Saturday, 19 June 2010

Woad Twaffic

TV News programmes have reported that The Police Pagan Association has obtained for its Members the same rights as other Faiths within the Police Service to have "religious" holidays taken into account when rostering duties.

Paganism in the Police has previously reached senior levels

This certainly gives a new meaning to "The Boys in Blue". Woad is a plant (Isatis Tinctoria) related to the cabbage (Brassica) that yields indigo dye. Julius Caesar in "De Bello Gallica" (Gallic Wars) records that the pagan Britons painted their bodies with a blue pigment but this is now believed to have been a copper-based dye.

What special "holy days" should they have, apart from the Solstices and Equinoctes? The Norse God Loki ("The Skywalker") was the god of fire and of thieves and liars, which might be appropriate for Police Officers (as they deal with such people). Loki was always mocking the Chief God, Odin or Woden, so perhaps they should have every Wednesday off.

As honest pursuers after justice they could perhaps consider October 28th., Feast day of St. Jude, the Patron Saint of Lost Causes and therefore of Lawyers, or December 1st., that of St. Eligius, the Patron Saint of goldsmiths, silversmiths , minters of coinage (which gets stolen, frequently).

Redbridge Police were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

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