.......or look at the picture not the frame!
Anyway - back to Bligny Day. Many moons ago I worked in the Ministry of Defence as a chief clerk with the Yorkshire Volunteers. Bligny Day is an annual ceremony to remember the Regiment's past held at Leeds Minster. This was a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and their families after a gap of thirty three years. I never even knew that Leeds had a minster but off we went to meet up with our friends there. Like me, you would probably have expected a warm Christian welcome when we got there - wrong - in fact I met some of the rudest people I have had the misfortune to encounter in my whole life. In context and location their 'welcome' was so bizarre to make it laughable! Not unreasonably after a long drive from Bridlington, Merice needed the loo. A very imposing lady told her in no uncertain terms that she was not allowed as the toilets had been requisitioned for the use of the soldiers taking part in the parade and were occupied. When Merice dared to investigate for herself another harridan descended on her. She repeated the 'mantra' about the soldiers. When being told politely that the soldiers would not be occupying the cubicles forever and that Merice had come a long way that morning, the woman replied "Mmmph, does she expect me to get her a bucket!". Incredible isn't it...and no wonder the churches are losing customers. She carried on in the same vein - "I'm talking to you", she asserted angrily at one point. A sergeant-major couldn't have done it better! She was so fierce we escaped to the pub next door for a coffee, lovely bacon sandwich and a proper welcome. We managed to laugh about the whole thing but I was amazed at her rudeness though it did not spoil what turned out to be a wonderful day. Finally to round things off and a practical application of looking at the picture not the frame, I come to my star of the week. One of the friends that we met after a thirty year gap has had a lot of serious illness and operations resulting in changes to her appearance. To her immense credit she has overcome all this with courage and humour..... her 'frame' may have slightly altered but her'picture' is still very beautiful!