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The two friends were talking about Lent.
"Well of course I always give up marmalade," said one. "That's funny, so do I," replied the other.
Why give up things at all? And if you do, why marmalade?
Maybe the answer to the second question is that Lent follows on so quickly from the Seville orange season that it's a special test of one's self-denial to have to wait six weeks before tucking into that delicious new home-made marmalade!
But is giving things up at all helpful spiritually? Isn't it rather negative? Wouldn't it be better to take things up? What's Lent all about, anyway?
Are we being taken over incipiently by forces beyond our control?
Your editor was recently taken aback to receive a message from his cooker telling him that it was cold, poor thing. Worse than that, it sought to embarrass him by cheekily copying the message to all the light bulbs, which flickered their disapproval. While trying to get the cooker to understand that energy conservation, while not in use, was key to the human race’s ability to produce more cookers in the long term in a stable global climate. This awkward situation did not improve when your editor, in trying to prove his point, accessed his electricity smart meter. “Dobryy vecher” said the meter as the horrific realisation dawned that Vladimyr Putin and his cyber team were logged into the house through it. It was at this point that your editor comprehended why the fridge had been secretly demanding replacement of the dwindling Vodka stocks and unilaterally ordered another fake case from an on-line supplier in Vladivostok owned, it transpired, by the Kremlin.
A good number of persons in our patch breathed a sigh of relief when a number of persons removed themselves from a site in Shurlock Road. There is still the matter of one family who have temporary permission to remain on the site. As I write this the family is not on site and has not been there for quite some time. It remains to be seen if they will come back. I would have thought they would rather be a part of a community and not be on their own but hey what do I know. Next comes the big clean up. My understanding is the occupants are responsible to restore the land and if they do not RBWM will do so. We shall see.
OFFICE TO LET
Central Waltham St. Lawrence
Newly refurbished first floor room
in the Neville Hall
Approx. size: 12’ x 11’ 9” (max)
Rent includes heating and electricity.
For further details & to view, contact:
David Crawley-Boevey 07860 266229