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Freemasonry

edited February 2012 in General Charlton
Interested in peoples thoughts, positive and negative, regarding Freemasonry.
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    This one should be interesting. Set squares at dawn I reckon with many a conspiracy theory to keep us warm on these cold nights
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    edited February 2012
    SSSShhhhh..........Its a secret!
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    Sorry, but it's a bit cold to start thinking of pulling up my trouser legs !
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    I've watched a few documentaries on the conspiracy surrounding it all, this is why I'm interested in peoples views.
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    What is it? Bricks you don't have to pay for?
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    I have my views (mostly negative) but seriously this is not the place to air them. You never know who could be reading this....
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    I have friends who are freemasons and they are all great guys but it's not something that appeals to me. The secrecy and ritual is just something that puts me off.
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    My take on it is that it's like a little boys club for those who want to pretend they're part of something 'really special'.
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    just dont get black balled
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    It's mainly a group for blokes who no longer do teamsports and who miss the cameraderie and banter. They meet up for a few beers and learn a few lines. Not my thing, but if it gives them enjoyment, so what.

    Been on a few of their weekends away, always had a great time.
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    Guy at work is and showed me the the secret handshake.

    Interests me in a way but just don't have the time to investigate
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    They meet up for a few beers and snort a few lines. Not my thing, but if it gives them enjoyment, so what.

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    I've enough mates who do that Tango without having to join a special club !
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    was asked about joining last year by an army friend, didn't look into it and pretty sure it's not my thing.

    just got this image that they'll all be like Boycie out of OF&H.
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    In my line of work, a lot of people have done very well by being members.
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    There is history in my family of being in the Freemasons, but my father refused to join and I've never been asked. I would probably have said no as well - can't see the point.

    Having said that a good friend of mine has just taken on a senior position within the masons (Chief Hod Carrier, I guess) and seems well into it, so it must have some merit, other than an excuse for a boys night out.
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    The bloke who we bought our house off was in the Masons - I know this because, for a number of months after we moved in, we received stuff through the post inviting him to various mysterious gatherings.

    Other stuff I know about Mason's:

    There were a load of people outside Charing Cross Station on a few occasions last summer holding "The Masons murdered "name I can't remember"" banners.

    For any Spooks fans, Thames House, MI5's supposed HQ in he programme is actually the Freemason's Hall between Covent Garden and Holborn.
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    Rob next time your over ask the neddle man he is grand pooba of his lodge
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    edited February 2012
    The average Freemason is normally a decent enough fella and doesn't even remotely come across the 'high level shanagans' that go on.........however there are most definately some lodges (in Central London for the most part) where real big time movers and shakers go to..........it's in these lodges where some dodgy things unquestionably go on, 99% of it unknown to the average well meaning Mason.
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    Isn't there one in Welling almost opposite Blockbusters?
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    Guy at work is and showed me the the secret handshake.
    So it's really secret then? ;o)

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    Its very good social life Rob, been to a lot of the functions, as well as you can do well for yourself. Alot of my family are Masons. They do a hell of alot for charities, especially childrens charities, and its very easy for people to have a pop at them as they do on here. I would give it a go.
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    Isn't there one in Welling almost opposite Blockbusters?
    Yeah, that's the lodge that my mates belong to. Cheap booze in the bar!

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    There is history in my family of being in the Freemasons, but my father refused to join and I've never been asked.
    I was always told that nobody is asked to join the Masons, you have to ask to become a member.

    As stated above by others I have friends who are and have attended some great social events with them plus they do a lot of fund raising for good causes.

    It still "opens doors" relating to business deals and oppotunities so depending on the line of work you are in I would not knock it.
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    Must be secret that place has a big sign outside sayng " Freemasons Lodge"
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    There is history in my family of being in the Freemasons, but my father refused to join and I've never been asked.
    I was always told that nobody is asked to join the Masons, you have to ask to become a member.

    As stated above by others I have friends who are and have attended some great social events with them plus they do a lot of fund raising for good causes.

    It still "opens doors" relating to business deals and oppotunities so depending on the line of work you are in I would not knock it.
    Ah, that explains why I've never been asked!
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    Wtf is 'The Freemasons'

    Sounds like an Indie band
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