My View For Awhile: Blighty Edition (and an appeal)

See my UPDATE, below.

Farewell to Rome.


Off again. It must be 90F on the plane.




Our flight to London suffered some delay but I made it.


I met some folks and the first thing we did was find three glass of the cherry beer at De Hems on the edge of China Town while we were on our way to the Criterion for supper.

Which is mine?


Yes, it really tastes like cherries.  This stuff is dangerous.  It goes down waaaay to easily.

Supper in a classic place.  Someone must refresh my memory, but wasn’t a restaurant scene in Downton Abbey filmed in here?  The last time I ate here was with my friend Fr. Ray Blake, the mighty P.P. of Brighton.


While I am in London, I’ll put my wavy flag on the posts for a two fold reason. I’d be pleased for donations, of course. However, if you use the regular button on the sidebar and add a tag or note “For the parish”, I will designate donations to help St. Patrick’s parish in Soho. I caught up with my friend Fr. Alexander Sherbrooke when I was in Rome and was reminded of the wonderful things that he does at St. Patrick’s which is in the heart of London. They have an SOS Prayerline and they have meals for the homeless two days a week (I think). I recall that, the last time I visited London, they were pretty strapped. If you send donations using the sidebar button and earmark them with the message “For the parish” on the message line, I’ll get some money to Fr. Sherbrooke before I leave London. Sometimes we don’t know to what good causes to contribute. This is one for sure.  UPDATE!  You people are fantastic, but we have to stop for a bit.  There is a limit to how much I can withdraw everyday, so that I can give the parish the cash you want to give.  So… let’s put on the brakes for now.  I have to see what I can take out before my departure from England.  “I’ll be back!”, as they say in the movies, and we can do this again.

Finally, I would appreciate some more prayers. I had a relapse of the crud while in Rome and I am back on antibiotics.

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  1. Eriugena says:

    What a time you’ve been having, Father! Your cassock’s all out of shape and your biretta’s hardly recognizable as such, it’s been knocked about so much. Have a good rest in England and try to find a decent tailor…

  2. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    But, you’re in Italy, right?. So, maybe it’s only 90 degrees Centigrade … no, wait … never mind.

  3. ClavesCoelorum says:

    I am delighted Father watches Downton Abbey! Might it be the Criterion from Series 4, when Lady Edith and Mr Gregson have dinner there?

  4. wanda says:

    Cherry beer, what will they think of next? Don’t answer that. Prayers for your speedy recovery and that you will enjoy your trip and be able to check off all the to-do items on your list. Praying for your safe travels always.

  5. UncleBlobb says:

    The one on the right?

    Prayers for you.

  6. Mike says:

    All three? ;)

    Prayers for you.

  7. tzard says:

    The one on the right because it’s had a sip taken out of it.

  8. excalibur says:

    Father Z, flying is bad for your health, all that recirculated air inside a tiny tube. Keep those breathing passages moist with Simply Saline; get some herbal throat spray and use that spray at the first sign of anything.

    Cherry Lambic is a classic Belgian brew. Yum!

  9. SKAY says:

    Prayers for your health and safe travel, Father.

  10. Father sorry to hear you have an attack of the crud again. I just discovered the power of Elderberry syrup for my respiratory distress. I am hoping you can find some there in London. Blackberry Brandy is similar but Elderberry is better. This stuff has a long-standing reputation as a healer both in Europe and America. It was used in the 90s in Panama for the flu epidemic there. According to what I have read, one takes a few teaspoons daily for prevention. When one is sick, take teaspoons every few hours.
    You are always in my prayers.

  11. oldconvert says:

    Prayers for your safe journeyings and a swift return to health, Father.

    If I remember correctly, the Criterion was one of the haunts of PG Wodehouse’s quintessential man-about-town, Bertie Wooster, and his pals. Before that, in Edwardian times, it was where wealthy young men went to pick up young women of the town, so perhaps an injection of sanctity would not go amiss!

  12. donadrian says:

    The Criterion is not what it was – there used to be large paintings on the walls of a vaguely Eastern genre which have been replaced by ghastly pink mirrors. I would be very interested to know where they went.

  13. Supertradmum says:

    London crud is one of the worst of cruds. only second to Dublin crud. Get well soon. I was at the Criterion in the good old days, over 30 years ago, when it was still first class.

    Well, have a great time in England and stay warm.

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