Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Talking of problem drinkers, The Times today filed a ludicrous story - a prank, I can only assume - claiming that a Church of England report had concluded that the Bishop of Southwark (see Episcopal News 24 May 2007) was drunk after that infamous Irish Embassy party. I wish I could provide a link to this fantastic farrago, but it seems the Bish has had it pulled from the Times website. He's the Bishop of Southwark - it's what he does.


  1. philip wallingJune 06, 2007 3:01 pm

    Noah apparently was the first to plant a vineyard 'and he drank of the wine, and was drunk; and he was uncovered in his tent.'(Genesis ix, 21)He was naked like Adam and Eve were before the Fall, before the sin of disobedience made them ashamed of their bodies, and still more ashamed of their souls. He was uncovered and displayed as he really was. But only Ham (of his three sons) could bear to look upon him drunk and stripped naked for all to see him in truth. The other two: Shem and Japheth did not wish to see it. They took a cloak and going up to him backwards covered their father, turning away their faces.
    But Noah saved the human race from destruction: he 'was a just man and perfect in his generation, and he walked with God.'
    Woe betide him if he'd been alive today and middle-class.

  2. "Small Party in Irish Embassy - Not Many Drunk"

    Hmnn ... on second thoughts, perhaps not very likely ...

  3. I am a Times reader and I confirm it is in the print edition. This evening on the way home, I noted that it was in those free rags that commuters who don't read books read. I don't suppose these rags have websites at all -- they are just there to increase the litter and show up the non-recycling sensibilities of the average working person.

  4. Bishop pulls it off?