Tuesday, 16 February 2021
The Wind in the Vatican
With apologies to Kenneth Grahame "Do you know," said the Brand-Moler, blissfully drinking a huge tankard of German beer as he sat in the garden of the Pope Emeritus. "I've hardly ever been to these apartments before." "Really?" said the Ratzinger solemnly. "To my mind there is nothing at all so worthwhile as messing about in the Vatican." "What a day I'm having, Ratty," continued the Brand-Moler with a sigh of full contentment. What's in the picnic basket?" "Following papal advice, there's Legumes," replied the Ratzinger briefly. "BroadBeansLentilsPeasPeanuts BakedBeansChickpeas MassimoFaggioli PulsesRunnerBeans..." "Oh stop, stop!" cried the Brand-Moler in ecstasies. "This is too much! What a feast, Ratty!"