The pharaohs were buried with slaves and treasures to ease their passage into the afterlife and according to this article the vicar of Thursley seems to be keeping with that tradition, much scaled down of course, with his own humble funeral plans.
The vicar has requested that he be laid to rest in a lidless coffin with his Bible, prayer-book, bedside books and trusty hot water bottle by his side.
He does seem to have forgotten one thing though. A lamp. No point waiting for the next stage in his existence with a few good books if he can’t see them in the dark…
I expect that the lidless part might be overlooked by the parishioners though.
I understand his intentions, but I think it would be a little too unnerving to be at the burial of a person who had no lid on his coffin.
Maybe the vicar didn’t have complete faith in the local quack and was just making sure that if the diagnosis of death was a little premature he would have an easier escape once he woke up….
Today a requiem mass was held for the famous Australian bushranger, Ned Kelly. Ned will finally be laid to rest in Greta cemetery next to his mother on Sunday, more than 130 years after his execution on November 10th, 1880. (ABC news.)
Gallows at Old Melbourne Gaol, where Ned Kelly was executed.
I was interested to hear that death threats were made to Monsignor White, the priest who was to officiate over the service. (The Age.)
It just shows that Ned’s story is still polarizing the people after all this time.
Poor old Ned is not going to lie too restfully for now; the part of Gippsland where he is to be buried is a little to close to a large bushfire for there to be much peace for him for a while yet.
Oh well, it has been over 100 years already, I think he can wait just a little longer….
Update: Here is a link to a report about the funeral on the Sunday.
Other Ned Kelly posts I have done in the past are:
Old Melbourne Gaol
No rest for Ned.
Where will Ned rest in peace?
Ned Kelly’s remains to be returned to his family.
What a nice story, I love that Paddy occasionally got to go off on boating adventures before being returned to his home on the docks. Unfortunately this story is not one we are ever likely to see in this day and age.
These days, if Paddy the Wanderer started hanging around the waterfront he would quickly be deemed a risk to health and safety. The poor little bugger would be whisked off to the pound by the ranger before he had a chance to make any friends at all!