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Eish! London 13 April

Book By: Miss Lea

The Day after Easter...

Submitted:Feb 5, 2013    Reads: 2    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

Monday, 13 April - Bank Holiday

Bank holidays are a big deal in England; they are what South Africans call: A Public Holiday, where most usually office-bound folk get the day off to roam the buildings of the countryside or indulge in a precious morsel of family time. (When I was chatting to my sister and telling her that we had a Bank Holiday, she asked me what a "Bank Holiday" was, and why is it called a "Bank Holiday"? I didn't know, so I asked a British person and she didn't know either… from there we went to the ever present vast expanse of universal knowledge, otherwise known as: The Internet. Apparently "Bank Holidays" were originally days off dedicated to rich people and saints. So there you go, when in doubt: Internet it.) We chose the former and decided to visit Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.

We parked the car and paid for a couple of hours (be very careful of thinking you have a 'free parking space' in England, it's not likely and you'll be fined or have your wheels clamped if you haven't 'paid and displayed'). Kay's hubby was very strict with his watch, so we were going to have to make our visit very snappy. I found myself thinking my train-ride thought again: If only I could do this in my own time. Naturally you can't bite the hand that feeds you and I needed to behave as a guest, so I made it very snappy and gratefully squashed as much into the 2 hours as I possibly could. The maths on it was 3 hours of driving for 2 hours of being a tourist.

For the Cathedral, unfortunately I couldn't find the year it was built in the brochure, all it said was:

"Lincoln Cathedral has been a place of worship for nearly a thousand years." So if the castle was built in 1068, then I'm guessing that the cathedral must have been built at about the same time, or before {the website is www.lincolncathedral.com if you're interested}. What I liked about this cathedral, which was possibly influenced by the fact that it was Easter weekend, was the strong sense of Christianity, faith and worship. Instead of stats and facts (like the year they built the place!) the brochure offers the map of the cathedral as: "A pilgrimage… as you walk you can think about what really matters in your life and hope to draw closer to God." The brochure then has pictures and stories and verses that lead you around the cathedral, in your mini-pilgrimage; quite a unique idea. The prayer at the first stop, "The Nave" is…

"Father, forgive what I have been, help me to amend what I am and direct what I shall be. Amen."

I liked that: Lord please direct me to be worthy in Your eyes. Thanks Lord.

The second stop, "The Font", had the following:

"Lead me, Lord, from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill my heart, the world, the universe. Amen."


The sixth stop, "The Great Brass Lectern":
"A Bible rests on the wings of an eagle which stands on a globe symbolizing the Word of God being carried throughout the world…
Almighty God, thank-You for the gift of Your holy word.
May it be a lantern to my feet, a light upon my path and a strength to my life. Amen."

We walked across the cobbled streets and medieval courtyard towards theLincolnCastle. Once inside the historical building we walked the perimeter of the castle's wall and visited the inner rooms. The run down of the history of the castle was as follows:

"William the Conqueror was crowned as King of England on Christmas Day 1066. He controlled his newly-conquered kingdom by building a network of strong royal castles across the land. Lincoln was one of the first to be built in 1068… The castle has been used as a court and prison for more than 900 years…The Magna Carta exhibition centre houses the original 1215 Lincoln Magna Carta, one of only four remaining originals. Lincoln Castle Handout

Sadly I didn't get a chance to see the Magna Carta section properly as time was up. I mentally put: See the Magna Carta, on my 'to do in England' list. At that moment, however, we had to make a move as the car's 'pay and display' ticket was about to expire.

We drove back to Deeping in very good time, so Kay and I took a long walk around the village together in the late afternoon and I managed to coax her into having a reunion drink with me at a little village pub that was open on the main lane that we walked back along. She ordered a glass of wine and I had a sherry. I was confused with regards to the practice of tipping in Englandand I asked the barman about it. He said that I shouldn't leave anything on the bar as barmen get paid to do their job. I thought that it was sweet of him to say; Kay on the other hand was embarrassed that I had asked and held herself back from downing her wine! (Well someone has to keep her on her toes .

Back at their house I checked my email, and whilst doing so I ended up on a site that had an advert for a Star Casting Company. Could it be a sign? Could this be my chance? Sign up with them, go to an awesome audition, and then the rest unfolds? I'm always doubtful when it comes to internet sites and adverts, but I figured I had nothing to lose, so I joined up. I also made some bookings to view some rooms to move into, I think my stay inWest Harrow is wearing on the landlady and myself, never mind poor Jane and her generosity.


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