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Harry Ramsden in India…

It’s official.  Famous chip shop chain plans to open in Indian continent!  Funny that our influence on Indian cuisine which started with curry (yes, the British Army invented it – the word curry, that is), has now stretched to the good old chippy and all its healthy attributes.  Do you think they’ll do deep fried Mars Bars too?

Cod n chips...

For the record, Indian culture has flavoured its food with their exquisite spices long before the British Army turned up.  There.  Hope that’s broken the ridiculous myth that our dubious Empire antics also affected the dinner table!

Mr Boparan, the new Indian owner of Harry Ramsden’s, said that once the UK business is operating properly, he wants to open branches in numerous Indin cities and other major nations like China.  As fish raises few religious objections in India, the proposal demonstrates the country’s receptiveness to Western fast food.

The world’s biggest fish and chip chain was originally started by Harry Ramsden in a hut in Guiseley, West Yorkshire in 1928.  Within three years, Mr Ramsden opened a “fish and chip palace” nearby modelled on The Ritz and sold the business in 1954.  The Guiseley branch is the biggest fish and chip shop in the world, seating about 250 customers.

Mr Boparan said: “Harry Ramsden’s is a great British institution and we want to put it back on the map by focusing on the fundamentals of superb service, exceptional value and the very best tasting fish and chips you can buy.”



For busy pastors…

Let’s face it.  However you’ve scheduled your busy life (especially if you are bi-vocational like me), you gotta give time to reading the paper.  It’s called staying ‘culturally abreast’ of things, and it’s very important.

The last thing you want to be is an ill-informed but well-meaning chap.  Why not be informed alongside well-meaning?  Easy.  Read ‘The Week’.  No, I’m not being sponsored to give their readership some added profile……..I’m just saying what works for me.

Some years back whilst doing NF Leadership Training we had a lecturer (who shall remain nameless) who unfolded the machinations of his weekly schedule to us.  As a full-time (hate that phrase – we’re all full time!) pastor/elder, he used the practice of dividing his week up into 21 sessions (3 per day – morning, afternoon & evening).

He figured that ‘working’ in more than 14 of these sessions was tantamount to ‘pushing it’ in terms of your health (let alone your marriage, family etc!), and also that some of this time should be given over to ‘cultural study’.  This ‘sessions’ idea…..well, that’s a whole new blog post I shall tackle sometime soon.

But the beauty of this publication is that it dips into the entire spectrum of news reporting (all the broadsheets & red tops rolled into one), thus granting you a flavour of opinion (politcal or otherwise).  It simultaneously keeps you entertained and up to date when thinking about relevant touchpoints in the culture around you (vital for preaching!).  The best way to buy it is online, which means you get a hard copy through the post AND the facility to read it online.  Perfect.

For busy pastor types

Of course, if you are bi-vocational, far from thinking it would be easier to imbibe the realities of life ongoing, it’s actually even more important to set aside time for such an exercise.  We are probably (don’t shoot me!) busier than our fellow elders who enjoy the privilege of operating all week for their churches, and we are therefore potentially more susceptible to dropping the ball when it comes to staying up with it.

Excuse me while I just put the kettle on………… I’ve got some reading to do!