Random jottings from the Editors desk

At our last meeting, we delved into Kipling and the Masonic movement. Robyn Forster, ably assisted by husband Michael, gave an excellent presentation, Robyn had spent many months researching her subject, and also showed many items of Masonic regalia, and an example of a new cut ashlar. There is a letter from Robyn in the [...]


This is a title that caused me a little confusion when I was younger. Were rewards a special type of fairy, or perhaps a djinn? When I was introduced to Bishop Richard Corbetts ballad on Rewards & Fairies, Kiplings title became clearer. The good Bishop, who had the see of Oxford, was undoubtedly an erudite [...]


Dear David The brief notes that I gave you yesterday did not include the fact that Michael’s Mother Lodge is Lodge Rudyard Kipling No.  143  N.S.W. constitution. When this Lodge was formed in 1950, the members wrote to Elsie Bainbridge, Kipling’s only surviving daughter for permission to use Kipling’s name. Permission  was graciously given. Elsie [...]

Muddied Oafs of Rugby

By Sean Fagan, JottingsOnRugby.com The most common epithet applied to a rugby player is that of being a “muddied oaf”. Though usually given in a light-hearted manner, and even worn with pride, it nevertheless reinforces a stereotype portraying rugby footballers as lacking intelligence or manners, and often both. So where did the “muddied oafs” appellation [...]

The Sons of Martha

THE Sons of Mary seldom bother, for they have inherited that good part; But the Sons of Martha favour their Mother of the careful soul and the troubled heart. And because she lost her temper once, and because she was rude to the Lord her Guest, Her Sons must wait upon Mary’s Sons, world without [...]