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Misty [Apr. 5th, 2007|02:14 pm]
Tony Grist
It was a  misty morning. We went to a family funeral.  I sort of wished I'd taken my camera with me so I could have photographed the misty cemetery.

We saw a gravestone with a carving of an astronaut.   I wish I had a picture to show you.

The woman we were cremating was 95 and had been saying for a while how she wished she could wake up dead, so no-one was in too much of a state about her.

It was rather as if we'd gathered at the station to wave her off.  

Oh, the feebleness of the established church! The vicar was a nice old boy but he didn't half talk some toss. It was in the paper last night that my old church- St. Anne's Royton-  has become the target for local youths. They've been doing things like smashing the war memorial and setting benches on fire and really I'm not surprised, seeing how sweetly feeble the established church has become. "Ecrasez l'infame " as Voltaire once said. 

We went back to the house and normally I don't like meeting relatives but these relatives were nice. One of them, a cousin of Ailz's at least four times removed, wanted to talk about paganism and cabala and Gandalf and really I'm always happy to talk about things like that. She sort of invited us to attend her cabala class and we sort of said we might.
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[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2007-04-05 02:54 pm (UTC)
Is vandalism as commonplace in England as your posts suggest? We have it here in Phoenix, but the kids seem to limit themselves to graffiti, not actual destruction. And businesses are usually the target, not churches or memorials.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-04-05 04:11 pm (UTC)
That's a good question. I think the English like breaking things. On the other hand this particular instance of vandalism was unusual enough to make the front page of the local paper.
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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2007-04-05 03:46 pm (UTC)

"gathered at the station to wave her off"

I like that image -- and it seems to apt for a 95-year-old who was eager to go...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-04-05 08:34 pm (UTC)

Re: "gathered at the station to wave her off"

She had outlived all her contemporaries. Ailz's parents (who are pushing 80) are a generation behind her. It was time for her to be moving on.
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