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Thanks to all who wrote to us about our use of 'hallo'. We are most grateful to Chris Ambidge of Toronto for reminding us that we learnt the word 'hallo' when we were very young, from a most authoritative source: Ursa Winnus

'Hallo, Pooh,' Owl said. 'How's things?'

'Terrible and Sad,' said Pooh, 'because Eeyore, who is a friend of mine, has lost his tail. And he's Moping about it. So could you very kindly tell me how to find it for him?'

'Well,' said Owl, 'the customary procedure in such cases is as follows.'

'What does Crustimoney Proseedcake mean?' said Pooh. 'For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me.'

'It means the Thing to Do.'

The mail we received about this 'h-word' issue was more voluminous than any other topic in our history. (What's in second place? Gaiters, of course.) Perhaps the more frivolous the topic, the more people feel free to contribute. Whatever the reason, we like it—and we thank you for reading AO.

Brian says, 'Today I read an article by Helen Gray in the Kansas City Star, "Worship on the web", which is a reaction to the recent book Give Me That Online Religion, by Brenda Brasher. This article includes the quote "By the end of the decade we will have in excess of 10 percent of our population who rely upon the Internet for their entire spiritual experience." That sounded awful to me. It was the last thing I read before I went to church, so I paid close attention to what I got out of attending church that I would not have been able to get online, and I wrote about it.'

Who is he?

In our New This Week section, England outdistances the States in parish web sites, with parishes from Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, and Australia weighing in as well. The Diocese of Jamaica (Province of the West Indies) and the Diocese of Athabasca (Anglican Church of Canada) are now online. The Churches Conservation Trust in the UK has an impressive and well-ordered web site subtitled 'A Thousand Years of English Churches'. And the Church Pension Group, although not around quite that long, is one of the oldest pension funds in the States. They've launched an ambitious and attractive site with much more than just pension information. (See especially the Parish Finder section of 'eServices'.)

Perhaps we need a Dead-Clergy Finder online. Can you identify this mid 19th-century C of E cleric? His portrait (artist unknown, although it looks to Cynthia a bit like a George Richmond) is on offer at eBay. Although we have no interest in furthering its sale, we do like putting names to dead clergymen.

See you next week.

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Cynthia McFarland
  Brian Reid

Last updated: 20 May 2001