Ineluctably….

Perhaps it is the sedative effect of the painkillers I am using… but I am pretty sure I saw a report on the net that The Vatican has issued a bull, edict, commandment… whatever… on dangerous driving!. I cannot, for the life of me imagine why The Pope feels that he should pass edicts on driving.. but, this is one of them: “It urged motorists to obey traffic regulations, drive with a moral sense, and to pray when behind the wheel.”

Christ on a bicycle… as my Grandfather used to say. (He was a practising heathen, as, indeed, am I) We have enough problems on our roads with drunk drivers, let alone praying drivers.

I particularly liked the passage in the web report on this: “An unusual document from the Vatican’s office for migrants and itinerant people also warned that cars can be “an occasion of sin” — particularly when they are used for dangerous passing or for prostitution.”

I assume that the Vatican is now aware of ‘dogging’ in Britain as a result of reading the News of The World. There is no mention of English Bishops who get over refreshed and sit in the back of other people’s cars chucking toys out onto the road. Reported

I have just noticed that The Pope in the picture above does not appear to be wearing a seatbelt while standing upright in the back of a moving vehicle, making gestures to members of the public. Fixed penalty? I am sure that he would also fail his test trying to drive the vehicle by standing in the back.

After reading that… I just fancied seeing my name on a grave stone

As readers from the early days may remember… I dug graves to pay my way through law school. Used to take my spade into tutorials… occasionally. Mind you, in those days, one could smoke in tutorials. As it happens, I enjoyed digging graves. Kept me fit…and I met some interesting people. I was even given a battered black top hat by an undertaker… for doing a good grave. I kept it for years… but, as often happens in life, one moves, one loses things… and the odd wife as well.

Ineluctably… such a good word: “incapable of being evaded; inescapable: an ineluctable destiny.”

And on that cheerful note…

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