THEME OF THE DAY.
'These days' he tells me, 'walking is getting very hazardous - there is so much broken glass on the roads and footpaths, and even on the grass verges and, as you know,' he continues 'we don't like going to the vet (yes, she's very kind, but. . .)'
I asked what he wanted me to say.
'Please ask teachers and parents to tell young people not to throw bottles or other glass around - and the local authorities to clear up such messes!'
I've done my duty to Charlie and his mates. Parents, teachers, young and old, it's over to you.
Canon HP Burgess
Birmingham: 9am Morning Prayer. 9.15 Holy Communion. 11am Choral Eucharist. 4pm Choral Evensong.
St Chad's: 11am High Mass, Mass in C (Spaizenmesse) - Mozart, The Lord is my Shepherd - Stanford. 5pm Mass.
Coventry: 7.40am Morning Prayer. 8am The Communion. 10.30am The Cathedral Eucharist, Introit: Kyrie Jacet Granum- Jeffcoat, Jacet Granum - Jeffcoat, Psalm 23, Sanctus - Jacet Granum, Hymns.
3pm German Lutherans, Chapel of Unity. 5pm Choral Evensong, Introit: Alleluia - Creek, Responses - Smith, Psalm 81, Brewer in E Flat, See, see the Word is incarnate - Gibbons, Hymns 81.
Hereford: 8am Holy Communion. 10am The Cathedral Eucharist, Introit: Almighty God, who hast me brought - Ford, Patterson: Southwell Millennium Mass, Gradual, Jesu, the very thought of thee - Bairstow, Hymns. 11.30 Matins, Venite, P172, Psalm 119, Stanford in B flat, Christ the Lord is risen - Rutter, Hymns, Voluntary, Postlude in D minor - Stanford. 3.30pm Evensong, Psalm 81, Mundy - In medio chori, The Lord is my shepherd - Stanford, Hymns, Voluntary - Sonata No. 1 in F major - Stanford.
Lichfield: 8am Holy Communion in the Cathedral School Chapel. 8.05am Matins, sung by the Cathedral Chamber Choir, broadcast live on BBC Radio 4: Stanford in A, Haec dies - Byrd, The Easter Anthems, Responses - Rose. 10.30am Sung Eucharist: Missa brevis - Palestrina, Jubilate Deo from the Eighth Services - Weelkes, Ave verum corpus - Byrd. 3.30 Evensong: Henry Purcell in B flat, Dum transisset Sabbatum - Taverner.
Worcester: 7.45am Matins. 8am Holy Communion. 9.30am Family Eucharist. 11am Sung Eucharist, Mozart - Missa Brevis in F, Severac - Tantum Ergo. 4pm Evensong: Tomkins - The Great Service, Tomkins - O sing unto the Lord. 6.30pm Congregational Eucharist: Schubert in G, Tallis - O nata lux de lumine.
FROM THE PAST
200 YEARS AGO: Joseph Smith, of Bull Street, Birmingham, respectfully informs his friends and the public that he has just returned from London where he collected an assortment of goods of the highest fashions including clothing of India and Japan, black and white lace cloaks as well as hats and bonnets which are now open for inspection.
Aris's Birmingham Gazette, May 1800.
100 YEARS AGO: Yesterday the Walsall Corporation Bill came before the Select Committee of the House of Lords over which the Earl of Jersey presides. Mr Wedderburn QC, who appears for the Walsall Corporations, explained that the bill dealt with proposed tramways, a change in regard to electricity, the establishment of a crematorium, gas furnaces and miscellaneous provisions in regard to various matters.
The Birmingham Daily Post, May 1900.
50 YEARS AGO: Birmingham vegetable retailers said that the boycott imposed by the local houswives' association had failed. Trade this week had been good and prices as firm as last week apart from seasonal changes.
The Birmingham Post, May 1950.
ON THIS DAY
Birthdays: New York Times drama critic Clive Barnes, 73; theatrical designer Eileen Diss, 69; National Museum of Wales director Colin Ford, 66; pop singer & songwriter Peter Gabriel, 50; conductor Jane Glover, 51; Lancashire cricketer David Hughes, 53; television presenter Selina Scott, 49; astronaut Helen Sharman, 37; actor Tim Pigott-Smith, 54; genealogist Sir Conrad Swan, 76; actress Zoe Wanamaker; 51; American singer Stevie Wonder, 50.
Anniversaries: 1607: Captain John Smith lands in America to establish first permanent English settlement at Jamestown on the Virginian coast; 1907: Birth of author Daphne du Maurier; 1914: Birth of American boxing champion Joe Louis; 1961: Death of American actor and twice Oscar winner Gary Cooper; 1981: Pope Paul II hit by four bullets fired by Turkish gunman in St Peter's Square; 1986: MP Leo Abse makes legal history as first solicitor to appear in High Court proceedings.
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