BBC News: Pope Francis tries to build bridges in sceptical Turkey
A pontiff yesterday

Do you see what they did, there?...

Pontiff, from pontifex, from pons facere, the Latin for to make a bridge.

[My old Latin teacher, Spiny Norman, would be so proud of me.]


BBC: Vatican to make John Paul II a saint

Pope and dove

(Two seconds later, he bit it in the head.)

If I thought receiving a sainthood was any indication of merit (as opposed to, in most cases, plain insanity), I could be very miffed.

Pope idols

BBC: Pope Francis I elected

So, this planet is now graced with two infallible men. But what if they disagree? Answer me that.


BBC: Benedict XVI: 10 things about the Pope's retirement
6. Life in retirement Announcing his resignation, the Pope said he would spend his time praying for the Church. His elder brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, has also said Benedict would be happy to advise his successor, if required. Writing and studying also seems likely to be on the agenda - Benedict had a library of 20,000 books installed in the papal apartments when he was elected in 2005. He also enjoys playing the piano and watching old black-and-white comedies - and he loves cats. At least one, Contessina, is known to live at Mater Ecclesiae.

The Pope ‘loves cats’.

I rest my case.


So, I've finally seen off the Pope. Time to focus all of my attention on Murdoch.

There can be only one winner.

Knobless oblige

BBC: Pope starts tweeting as @pontifex, blesses followers

I just checked out His Holiness's Twitter page—keeping an eye on the opposition, and all that—and was frankly astonished to see his choice of logo/wallpaper:

@Pontifex Twitter logo

The @Pontifex's Twitter logo this morning.

It's a crossed out knob!

Pretty apt, when you think about it.

Soup selection

Jen and I have been making a lot of soup recently. Well, when I say Jen and I, what I really mean is Jen has been making a lot of soup recently, and I've been helping her. Well, when I say I've been helping her, what I really mean is Jen has been making a lot of soup recently. Pulsating pulse soup, stilton and broccoli soup, Thai chicken and mushroom broth, roasted red pepper and tomato soup, spinach and nutmeg soup.

Which got me thinking. How come you don't get bacon soup? Yes, I know you do get bacon soup—I have a large book of soup recipes, and bacon soup is definitely in there—but you just don't, do you?

Wouldn't bacon soup be totally awesome? The clue's in the name: bacon… soup! What's not to like?

And, while we're at it, how about cat soup? And Pope bouillabaisse?

What about you lot? Are there any particular soups you like to try?