Whatever: August 2004 Archives

August 28, 2004

Bribing the Lost Sheep

United Kingdom: The Reverend Nigel is worried about dwindling numbers of regular churchgoers and plans to bribe recalcitrant attendees with chocolate to get more bums on pews.

A Church of England bishop has adopted a non-traditional approach to tempt his disappearing flock to return to the fold: chocolate.
Some consider it a sin to indulge but the Church of England is holding up chocolate as a potential saviour for its diocese in Manchester, which has been threatened by falling attendances.

August 17, 2004

Mother Nature more effective than fundies

Cornwall: The Museum of Witchcraft has been badly damaged by the flash floods in Boscastle.

On the 16th August this year, severe weather and flash floods hit Boscastle with devastating results. The Museum of Witchcraft has been severely damaged, leaving much of the building destroyed. During this awful event Graham King, the owner of the Museum, bravely assisted in the rescue operations using his coast guarding skills to help others. The Museum will take time to recover but rest assured it will be back, restored to its previous splendour.
For further information, enquiries, offers of help or donations please contact:
Helpline: 01749 674712
Email: thecrowman@thehouseoftheoldwaysfsworld.co.uk
All donations and offers of help will be greatly received.

More detail comes via LiveJournal:

The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscatle has suffered extensive damage in the floods and all the downstairs exhibits have been ruined. The front window has been blown out. The upstairs, including the library seems to have escaped the worst of the damage.
No-one is allowed entry to Boscastle until all buildings have been declared safe to enter. This could take some days and the whole village is cut off as part of the road has been washed away.

In a fortean touch, the flooding occurred on the anniversary of the Lynton and Lynmouth floods.

Notice on the Museum of Witchcraft home page, 17th August 2004; The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscatle has suffered extensive damage in the floods... - DMWCarol's LiveJournal, 17th August 2004; MORE THAN 1,000 TRAPPED AS FLOODS DEVASTATE VILLAGE - Western Morning News, 17th August 2004.

August 13, 2004

Christian music sucks - official

United Kingdom: The worst Number One hit ever is Cliff Richard's Millennium Prayer according to VH1 viewers.

Millennium Prayer, which put the Lord's Prayer to the tune of Auld Lang Syne, reached number one despite many radio stations refusing to playlist it. At the time, George Michael said the publicity surrounding it was exploiting people's faith, and called the track vile and a heinous piece of music.
Perhaps as some indication of Sir Cliff's achievement at pipping Mr Blobby to the worst-ever number one title, here are some lyrics from the Blobby song:
Blobby, oh Mr Blobby, if humanity's a question of degree
Blobby, Mr Blobby, stay loyal to your Blobby pedigree
Blobby, blobby, blobby!.
Lennon and MacCartney it 'ain't.

Surprisingly, Joe Dolce's Shaddup You Face only managed 13th place.

Cliff hit voted worst ever number one - The Guardian, 13th August 2004.

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