either.

By 'loo' I trust you mean the room, not the receptacle ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 10:36 AM

Imposition of ashes is done in Anglican churches in Canada, but only in the spiky (High Church) kind. I find it hard to square with Jesus' direction in the Book of Matthew:

(16) Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
(17) But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
(18) That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

I remember going to work after Mass and washing my face in the ladies' loo on the way in. I wasn't the only one, either.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 10:00 AM

The Yorkshire blue is very nice if I remember rightly. The one made by Shepherds Purse? They are very much the current rising stars of the dairy.

Blessed be the cheesemakers...

Have you tried the ultimate fusion food yet?

Yorkshire pudding pizza

Only available until the 20th. Will go very well with a Primitivo and Black Sheep cocktail :-D

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 09:19 AM

Morrisons has restocked the Nero d'Avola! But Dave, it's six quid...

I'm about to try their Italia Primitivo tonight, the one with the plain white label with pictures of pasta on it. Will keep you posted! We're having it with crostini topped with tomatoes, basil and olive oil, nocellara olives and Marche-style garlic cloves (bought at Roma in Whitefield), some Vallage triple cream cheese, some Yorkshire Blue from Morrison's (never 'ad it before) and a lump of proper Wensleydale. I will not die tonight of calorie-lack...


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 09:02 AM

You definitely need to give up that sugary stuff. Stick to the version where the sugar has been converted to alcohol :-)

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Senoufou
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 08:52 AM

Well there - the two of you (Nigel and Dave) have persuaded me to graciously accept these delicious chocolates so as not to disappoint my husband. I shall indeed just have a few. But....the top layer has gone already... how that happened I don't know.

I've also tried to stop drinking that blooming Shloer. It's lovely, but my strict sister has forbidden me to buy any more as it's full of sugar. She says I'll make myself diabetic.

Just got back from Tesco, and a wicked fairy put three bottles of Shloer in the trolley. I'm having a large glass of it as I type.

I'm sure I'll go straight to hell at this rate!


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 08:32 AM

The real test of self control is to eat just a few and save the rest. If you are anything like me with a nice whisky it is not possible.

I am very good at abstinence but crap at moderation :-)

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 08:21 AM

Of course, you shouldn't put your wishes for self-control above your husband's wishes to please you. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Senoufou
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 04:37 AM

I suppose it's meant to cover the Passion as well Nigel.
I do think it's a good idea to exercise some self-discipline for a while. It's nice to find out one can control one's self-will if necessary.
I've been given a lovely box of chocolates by my kind husband for Valentine/s Day this morning, and in spite of the above smug remarks about self-discipline, I think...er...I'll tuck into them nevertheless!


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 04:06 AM

I've never understood why Lent ends on Easter Sunday (or Maundy Thursday).
If it commemorates Christ's 40 days of fasting in the desert it should end with His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Jos
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 03:47 PM

If you were an Irish Catholic who had given up Guinness for Lent, I reckon St Patrick's Day would have to be a day off, wouldn't it - bit of a bummer otherwise.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 03:14 PM

St Patrick's day, which always falls in lent, is a day off for some as well, Jos.

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Jos
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 02:52 PM

I've never noticed anyone with ash smeared on their forehead, but I do sometimes give up something for Lent, just as an exercise in self-control (but I don't do sober October or dry January - or try to grow a moustache in November).

I have read somewhere that in times gone by people believed that barnacle geese came from barnacles so they counted as fish, and you could eat them on Fridays.

I discovered last year that Catholics who give something up for Lent are allowed to eat whatever it is on Sundays because the 'fast' is supposed to be for 40 days, representing the time Christ spent in the wilderness resisting the temptations of the devil - but the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter is 46 days so it has to be fudged.

I suspect that using up the eggs in pancakes and then not eating any until Easter, when eggs hatch into chicks (or rabbits, for the really confused), has more to do with the need to stop eating eggs so that the chickens have a chance to produce chicks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: MikeL2
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 02:20 PM

Hi

When we were very young my brother and I thought that Ash Wednesday was "Tater Hash". We were taken to the church to the Mass. We received the ash from the priest but we re still waiting for the " Tater Hash".

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 01:46 PM

I first met with it on the underground in Glasgow. Sitting in a carriage with several people next to me all with the ash smears. Took me a moment to realize it wasn't a zombie apocalypse.

Is that the day when penitents are supposed to whip themselves with chains? Not enough headroom on the Glasgow trains for that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 01:21 PM

Not a word of a lie, my great uncle, who lived in Salford, gave up beer for Lent and only drank wine instead.

When we wuz lickle at school in Radcliffe, we vied with each other to get the biggest ash smear on the forehead. The trick was to jerk the head slightly just as the priest's thumb reached the head.

