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Friday, 12 August 2011

A trip to the Bristish Museum

A small group of pilgrims went to the above exhibition yesterday. It was
the common view that it is well worth a visit. There are plenty of interesting
and often unusual relics to see. It was even more interesting to notice the
difference between the mindset of modern, scientific man and the men and
women of the medieval ages. For a Santiago pilgrim this paradigm shift is
not very difficult to leap. It is clear that they had a much bigger view of
what constitutes reality. However the exhibition has twist in the tale.
The last exhibit is a projection of Lenin and other cult figures of the twentieth
centry as well as a referance to the cult of personality and our use of grave
memorials to those we love. This left the question hanging in the air; Is this
so different. Is it not just another way of getting back in touch with someone
who is important to you? Which is a great question. Are not that Saints still with

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

The ned of an old friend.

Peleghrin, ex-pet of Camino de Santiago is looking for a job  

My name is Peleghrin. I have been replaced by another mascot. So I am unemployed and struggling to make ends meet.

I write as I am interested to work on your team. I have eighteen years experience in the world of communication. My abilities as the Camino de Santiago mascot qualify me to work in the field of Public Relations.

Around the world have carried out various communication events to guide pilgrims to Santiago. I
speak nineteen languages.

Recently I completed a course for communitiy Xacobeo manager. I am the ideal candidate to work both offline and online, in the media situations.

I am also the ideal pet to have in the office, caring, loving, persuasive, hardworking, sociable and a perfectionist.

I would be pleased, to have the opportunity to demonstrate my skills in your company, so please take the opportunity to arrange an interview with you.

Xacobeo Santiago.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Some news of Me

For those who have followed the saga of my knee injury, I have some good
news.Yesterday I went out on a walk. It was 10 miles in length, not enough
yet but a good slug at it. I came back exhaused. That old pilgrim
feeling- I am going to die I am so tired, but that was all. No knee pain.
This is the first time since last August that I have felt this way. I have high
hopes that this is the end of the trouble.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

August is one of those months when you are either on holiday or having
time off. So if you are I hope that you are having a good holiday. As most
of you know I had a week in Spain in July. As a family we went to Tarragona,
or Tarraco as Augustus Caesar called it in the first century BC.
I would like to show you a picture that Liz took on that trip. Yes it shows a
fat man in front of a wall, and yes that fat man is me. But this is no
ordinary wall. This one was built by Augustus. it is 2100 years old.
One thing that the Romans were not, was jerry builders! A wall from
the biblical period. But is it a biblical wall?

Tradition has it that St Paul, after a two year imprisonment came to Spain to the
well established church at Terraco . Here is a link if you would like to
explore this idea a little more.
So by extension Paul may well have stood on the same spot as I am standing,
and he would have been about the same age, maybe even the same shape. That is
without the loud shirt.

This wall brought home to me the doctrine of the communion of the Saints. It
took me a little further that that. A gate is still standing that Paul used. And it
was only yesterday that it happened. Kinda makes you think that we are all in
this together. Paul, James and the rest of the Apostles are not long lost
folk of history, but living breathing men whose shadow has only just vanished.
They are out of reach, but only just. Pilgrims just over the next hill. And I am
catching them up fast.