Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Are you Rapture Ready?

We spent a little time in the Blue Mountains near Sydney with my children and grandchildren. This is a truly wonderful place and we were in a magnificent home designed by Glen Murcutt. Blackheath, where we stayed, is one the places Cate and I love most on the planet.

I just can’t get the hang of Wien without people. Even the dry cleaner has closed for the holidays. It’s just bliss.

We went to Dalmatia (the restaurant) again and on the way home through Stadtpark saw our very first Igel. At least we think it was an Igel. It was prickly and plump and very slow moving. (It could have been Alexander Downer).

This is very exciting as we did not expect to see one in the city.

I showed Gwenyth the bike paths along the Donaukanal and Donauinsel and we have had a couple of long rides. Neither of us has much energy after these so we join the cats in an all afternoon slumber party.

Apart from this we are in such a torpor here that I just don’t have the energy to Blog. I am apparently suffering from post-vacation blog-ennui and there is no known cure.

However, I have booked Fabios for our knees up on Friday night. Baur (of course) is closed for the holidays but Fabios is a very good substitute.

At the bottom of the menu they say ‘WE TAKE THE LIBERTY OF ADDING A COVER CHARGE OF 3 EUROS’.

No mention of why they take this liberty – except that they want to. Good for them I say.
I have found this great website for those of you who are going to be taken up with the ‘Rapture’. You can subscribe to an email service that will let us know where you are.

Now – I can’t be sure about this – but I am not too sure that any of my Blog readers will be going. (I am pretty sure that I will be left behind). But – if you think you will be one who is – you can let us know where you are through this subscription service.

Although it would be nice if you could make a few calls before you left. It’s a bit impersonal to just send an email saying you are wherever you are with whoever. Why not call your mum and tell her. ‘Mum - the Rapture is taking place and I am going’
‘What dear?’
‘The Rapture Mum – it’s happening now and I am going’
‘OK Dear, have a nice time - I hope they are as good as AC/DC’.

There is another service which is free and the message on the home page is

"The rapture: When all the believers in Jesus Christ, who have been born again, aretaken up to heaven.After the rapture, there will be a lot of speculation as to why millions of people havejust disappeared. Unfortunately, after the rapture, only non believers will be left to come up with answers. You probably have family and friends that you have witnessed to and they just won't listen. After the rapture they probably will, but who will tell them?We have written a computer program to do just that. It will send an Electronic Message (e-mail) to whomever you want after the rapture has taken place, and you and I have been taken to heaven.

How is this accomplished, you might ask. It's a dead man switch that will automatically send the emails when it is not reset.If you wish to do something now that will help your unbelieving friends and family after the rapture, you need to add those persons email address to our database. Their names will be stored indefinitely and a letter will be sent out to each of them on the first Friday after the rapture. Then they will receive another letter every Friday after that.This rapture letter service is FREE and will hopefully gain the person you send it to an eternity in heaven.If you would like to see one of the letters which will be sent after the rapture, click here. This is a personal ministry, if you have any questions or comments please address them to: info@raptureletters.comThank you and God Bless You!"

I am not sure that a free service can be relied upon. I think you should pay up.

And what happens if the people running the service aren’t Raptured. Aren’t they going to get the shits and delete all the emails. I certainly would! (Another reason I won’t be Raptured!).


  1. Those of us who are left behind will be able to have a great party in the absence of the believers who will have, at last, left us in peace!

  2. Amazing what some people deem perfectly logical while claiming the belief in reincarnation to be "crazy".

    [Wagging head]

    By the way, not to sound thick, but what's a "knees up"?

  3. (Personally, I wish the Rapture were true. With all of them out of here, this world might actually get to live in peace for a change!)

  4. Based on this popular pub song, the expression "knees up" means having a party or a dance.


  5. Happiness is when everybody has left.

    When they have closed down everything,
    we could have a picnic in Stadtpark,
    molting ducks included.

    Care about a new German word?