Feb 15 1961 was Ash Wednesday. As ever, we were marched off the half-mile to church that morning by our teachers. There was a partial solar eclipse that morning which I was desperate to see but the clouds covered the sun. By the time the service ended the sun was beaming out but the eclipse had finished. I have a feeling that I might have become a bitter, pre-pubescent proto-atheist that morning.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 12:57 PM

Ash Wednesday. Really? I have been spitting on my thumb and wiping off the smudge. I assumed people had car trouble. ":^/


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Senoufou
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 12:40 PM

Mr Happy, I absolutely loved your account of the lassie in the jeweller's shop saying, "The ones with a man on are £3 more" !!!

And Dave, that's brilliant! "April Fool!" Hahahahaha!

My husband has just asked me to make some more batter for a second round of pancakes, the greedy pig. I might have some more myself as well... yes! I definitely WILL!
It's Valentine's Day tomorrow, and I'm feeling quite romantic.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 12:31 PM

1st of April Easter Sunday is when Jesus leaps out of the tomb and shouts "April fool!"

:D tG


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Senoufou
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 12:30 PM

We had our pancakes today (second only to crumpets in my 'Gorgeous Stuff' list).
I used to go to church to have my ashes applied. They were made from burning the palm crosses we'd been given on Palm Sunday.
I've noticed the supermarkets have large signs up saying 'Pancake Day' but not 'Shrove Tuesday'. That indicates to me that many folk now are unaware of the church calendar.
When my husband first arrived in the UK many years ago, he was astonished that we too had a Fasting period of forty days. But he fell over laughing when I explained what it entailed - giving up chocolate or sweets perhaps. He foolishly imagined it was the same as Ramadan.
Now Ramadan IS a fast! Nothing passes the lips after the very start of dawn until night falls. Not even water. Even toiling in 40 degrees of heat, nothing to drink all day long. People in his home city often collapse and some even die from dehydration. I can't be brought to believe that God wants us to do that!


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 12:27 PM

It probably doesn't help as Easter (and thus Ash Wednesday)don't occur on fixed dates, but are linked to the Moon's cycles.

Otherwise Easter (Sunday) would have coincided with 1st April at lease once between 1956 and now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: DMcG
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 12:14 PM

How often does Valentine's day intersect Ash Wednesday?

This cut'n'paste might help. Or it might not!

In a regular year, the calendar repeats itself in a 28-year cycle. First it repeats after six years and then for two spans of 11 years. A calendar for a leap year repeats itself every 28 years. The calendars of both the second and third years repeat themselves in an 11-11-6year cycle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 12:12 PM

I'd *heard* of Ash Weds but it wasn't till I moved to the Bible Belt that I ever saw anyone with actual ashes on their actual forehead for it. I thought I was back in the superstitions of the 3rd world. That was the mid-80's.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 12:07 PM

Ah, but how often does Valentine's Day intersect with Ash Wednesday?

-- posted on Fat Tuesday

This year, at least.
And Easter Sunday shares the day with All Fools (first time since 1956)


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 10:52 AM

One of our neighbours, many years ago, used to serve up 'tater ash' (potato hash) on Ash Wednesday because she thought that is where the name came from. Honest!

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 10:49 AM

Ah, but how often does Valentine's Day intersect with Ash Wednesday?

-- posted on Fat Tuesday


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 14 Mar 12 - 06:39 AM

Years ago, I was in a jewellers shop with a girlfriend who wanted to buy a silver crucifix on a chain for another friend's birthday.

The young girl serving showed us some crosses & said 'The plain ones are from £5 -£10, the ones with a man on are £3 more!'


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Musket
Date: 26 Feb 12 - 12:03 PM

Why would anybody who hasn't heard of Ash Wednesday be disadvantaged in any way?

Mind you, I suppose a TV reporter should, in an ideal world, be aware of the traditions and superstitions of wherever they are reporting from, thinking about it.

I always knew it was the day after St Pancake's Day, but never knew why it occurred or what Christians tended to do to observe it, or indeed what they were observing.

But like Maypole dancing, Stonehenge overnighting and intolerance, they are all quaint traditions that are harmonics of the grand chord, or however you are supposed to say it these days.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Don Firth
Date: 25 Feb 12 - 05:42 PM

The Catholic church and the synagogue were just across the street from each other. Father O'Neill and Rabbi Levine had known each other for many years and were good friends. They'd had many good, in-depth discussions of theology in which they often disagreed, but never acrimoniously. Nevertheless, Father O'Neill harbored the secret hope that he could convert Rabbi Levine. The Rabbi knew this because the Father had broached the subject a number of times, but the Rabbi always smiled gently and shook his head.

