Sunday, May 03, 2009
Today, 3 May, my father tells me, is the hundredth anniversary of his father’s birth, and here to mark the occasion is a photo of my new uncle Ray (that would be the John Betjeman lookalike). We met him for the first time the other week. Thereby hangs a tale, which I needn’t go into here, but I’m delighted and honoured to know him at last, and my new cousin Bernie too, to his left. I appear to be striking the pose, in the photo, of a nervous young parish priest wondering whether he should drop in on the local Presbyterian minister to discuss any worthwhile inter-faith initiatives. ‘That would be an ecumenical matter’ etc.