Friday, May 14, 2010

That 'Special Relationship'

Cranmer hopes the new Foreign Secretary told the US Secretary of State how utterly unacceptable was her mealy-mouthed response to Argentina's gripe about the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. They are unequivocally British, populated by a free people, and we will defend them. And if the United States wishes to be 'neutral' on the matter and side with the anti-democratic aggressor, then the United Kingdom will set an example to the world.

Cranmer regrets the brevity of this post (again) but he is beset with demons which imperil his ashen incarnation: the time may be coming to return to dust.


Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

It will pass.

When God wants to thrill a man; He drills a man.

14 May 2010 at 18:49  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Drilling ash simply scatters it to the four winds.

The end is nigh.

14 May 2010 at 19:07  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

I don't think your heart is in this any more is it? I know the feeling. It's called floggin a dead horse.

14 May 2010 at 19:08  
Blogger Jah'sSword said...

Hope you are not likely to return to the earth soon. Whilst you. like me, have faith in a better world to come, it would deprive us of a passionate, acute and above all moral commentator.
My father always says, whether I am bleeding, broken-limbed or otherwise seriously hurt that I just have indigestion. Hope that's all you have.

14 May 2010 at 19:14  
Blogger Lakester91 said...

What did you think the US would do? They've been anti-British since their inception. Their goal has always been to break up the United Kingdom, her empire, and her overseas territories.

They stole their independence using the propaganda of a small elite so that they wouldn't have to pay the tiny amount of tax that they owed for our military protection ; also because we were preventing the expansion to the West in order to protect the native population. Despite the fact that we had won most of the land they now claimed off the French and Spanish, they used them as allies to take it for themselves.

Then, whilst we were helping the ungrateful Spanish (and far more grateful Portuguese) to gain freedom from the French (in the Peninsular war), the Yanks decided to use the opportunity to invade Canada. Nothing about sovereignty or self-determination; they wanted it themselves. After sacking York and slaughtering a good number of natives they were soundly beaten by the British army and Canadian militia. Of course they still claim they won, in the same way they won in Vietnam I suppose.

First World War: they decided not to aid their closest ally, instead they squeezed every penny they could out of us in food supplies. They decided to join at the end (when we had almost won already) because the Germans were destroying their shipping, making the war less profitable. After the war they attempted to de-construct all empires (apart from their own) through the ideal of self-determination. To do this, they set up the 'League of Nations', which they never joined themselves of course.

Second World War: considering the sympathy for the Nazi cause in America at the time (to be fair, they didn't know about the holocaust), it's unsurprising that they didn't want to help their mother country avoid complete destruction. When Britain asked to take over some military shipping that they were going to scuttle, they decided to charge us for them. Got to make a profit I suppose. They joined the war against the Japanese because they attacked first, and had to wait for the Germans to declare war on THEM before they joined in (to save the world from Nazism obviously). To be fair, though, relative anglophile FDR did a hell of a lot to try to get his nation to give us aid, and he should be remembered and commended for it.

After the war (with FDR sadly deceased), we attempted to gain an interest free loan in order to help rebuild. They gave us half of what we needed and charged us interest. Only when they realised we were turning to Socialism did we start receiving Marshall Aid.

Since then, despite treating us with such contempt during our darkest hours, they relied on our FREE military aid in Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and Iraq again.

All in all, I can safely say that America does not like Britain. There is NO special relationship. Look at their actions in the Suez Crisis, their attitude to Irish home rule, and their support to the IRA and you can see that their long term plan is the division and subjugation of the nation that gave birth to them. If/when we leave the EU, we need to form a trading union with the Commonwealth, and most certainly not with the traitorous American nation.

14 May 2010 at 19:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair, we are now in a time of new politics. Coalition, union and partnership are the future. His Grace is too sectarian and divisive and attracts and encourages all the wrong values for the new era.

14 May 2010 at 19:28  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

I have only been able to survive the terrifying intensity of battle because I decided that I was already dead.

You cannot kill a man twice.

