The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams was interviewed on the BBC R4 Today programme this morning, explaining why world leaders attending the G20 summit in London this week should not forget their promises to the world’s poorest. He called upon world leaders to think about the most sensible way to run the economy and our enviornnment, believing that we have become short-sighted and greedy by allowing ourselves to be lured into tunnel vision about investment. He shared his anxiety of a culture where the expresison of immediate emotion and instinct, and the increase in casual violence. He called on us to work at recovering a sense of what it is to look at ourselves;,value courage and fidelity and rediscover what it is to be truly human. He was saddened by the corrosive cynisim that has permeated our society, and felt that there was too much blame being thrown around. When asked by the presenter if people still actually listened to The Archbishop, Rowan replied “Occasionally, but they don’t always agree with him.”
To hear the interview, click on the audio link listed by the feature, which was broadcast at 0732 am
Tomorrow is the day that we all try to pull a trick or two, but the origin of April Fools’ Day is obscure. One likely theory is that the modern holiday was first celebrated soon after the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar; the term referred to someone still adhering to the Julian Calendar which it replaced.In many pre-Christian cultures May Day (May 1) was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signalled the start of the spring planting season and an April Fool was someone who did this prematurely.In the eighteenth century the festival was often posited as going back to the times of Noah. An English newspaper article published on April 13th, 1789 said that the day had its origins when he sent the raven off too early, before the waters had receded. He did this on the first day of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April. A possible reference to April Fools’ Day can be seen in the Canterbury Tales (ca 1400) in the Nun’s Priest’s tale, a tale of two fools: Chanticleer and the fox, which took place on March 32nd.
A more contemporary interpretation of an April Fool is said to be those who believe that world leaders gathering in London will actually make a difference that will help us, or an anti-capitalist protester who will end captitalism. Happy April Fool’s day- and if your a banker try not to be any more foolish than the other 364 days of the year!