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I can't help chortling about the drunk bishop

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ChristmasCaroligula · 11/12/2006 19:42

Anyone else heard this? Apparantly the Bishop of Southwark got caught tired and emotional and setting a bad example to binge-Britain.

Call me immature, but . There's something automatically funny about a pissed bish. Especially at this time of year.

BBC has covered it very discreetly here

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VeniVidiVickiQV · 11/12/2006 19:44


southeastastra · 11/12/2006 19:44

i know! it's so funny

FioFio · 11/12/2006 19:46

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southeastastra · 11/12/2006 19:47

i'm sure i heard a woman on the radio saying she found his legs dangling out of her car and he was playing with the baby toys on the back seat

WhenSantaWentQuietlyMad · 11/12/2006 19:47

The Guardian, being fairly anti-religion, has given it front page billing with more detail on page 2. It almost makes the inference between him being "AWOL" and being gay. It is hidden between the lines very carefully, but there nonetheless IMO.

morningpaper · 11/12/2006 19:48

I don't think it's funny

He genuinely seems confused

It reminded me of that Mumsnet thread a while back where someone's hubby came back half-naked and recalling nothing

I do wonder whether sometimes alcohol has an extreme and memory-blanking effect and we don't understand why - just blame "spiked" drinks or drinking too much etc.

morningpaper · 11/12/2006 19:50

I don't think that the Guardian is anti-religion

I'm sure that it's main correspondent writes a lot for the Tablet and other religious journals

I've always thought of the Guardian as being quite Pro-woolly anglicanism

WhenSantaWentQuietlyMad · 11/12/2006 19:50

Yes, true MP. He sounds genuinely confused, and it must be very distressing for him. Plus he sounded very charitable when he said "I could have been mugged, but there is no evidence for that, so I am reluctant to jump to that conclusion."

Someone must have seen him leave the party?

FioFio · 11/12/2006 19:51

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dingdonglapinroseonhigh · 11/12/2006 19:53

I don't think the Guardian is anti-religion either, I would have thought that they shared alot of views with the Bishop in question who is one of my favourite thought for the day presenters and a friend of my dad's!

morningpaper · 11/12/2006 19:53

he didn't try to blame it on someone else

he just sounded genuinely confused

WhenSantaWentQuietlyMad · 11/12/2006 19:53

I find the Guardian very anti-religion. They like nothing better than a bit of pope bashing. Well compared to the rest of the Christian press IMO.

Perhaps I should rephrase that as anti "fervent religiosity" or something? They may favour woolly anglicanism as the palatable face of religion.

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SherlockLGJ · 11/12/2006 19:54

He did sound genuinely confused.

To err is human.

morningpaper · 11/12/2006 19:56

I'm sure is he was genuinely off his tits that someone at the party would have noticed

He would be blathering to his congregation the next day that he could't get his mitre on if he was just a pisshead

Sounds like something odd happened

dingdonglapinroseonhigh · 11/12/2006 19:57

pope bashing is not the same thing as anti religion

southeastastra · 11/12/2006 19:57

he was at a drinks party in the irish embassy, he had one too many and had a lost hour or two. heheheh

Mercy · 11/12/2006 19:57

Haven't read the link but saw it on BBC headlines. Of course it's amusing; he first reported that he'd been mugged and then it (apparently) turned out he'd been to a drinks reception.

It's (literally) a farce in the making.

Poor man though!

FioFio · 11/12/2006 19:58

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morningpaper · 11/12/2006 19:59

oh no I am v. pro religion but would quite happily shoot the pope

you know in a sort of woolly christian way

morningpaper · 11/12/2006 20:00

anyway WTF is wrong with a drunk bishop

it's not like a drunk imam

FioFio · 11/12/2006 20:01

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FluffyMummy123 · 11/12/2006 20:02

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JanH · 11/12/2006 20:03

"What he can remember is attending the pre-Christmas reception at the Irish embassy near Buckingham Palace. These are events not noted for their abstemiousness. MPs have been known to leave on their hands and knees"

Well if an MP can't cope with an Irish embassy knees-up you can imagine the effect on an innocent bish.

I love the line about him throwing the baby toys out of the car and saying "I'm the Bishop of Southwark, it's what I do" - I wish that was true

southeastastra · 11/12/2006 20:04

they'll be no end of bishop gags

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