Sunday, May 09, 2010

Pray, pray, pray

You may have heard that there is a lot of political activity in the UK at the moment, as no one party achieved an absolute majority of seats following last week's election so we have ended up with a "hung parliament". I won't bore you with the details, suffice to say that every newspaper, every news report on the TV, every "top story" on the BBC website is about the election and the formation of the new government. I had to smile when I saw this poster outside a Baptist church yesterday. It seems to me that praying for the men and women at Westminster is an excellent idea in the circumstances.

In case you don't know, Westminster Palace, aka the Houses of Parliament, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom - the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The Clock Tower of Westminster Palace, commonly known as Big Ben, is one of London's most famous landmarks. In reality, Big Ben is the name of its main bell (weighing 13.8 tonnes) - the official name of the clock tower is St Stephen's Tower.

Earlier tonight, I checked the long-range Met Office forecast for the UK. This is what the weather appears to have in store for us later this month:

A northwesterly weather type is expected to bring some spells of unsettled weather with temperatures starting normal for the time of year but becoming relatively cold again as we move into June. There are indications of above average rainfall amounts during the period, firstly over parts of northern UK but later southwestern and central parts appear to be the wettest. Otherwise rainfall amounts will be near normal.

To be honest, I think we really ought to be praying for drought....


Betty C. said...

Funny, I posted about weather yesterday too. Didn't fit in politics though; just general griping about rainy weekends.

Karen said...

Fortunately, you can pray for both. :-)

I'd like a post on politics in Greece, if you're taking suggestions. Seems that some prayer should be thrown in that direction, too.

Anonymous said...

I prayed for Gordy - he's just misunderstood ;(

Shionge said...

I pray for good sunshine and good governance for the people of England ;D I love England :D

palmtreefanatic said...

Prayer is good! For everything:)

Trotter said...

Hi Tinsie! Pray? You don't know the Pope is in Portugal? Just imagine what you see everywhere and anytime on TV anytime since Tuesday... ;))

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Tinsie said...

@ Betty: Don't get me started on the weather... it almost feels like winter's back. So depressing!

@ Karen: That's going to be one very long post! The politics side of it is complicated, but the situation on the ground isn't nearly as bad as the TV networks are reporting. For a start, there have been no "riots" - just a lot of peaceful protest marches with a few skirmishes between hot-headed youths and police on the side. Nothing that's not happened before and I'm not really sure why it's reported with such fervour this time round.

@ Anonymous: Obviously not hard enough ;-)

@ Shionge: Thank you :-)

@ Palmtreefanatic: Indeed.

@ Trotter: Haha really? I had no idea the Pope was in Portugal, but I can just imagine what it's like :-)

Per Stromsjo said...

Enough to make anyone feel above average unsettled.