Taking the 'pee' from the Bishop
03 November 2008
The Bishop of Worcester will appear on Blue Peter on Wednesday 5 November to help with a science experiment to discover whether the gunpowder plot would have been successful if Guy Fawkes had managed to ignite the powder.
The key ingredient of 17th Century gunpowder was saltpetre, made using tonnes of manure and soil fermented in urine. Apparently the best urine to use was that of the Bishop and so presenter Joel visited Worcester Cathedral to see if Bishop John could help!
Bishop John said: "It's definitely one of the more unusual requests that I've had since becoming Bishop, but I was tempted to help since as a former scientist I have a commitment to scientific experimentation in the pursuit of truth."
The piece will feature in the episode of Blue Peter to be broadcast on Wednesday 5 November at 4.30pm.
The Diocese of Worcester is one of 44 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester
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