When someone asks for your name the next time; tell them: 'Oh! Him. He's dead.'

14 May 2010 at 19:33  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Mr Preacher and Mr len:

Are you out there?

Where is no nonny?

Where is Mr Little Black Sambo?

Where are our men, this night?

14 May 2010 at 19:36  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Anon at 19.28

Do me a favour?

Blow your stupid brains out.

You'll relieve yourself and your neighbour.

14 May 2010 at 19:39  
Blogger Lakester91 said...

I think the anonymouse was a troll Mr Singh. Best ignore him, I say.

14 May 2010 at 19:46  
Blogger D. Singh said...


I know from His Grace's 'Cluster Map' that thousands of you log on to this site from around the world.

Please pray for His Grace - he is in 'difficulties'.

Your prayers will be like sweet incense.

I plead with you - pray for His Grace: wrestle in prayer.

14 May 2010 at 19:54  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Your acuity is much valued, Your Grace. Please do not desert us completely.

14 May 2010 at 20:04  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Leave Afganhistan, stuff the U.S.of A and sink an Argentinian ship or two ....BANZAI!

14 May 2010 at 20:08  
Blogger Paul C said...

I'm sorry to hear of your troubles, your grace - is there anything (materially) we can do to help?

14 May 2010 at 20:12  
Anonymous Zach Johnstone said...

I would view the termination of this blog as cutting short a medium which has, and continues to provide, a considerable portion of my political development. I hope it doesn't come to that, especially having just signed up to modules for the coming year in both European Integration and the Politics of Religion.

Ayn Rand was correct when she averred that "the question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." In keeping with this, my advice (if sought) would be that, if this blog ceases to exist, it should be on Your Grace's terms alone.

14 May 2010 at 20:15  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

You have no choice.

You know as well as I do that you are a soldier.


You must fight.

1 The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the LORD

14 May 2010 at 20:15  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

A lot of us who have faith are under attack, Your Grace. You have my sympathies. What makes it worse is the lack of support from the established Church. They often turn out to be more interested in what you can do for them, not what they can do for you. Such are the number of tares sown in the Lord's wheat field and the falling away spoken about by the apostle Paul.

Fear not, all these things must come to pass, for the rising up of the Anti-Christ, that son of perdition has to happen. But at least that signifies the Lord's return. Amen.

14 May 2010 at 20:17  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Hague kissed her 'fanny' as the yanks call it, her startled look is standard though, nothing to do with his expertise.

Then they discussed sanctions, wars and more wars followed by sanctions.

That turned them both on.

Signed: Willie Watney

14 May 2010 at 20:23  
Blogger PJH said...

Your grace offers us a short post, with which those of us on RSS feeds feel are few and far between.

One is not offended by such a short post.

(In fact, one finds that some recent posts have blathered on somewhat.)

Nevertheless, one will continue to watch RSS hoping that less electoral stuff may appear in it.

With thanks....

14 May 2010 at 20:25  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Be brave Your Grace. You hold the political hearts and souls of men (and Gnostic) in your ashen hands.

Zach Johnstone

I swear by almighty God I have come here only moments ago from Amazon after ordering a copy of Atlas Shrugged. I have been promising myself I would read it one day, and the day has arrived.

YG - If you scatter, then you need to seriously consider another place of writing where men (and Gnostic) can speak unhindered and unmoderated. There has been no place like it on the internet. I know I am a pain and I deliberately test your nerves, but you have past all expectations.

Stay and encourage the debate, and have a little fun in the process - life is very short your Grace, and time is of the essence you know.

14 May 2010 at 20:29  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Come on you Judaeo-Christians!

In the US, in Canada, in Australia; in New Zealand, in Ireland, France, in Germany, in Italy, in Spain, in Portugal, in Holland, in India, in South Africa...

Come on lads, come on soldiers - get down on your knees and pray - shout back at the Devil - and remember when the Angel of Death turns up: smile.

For he has no power over us!

14 May 2010 at 20:34  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

What would Jesus do?

