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I have re-read it all from Great a'Tuin's entrance and last night finished The Shepherd's Crown.
I am very sadded now, or I would be if I didn't have a first edition of Good Omens waiting for me; I haven't read this for over 20 years so here goes.
Don't forget the others: "Long Earth", "Bromeliad", and "Johnny Maxwell" series, as well as the "one off books": "Nation", "Dodger", "Carpet People", "Strata", "Dark Side of the Sun" - as well as a number of short stories.
Prolific writer that man!
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This is a post about religion, kind of, I think people should be sensible enough to keep it in the Lounge.
It is the funeral this afternoon of my friend and colleague Steve that regular readers may remember me posting about a couple of weeks ago.
It is to be a humanist service at a crematorium followed by a celebration of his life at a hotel.
I've never been to a humanist service before, been to a Sikh one once, lots of wailing and didn't understand anything that happened. It was also standing room only to the stage where we couldn't even get in and had to stand in the entrance room listening over a speaker.
Been to plenty of Christian funerals of various denominations, some church services, some in crematoria. In recent years I have gone from not being religious but quite enjoying the atmosphere of churches and happy to sit through the religious bits to feeling nothing at all whilst in the church and feeling quite uncomfortable listening to the religious bits. I'm not anti-religious as such, it just has no place at all in my life.
It will be interesting to see how today plays out without the religious element, I have no idea what will happen, presumably people get up and say nice things, tell a few stories, maybe a poem, and no doubt some kick ass rock music will be played.
In an odd way I'm looking forward to it, seeing good people who no longer work here, the older you get funerals become a chance for some kind of reunion. Afterwards I intend drinking my way across the Midlands until I run out of money. Hopefully I will be close enough to home at that point for my wife to come and get me.
Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
You don't include an Irish Funeral in there, those can be really hard work; emotionally, financially and on your liver. The best description I know of is that an Irish Funeral is just like an Irish Wedding; with one less drunk.
I have attended a few over the years, what with an Irish family this does happen, and, much like the wedding, it can be spread over several days. If you can't give a man a good wake, then what is the point of going to the funeral?