Sunday, November 07, 2004

Something Fishy

My brother-in-law’s step-daughter had her bat mitzvah yesterday and we were invited along to the synagogue to take part in the ceremony. The ceremony was very different from the Christian Church type of ceremony I’m used to (as, of course, it would be.) It is centred very much on the veneration of ancient scrolls and the continuation of the Jewish line and family. It was very interesting. And an honour.
At the end there was a prayer for peace between Jews and Palestinians which I found quite moving. It’s one thing to be told that “We want peace” – a statement that so many ethnic and religious groups make which is so often propaganda – and another to witness it from the inside, where there’s no hidden agenda. Where it is truly felt.

Today I’m feeling a bit fragile. I drank too much alcoholic beverage at the party in the evening.

And yesterday Liverpool lost 1-0 to Birmingham. That's a downer. Mainly because Baros didn't play. He was at the synagogue, that's why. (Well, there was someone in the front row with a Baros football shirt on. Although he was a bit young - so it probably wasn't him.)

Maybe today will cheer up. More football on telly. A roast chicken. Not too much to do.

Oh, and I forgot to mention – on Friday we bought four goldfish.
Two points if you can guess their names.

21 comments:

michael said...

Either John Paul George and Ringo or

Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo and Zippo?

Jonathan said...

Nah... you missed Chico... the Italian goldfish, "That'sa load o' carp..."

Sunshine Coyote said...

Hmmm...Scotch n' Soda? Or...Rabbit & Stew?

Perhaps you can put your music online...I would love to hear it!

Ed Giecek said...

"Maw" and "Paw" -- we all know wot a Kettle fan you are!

Anonymous said...

Ed... where can I find the Kettle films on tape ??? I've never seen them in the rental stores.

Stan said...

Ma and Pa Kettle!! That sure gives away our age!

Amie said...

Nemo, Marlin, Dory and Ariel? Oooops I think the last one is a mermaid's name 'though.

michael said...

Oh yeh, I forget. Zippo is a lighter. Chico is a heavier.

Anonymous said...

Stan... if you even know the Kettles you must be our age...

Ed Giecek said...

You can buy the Ma & Pa Videos at Amazon:

Maw and Paw Kettle On Vacation...

Stan said...

When I was a little kid, out on the farm (and the farmers really liked the Kettles), I remember seeing Ma and Pa Kettle go to the big city. I can still actually remember some of the scenes. Yes, this was in a theatre when the movie first came out, I'm sure. So I'm no kid.

Roger Stevens said...

As expected Michael got the names of the goldfish first time. John, Paul, George and Ringo. Predictable or what?

I'm going to try and get the Mighty Microbes album done by Christmas - and will try and work out the technology to upload some sample bits.

Who are the Kettles? Why don't I seem to know anything about them?

Stan said...

You're too young, Roger!

michael said...

An American thing obviously. A bit like the Huggets!?

Ed Giecek said...

The Ma & Pa Kettle movies were based on a book written in the 1920's by Betty McDonald called "The Egg and I". Betty and her husband bought a chicken farm here in Washington State and Betty wrote about their interesting experience. She also wrote the "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle" books.

Stan said...

Ma and Pa Kettle were to rural citizens of North America in the mid twentieth century what the Beetles are (yet!) to you brits since the 60s.

Anonymous said...

"The Egg & I" - want that a film with Fred Mc Murray?

Syl said...

Are you sure George
isn't a Georgette???

Roger Stevens said...

Bad news. John has died.

I hope this isn't history repeating itself.

Jonathan said...

Keep an eye on George, then...

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