Moments and memories — 6 Comments

  1. Rituals are a strange phenomena.

    That saying “Familiarity breeds content” is very true. We convince ourselves that life would not be the same without our old traditions when in reality, it might well be better! Maybe it’s reality we’re trying to avoid?

    Enjoy your Chinese – and don’t forget to hang up your stocking 😉

  2. Steph,

    You’re right about familiarity in most cases, but there are situations where rituals have become very hallowed and occasions would not be the same without them. People who have had no connection with the war or the British forces are still moved at the reading of Binyon’s ‘Ode to the Fallen’ at our church on Remembrance Sunday each year.

    Perhaps the rituals do help us to escape reality – but then what is ‘real? Is the daily Mass at my local Catholic church, where there would be a hundred people on some weekday mornings less ‘real’ than the bizarre goings-on at the Mahon Tribunal?

  3. Ian Little Chef have been closing down a lot of their restaurants of late. I hope the St Cleer one has not suffered. Did you ever go out to the ‘Frying Pan’ at Sparkford? It eventually became a Little Chef and was very popular, but some bean counter in the organisation decided it must close last year.

  4. I had never suggested ordering Chinese until Monday 4th February this year. I found the menu, we chose what we wanted I went to lift the phone and then I remembered – It was Chinese New Year. Maybe the only day of the year the Chinese was closed. We had a good giggle about that and resorted to the chippie.

  5. Les,

    The Little Chef cull took place a couple of years ago – I think I wrote a blog at the time saying my whole summer holiday was threatened if a piece was not in place! St Cleer’s survived – it’s on a busy bit of the A40. I love sitting in there and relishing the moment!


    Our Chinese is actually run by a Vietnamese called George and I had beef curry and chips!

  6. Yes a special moment for me is to go to Keem Strand on Achill Island and watch the fresh water stream cut its way across the fantastic fine sandy beach before reaching the surf. Perfect Peace!!!

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