Daily Archives: November 17, 2008

Strange customs…

We act differently when we think people aren’t looking…

On our holiday in the King River Valley recently, my family was the last to leave. My wife had washing in the machine, and as the kids were getting restless, she sent me off with them down to the river.

Well, my kids are like ducks around water. Or fish. You can’t keep them out of it.

“Can we paddle in the water, Dad?”

I knew that if I let them, their clothes would be soaked from top to bottom.

“Only if you take off your clothes.”

They didn’t know what to think of that at first – but, when I assured them that we were in complete wilderness and there wasn’t another soul around for at least a mile, they stripped off and jumped in. A good time was had by all.

I explained that such is the custom in Eastern Europe, where (so I am told) it is customary to swim in public at lakes, rivers and the beach quite starkers. Some friends told me once that they were quite shocked when travelling in East Germany some decades back with a female Pastorinnen, when she took them to the local lake to go swimming. Arriving at the destination, she proceeded to strip off and jump in. Leaving them to hunt around for a place to change into their togs.

Foreign places have always had strange customs. Perhaps this explains the behaviour of this reverend gentleman from the East


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Happy retirement, Bishop Patrick Dougherty (Bathurst)!

SCM wishes Bishop Patrick Dougherty of Bathurst many happy and relaxed years of retirement. Given that his retirement was announced mere weeks after the Dresser case, one has to admire the fact that His Lordship did anything at all. I (yes, I, dear Reader) would have been sorely tempted to simply leave a sticky note on the episcopal throne for the next incumbent.

Lots of rumours flying around about the future of the diocese, however, for which the Cooees boys (and girl – sorry, Sr K) have a good roundup.


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This is my Godson…

Isn’t he cute? Daniel is the offspring of Pastor Fraser Pearce at epistolae obscurorum virorum. I got a good loooong cuddle with him when visiting Fraser and his family last weekend.

BTW, no-one has answered Fraser’s query about the “formal and material principles” yet. Be the first! Comment now!


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