A few days ago I have been to a reading by Dame Carol Anne Duffy. In a church and with music (and wine). Written words read aloud connect the audience. Though I asked myself why the average age seemed to have been 70 years old. When one elderly Gentleman remarked “Mr. and Mrs. special couldn’t be bothered to show up” I felt connected with the fellow audience again, because I shared the sentiment (two front seats were reserved for advertisers). There was a huge advertisement. Maybe, because I am German, but I felt advertisement should not be in a church. Outside the front door at the entrance, ok, but on display inside? On the other hand churches in the UK do lots of lively and good things to give people a place to connect with each other. You would not find a murder mystery in a church in Germany, nor coffee morning, Queens 90th birthday celebration or even a toddler group and maybe you would not hear about “the human bee” either.