thread May I be the first
To wish Amy a happy birthday and commend her on her excellent birthday choice!
permalink And also with you
and Manley, my cousin, my mate in Harrogate, my mate in Surbiton and her daughter and her mother in law, and the second child of someone else I know.
permalink Also... on a stunning sunny day in the Norfolk Broads...
Jiva got married.

As the best man’s designated speech giver toasted... “to new beginnings”!

It’s lovely. Witchy, me and Bea, Batsgirl and Stevie representing the B3ta/4rthur/C4mbodia massive. Embodying all your love, we are!
permalink Awwwwwwwwwww!
Please give the happy couple big hugs from me!
permalink I like this
Good for me
permalink What a fecking awesome day,
boosted by Sean's speech about killer whales searching for their soulmate during the ceremony, proper laugh there :D
permalink It was utterly splendid all round, wasn't it?
I am now in the Concorde Room at T5, awaiting my Dubai flight... having been upgraded from Business to First for some reason. Not complaining! Wish it wasn't an overnight flight though.
permalink oo nice.
i guess you cant turn up smashed.
permalink Turning up wankered at a meeting at 9am would not go down well.
Thursday on the way back is a different story of course...
permalink Quite lidderally
a flying visit.
permalink Congrats Jive and Dave!
permalink As someone excellently commented on BaceFook
You're my wife now Dave!
permalink ^^All the best to all those above! ^^
permalink I second what the German said
Well done Jiva.

Edit: When my kids were born the church mafia swung into action and made sure we had at least one hot meal cooked and delivered to us each day for around a month.

Our Egyptian neighbour told us they have the same thing, only it's when a couple get married because they don't leave the bedroom for long enough to cook.
permalink That's only relevant
if you don't believe in sex before marriage though...
permalink and can't order some take away,
but I cherish the sentiment.
permalink Not everyone can afford takeaway
so I understand that one a bit more.
permalink Yes.
Which is interesting in itself. Most people in the Uk say they're Christian but Christian values aren't really embedded in society.

That seems very different in Islamic countries. My non-Muslim Iranian friend is fasting for Ramadan because its so Islamic values are embedded into society to the point where someone continues to shun food and water during daylight when they're in the Uk and aren't Muslim.
permalink Yes the UK has been very secular for a long time
and I strongly suspect (although have no way to find out) that plenty of people who say they're Christian merely mean that they had RE lessons at school (which were basically only about Christianity when I was at school) and would get married in a church if they were forced to have a religious ceremony.

All the schools that I went to had a religious aspect to them but most state schools don't, and where else would you encounter religion unless your family were already into it?
permalink Remember that a lot of Islamic countries were far more liberal
50 years ago.. Iran in particular. And some, like the Emirates were essentially empty.

So there are a lot of uncomparables.
permalink well done everyone mentioned
in this thread.
permalink many happy things indeed
everything is most excellent
permalink "You've all done very well"