Memoirs of a life well spent defending the British Empire against its inhabitants, current goings-on in Blighty, and thoughts on improving the world.
Monday, 10 October 2011
"An eye for an eye"
A lovely sermon yesterday. The "Corpus" Christie preached on Deuteronomy 19:21:
"And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot."
I have always followed my father's simple, uncomplicated faith in these matters.
"Hands and feet are relatively simple to lop off in a couple of blows" I remember him telling me over dinner at home once, "But the trick of eye-removal lies in the right choice of spoon - a slender and somewhat pointed teaspoon, preferably the kind with a serrated edge for the consumption of grapefruit is needed for your Oriental type, whereas your African chap is better dealt with using a more rounded soup-spoon.
Wise words, and compassionate, too.
Where was I?
Oh yes - the Revd Knutter. Hugely enjoyed the drag hunt last Friday. Chap was unable to speak when we loaded him onto the ambulances, but when he recovers enough to hold a pen I'm sure he'll send the customary letter of thanks. It's his own fault for not practising horsemanship more - as I said to him at the time "If you'd stopped whimpering and opened your eyes you'd have seen the branch and bally well ducked."