14 May 2010 at 20:36  
Anonymous len said...

Isaiah 61

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
(end of quote)

Anyone who contends for the Gospel of Jesus Christ will come under spiritual attack, I think this is the reason the disciples were told to wait until after Pentecost before preaching the Gospel.

His Grace is in my prayers Mr Singh.

14 May 2010 at 20:38  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Mr len

Thank God.

And you're right.

He is under attack because he is to be awarded a special task.

But first: miltary discipline

14 May 2010 at 20:42  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Its easy to bash government when in opposition your Grace, now as a decent man of God, we can face up to that opposition you put your hopes in together.

When you are down, there are those who would believe you are getting everything you deserve and those who reach out a helping hand.

I am the kind who prefers to reach out a helping hand and pull everyone down to my level.

Because those above aint all that, after all and the defeat of a political elite depends on the common mans pig headedness.

Signed: Ali Gunther Farquhar

14 May 2010 at 21:04  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

I can sense the pain is intense.

Remember that you are loved, John 3:16.
God loved you even before you were saved, Romans 5:8.
You are a beloved daughter or son of the Most High King, 1 John 3:1.
You are His little lamb, John 10:16. He speaks to you, John 10:27.
He calls you by name, John 10:3.
You are His jewel, Malachi 3:17.
You are His pearl of great price, Matthew 13:45-46.
He died so that He might give you eternal life, John 3:16.
He did not come to condemn you, but to save you, John 3:17.
If anyone condemns you, that is not His doing, Romans 8:1.
He promises to instruct you and teach you, Psalm 32:8.
He promises to protect you, Psalm 32:7.
He will give you friends who also fear the Lord and love God, Psalm 119:74.
He is with you, Matthew 28:20.
His Holy Spirit is within you, Romans 8:9.
When you call on His name, He will come and save you, Romans 10:13.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, Isaiah 54:17.
He will never leave you or forsake you, Hebrews 13:5.

14 May 2010 at 21:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed. It is utterly inaceptable the usurpation of Argentina's national territory by Britain in the XXI century.


14 May 2010 at 21:08  
Blogger D. Singh said...

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the LORD.

14 May 2010 at 21:09  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Your Grace - The fun is only just begining:-

El Pais: France Threatened to Leave the Euro

14 May 2010 at 21:09  
Blogger William said...

Your Grace

For what it's worth, I find your blog feeds my soul and mind. The freedom of your writings and those of many of your communicants is fresh air in this suffocating age. I pray that God will provide you with all the resources you need.

14 May 2010 at 21:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christians, please pray.

14 May 2010 at 21:19  
Anonymous PJ said...

I think im addicted to this blog + comment thread, I dont know what I'm going to read instead!

14 May 2010 at 21:30  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

There was a man who bullied me once for months on end.

His sister hung herself.

I did not laugh, nor gloat, nor smile.

He understood.



14 May 2010 at 21:30  
Blogger Owl said...

YG, you may have enemies as far as opinions go, but you have respect, even amoung your enemies. Standing up for your beliefs and holding to them, leaves you wide open to disapointment as you would be inclined to expect that also from others. Remain true to yourself and we, with our very differing perspectives, will gladly read your enlightening commentaries. You have acheived more than any modern politician has, you have caused us to think, and then think again.
Retain your sharp pen, it is worth more than a thousand swords.

14 May 2010 at 21:58  
Anonymous no nonny said...

no nonny is herself somewhat beset and a bit busy.

Your Grace, may this blog reward you in every way; and may it reciprocate in sustaining your ashes as they clearly inspire us all.

This place is unique and wonderful.

God Bless.

14 May 2010 at 22:10  
Anonymous Hank said...

Your Grace, I have never commented on a blog before, but I feel as though I must. As a brother in Christ, I want you know that I will say a prayer for you tonight at vespers. I pray that you find your peace, and that if this peace comes through the ending of this blog, so be it. We will lose a unique and brilliant voice, but that is an acceptable loss if it brings you peace. Blessings good sir, on you and your family.

