It's been a very great pleasure getting to know Michael Dobson over the time I've been here so far. Michael is a lecturer at the University of Technology close to the University of West Indies Mona campus, and a colleague of Debbie and Nadia who have both been to Reading on the courses that we run. Please see entry for 26/2/12 for an account of a concert at Michael's and Debbie's church.
This morning I went to the service with them. Seventh Day Adventists, of course, worship on the Seventh Day, ie. Saturday, in accordance with Jewish practice from which Christianity emerged. A large denomination here, I think I'm right in saying that the Church in the UK has members mainly of Caribbean descent. The Andrews Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church (or ASDA for short, somewhat disconcertingly printed on the back of their chairs) is a large building with powerful air conditioning which is not, in my experience, normal in churches. However, since the normal attire for men is shirt tie, and jacket, often with a waistcoat as well, one may well consider that the air conditioning is necessary!
At the front of the church, so Michael told me, was Sir Patrick Allen, the Governor General, and his wife. So - I was in the same building as the man who will be having Prince Harry as a house guest in a few days' time! How's that for a claim to fame? Actually, no, please don't answer that question....
After the service Michael very kindly took me to breakfast at a local restaurant, and I was again able to enjoy akai and salt fish. Akai is a local vegetable that needs very careful cooking - but, my goodness, it's worth it! So thank you, Michael, for taking me to worship with you, and also for breakfast afterwards, much appreciated.