Tuesday, January 16, 2007

300th Anniversary of Union between England and Scotland

Today marks the 300th Anniversary of the Acts of Union 1707 (Wikipedia Article) between Scotland and England.

Apparently there are lot's of celebrations up and down the UK celebrating this day - I haven't heard about any around around Glasgow however... Glasgow City Council certainly doesn't advertise any related events.

Perhaps England choose to celebrate this more than those in Scotland?

This all reminds me of a joke I like:

A man decided to write a book about churches around the UK. He started by flying to London, and started working from there.

Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign which read "£1,000 a minute."

Seeking out the vicar he asked about the phone and the sign. The vicar answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to Heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to God. The man thanked the vicar and continued on his way.

As he continued to visit churches in Kent, Surrey, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northumberland, and all around the UK, he found more phones, with the same sign, and the same answer from each vicar.

Finally, he arrived in Scotland. Upon entering a church in Glasgow, behold, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read: "Calls: 10p."

Fascinated, he asked to talk to the vicar. "Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could talk to God, but, in England the cost is £1,000 a minute - your charge is only 10p. How can this be?"

The vicar, smiling benignly, replied, "Son, you're in Scotland now... it's a local call".

Link to What's on in Glasgow

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