The Blue Pig

In Grantham, Lincs, one may quaff a pint at the Blue Pig. Unlike the Brown Cow, the Black Bull and the Golden Lion, this pub is named after a creature which is otherwise unknown to nature: pigs are not blue. A little research yields the reason. The Manners family owned a number of hostels in that part of Lincolnshire, including the Blue Dog, the Blue Fox and the Blue Man. Whenever they added a new establishment to their public house portfolio, they prefixed the existing name with the colour Blue. This was to show their political affiliation to the Whigs, whose colour it was. Now, of course, it is the colour of the Tories, the Whigs’ great rivals. One’s colours, preferences, opinions and foibles may alter and change; in a world in a constant state of decline and decay, change is inevitable. Only Christ changes not. Churches are altering their theologies, modifying their ethics and adjusting their beliefs - but a God who does not change is a far greater comfort:

“For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob”. Malachi 3:6, NKJV