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Water, water, everywhere — a new craze

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04 July 2014

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From Mr N. J. Inkley

Sir, - The elsewhere-ubiquitous bottle of water has now become commonplace in church. It is not only the congregation that arrives carrying them: I have seen them pop up from the choirstalls, even on - and to be used from - the organ stool. Fortunately, the clergy seem to be managing without, so far.

Recently, I attended a large diocesan service in a cathedral, where the nave looked like a terraced street just after the milkmen had been - except for the colour of the liquid, of course.

Church services now tend to be a little shorter than when I was young, and all this attention to supposed thirst seems so unnecessary, not to say rather irreverent.

NEIL INKLEY
6 Knot Lane, Walton-le-Dale
Preston PR5 4BQ

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