The Rocky Road to Poland….

13 06 2012

If you have been watching the European Championships as avidly as I have you will be well aware that Ireland are not only in a very tough group, Spain, Italy and Croatia, but that in their opener they had a shocker.

As such they will need to play out of their skins in order to even stand a chance of going through.

Luckily for the boys in green they have a lot of support and not just from within the Emerald Isles as the below video proves

The children singing are the Thai Tims and are all pupils at a school run by the Good Child Foundation in Thailand which offers equal oppurtunity education to all children.

The Good Child Foundation is a great cause that does a lot of good in rural Thailand, please support them if you can ūüôā

The Marquis of Gransby, Cambridge Circus

29 10 2010

The Marquis of Granby

142 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8HJ

The Marquis of Granby is probably the pick of the pubs at Cambridge Circus, unfortunately that isn’t saying a great deal!

The pub itself is well situated and has a fairly large main bar with a smaller room upstairs that is occasionally open when the pub is busy and boy does this place get busy, particularly on match days.

The decor is a bit tired and shabby looking which is a shame considering the last refit was as recent as 2008! The posters and programs from various operas and plays over the years add a bit of interest though.

The staff are competent and the service is prompt enough, I have found the landlord to be a tad unfriendly though; one particular story that was relayed to me involved a non-regular asking for the television to be turned up so he could hear the game and the landlord turning the volume from 0-100 whilst staring the guy down the whole time.

In relation to the football the Marquis seems to focus on showing Celtic matches and appeasing the cockney red brigade, funny as I thought we were in London not Manchester!

There is usually a decent selection of beers on offer and last time I was in here I had a very good pint of Ringwood Old Thumper and a not so stellar pint of Cornish Coaster – which was no fault of the pub I just don’t find much to enjoy about it!

The prices can be a little prohibitive if you were planning on having a bit of a session, a short walk can see you paying £2.50-£3.00 a pint as opposed to the £3.50-£4.00 that you will pay in the Marquis.

I find the Marquis of Granby to be fine if I am bowling along through Soho and need to wet my whistle but for me it would be a stop along the way, not a destination.

Britain recognises Druids Yay :)

11 10 2010

Britain has officially recognised druidry as being an official religion for the first time, despite the fact that the ancient Celtic religion has been around for thousands of years.

The Charities Commission has granted the Druid Network, an organisation representing the religion in Britain,¬† full charitable status ensuring not only that people can make tax free donations but that Druidry is finally able to take it’s place alongside the more widely accepted “mainstream” religions.

In a statement made after the Charities Commission made their announcement The Druid Network said “This has been a long hard struggle, taking over five years to complete,”

In its ruling on the group’s application, the commission said it accepted that druidry was an “ancient pagan religion” in its own right involving the worship of nature, particularly the sun and the earth.

There had also been some official recognition already, it added, including a provision by Her Majesty’s Prison Service for the practice of druidry and the attendance of a pagan chaplain at services.

“The board members concluded that The Druid Network is established for exclusively charitable purposes for the advancement of religion for the public benefit,” the Charity Commission said.

Having initially emerged in Britain and Ireland Druidry eventually spread into mainland Europe in the Iron Age it continued  to propster until  being suppressed along with other pagan religions  by the rise of Christianity In Europe.

Like many older religions Druidry has continued in some form or another through to the modern day, Druidry has become¬† more popular in modern times as it¬† has a strong focus on ecology and because of it’s pantheistic approach.

There are currently somewhere in the region of 10, 000 practising Druids in the UK and with the recent ruling from the Charities Commission I wouldn’t be surprised to see this number grow.

Earth and nature based rel igions take you closer to the land and can help lift your spirit and bring you into harmony with your surroundings in a way that many more “mainstream” religions can’t.

If you are English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh then this is the true religion of your ancient ancestors and the religion that your lands gave birth to; you should check it out if only to feel a connection with your past.

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