17 May 2017

Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way




10 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

... and small are the balls, and smaller the holes.
Who had to buy the pints at the 19th hole, buddy or you?

Andrew said...

We do not follow many traditions Sean, so although I won the match it was my round, and a fine bottle of Dark Island it was too, having made the difficult choice between the Orkney and the Irish brews

Andrew said...

On a technical point re Sean's comment, if the holes were smaller than the balls the game may never have taken off as it did. Our forefathers did have some wisdom, obviously.

Sean Jeating said...

Ah, Dark Island's a fine alternative.
As for the technical point: Thank you, my friend. As a German I prefered a Scotsman to correct Churchill.

Andrew said...

By the way I thought the phrase from the King James sponsored version Bible (King James VI of Scotland and I of England through the Union of the Crowns) was appropriate for playing of "King Jimmy's", as we call him here. By all accounts he was a fairly remarkable fellow. I would have liked to have played him at golf while discussing words and ideas, followed by a dark ale or six. For an irreligious chap I find many a biblical phrase to be appropriate while playing on King Jimmy's Island.

Sean Jeating said...

Yes, he was, so to speak, your Martin Luther, wasn't he?
Ah, any examples for biblical phrases you find appropriate, while trying to hit a small ball in a little bigger hole?

Andrew said...

A multitude Sean, for I did listen as a boy in Sunday School, until I began to wonder and question too much, so for example "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing..." (on the first tee); then many that may be considered blasphemous in any place other than the pages of the Bible, often later in the round. There is some good literature in the King Jimmy Version (to be filed under fiction of course, but as we know in fiction there can be great truth). When my buddy missed a three foot putt on the 18th green to confirm my victory, he too did question the "Saviour" rather loudly, while "the Lord gave and the Lord hath taketh away". I should start a class - Biblical Golf For Unbelievers... We even have our very own "Amen Corner" at St Jimmy's - the 8th and the 9th, where many a sin has been seen.

Andrew said...

Woopsie... in my final line I elevated King Jimmy into sainthood, and I do believe that would require an authority higher than myself (should such authority be possible).

Sean Jeating said...

"Biblical Golf for Unbelievers": excellent idea.
I could offer "Die schweinigsten Stellen aus dem Alten Testament". :)

Andrew said...

The Auld Tale has some great stories in it.