Earlier today (Sunday), I was honoured to be a guest on Trevor Fry’s programme on BBC Radio Bristol. I thought he was a very pleasant and intelligent man, who was also far more awake than I was at that hour, so I can only hope that any listeners found something of interest in the responses I gave to Trevor’s questions.
Thinking back, Trevor asked me a question along the lines of “How much of the idea of Jesus visiting Britain is founded in myth?” to which I responded with something about William of Malmesbury, St David and Gildas, before speaking a little about the widespread legends in the West Country. However, if these stories are indeed myths, which I personally doubt, then I wonder yet again why they are so concentrated in such a relatively small area so far away from the Holy Land, and I wonder also why they speak of mundane matters such as coming ashore for water and mining, a profession I’m not aware that Jesus is linked with in the Bible.
Trevor also asked me if I thought that Glastonbury Tor was a fitting landmark to appear in the Olympic stadium for the opening ceremony. In my opinion, with the possible exceptions of Stonehenge and Tintagel Castle, it’s hard to imagine a more magical setting, but it belatedly occurs to me how fantastically lucky we all are to be able to speak of and to visit places that possess a real and tangible aura of enchantment in our technological, increasingly dehumanised and heavily industrialised age.
So, thank you again, Trevor, and my best wishes to you and to all your listeners.