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    Trouilligan and Sontaran have raised exactly the issues this raised for me. Although we're all in the UK and can't actually advise you I think it would be nice to have a better idea of what you're actually proposing. I remember an American Lodge handing its Warrant back to its Grand Lodge in order to go it alone a few years ago and that didn't end too well as no one wanted to interact with it except the Grand Orient of the United States which I think has also crumbled nowadays.
  2. It may be more straight forward to put him in contact with the Province: http://www.pglforfarshire.org/
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    Gutted that I Couldn't Go

    I find that hard to believe, during my past involvement with the armed forces personnel always tended to show great happiness when someone turned their lives around for the better. I find it even harder to imagine that any veteran, let alone one who is also a Freemason, wouldn't have the ability to recognise the change of character someone would have to undergo to get where these chaps are now especially if their start to life was so negative.
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    I agree with Trouillogan, in my humble opinion all that is really needed is to remove this almost obsessional belief (amongst some of our number) that somehow "Degree work" is the ONLY work and get back to understanding that the real "work" of a Lodge is to a) help its members to understand the content of the Ceremonies by working the Lectures of the Degrees and providing an advancement in wider Masonic knowledge by encouraging the delivery of talks on other Masonic subjects in open Lodge and b) to enjoy the fellowship of their Lodge and its many vistors.
  5. To this in the end as MCF duty called me to the Isle of Man. However, the double Initiation of, not one but, two current VC holders into Queensman Lodge No. 2694 deserves to be noted: http://queensmanlodge.co.uk/index_files/Page453.htm
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    The UGLE launched the Members Pathway initiative last December and a copy of the booklet arrived with Freemasonry Today, some details here: https://www.freemasonrytoday.com/ugle-sgc/ugle/the-launch-of-the-new-members-pathway
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    Brazilian visitors

    Did you send it to Office@metgl.com ? If yes it will be picked up as long as you remembered to mention your UGLE Lodge too, otherwise it will be forwarded to the UGLE to deal with.
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    Brazilian visitors

    I believe that Joselito is still a member of a Lodge under the UGLE so the strict requirements of international contact is not necessary, in the same way that I can contact a DGL before travelling abroad he is able to contact Provinces or MetGL here without need of an intermediary.
  9. See item 2 of the fuller summary of proposals: http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/17/italy-s-coalition-programme-plan-point-by-point
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    Returning Brother

    Hi Bevan, Welcome back.
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    The Hitman’s Bodyguard

    That's the magic of film Roy, although the storyline is set in the Hague a big chunk of the indoor sequences filming was done right here in Great Queen Street. https://filmfixer.co.uk/2017/08/06/action-comedy-capered-about-camden-the-hitmans-bodyguard/
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    Choosing a Lodge

    If you've not heard anything for a month from the online form I would suggest giving them a ring using the number supplied on the website and just enquire as to the usual procedure and how long it normally takes. Absolutely nothing wrong with a polite enquiry. The thing to bear in mind is that most Provincial Offices are staffed part-time by volunteers so contact being made between it and the Secretary of a Lodge who is even more part-time can take a while but as I said above absolutely no harm in a polite enquiry regarding progress. In fact what might work even better is to contact the Lodges direct and start a dialogue yourself. If you go to the "About Freemasonry" tab you'll see it gives you a "Lodges" option which lists the Lodges with their meeting places if you click on each of the Lodges you know about it will give you contact details.
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    Dot , star or blank

    I don't know so they're not important.
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    Hello from Yorkshire

    Welcome to the Forum Chaddy, you’ll defo get help from here to bothe become a member and also with what’s going on. While I agree with the general advice about trying to “discover” the ceremonies in advance there is nothing to stop you reading up on the history of Freemasonry in your future Province (based on where you live Yorks West Riding) and more generally under the Grand Lodge of England. That would not affect the degrees and in fact I knew a lot more about the history than the members of the Lodge that I was Initiated into
  15. Just watched this film and was taken totally by suprise during the court room scene by interiors of FMH including the Vestibule , Doors of the Grand Temple and the Processional Corridor! can’t believe that Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds were in FMH filming and I didn’t even notice