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“Sufficient for the Day is its own trouble” Matthew 6:4. Do you agree?

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“Therefore, do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” This is the English Standard Version of the aphorism, more poetically contained in seventeenth century English in the St James Bible. ” Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”
 
 It is a sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree!   In addition to the Sermon on the Mount, there is a Rabbinic Jewish saying  that “the suffering of the present hour is enough for it” Prior to this, Epicurean Philosophers such as Horace stated ” quid sit futurum cras, fuge quaerere” – avoid asking what the future may bring. (I do like a bit of Latin)
 
 
Matthew 6:27 also speaks of the pointlessness of worry ” Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? ” Worry is often addressed to circumstances that may arise in the future.  While there is a case for a certain amount of prudent planning, in the absence of a crystal ball, it is impossible to have control over future problems. Hence deal with what you know is happening in the present time. This is the basis of Mindfulness, living in the moment. Despite the  power of memory it is not possible to live in the past, and the future is unknown.
 
Anxiety and Depression are major mental health problems, which can add to the actual problems, which are causing them, and even make these problems impossible to deal with. In some cases, if you are well fed and have a roof over your head, worrying about the future may be almost a luxury. If you are without food and searching for a foodbank, it is unlikely that you are worrying about what may happen next year! In this instance the phrase “sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” was never more true. As in biblical times, physical needs must be met, before spiritual or mental needs can be addressed.

In the nineteen sixties I worked in London stores. Worked as an Insurance Clerk in the City of London during the nineteen seventies. Divorced in the nineteen nineties. Now I am a retired Civil Servant, managing home and garden and escaping onto social media whenever possible.

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Peterborough Cathedral, a Gothic marvel

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Peterborough Cathedral is considered among the most beautiful cathedrals in England, it will surely impress you starting with the magnificent Gothic facade. Architecturally it is considered a unique and never repeated example of English Gothic.

Peterborough Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew is a cathedral of the Church of England, seat of the Bishop of Peterborough. The cathedral is the third cathedral to be built on this site. The first cathedral was founded in 655, with the second successive building in 793 The cathedral has a long and complicated history. It is also one of the few English cathedrals to have been designed since its construction.

The cathedral is built in the Norman style with a cruciform shape. It consists of a nave and a presbytery, side chapels and a tower at the western end. The tower is in two phases, the lower one is square and the upper one octagonal.

The cathedral dates back to 1118, as expected it took years to complete.

 

Peterborough Cathedral ceiling

The painted wooden ceiling, even this almost unique in fact there are only 4 similar ones in the world, was completed in 1250 It has a very interesting and complex style, with many details. The cathedral ceiling is known for its vaulted wooden roof, originally built by Anglo-Norman masons in the 1100 and renewed in 1800 The roof consists of two semicircular domes, with an octagonal lantern among them. The structure is supported by a central pillar with eight stone pillars on each side. The ceiling is finely decorated with carved oak panels, painted and gilded plaster and stained glass windows.

The ceiling is divided into two parts: the upper part shows scenes from the Old Testament and the lower part shows scenes from the New Testament. The series of paintings at the bottom of the ceiling are painted in a grisaille style, while those at the top of the ceiling are painted in a more colorful style. The ceiling is decorated with a series of paintings depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

The Peterborough Cathedral ceiling, completed in 1879 followed the original style it had the triangles in three overlapping layers, but the ending version consists of only two layers. The Peterborough Cathedral ceiling was created by British architect George Frederick Bodley. The project is based on a similar one for the windows of the nave, which he had seen in a cathedral in France.

The ceiling certainly helps an attempt that sense of lightness you find inside of the cathedral, which manages to be majestic and humble in one fell swoop.

The Cathedral Towers

The main tower of the Peterborough Cathedral was completed in 1350 – 1380 and is in a Gothic style with traces of Romanesque and was rebuilt piece by piece in the 1800 The tower is a Norman project. The tower of the cathedral is a landmark for the city and a popular tourist destination.

The tower is built mainly of limestone, with some brick and ashlar in the bathroom. It has a square plan with a protruding entrance veranda and is surmounted by an octagonal spire with weather vane. The tower is the tallest in the city and, a 64 meters high, it is one of the tallest of British cathedrals.

 

The tomb of Catherine of Aragon

The cathedral is also known as a resting place of Catherine of Aragon, who lived since 1350 to the 1536 and was the first wife of Henry VIII, King of England. Catherine of Aragon was buried in Peterborough Cathedral on November 2 1380

You cannot lose it, many still leave us the flowers even though it has been dead for centuries. For a time, even Maria Stuarda was buried here. Later her son who became King James I moved her to Westminster Abbey.

One peace Peterborough Cathedral housed the relics of several saints including St Thomas Becket. Disadvantage the dissolution of the monasteries of Henry VIII all these relics were destroyed or were lost.

The cathedral is asymmetrical, in fact one of the two towers located just behind the great facade never completed. The asymmetry is only noticeable for a certain distance.

How to get to Peterborough Cathedral

You can much enter the Peterborough Cathedral visit on a day trip from London. It is about an hour by train and about 2 hours by bus on the National Express which often offers very discounted prices.

Peterborough Cathedral is located on the south bank of the River Nene. It is within walking distance of the train station. The cathedral is open to visitors and has a café and keepsake shop.

 

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Salemi, the village in Sicily that sells houses for 1 euro

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Italian villages that sell houses for 1 euro have been around for a while and now we can add Salemi , a  Sicilian village located in the province of Trapani. It is found among the hills, vineyards and olive groves of the  Valle del Belice.

The mayor has launched the initiative wanting to redevelop the centre which has a long history. He has also launched a website where you can view and buy the properties.

The only commitment you must make when buying a property is to renovate the home purchased. Furthermore if you want to open a business you will get tax relief and up to 10k euros that you won’t have to repay.  .

Salemi is said to have arisen from the remains of the Elymian city of Halyciae where today you can still admire the splendid Norman-Swabian castle . Arriving here is like time travelling to the Middle Ages, thanks to the historic houses and buildings made of stone. There are also two Jewish quarters evidence that Salemi’s position has attracted lots of people throughout the ages.  Here they also bake bread sculptures with religious meanings. 

 

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Did Sweeney Todd really exist?

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A narrow passage called Hen and Chickens Court is located on Fleet Street right where the City of London begins. You’ll often see tourists here wanting to see where Fleet Street Barber Sweeney Todd used to work. He was more than just a barber, in fact, as well as cutting beards, he cut throats.

Barber Todd will give the final shave, slit the client’s throat with a razor blade, pull a lever and send the body to the cellar. His accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, would later use human flesh to make pies which she sold from her nearby shop. The pies were very popular. Although some people believe it’s a true story, it doesn’t appear to be. 

The first time the name Sweeney Todd appeared was in an 1846 romance published weekly in a magazine. The story was as follows: a girl no longer finds her boyfriend. The girl thinks the barber has something to do with her disappearance. The girl dresses as a man to find a job at the barber shop. She discovers that her boyfriend works as a slave in the sweet lady’s kitchen. The story ends well, Mrs Lovett is poisoned, Sweeney Todd is captured and the two lovers live happily ever after.

There are no news stories that could have inspired this story, perhaps a story of a cannibal chef in Paris which appears to be true and a Dickens character that talked about cannibal cooks, but they are not stories that actually happened.

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