One day the Father and the Rabbi were on their way to a large ecumenical meeting in a nearby town. The Father was driving and they were casually chatting about this and that.

Suddenly a huge semi coming in the opposite direction swerved over into their lane, threatening a deadly head-on collision. The Father, startled, swerved to avoid the crash and the car ran off the road and rolled over a couple of times. Both men were thrown clear of the car.

Dazed and shaken up, Father O'Neill gave thanks for surviving the roll-over intact, then looked for his friend. The Rabbi was about ten feet away. He seemed to be all right also. He rose slowly to his knees, and with a somewhat tentative expression . . . he crossed himself!

Father O'Neill cried out, "Oh, thank you, Lord! Thank you! All of my prayers have not been in vain. My friend has finally seen the Light!"

"What?" said the Rabbi. "What are you talking about?"

"You!" said the Father. "It has taken this brush with death to show you the light! You've become a Christian!"

The Rabbi cocked his head and looked at the Father as if he had gone mad.

"I don't understand. What are you talking about?"

"I just saw you cross yourself!"

The Rabbi looked puzzled for a moment, then laughed.

"No, no, no," he said. "I was just checking to be sure I still had everything. Spectacles, testacles, wallet and pen."

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 25 Feb 12 - 04:32 PM

But not pedantic enough to put enough l's in, or the h on the and of callooh...


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Feb 12 - 04:24 PM

As far as I know, Sky News is unavailable in the US.

It doesn't matter; we have Fox News, which is also owned by News Corporation, and probably worse, although I haven't seen any comparison.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: GUEST,Ebor_Fiddler (Well-known pedant)
Date: 25 Feb 12 - 04:05 PM

O Blessed Day! Somebody has never heard of Sky News! Praise God all you Nations! Praise His Holy Name! Caloo! Calay! etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 09:21 PM

I give up. Why?


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: gnu
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 09:13 PM

Goodness gracious! I thought every Cat'lic heard that joke and remembered it.

Say a half a hail and a full father and yer even.

BTW... why is it Hail Mary and not Hale Mary?


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 06:02 PM

Oh....THAT joke! Now I remember, gnu.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 05:25 PM

John was born and raised as a Protestant, but grew up to do the worst thing he could do. That's right, he married a lovely Papist (Catholic) girl named Mary. Of course, to do so, he had to go to the vestry and take instruction and convert to Catholicism. John and Mary were happy newlyweds, but John did have some difficulty getting used to thinking of himself as a Catholic. He went to see Father Casey, the priest who married them, at the vestry, for some advice.

Father Casey hadn't seen this problem before, and was at a bit of a loss. He suggested that John simply repeat to himself, as often as possible, "You're a Catholic, not a Protestant." So John walked all the way home, muttering to himself, "You're a Catholic, not a Protestant; you're a Catholic, not a Protestant;you're a Catholic, not a Protestant; you're a Catholic, not a Protestant."

That Friday evening, Father Casey made his rounds to greet some of the Parish families. When he got to John and Mary's cottage, he thought he smelled something, and became curious, so he knocked on the door.

Mary greeted him fondly, invited him in, and returned to her chair and resumed her knitting. Before he took a seat, Father Casey asked, "Mary, where's John this fine evening?" Mary answered, "Oh, Father, he's in the kitchen, just over there. Go on through and say hello."

By this time, Father Casey was certain he was smelling a smell that no Catholic family's house should smell of on a Friday night (meat!). Sure enough, he went through to the kitchen and found John, standing over a steak on the pan on the stove. As he spooned the sauce over it, he was heard to repeat:

"You're a trout, not a steak; you're a trout, not a steak; you're a trout, not a steak."

* * *
My wife has done this kind of thing to me: We'll be sitting around a table with a bunch of other people, and several jokes have been told, and she will nudge me and say, out loud so everyone can hear: "Tell them the one that goes, 'You're a trout, not a steak.' " All I can do is facepalm at that point because she has already spoiled the joke. Nevertheless, people are staring at me waiting to hear it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: gnu
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 04:52 PM

BTW... my last post was a reference to an old joke about a Protestant converted to Cat'lic for those that don't know.


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Subject: RE: BS: Never heard of Ash Wednesday?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 04:36 PM

Joe: I loved Fridays. We got fish and chips from Kidd's on the Height (Dave Polshaw would have told you about it). Mean portions, but the quality stupendous. And if you didn't get roped into Benediction, all the evening free.

Lent meant giving up sweets (which also meant saving for a plastic aeroplane kit). Pancake Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, all the candles out in church through Lent (except for the two big ones beside the altar), then Holy Week with all the statues and crosses draped in purple wraps...

Never liked Good Friday though, despite the hot cross buns.


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