Sunday, January 6, 2019


1618 | Lancashire
Lawful Recreation

King James I
Our express pleasure is that the laws of our kingdom and canons of the church be as well observed in Lancashire county as in all places of this our kingdom; and on the other part, that no lawful recreation shall be barred to our good people which shall not tend to the breach of our aforesaid laws and canons of our church.

Our pleasure is that after the end of divine service, our good people be not disturbed, letted, or discouraged from any lawful recreation, such as dancing—either men or women—archery for men, leaping, vaulting, or any other such harmless recreation; nor from having of May games, Whitsun ales, and morris dances; and the setting of maypoles and other sports therewith used, so as the same be had in due and convenient time, without impediment or

neglect of divine service. And that women shall have leave to carry rushes to the church for the decorating of it, according to their old custom. But withal we do here account still as prohibited all unlawful games to be used upon Sundays only, as bear- and bullbaitings, interludes, and at all times in the meaner sort of people, by law prohibited, bowling


  1. HEY! I bowl when I WANT TO! Charlie Hurtubise coached me on this, and NO priest, mullah, or pastor will stop me!
    Bowling is a sacred rite for anyone who understands the philosophy behind "The Great Lebowsky"
    The Dude abides.

  2. The truth about bowling? You can't handle the truth! All you non bowlers talk about is that movie. But the real action is just past the foul line (where you can swear in peace). Can you me tell what "the mother in law" is? Is your ball 12, 14, 15, or 16 lbs? Is it your straight ball? Do you use high rotation in your delivery. Do you move right 3 boards for more starboard delivery? Do you use a plastic or non-plastic ball? Are you using a fingertip hole delivery, or semi? What boards, and where, are you using for targets? Do you look at the pins? Can you consume 5 beers by 9:30 PM? Has a woman ever beaten you (I mean in league play)? What's you house? Do you like duckpins?
    If you can answer all these questions truthfully (not like Trump), then you are on your way to being a great bowler, after 20 years of practice.
    See you Friday night, and have a joke and a toke ready.