14 May 2010 at 22:20  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Good Heavens Your Grace, a little more fortitude and courage methinks, or perhaps, as Mr Slope might say, a little more spunk. One often hears him say this when exhorting the choirboys at Barchester to give just that little bit more. As to the special relationship, again that is a phrase oft used by his Lordship's Chaplain in relation to the choirboys...but here it seems to have a colonial application. Archdeacon Grantly knows a lot more about this than I do. His last pronouncement on the issue was 'Special Relationship? My arse!' You wouldn't believe how quickly Mr Slope perked up.

14 May 2010 at 23:30  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Your Grace, if you go you will be sorely missed, but you must think of your own well-being first. Your energy, creativity and dedication to your blog have been both extraordinary and hugely enjoyable. One can understand how the exhilaration of each post can just as easily become a responsibility from which there seems no escape, and may be this is what you feel. I am sure that your future endeavours will be blessed by the knowledge and love of God.

15 May 2010 at 00:01  
Blogger The Young Oligarch said...

The L--d bless you and keep you .

15 May 2010 at 00:43  
Blogger FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Keep your spirits up Cranmer.
You also have a fan base at the other side of the world, who will miss you.
I understand motivation may drop aftrer an election.
That affected bloggers after the New Zealand election of November 2008.
It won't be long before you will be deriding Cameron as a Labour-lite pinko commie sellout.
I see some UK blogs have done so already.
Of course a break from blogging often helps.
A few weeks off over the Christmas/ summer break was most refreshing for me.
There is also a life outside blogging.

All the best


15 May 2010 at 00:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang on in there, Cranmer.
You have spoken before of the "demons" that torment you, and hitherto I thought of these as a very earthly, temporal problem you were encountering (hence your request for funding). Yet perhaps, I wonder, are you speaking of more 'internal' demons which trouble you? If so, then please be assured that the Lord allows his servants to be tested and refined in this way (as Mr Singh says in his comments). This is nothing unusual at all. I too thought that I was going bonkers for a while, until I sought out the companionship and help of other Christians, and I discovered that at least I was not alone in my sufferings. The Lord chastises and heavily rebukes those He loves, and deals with them (us) quite harshly, in order to make us fit to do His will. Your current sorrows are in fact a sign of His great love for you. I know it is not easy, but be consoled in that knowledge.

15 May 2010 at 01:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courage, man! We need and support you!

In the end turbulent priests and squeaky wheels are heard by the people, and although they may be anointed by both bucket and oilcan, the hosts will praise them.

15 May 2010 at 06:18  
Blogger Mike said...

Let me be honest: your Grace was getting a little too wordy. the new laconic style is far more interesting and I like it enough to return!
"Those are my best days, when I quake with fear" - John Donne.

15 May 2010 at 07:15  
Anonymous len said...

Paul`s thorn.

( By John MacArthur.)

15 May 2010 at 07:52  
Blogger Gnostic said...

This sounds like you are considering pulling a Letters From A Tory on us, Your Grace. I hope this isn't the case. Perhaps we could send someone round to give these demons a good kicking?

15 May 2010 at 08:18  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Hilary and I both visited the same Episcopalian church once, long before Obama's election. I didn't recognize her at first (she is unphotogenic); but it gradually dawned that 'heavies' were providing extraordinary security in so small a chapel, so far from NYC. But what do I know? Eventually the vicar quietly addressed her by name, confirming her identity.

Recently, her official dealings must have been with the foreigner-of-many-legs who has presumed to speak for the UK; and wouldn't any special relationship have been determined by their commie puppet masters? Can it be that Hague will reflect more of the same? [Anyway, whatever will he unearth in what's left of the Foreign Office? What a job!]

