If there is one thing we love here at Jammy Toast it is a true English eccentric and The Reverend Richard Cole is fast becoming one of our favourites. We first heard of him when he was a guest on Have I got News For You; the irreverent look at current affairs. On the programme he seemed to suggest that while waiting for a radio interview, a nervous Theresa May had left a wet patch on her chair. Of course he meant she had been sweating but that’s not exactly how the audience took it and it was made worse when Paul Merton announced; “That’s something you don’t hear a vicar say every day!” Now he has been caught short in a friend’s bedroom.
Apologies if you were expecting our usual Sunday Bear Music post today but seeing as it is Easter Sunday, I thought I would impart a story of biblical origins. I am not really a religious person but I also like to hedge my bets; just in case there is something in this religion nonsense. I would hate to say there is no God and then, after I die, get up to heaven only to be met by Alanis Morissette telling me I should have believed in that Dogma film Kevin Smith made. Also, for my own sanity, I would like to think there is something after death and that we don’t all just disappear into an approaching bright light never to be heard from again.
Razzi doesn’t really follow the news, it is just too depressing he maintains. You will never catch him with his head in a newspaper unless it is to look at the cartoons. Andy Capp is a particular favourite. So last night, Edward mentions the Notre Dame fire and Razzi looks on bemused. When Edward explained that part of the 850 year old cathedral had burnt down Razzi was shocked and said he hoped that Quasimodo was safe. He even went so far as to blame the humpbacked bell ringer saying that he probably left the chip pan on. Razzi often gets a little mixed up between fiction and real life.
Yesterday was Jesus’ Birthday. We all know what Jesus looked like, don’t we? He was the dude with the long hair and a beard who is probably the most painted person ever to have lived – if you believe that he did actually live. He always wore a long robe with long sleeves (mostly white) and a mantle (often blue). Jesus is so familiar to us that people often see his likeness in pieces of toast or pancakes. It is now known that this familiar image of Jesus actually comes from the Byzantine era, from the 4th Century onwards, and Byzantine representations of Jesus were symbolic – they were all about meaning, not historical accuracy. So did he really look like this? The answer is probably not!
Here at Jammy Toast we don’t often get involved with politics, or religious bigotry for that matter, but the time has come for us to speak out. Surely part of any religion must be to live and let live. No religion, or its followers, has the right to impose its will or beliefs on anyone else – and that includes Islamists. However, this is what has happened in Istanbul in Turkey. One of our favourite groups Radiohead, have also condemned an attack on people listening to their new album at a record store.
After the last supper Jesus was betrayed by Judas for 30 pieces of silver, Peter denied knowing Him three times, and Thomas doubted Jesus had risen from the dead after the crucifixion. The Easter story tells us what happened to Jesus but what happened to his so called friends? What happened to his disciples, who became the 12 Apostles? Very little is known about their lives after the crucifixion but now writer Tom Bissell, who has spent four years travelling the world, has unearthed the stories, myths and legend about their later lives. He found a melting pot of historical fact and religious fiction making for very colourful tales…
One thing which we humans have to worry about and teddy bears don’t is just what happens to us when we die. For years I have heard stories of near-death experiences where people see bright lights and just as they are about to enter into the light they are brought back to life. Too many people say the same thing about near-death experiences for it to be something which someone has made up or dreamt. So just what does happen when we die, does anybody know?
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