A few days ago I listened to the afternoon news on the radio. The content seemed to be the same as any other day. Somewhere in the world people from various factions, religious and ethnic backgrounds were squabbling, fighting and killing each other over some (to them) absolutely vital point of principle.
Later I changed into my dark suit and went to our regular Lodge meeting. Here I witnessed a Muslim Master initiate a Sikh Candidate, assisted by a Christian Senior Warden and a Jewish Junior Warden.
I am very proud to call myself a Mason.
Derek Prescott, Sheffield
Royal Ark Mariners
The letter from J Hemmings (MQ, Issue No. 17) on the Nelson medal points out the possible connection with the Royal Ark Mariners Degree because of the depiction of the Ark and Rainbow.
The Sun, Moon and Stars shown on the medal also link the RAM Degree. Perhaps the Cross and Anchor on the medal represent a memorial to a naval hero finally at rest, at anchor in a tranquil harbour.
I can confirm that Joe Flynn (Letters, MQ Issue No. 16) is correct that the photo of Dr Crippen and Ethel le Neve was taken in the dock at Bow Street Magistrates Court and not the Old Bailey.
The court is about 200 yards from Freemasonsí Hall, and one Saturday morning there was a special RAF fly-past, so we clambered on to the roof of the court, as did some staff on the roof of Grand Lodge.
One of my lady colleagues asked me which one was the Grand Wizard! I wonder what the qualifications might be for such a rank.
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