Further, even if she was originally Anglophile - as some Americans still are -, I expect she is presently constrained to favour the changing US population: young Irish-Americans (who are more hate-filled than the Irish); Germans (all English are dumb and make inferior steel and cars); some frogules (all aristocratic, and claiming that the English admit their inferiority to the french); Italians (and how many are mafiosi?); 'Rednecks'; multi-millions of newly arriving hispanics (of dubious legality); and the usual subcontinentals (...). How can she support the deconstructed and 'once great nation' of 'Anglos' (who can't even speak English)? And whom they all love to hate as slavers, and as dispossessors of the angry Native Americans?

I'm not sure what any of that says about the deconstruction of the US, mind.

(Even your short posts give us plenty to think about, Your Grace!)

15 May 2010 at 08:25  
Anonymous Tancred said...

As a regular reader I still seem to have missed the issue at hand. What demons, what threat?

Please do tell.

Perhaps we can help.

15 May 2010 at 09:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

America has never came out in support of britain, they did not join the war to help, they joined because germany declared war on them, they have no loyalty to us despite the fact we have supported them in military action whether that be joining with them or allowing them use of our airspace or territories etc etc. They act in their own interests and pay lip service. America is losing friends around the world I for one would not lose any sleep over her demise.

15 May 2010 at 09:48  
Blogger Perdix said...

This is a blog that gives me new insights almost every day. I pray that your demons will be defeated.

15 May 2010 at 10:11  
Anonymous i albion said...

Your Grace,
Mrs Proudie of Barchester,must have cheered you up a bit,I am still having a titter.

15 May 2010 at 11:01  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Your Grace

Religious people, people who have put God into their formula of obtaining happiness in life are looking for comfort and guidance from their God.

Sometimes we try too hard to cement relationships with other people, when really speaking people are not able to be cemented. When things go wrong for us we look for karmic reasons and ask what it is that we might have done to deserve bad things, when in reality, the truth is that the second we are born we become affected by the actions and omissions of others; in other words, 'shit just happens'.

But there is a strong feeling in some people that God has a plan for them. They pray when they feel blessed, "thank you Lord, I am blessed, I feel happy, please let me continue to please you, I am truly grateful". This is a natural reaction because we all want to feel happy, but it's not just relationships with people that cannot be cemented, it is life its self that is in flux, and sometimes 'shit just happens'.

For me, Mundacity is the killer. Abject friggin boredom is what kills my soul. I look around in vain hope to find answers and new things to invigorate me, but often I find nothing but mediocrity.

It is on your blog where I often feel a sense of relief, where you words can inspire some new hope that there is something interesting worth following onto. I often feel at odds with the words and feel tested and provoked, but none the less the mediocrity melts away, and I come here daily for new things.

I have long since abandoned my foolish attempt to run away from desire. Like the Buddhist who follows some eightfold path or what not, trying to escape what is inescapably human anyway. It is human to suffer.....'shit will happen'.

Your communicants are people who have put God into their formula in search of relief and happiness in a world of shitness and bad Karma. Give us our daily bread Your Grace, and my own relief from abject friggin boredom.

15 May 2010 at 13:20  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Your Grace

The shit that happens.

Often it's about wrong choices and bad decisions. Some of us have all the wrong chemicals flowing through us, while others have been unfortunate enough to be psychologically fixated with ideas that have been reinforced emotionally.

These emotions can get in the way when we are faced with choices and decisions; and as if life in not enough of an ocean of confusion as it is. This is where we project outward of ourselves for reasons and causes that may indeed throw some answers our way by way of solutions and guidance.

So for those of us who have put God into their formula, we have to subscribe to the whole nine yards and delve into scripture looking for support and comfort. We have to subscribe to the entire formula in order to find the answers and the support that helps us sail across this ocean of choice and decision.

This is where you come into the equation Your Grace, by pointing us in the right directions with your wise words and endless wisdom. We live in an political era, a world of weird rules and regulations which are alien to the natural man. We get lost in transition from bible to parliamentary legislation, and this is where your endless knowledge and experience of our constitution can help us make good and informed choices and decisions.

Your blog is like a compass, and the stars in the night sky that guide the sailors across the sea of endless water.

