Well I hope people had far too much to eat yesterday and all the usual Christmas stuff. Sticking with a religious theme I thought I would link to this story in the Daily Mail about concerns over a mosque in Oxford. The mosque apparently wants to have a loud speaker system that will broadcast the call to prayer three times a day across the City.
As one would expect there has been some opposition to it. From a purely noise pollution standpoint I would imagine that having the call to prayer three time a day, seven days a week would get rather annoying. At least with church bells it's usually only once a week and maybe twice if there is a wedding going on.
Having said that, when I spent two weeks in Egypt, one week of which was in Luxor, I used to quite like hearing the call to the prayer. There was something rather mystical about the way it sounds, and even better it meant I didn't need to wear a watch, because some guy let me know when it was breakfast, lunch and dinner time.
The only thing I did worry about whether there was a spit guard on the microphone. I guess the prospect of the guy doing the calling having a cold in Egypt was limited, but imagine it in Oxford. It could get messy couldn't it? Wouldn't be so much a call to prayer but a phlegm to prayer.