I had a letter in the Daily Telegraph today – to my great joy and surprise. It also had a small headline on the page and a large amusing illustration.
I made one of my favourite jokes. An unpleasant vicar called Simon Shouler was on Radio 4 this week demanding the right to murder badgers that stray into his church yard and he wants to get rid of the bats in his belfry. He said he should be allowed the right to do this, “in his own way.” Very sinister if you ask me.
I pointed out that all he has to do to the bats is baptise, confirm and marry them, and he will never see them again.
I once made this joke to Fr Rodney Bomford who was then vicar at St Giles Church in Camberwell. He was not amused and gave me one of his chilliest looks. Strange people vicars, you never know what will upset them.