New book ‘More TV Vicar?’ by @vahva – out now from @dlt_books

*Shameless plug klaxon*

More TV Vicar coverOne of the founders of Anglican Memes, Bryony Taylor, has written a fun book about the portrayal of Christians on the telly. If you like Anglican Memes you might enjoy it. Rev Kate Bottley (that vicar off the telly) said this about it:

‘Vicars (and Christians) on the telly are viewed by the wider population with a varying mixture of disdain, amusement and downright bewilderment. Bryony’s book not only explores the good, the bad and the quirky of TV “vicars” but also asks what we can learn from how the media paints a picture of the clergy and how we might challenge the stereotypes. It also makes us laugh at ourselves and recognise that sometimes the media portrayals of clergy (and Christians as a whole) are painfully accurate, sometimes we are frankly ridiculous and sometimes we deserve to be satirised. The hope has to be that by taking a good hard look at ourselves we might be changed to be more like the real “star of the show” (that’s Jesus by the way).’

Available from all good bookshops etc. – click here for more information. Here’s one of the comedy clips that inspired the book:

Introducing #awkwardanglican problems – a C of E tribute to @soverybritish

We have been fans for a long time of the Twitter account Very British Problems which charts the everyday embarrassment of being a socially awkward Brit. Delightfully, a book is now published with the full collection of situations – read more about it in this article.

Inspired by this, I have begun thinking of some specifically Church of England-related awkwardness. Here are a few starters which I shall tweet over a few days. Please start sending in your own either by Twitter, Facebook or by commenting below.

Not being sure if you can leave after Evensong whilst the organ voluntary is still playing. #awkwardanglican

Being unexpectedly hugged by someone during the peace.

Putting a twenty pound note into the collection plate and wondering how you can hide it so as not to look ostentatious.

Hastily switching from trespasses to sins in saying the Lord’s Prayer.

Knocking someone’s teeth with the chalice whilst administering communion.

Asking for coffee but when the old lady makes you a tea thanking them profusely and drinking it, even though you hate tea.

Eating the free Smarties but then forgetting to collect money in the tube for the Children’s Society during lent.

Trying to interpret a child’s picture from Sunday School in front of a full congregation.

Kneeling and then realising you’re standing on your cassock as you try to stand up gracefully.

Transatlantic Translation

Some of Anglican Meme’s transatlantic brothers and sisters have been complaining that they have no idea what Last of the Summer Wine is. For shame!!

Last of the Summer Wine is the UK’s longest running reality TV show documenting Yorkshire’s care in the community for the elderly. It is compulsory viewing on Sunday evenings. Songs of Praise, Last of the Summer Wine and then off to Evensong with Fr Braithwaite.

‘Ere in Yorkshire it is on every night of the week at 7:30pm just after Emmerdale Farm.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to sue David Cameron

In a shock move, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse today launched a court case against David Cameron’s government claiming they are attempting to privatise their industries and completely undermining the dramatic impact of their plans for the End Times.

My Little 4 Horsemen

The Four Horsemen fear the government is steaing the thunder of their plans for the Apocalypse

A spokesperson for the horsemen (St. John the Divine who wrote their biography in his book Revelation some years ago) explained, “The boys are upset. For millennia they have been a watchword for the end times, as harbingers of the Day of Judgement. Now, each of them has identified ways in which the current UK government is seeking to privatise their unique area of operations.

Pestilence is cross that the government’s surreptitious privatisation of the NHS will make his grand finale of epidemics lose dramatic impact. What will be the point of unleashing an unstoppable and hideous pandemic if the UK has already reverted to 19th century models of access to healthcare?

Famine is aghast that the social security system has been undermined to the extent that food banks are having to be set up to feed those whose employers do not pay a living wage, or who are unemployed. Where’s the fun in unleashing plagues of locusts if the government is already starving the poor and vulnerable?

Death is horrified by the machinations of the Department of Work and Pensions which are systematically euthanising the disabled and those with degenerative, chronic, or terminal illnesses. He claims this takes all the fun and challenge out of his job. And War was already upset that Mr Cameron was spending so much time openly marketing the UK arms industry while Mr Hague seeks to help get even more arms into unstable regions of the Middle East – these things have always happened with governments but they are supposed to be a guilty secret, not something to brag about. It is making a mockery of the whole Harbinger of the Apocalypse brand when they do it so brazenly!”

“These bozos are undoing the whole drama of Armageddon.” said Pestilence, “We’d been enjoying watching humankind attempt to alleviate war, famine, disease, conquest and death, and especially in the UK where a lot of them had been having a good crack at it since 1945 – that kind of thing makes an ideal dramatic canvas for the overwhelmingly destructive devastation of the Apocalypse. But now… the whole show will lose impact. These people have no soul.”

War, however, remained the most philosophical of the group, “Thankfully,” he said, “the UK is just one small part of the globe. We have plenty of other projects on the go in our various areas of operations elsewhere. It’s just that we had high hopes that the home of Shakespeare, Chaucer and Pratchett would have a greater sense of theatre about the End of Days than this. We’re not so much angry as… disappointed in them.”



For information and background on the policies which are so upsetting the Four Horsemen, you might like to check out the following links (usual disclaimer about Anglicanmemes not being responsible for the content of external sites obviously applies):

The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks about Foodbanks and the government’s derogatory language about people living in poverty.

Church Action of Poverty – information about many poverty-related issues in the UK

War on Welfare campaign – which calls for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions

NHS Support Federation –  an independent pressure group that campaigns to protect and improve the NHS, true to its founding principles, a voluntary organisation, funded by supporters from the health professions and the general public.

Save the NHS petition – via 38Degrees

Stop the Arms Fair – campaign against London’s arms trade fair 2013.

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“His first avowed intent to be a penguin” and 19 other hilarious hymn typos

It all started with Bosco Peters sharing this very funny hymn typo on his Facebook page:

1. hymn typo from @liturgy

“In tits fullness undiminished”

Then I asked our fans on twitter and Facebook for their best examples of hymn typos. Here is a selection of the funniest.


Chris is made the sure foundation

“Chris is made the sure foundation”


“Clam rising through change and through storm”


Do you reject “Stan and all his works”?


“They burned my body and they thought I’d gone”


“In his hands he gently bares us”


“Penis Angelicus”

8. “What a fiend we have in Jesus”


angus die

“Angus die”



“Sheep May Softly Glaze”



“Jesus you are hanging me”


“My hope to follow July”



“your peach in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day”



“His first avowed intent to be a penguin”



“Communion hums”



“Thy unicorn grace bestoweth”



“Set our farts on fire”



“The Lord Christ has given us a sin”



“I will make you vicious old men”



“Sin to the Lord with all of your heart”