London Sunday

After resolving the necessary prayers this morning, I helped with Communion at Mass (no EMHCs here!), said Mass, had lunch with the parish priest, sang Vespers in choro at the Brompton Oratory, and am now at the Globe Theatre waiting for As You Like It to begin!

And it is a beautiful evening.

All of a Sunday!



The play is over. In more ways than one. As it happens, this was the last performance.

It was GREAT. I have had a smile on my face for the last three hours. What a treat.



Make my day even better!

Refresh your coffee or tea supply now and help the Wyoming Carmelites!

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  1. Supertradmum says:

    One of my favourite crazy plays…have a great time.

  2. acardnal says:

    Supertradmum, don’t let the English corrupt your English. ;-) No favourites among favorites.

  3. Sissy says:

    That’s alright, Supertradmum, I have fallen into the same habit after living in the Bahamas for 8 years. I am retraining myself to write honour, habour, and Saviour in the American fashion.

  4. yatzer says:

    I was wondering what the inside of the Globe looks like.

  5. Supertradmum says:

    Sorry it is the default on my computer.

  6. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    Shakespeare in the Old Globe….. So now, Fr. Z is an occasion for the sin of envy. Shame on you, Pater….ps ENJOY.

  7. benedetta says:

    How amazingly cool, Fr. Z!

  8. Yes, it was amazingly cool. And I am glad I could provoke even the slightest envy in the Canonical Defender, who provokes my envy of his erudition.

  9. John Nolan says:

    The -or ending has a lot to recommend it, being closer to the Latin. ‘Center’ and ‘maneuver’ as opposed to ‘centre’ and ‘manoeuvre’ also make sense; we’re not French after all. I would stick with ‘kerb’ and ‘tyre’ for reasons of differentiation. I also prefer ‘skilful’ and ‘sceptical’ but it’s only force of habit.

  10. Bea says:

    Fr. Z. I’m so glad you’re having a well deserved, wonderful time.

  11. mike cliffson says:

    In the forest of (the catholic) Arden’s……
    I always wonder

  12. JARay says:

    Been there! But I saw “Macbeth” in ‘modern’ clothes and didn’t like it.
    As a matter of fact “As you like it” was my first bit of Shakespeare at school but we then moved on to Macbeth and I can still quote chunks of that to this day.

  13. Legisperitus says:

    Father –

    Shakespeare is all very well, but in the interest of high culture I hope you remembered to catch Doctor Who on Saturday! :-)

  14. Phillip says:

    One of my bigger regrets from the time I lived in London is that I never managed to go see a play at the Globe. I lived in Southwark on Great Dover Street. Fifteen minute walk, tops. I don’t remember why I didn’t go. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself!

  15. Pax--tecum says:

    It makes me happy to see you are having a great time there! Enjoy.

  16. asperges says:

    @John Nolan, Steady, old chap: pull yourself together. I remember the first time I saw “Kerb you dog” in New York and spent hours trying to work it out. As for “skeptical,” you might as well remove your tie permanently and stop dressing for dinner.

    Nothing wrong with French derivatives: at least half of the language comes from French, not the imaginings of Mr Webster.

    See you at our next Mass in Nottm on 7th Oct?

  17. marknelza says:

    @ acardnal and @ Sissy how could you possibly want to write favourite, honour, harbour, and the like, in any other way than proper English. Imagine if every country in the world developed their own version of English, instead of just keeping to the English they received from the English. Pretty daft if you ask me! But that’s just me and its my pet hate. American English is just bastard English… I will now retreat into my bunker to await the shelling…LOL

    Have a great week.

  18. acardnal says:

    marknelza, on the other hand, for the sake of the environment and efficiency, dropping those superfluous letters the English use for American style English will save on ink, paper and time.
    Greater efficiency. ;-)

  19. mike cliffson says:

    Couldst save more wi’ theethouing n contractions as per eg Dales, wouldst quicken flow ‘f t’pen, think on, spend tha savings on Tetley’s.

  20. Sissy says:

    marknelza asked: “Imagine if every country in the world developed their own version of English, instead of just keeping to the English they received from the English”.

    Yes, marknelza, I see your point. So, I have a question for you. How could you English possibly want to speak anything other than French, seeing as how the Normans took over your country and all? Or maybe you didn’t want to stick with the German of the previous invaders?

  21. Scott W. says:

    Real English looks like ?adi? bið se wer þe ne g?ð on ?eþeaht unrihtw?sra. Anything else is polluted bastard. :)

  22. Scott W. says:

    Oh phoey. Darn keyboard format. :)

  23. marknelza says:

    acardnal & Sissy

    *Pops head out of bunker to say* By the way I’m South African. Not British, but we do prefer our English English, not that…. what do you call that language again? *Dives back into the bunker*

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