Who Won the Week (14 November 2021)

Prompt image for the Fandango's Who Won The Week prompt

In response to Fandango’s Who Won the Week posts, I have been looking at my own newsfeeds.

When I first saw this story, I thought it might be a nice “feel good” story to share. The link is https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59269916 and the title is:

Gay couple receive landmark Church in Wales blessing

and I was about to comment about how refreshing it is that a church (the Church of Wales is the main protestant church of Wales) is finally moving with the times.

But then I realised that actually the story has the opposite spin.

Because that word “blessing” in the headline is key. In fact, they even used the wrong case. Shame on you, BBC! A “Blessing” is a formal type of ceremony. It’s not a wedding, because this church does not permit same-sex weddings. Neither does the largest protestant church in the UK, the Church of England.

Much as these guys might love each other every bit as much as a hetero couple, much as their god might acknowledge their love as every bit as deep as a hetero couple’s, the best you’ll get from the Church of Wales is a Blessing. And even that is sold as “progress” (there is only a story at all because this one was the first). In 2021, ffs.

One of my oldest friends has never found marriage, and she’s a couple years older than me. Will it happen now? Doubtful, in her late fifties. Ditto one of my relatives. And they are both brilliant people, it just never happened for them.

You’d think something like a church would just be happy for people, especially members of its own flock. Love is hard enough to find in this life.

Getting UK-specific now, we had a state for a few years where there was a legal construct, a “Civil Partnership” between a couple, but not a traditional, more straightforward concept of just “marriage”, a concept which has been recognised since forever.

It didn’t work. The desire was for absolute equality.

This “Blessing” nonsense sounds rather like a Civil Partnership. I’d have told them to shove it where the sun don’t shine.

Life through the Lens (14 November 2021)

When my eyesight was still good, I was a bit of an amateur photographer. This is one of mine.

image showing a silhouette of a camera

This was another one of our boat trips, and this is the Anvil Point lighthouse. on the Dorset coast not far from Swanage. The light fired up just as we were watching. I love the colour of the sky.

Photo of a lighthouse in the Purbecks, on the south coast of England. It is dusk and the light has just come on.

The Sunday Groan

Doting snail bought house,
Named it after his girlfriend.
Who was called Michelle.

Making you groan… any day of the week!


Clipart image of a raw, t-bone steak.

Inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 14 November 2021, sold.

To impress his new girlfriend, no doubt,
A delicious meal he set about,
But the steak he’d been sold,
He had stored it too cold,
And it needed six hours to thaw out.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

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