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Inkpots & Other Observations

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This week has been a rather strange one for me. I usually glean my information for future blog posts from the various newspapers that I read but this week’s news have been saturated with the royal death. Anyway, this post will be based on some of my observations so far while trying not to make it too “monarch heavy”.

The King & His Inkpots

The new King has only been in new position for one week but has already been left flustered twice by inkpots and pens! Once at the signing of his proclamation and the second time was on Tuesday on his visit to Northern Ireland. It was unfortunate that on both occasions he came across as petulant. Maybe he was but why was he not assigned an aide? Whoever is in charge needs to rectify this and make sure that an aide is present by his side at all times. He is the King for goodness sake!

10 Days of Official Mourning

‘The Queen wouldn’t want fixtures postponed‘ those were the words of a sports presenter who will remain nameless. Sadly, that’s not the point. When the monarch dies, there are some events that need to be paused as a mark of respect. Furthermore, as this is a national event, resources for example like the police have to be deployed to attend to matters that are at hand. However, I do struggle to accept or understand when I hear that some council offices are closed for the whole mourning period preventing people from registering deaths etc. Our own cathedral shop too is closed! I don’t mind it being closed for one or two days as a mark of respect but for 10 days? They better not complain about loss of revenue!

Bank Holiday

The new King has put the kibosh on by declaring 19 September a bank holiday (public holiday), Among other things, hospital appointments have been rescheduled or cancelled. My own hair appointment had to be postponed to the following week. Personally I think that this is a much bigger and a more important occasion than the Jubilee celebration so have no problem with a bank holiday as such but what I fail to understand is why there doesn’t appear to have been a contingency plan in the event of Her Majesty’s death. Things appear to have been put together at the eleventh hour.

Her late Majesty was better prepared for her death than the nation because her coffin made with English oak had been ready for the last 30 years!

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Holy Socks

After the ordination service on Sunday, I slipped into the Cathedral shop to get a momento for the Mhinisteir.  As I was looking around for something suitable, I came across Holy Socks

I later discovered that Holy Socks are the brain child of Margaret Wyllie in Scotland and that these socks are actually made in Scotland.  I bought a bright yellow pair known as the Whirling Bike Wheels for the Mhinisteir. They were reasonably priced at just under £7.00 and were nicely presented.

Holy Socks are great conversation starters!!!!!


Disclaimer: I am not paid by Holy Socks to promote them.