May 18th, 2020

Now Here's A Funny Thing

Now comes the interesting part...

The venturing out into the world to see what's still there...

And what pops into my mind as I finish that last sentence is the sequence in A Canterbury Tale where Sheila Sim as the Land Girl is wandering the blitzed east end of Canterbury, looking for the garage where she stowed her caravan at the beginning of the war- and the camera cruises the empty streets and observes the empty lots- with the signs saying how such and such a business is now located at some place else- and it could be grim, but of course it's not- because it speaks to the resilience of the human spirit. And in the background stands the cathedral- not untouched, because it copped a bomb or two- but still essentially intact- still open for business.

And here's a funny thing- as one of the old time comics used to say: the blitz never closed the churches; it may have taken their roofs off but it couldn't get them to shut their doors, whereas coronavirus has locked them down completely. According to the rules laid down by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York not even the clergy are allowed to go into them to pray- which I think a gross miscalculation. It's as if the archbishops are admitting that what goes on in their buildings is really not that important- and certainly not as essential as the services provided by DIY shops. If the churches bounce back from this loss of faith in themselves it'll be a miracle.

But of course miracles happen- which is another thing that A Canterbury Tale makes clear.