15 May 2010 at 14:32  
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15 May 2010 at 17:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No Gods, no superstition, just humanity."

My dog has a similar outlook, but without my care and compassion, she would be in trouble in no time. But there again, we have evolved from basic animals, so therefore we must have started out with this outlook and developed it as we evolved into better and more intelligent creatures.

Who is to say though, that my dog does not have amongst its instincts an inbuilt notion of the divine?

15 May 2010 at 17:42  
Anonymous len said...

Amalek is always waiting ready to strike at the moment of weakness.

15 May 2010 at 17:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace
I am sorry you are going through a time of trial and I trust that many will pray for you regularly and that whatever your troubles, they will stop soon. I too have been beset for years by trials and sophisticated harassment, and prayers help but so too does people being near and helping - even our Lord begged the disciples for their presence as well as their prayers in Gesthemene - we are not solitary spiritual robots. We can pray but we also have needs as people (and where there are witnesses some kinds of trials reduce or stop because some people do not fear God and are sadly operating under the false thou shalt not get caught modus operandi). We are not solitary Christians. Our Lord prays 24x7 for His children and His prayers are always answered and that brings comfort. But I hope and pray that those who know you personally are doing their bit to help and aid you in your suffering. It does not just depend on us when we are suffering, we are human and part of a community.
Again, I hope that things imporve for you and sorry to get so personal.

15 May 2010 at 17:49  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

Is this a crisis of belief Cranmer? If so come and join us on the other side. No gods, no superstition, just humanity, it will put fresh flesh on those creaking bones. All the same problems are there to be confronted only this time it is up to you, no invisible friend and no doctrine other than common sense and goodwill. I may not agree with your conservative opinions but you articulate them well and this new spirit of political collaboration needs commentators who can draw a crowd as you have done.

Of course you may just be tired of the relentless grind of putting your thoughts on “paper” day after day, maybe a short holiday, Iceland perhaps, ashes to ashes....

15 May 2010 at 17:56  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Your Grace, perhaps a spot of R and R at Hiram's Hospital would perk you up? Signora Neroni says they have just installed a jacuzzi and foot spa (though why she bothers with the latter I have no idea). My Lord's Chaplain, the estimable Mr Slope, often pops down to give the chaps a taste of muscular Christianity - just the ticket.

15 May 2010 at 18:16  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Indeed Your Grace, a holiday seems in order. You must look after the physical as well as the temporal. Why not take-up Tai Chi?

All exercise to be followed by a glass or two of well-chilled pink know it makes sense!

Ps. There's no getting away from it, a 'frosted glass' is an absolute must!

15 May 2010 at 19:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No Gods, no superstition, just humanity."

My dog has a similar outlook, but without my care and compassion, she would be in trouble in no time. But there again, we have evolved from basic animals, so therefore we must have started out with this outlook and developed it as we evolved into better and more intelligent creatures.

Who is to say though, that my dog does not have amongst its instincts an inbuilt notion of the divine?

15 May 2010 at 19:24  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Has anyone else noticed how nice it's been while that Davis was arointed?

I think anonymous @ 1742 has a point about the instincts of dogs. It's such an irony that the primitives who prance about as modern humans fancy themselves better than earlier people; I say, rather, that they're an insult to all animalkind. They're pagan fiends shielded by the shape of Humanitas. You know, Modo; or Hobbididence; or Mahu; or Flibbertigibbet, et al.

Once more, I join in continued prayer for His Grace, whose power against them is so great. That's why they seek to destroy him: 'twas ever thus.

15 May 2010 at 19:53  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Oh, Oswin - for once I question you, as I did the most excellent orthopod who recommended Tai Chi after my spinal fusion!

My local lot sport a pagan altar, and some rather unpleasant mores. I mentioned my dislike; the good Christian doctor nodded, noting that there are others in town who offer similar therapies.

15 May 2010 at 20:07  
Anonymous no nonny said...

...sorry - that should read: "who offer effective therapies without those trappings."

