Call Me Hal(lelujah)


A man walks down the street
It's a street in a strange world
Maybe it's the Third World
Maybe it's his first time around
He doesn't speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound
The sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages
He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says Amen! and Hallelujah!

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al
(Paul Simon, You Can Call Me Al)

The Daily Mail has an unusual picture taken by retired policeman Andy (not Al) Key while in Rome on vacation. The picture, of sunlight streaming through the windows of Saint Peter's Basilica show an odd pattern of light that resembles the traditional shape of an angel floating over the heads of other visitors. Apparently, even professional photographers are completely at a loss as to how this particular image appeared on the digital picture.

But it was only when Mr Key, 48, and his wife Susan, 44, returned home and and downloaded their photographs that they noticed a strange apparition in the picture.

They were amazed to see what looked like the image of a guardian angel above the heads of other visitors to St Peter's Basilica.

Mr Key, from March, Cambridgeshire, said: "It looks like an angel hovering on the people's heads.

"No-one can explain it – there's nothing on their heads for the light to bounce off."

Mr Key went on the holiday to mark his retirement from his job as a police constable for Cambridgeshire Police.

He and his wife, a medical secretary, were looking around the famous church when they noticed a large group of people and realised the Pope was making an address nearby.

"I was taking pictures of all the things around us and saw this huge window with the light streaming through and thought it looked beautiful," he explained.

"I snapped the picture and didn't noticed anything until I got home.

"It looks almost like a hologram. I thought it was really spooky."

The picture is very unusual. But excuse us a moment, won't you? We have to call uncle Guido in Rome and tell him to knock it off. These angel-shaped smoke rings of his are very clever, but he shouldn't be smoking inside the Vatican. We will not help bail him out if he gets caught this time.

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4 Responses to Call Me Hal(lelujah)

  1. M. Murcek says:

    Beautiful, and neat, but not that hard to explain. I got hit in the eye by sunlight reflecting off the paten (plate for serving communion wafers) while serving as lay assistant at my church last week. There’s lots of highly polished stuff standing and lying around the altar in most churches, and this looks like a reflection off something at altar level shining up on the wall. All the same, I do believe in angels…

  2. Gaius says:

    Yeah, I figure reflection, too. But Guido is incorrigible.

  3. feeblemind says:

    If it is a reflection, couldn’t the conditions that caused this be duplicated and the image recreated? The article makes no mention of anyone noticing it before. Hmmmmmm………….

  4. The Anchoress says:

    Neat story and neat pictures, although I am inclined to think also reflection…the thing looks awfully “Tinkerbelle-ish”…but I still believe in Angels…very strongly! :-)

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