SIRC – Media Watch 03-06-99
Three Bloody Marys
In an attempt to revive flagging congregations in the local area, the Bradford Christian Pub Consortium have taken over the 170 year old Cock and Bottle Pub in Bradford. The new owners stress they will not just be offering religion on draught. Counselling sessions and evangelism nights however may feature alongside more traditional drinking-related activities. Although theme pubs have a proven track record you can't help but be sceptical about their financial prospects. The Cock and Bottle is likely to be one of the few watering holes that actively endorses sobriety. But financial savings have already been made. In an attempt to rid the establishment of its violent past, the new tenants have opted for an exorcism rather than a refurbishment!
If all else fails – Pray
A survey lasting ten years, conducted by Dr Harold Koenig a professor of medicine and psychiatry in North Carolina suggested that Church goers enjoyed better health and longevity. But before you go rushing to the next service it is likely that his findings were more to do with a less hedonist approach to life than divine intervention.