15 May 2010 at 20:28  
Anonymous len said...

Psalm 91,
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation."

15 May 2010 at 21:33  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Your Grace, a flicker of life on twitter and here is a suggestion:

Spirituality and sticky-toffee pudding
You can feed both soul and body at Launde Abbey, an Anglican community where sticky toffee pudding is a speciality and salads come fresh from the Victorian walled kitchen garden.

This Elizabethan redbrick manor house is set in 450 acres of Leicestershire parkland and was built on the site of a 12th-century Augustinian priory. It was initially intended as a trophy home for Thomas Cromwell but he was executed before it was built.

There's a stupendous chapel - all that remains of the original priory - an oak-panelled dining room, a fine library, plenty of maps for yompers, and warm, comfortable accommodation in either the main house, the Georgian stable block or a self-catering cottage.

Launde offers themed retreats and, if you want it, spiritual direction, but many come here simply for a quiet day or a restful break and peace is very much the keynote. This is a popular place, so it pays to book early.

There are 39 rooms, and a hermitage, set in a quiet corner of the garden.

Launde Abbey, East Norton, Leicestershire LE7 9XB (01572 717254, ). £49.50 per day full board.

Your communicants would surely support a week in retreat whereby Your Grace could reflect and recharge.

15 May 2010 at 22:34  
Anonymous Oswin said...

no nonny....fairynuff, just go with the pink champagne.

15 May 2010 at 22:50  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Sounds lovely, Oswin! ty.
(so does Launde, above).

15 May 2010 at 22:56  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I dont which demons your grace has unwelcome company with at the moment , but I do know that your graces blogg and thoughts have been supportive to many of us who , how shall I say, were not happy clappy.

Your grace is no doubt at a troubling point "is that it" and is unclear of if the church has triumped , or another slick words circus .

The hopes and decisivness of the election are passed for now and our dabblings in power unclear .The same socialist/fabians who got us into this mess are still peddling there wares, society shuddering under its corruptions .

I was troubled by some thoughts this evening myself , I saw futile wars , weak men and people still making a golden calf . Poverty that would cause unrest , a conflict of the double mindedness , and some how justice for all the lies/corruptions still elusive .

I think watching Labours new lennins try and shore up there record was about as much as any normal person could take , they listed every other mistake other than the ones they had actually done,like vandals seeking an easy words route to deflect any feelings of of criminality .

It is difficult as I suspect "new" and "different" are knawing away at many minds with as much power as "suspect" and "maligned" .

If your grace has found the lords word true yesterday there is no possibility he has ceased to exist , despite an election .Our faith is judged in other ways , and time beyond our own inputs .

The origional Cranmer was inspired in the clutches of darkness , I doubt he saw everything in a day and so it is with our lives .

16 May 2010 at 02:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They burnt you once - can you expect any difference this time? However, maybe you should not try to shoulder the burden alone. Cryptic posts do not permit your many fans to provide secular support. At one time it was claimed that :the pen is mightier than the sword". That might apply to blogs but I doubt it. As for US, Argentina and the Falklands - when does a "soft word" become "mealy-mouthed?".

16 May 2010 at 02:54  
Anonymous Fred said...

@ Lakester91 re post on 14 May 2010 19:19

Pretty well summed up. can't fault it for fact.

16 May 2010 at 09:31  
Blogger awkwardgadgee said...

Lines have to be drawn and defended Your Grace, and in that some people are more needed than others. You are among that number and Jesus himself would recognise what you bring to us all.

God Bless you. Morning will come.

16 May 2010 at 09:47  
Anonymous Fred said...

Let us imagine for a moment that God actually meant what he said in the Bible. Let us imagine that He actually has the high standards attributed to Him, and that mankind has missed that target by a mile. Not only that, mankind is choosing to miss God's target because mankind has chosen to follow other gods. It takes no further imagination to realise that God is ANGRY.

