Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Vicar of Putney 
Tuesday, 24 February, 2009, 08:07 AM
Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

Happy Mardi Gras everyone! I bet you're all planning to have a big party today aren't you? Getting sloshed on Bourbon in New Orleans, or dressing up in drag in Rio, it's a topsy turvy day where young boys can be bishops for the day. This is is all a big joke of course. No young boy could perform the complex job of someone as highly trained and with such specialised skills as a Christian bishop. In the UK it's slightly more subdued: we make pancakes. Making pancakes is our little bit of subversion. Take that - all powerful theocracy! But, as a Rev. Dr., let me just assure you that making pancakes doesn't really change the world. What's really important is being miserable. After your wild orgies of pancake making, it's time to reflect on death. God I love the misery of Lent. Whether it's giving up Chocolate Oranges, or a good daily dose of self-flagellation, we've got six glorious weeks of pain and discomfort to look forward to. Isn't that just fantastic? Enjoy your pancakes.

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