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Goodwill to all Men.

It was a trivial problem that … occurs every year,” said police Lieutenant-Colonel Khaled al-Tamimi. “Everything is all right and things have returned to normal,” he said. “No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God.”

Men of God very clearly. Some of them were fucking going for it mind!

This statement followed an epic Barnabus Rubble between priests at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. They were supposed to be cleaning the gaff and it ended in broomie-cuffs and fisticuffs between them. God alone knows what the followers of Judaism or Allah thought of it!

Lt Col al-Tamimi had to deploy 100 riot cops to the site. I guess that is “trivial” in copper lingo. I mean in the sense of Samuel Vimes.

I am a Quaker Warden and have to clean the gaff (which does involves a broom) and whilst the premises committee might get feisty I’ve never seen an actual pitched battle, yet. But this is England.

The BBC has the video.



  1. Paul Marks says:

    There is a book that is on a chair a few feet away from me as I type this.

    One of the things it compains of is fighting between rival demoninations of priests in certain key churches in the Holy Land.

    However, the book does say that talks are under way to settle the disputes soon.

    The book was published in the 1920s.

  2. RAB says:

    Bethlehem twinned with Warmington-on-Sea.

    Warden Hodges wants the Church Hall…

    “Get off out of it with your useless shower Napoleon, the Hall should have been handed over to the Wardens 20 minutes ago”.

  3. It’s normal for them. I’ve been there and seen priests fly at each other on an average weekday. You can never be quite sure whose territory has had the incursion or if they just do it when ever they see each other, like huge Japanese fighting fish.

  4. Pavlov's Cat says:

    I mean in the sense of Samuel Vimes.

    A mere 4 weeks ago this reference would have been lost on me, but thnaks to Kindle and a kindly friend, I now know to whom you are referring , (just finished ‘Feet of Clay, am reading them in order)

  5. Pavlov’s Cat – you have wonderful times ahead!

  6. Stonyground says:

    You may all recall that in Monty Python’s Life of Brian there are various fights and examples of idiotic behaviour among the locals. In every case there are a couple of Roman soldiers leaning on spears looking on and slowly shaking their heads. A few years ago there was some kind of seige involving hostages at the Church of the nativity. The TV coverage was a hoot because once the problem had been sorted out, the army gave the religoons the nod that they could enter the building and an enourmous scrap ensued in the doorway as they all climbed over each other to be first. There was a brilliant moment when two modern soldiers were shown looking on and slowly shaking their heads.

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