Is it just me or are we taking these doomsday prophecies a little more seriously these days? I’ve lost count of how many “end of the world” bulletins I’ve seen over my life time but I do remember my dear dad’s prophetic words when I first expressed fear as a young lad about one of these warnings: the world ends for someone, somewhere every second of the day. Hardly the fatherly comfort I was seeking but on serious thought very true.
Anytime I read that there will be that moment of rapture when true believers are sucked up into an eternal life of harp music and blinding light (not exactly enticements in my book but à chacun son goût) I am reminded of a brilliant sketch from Beyond the Fringe. Unfortunately I was not able to find a video of the original quartet of Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett performing so had to make do with this one from “The Secret Policeman’s Ball” in 1979.
And who know we may someday we may really come up with a winner.
On this day in 1641: The Merchant Royal, carrying a treasure of over 100,000 pounds of gold (worth over £1 billion today), is lost at sea off Land’s End.