.,-(11400.101ti, Prxts WEEK'S FRONT page Astory about all-meat Friday meals on Canadian trains and planes focused my attention on their British counterparts. Not surprisingly, the Americans started it all last year when TWA and Pan-Am w ere granted Vatican dispensations.
Many other airlines have received a dispensation too. but some prefer to keep right on serving fish. A BOAC spokesman explained that "some people wouldn't eat meat on Fridays even if they could so all Friday flights offer fish".
BUA also prefers to cater to its passengers. "We serve fish on all Friday flights", 1 was told. A sidelight to these conversations may result • in the unmasking of a popular myth. Many people believe —at least in England that bona fide travellers automatically receive a dispensation from abstaining on Fridays.
Not so, according to a spokesman for the Westminster archdiocese, who had to think back to seminary moral theology days for an answer. "If there is a nonmeat meal available on Fridays. eat it. If there is only meat available on Fridays, eat that. But don't pass up the fish for the meat when both are available," he said.
British Rail fish — available everyday — is famous in its own right,
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dents and building archeologists will probably find much to interest them at an exhibition Opening in October at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is being put on by the Palestine Exploration Fund to celebrate its centenary.
A lunch-time browsing through the exhibition will take you back to the days of Kitchener of Khartoum and Petrie of Egypt, Wooley (of Ur) and Lawrence (of Arabia). These were some of the more famous individuals who helped to charter the country. made excavations, and set the scene for largescale expeditions like those at Jericho and Jerusalem in recent years.
One of the interesting points of the exhibition will be a detailed outline of what shape future developments and prospects are likely to take. It will be on from October 1 to November 28.
Helping officers y TNHERALDED BUT 16--, METHODICALLY, Laurence Cotterell, an occasional reviewer in the columns of the CATHOLIC HERALD. has gone about the work of helping for mer Polish Army officers. His efforts have recently been recognised.
Last week Mr. Cotterell was presented with the Order of the Golden Cross of Merit (Polish) from General Anders, in the presence of other senior exofficers of the wartime Polish forces serving under British command.
The citation praised the recipient for his "many years' deep interest in the Polish cause" and his assistance in obtaining "pensions for aged officers and men from Polish Armed Forces who fought under British cornmand during the last war and are now residing in this country".
Digging up the past wAS SI. BEDE at Wearmouth, or was he at Jarrow? A very exciting dig at St. Paul's, Jarrow, may disclose a clue. Even if it doesn't it will almost certainly produce the first plan of a seventh century monastery in Europe.
The experienced Miss Rosemary Cramp. lecturer in Anglo-Saxon antiquities and archaeology at Durham. is leading the university team. She recalled that St. Bede wrote that when St. Bend t Biscop founded the monastery, he wanted it built in the Roman manner. "And this is precisely what we have found," Miss Cramp said. "The Saxon floor is a form of Roman mortar floor but it is a different techn ique."
Despite the bitter-sweet prospect of years of digging ahead. Miss Cramp hopes that the west wall will be reached this year. From this the size of the monastery can be estimated.
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happy sisters at Stockport, Cheshire, this week who didn't mind the thunder storms or the weeping clouds of England. Two of them were glad to get away from the hot dust of Africa for a while, and the third, a nun in England, was used to the rain.
They were happy because it was the first time they had met each other for many years. They are sisters both literally -all members of the Hartley family — and spiritually, as members of the Holy Family of Bordeaux.
The eldest, 75-year-old Sister St. George, has worked in the South African missions for 53 years and was last home in 1949. Her younger sister. Mother Mary di Piazzi, 45 years in South Africa, was in charge of a mission station at Coronationville. And the youngest member of the trio is Sister sr. Hugh. who is attached to R convent at Cambridge.