God greatly blessed this nation (Great Britain) for several centuries, but in the past 100 years we have been slowly and deliberately turning our back on Him. The impending destruction of our nation by a combination of the EU and the banksters is the price our people must pay for not turning away from this sin and for not asking for His forgiveness.

There is the news in today's Mail that David Cameron used the coalition negotiations to ditch all but the Left wing policies of the not-the-conservative party. The Enabling Acts have already been passed (Civil Contingencies Act, and the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act). The bar to throwing the coalition out is being raised (55% of all MPs, instead of a simple majority of those voting) making them almost unsackable. I wonder when we can expect the fire at the Palace of Westminster?

The only comfort that we can glean, and then only for a brief moment, is that the Lord is allowing Obama to destroy the USA in much the same way.

In my opinion the only discussion between Hague and Clinton can be how to speed the rise of regional government (the 10 kings arising - see Daniel) and the subsequent imposition of world government.

If it is matters like this that are troubling His Grace as we see an increase in wars and rumours of wars, earthquakes and famines, then be reminded that these things must happen but the end is not yet.

God is in control. It is His world. He will not permit those whose names are written in the Book of Life to be lost. But between now and then it will be a pretty hairy ride. Fear not him who only has power to take one's life. Fear Him who has the power to take one's eternal life.

16 May 2010 at 10:04  
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16 May 2010 at 13:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace
The following comment is for your loyal readers more than for you. We live in a very indiviualistic society. We are also all sinners. As a result, in my opinion, then when people are suffering there is a tendency for some to behave like Job's comforters, consciously or not. The Bible does say that the Lord chastises those He loves. BUT in Britain and the USA there is often a lack of quoting of other scriptures which are of equal and sometimes more relevance. People suffer becuase they live in a fallen world. Those who try to follow our Lord are told they will suffer. Our "job" as Christians is to help those who are suffering, whether Christian or not. IN Matthew, our Lord commended those who attended to the physical and emotional needs of the suffering - counselling and prayer, though good, were not mentioned by our Lord. Whether the Christians in this passage were sick, in prison, oppressed, hungry or thirsty or poor our Lord commended those Christians who visited and helped the afflicted. We are human. Alos, as I mentioned earlier, where there are witnesses less wrong happens - it is a deterrent to some eveil doers. Also where there are witnesses, more help is available becuase mmore people know about the problem.
Whatever His Grace's afflictions are, I hope and pray that His Grace will not be led onto some religious guilt-trip of looking for sins or thinking that the end of His Grace's trials depend on him doing exactly the right thing. That kind of thinking is nor biblical and places heavy burdens on the backs of those suffering. If His Grace has sinned our Lord would have made it perfectly clear to His Grace. Just writing this blog put His Grace at risk of certain kinds of suffering as a result of others' sins - so we as readers can help by praying, and I personally hope that His Grace will be delivered from whatever trials he is suffering quickly. Our Lord is not a sadist.
Whya am I writing this? Becuase there seems to be the possible beginnings of persecution in the UK and what the church (and others who get picked on) will need to know among other things is that people will need to help one another and stick together - it may or may not reduce the wrongdoings against certain groups, but all desposts and mini-despots know that those picked on will survive and suffer less if their friends stick by them in practical ways, and don't expect them in an unbiblical indiviualistic way to go it alone. People are always part of the solution - interpendence is God-created, unlike the flawed unbiblical co-dependence or individualism.
Again, Your Grace, I wish you well.

16 May 2010 at 16:44  
Anonymous IanCad said...

Haven't checked in for a while. So sorry for your troubles. Our prayers are with you. May it soon pass.

17 May 2010 at 12:09  
Blogger Preacher said...

Your Grace.
The battle is increasing in its intensity daily, the shot flies thick & fast, the banner of the Lord goes ahead & you are the Standard Bearer, a place of gathering for the troops, an honoured but dangerous rank. Do not strike your colours or let them fall, to do so would throw many into confusion.
May I suggest a tonic? Heb 12:1-13 read daily & follow with a hot prayer.

18 May 2010 at 10:54  

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