Here’s some of the photos taken at the Dunedin celebrations of John Calvin‘s 500th birthday, on Friday 10 July 2009:
The cake measured about 1 square metre, held a full 500 candles, and – for your interest – was a sponge cake filled with raspberry jam:
Unfortunately, because there were so many candles, the middle of the cake broke out into a towering inferno, while we were still lighting the outside candles. We suspect the spirit of Servetus was wreaking his revenge. This gave the sponge cake a distinct smokey taste. Apart from that, it wasn’t a bad sponge:
Dunedin was settled predominantly by Presbyterian Scots in the Nineteenth Century, a fact which has certainly left its mark on the cold and austere Gothic architecture around the place.
A particularly successful part of our celebrations, I thought, were the Calvin Party-Hats. There’s just something terribly incongruous about a Calvin Party-Hat:
Gillian Townsley said:
Disappointed to have missed the birthday cake inferno/celebration! Here is a contribution that makes me laugh (as only Calvin can do!):
I’ve missed it as well, but I’ve got a Calvin Party-Hats! (^-^)/
Tyrone Slothrop said:
Lucky you! You can have so much fun wearing a Calvin party-hat.
And just who and what is John Calvin to you people?