Thursday, 2 September 2010


Hi ,

A friend of mine has unfortunately just died and whilst talking to a mutual friend the subject of traditions at funerals came up.

I think it is a shame that some traditions are falling by the wayside.

For example I was always taught that when a neighbour dies we should draw the curtains as the funeral cortege passes.

In fact I did this after we first moved into our home and a neighbour who I never had the chance to meet died. I was very surprised that ,whilst "the other old school neighbours did the same, none of the younger ones did.

I realise it may be just a small point but I believe such small courtesies are the "oil" of civilisation.

In fact I was quite touched when at my mother's funeral a few years ago a complete stranger stood at the side of the road with his hat in his hand as the funeral procession passed.

There are several other traditions which I would like to see kept. Policemen and members of the armed forces always used to salute as a coffin passed by even for a total stranger.

Certainly we should all pause as a funeral goes passed us.

In fact I get annoyed if I see cars passing on a dual carriageway. For goodness sake can't we wait for a few minutes?

I'm all for progress but we shouldn't "throw the baby out with the bathwater"

Enough of my rant.

My internet business is going well now. I've a few more articles under my belt too.

Thought for today. Have you been courteous to the people you have met?

Joke for today:- Death is hereditary

On this day-
2nd September

In 1945 Japan formally surrendered. Interestingly the war started for the U.K. on the 3rd September (but 1939) Strange coincidence I hadn't noticed before. Ended on the 2nd and started on the 3rd

In 1973 Tolkein died.

In 1942 the Germans destroyed the Warsaw Ghetto killing 50,000 Jews

John Beaumont internet marketer

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