4 thoughts on “Martin Wroe, Writer, Journalist, and oh yes incidentally, Assistant Vicar of St Luke’s Church, Islington

  1. ‘And in the news several days ago you might have heard that Elon Musk bought Twitter for a jaw-dropping sum. Will the popular online social medium get better or worse as a result?’

    I chiselled this out of an otherwise irrelevant (in news terms) waffle about when to share sad news; and Wroe didn’t even offer an answer to his uncertainty over the

    He also forgets that in the days before online social media newspapers carried an avidly read ‘Births, Marriages, and Deaths’ column; and many newspapers that remain in print still carry this information.

    It used to be one of the first reactions to a death; putting a notice in the paper. If you were well-off, or well-known and connected it was a national daily that carried your notice; otherwise the local Gazette, Bugle, or Clarion published the news. That way family, friends, and neighbours were spared the embarrassment of asking after someone who had died, the funeral was announced, and sympathisers knew to send condolences; cards, offers of help etc. I didn’t really recognise the Rev. Mr Wroe’s picture of holding back, informing individuals piecemeal, which can surely only cause upset to others who care and would wish to know.

    I was reminded of the following little tale. An elderly lady answers her door to find the Telegraph Boy on her doorstep. “Telegram for you Missus,” the lad says. “Ooh!” says the old lady, “I hope it’s one of those singing telegrams, I’ve always wanted a singing telegram.”

    “I’m sorry, Missus, it’s just an ordinary one.”
    “Oh, I wish it was a singing one. Perhaps you could…. sing it for me… would you? Please.”
    “Well, I don’t know,” the lad hesitated.
    “It would make my day, lad. Please sing it for me.”
    The boy opens the telegram, clears his throat, and to the tune of ‘One of those songs that you hear now and then’ sang:

    “Your si-ster Lucy is dead,
    She died on Sa-tur-day night;
    Fun’ral next Thurs-day,
    Fam’ly flowers only…,”


  2. Kudos to Liverpudlian for perceiving some sort of theme in Martin Wroe’s meanderings. He rightly points out Wroe’s straw-manning about the use of social media to convey sad news: nobody in their right mind would really post such news on Twitter or the like. And I loved the story about the telegram boy…

    At one point Wroe quoted Meister Eckhart – something to do with the IMF and stillness – which prompted me to look up some of the Meister’s other utterances. Among a load of pious Christmas-cracker mottos was this:

    “Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep the truth and let God go”.

    I could go along with that one.


  3. “Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep the truth and let God go”.

    That is actually the opposite of a faith perspective. Faith is ultimately turning from the truth to stay with ” God.”


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