There's a mildly cryptic letter in a national newspaper today pointing out that "Anglican attendance in the 43 cathedrals in the country has now rocketed to 35,800 attendees per week......They have now overtaken West Ham's match day attendance and are about to overtake Tottenham Hotspur". I think I've mentioned that I knew from the Chamberlain of York Minster that attendances at English cathedrals have risen sequentially since the war. There are reasons for this. There's anonymity (you're unlikely to be hauled on to the tea rota), good architecture and good music, for example. As for the comparison with football clubs (eg West Ham and Tottenham), football attendances were very low in the eighties, but have gone up since in spite of increased prices. Reasons for this are varied, but off topic, though violence and racist chanting have never been a problem in Anglican cathedrals (and the toilets were rarely vandalised). You are also unlikely to have to contend with wafting odours of burgers and onions being fried in cheap fat. I was going to head this topic "Good News from England", but that might give offence. But I did wonder if the same was happening in other parts of the Anglican Communion? And have splinter groups started their own cathedrals? Incidentally, we're in Gloucester this weekend and will be attending a cathedral service there. Has anyone got a favourite cathedral? For me it's a toss up between Lichfield and Carlisle.