Rabit broke the Internet

Frere Rabit welcomes you the the blogue.

The rabit goes on piligriminage on Wednesday 14th July. It is a short piligriminage on rabit’s velocipede, from Canterbury to Poitiers.  It is a while since rabit went on piligriminage on a velocipede, having given away his last velocipede on the Camino Francés at San Xulián do Camiño in 2006 after cycling from Canterbury, via Le Puy, and then walked for the last four days to complete the journey. Since then, walking has been the only way to do it, and the greatest walk was from Worcester to Compostela and cape Finisterre in 2008, three months and about one thousand six hundred miles.

During that trip, rabit kept a blogue for the first time, helping to focus attention of the fund-raising effort for his preferred charity: Whizz-Kidz, the disabled children’s mobility charity. Just recently, Marion Marples, Secretary of the Confraternity of St James, the English piligriminage association, asked me where was my old blogue as she wanted to point someone in the direction of it for guidance on the route through France. Sadly, I deleted that blogue once I completed my fund-raising for Whizz-Kidz.*

I tried to recover it later but it had disappeared for good and, shortly afterwards, my old laptop pooter stopped connecting to the Internet anyway.  Rabit – being a creature of small brain – was under the false impression that he had broken the Internet, so didn’t know the Internet still existed on millions of other pooters. The Internet is still there!  What good news.  So rabit didn’t break the Internet, after all. Hooray!

Coincidentally, at the same time Marion made the enquiry about my old blogue, a few days ago, I was already hard at work helping with others to create a blogue called Catholicism Pure & Simple. This had its origins in a breakaway group of commenters from Damian Thompson’s Daily Telegraph “Holy Smoke” blogue. I remembered how much I enjoyed bloguing about my travels, so I have decided to begin a new rabit blogue.

Here is Frere Rabit’s new piligriminage blogue. More to follow later, as I set off to cycle on my rabit velocipede from Canterbury to Poitiers, along the routes de Saint Jacques-de-Compostelle

Munch carrot. Zizz paws in a satisfied manner. Flop down on the grass in the sun, dreaming of a trip to the Carrot Museum.

(NOTE: Many thanks to Caroline for sending me the link to The Carrot Museum.)

* Geert Bakker in Holland sent me a link to show that the Whizz-Kidz charity page is still in existence for that walk in 2008: https://www.justgiving.com/whizz-kidz-pilgrim/


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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8 Responses to Rabit broke the Internet

  1. RatBag says:

    Go, Rabit! Have a lovely piligriminage. Remember to be kind to snakes, aaarrrrgggghghhh!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you, but don’t mention the rood and norty snakes. We don’t like them.

  3. glynbenedict says:

    Congratulations on having your very own blogue, rabit! Happy velocipeding around France. If you are lucky you might just find a church where the music doesn’t come from a cassette recorder on the altar and the priest is wearing jeans and trainers! GB

  4. kathleen says:

    Look forward to those tips and comments Frere Rabit. I hope to take to the camino again myself next year! in 2004 I walked from Astorga to Santiago, and in 2006 from Oporto (Portuguese camino) but would like to start from further afield next time.
    Don´t get any blisters, muscle cramp, heat exhaustion…..
    May God go with you.

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Glyn, I haven’t yet congratulated you on becoming a Catholic! Pax et Bonum! As one who has become a Catholic quite frequently these days, I highly recommend it. It certainly beats New Labour hands down… 😉

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    Kathleen: Astorga is a wonderful place to start from! You go straight into the wonderful silence of that mysterious land of the Maragata and then up to Rabanal. It is usually one of the most contemplative sections of the Camino Francés, I think.
    I shall do my bit now to promote this French route: I really recommend it. (Posted from the boat 00.55.)


  7. ALiCe__M says:

    Bon pélerinage, Frère Rabit ! I hope you find good people on your way.

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