Bedward the Flying Preacher

It’s late at night, early in the morning and i’ve been trolling around the net where i found this sad but true story;

‘Evangalist Drowns while Trying to Walk on Water’

An Evangelist who tried replicating Jesus’ miracle of walking on water has reportadly drowned off the western coast of Africa.

Pastor Franck Kabale, 35, told his congregation he would repeat the biblical miracle, and set out to attempt it from a beach in Gabon’s capital of Libreville.

“He told churchgoers he’d had a revelation that if he had enough faith he could walk on water like Jesus” An eyewitness told the Glasgow Daily Record.

“He took his congregation to the beach saying he would walk across the Komo Estuary, which takes 20 minutes by boat. He walked into the water which soon passed over his head and he never came back.”

Which brings to mind and old favourite of mine, The story of ‘Bedward the Flying Preacher’ so follow this link for a snippit, i’m sure there is a better one out there but this is the best i could do for now.

“Guess What Happen? Bedward fall down and break his kneck.”

in case any of you were wondering

Here he is, Alexander Bedward, founder of the Baptist Free Church, seems so msny folk are trolling for his pic i thought i'ed look one up.


27 Responses to “Bedward the Flying Preacher”

  1. Zacharay Thackaray Says:

    Ah, what a noble endeavour. It’s a shame he came from such an uncivilised, barborous country as Kenya though …

    • Yes its a shame that hatred and hateful words still persist. I AM Happy you are not one of those shameful racist characters from America. Smile

  2. Franck or Bedward?

    It seems Prince Far-I and the Singers and Players have led me astray on ole Alexander Bedward who failed sprout wings and fly to Zion on the 31st of December 1921 and just stayed put on the ground. Apparently to be arrested for vagrancy some years later and commited to Kingston’s Bellevue Asylum where he was consistant in not flying until his death in 1930, presumably they weighted the coffin to be on the safe side.

    Was Pastor Franck from Kenya then? Fucking Missionaries! cant stay put can they

    • That photo is not of Bedward. You people are so far off! That distinguished picture is of a Jamaican national hero, the most honorable Sir Marcus Mosiah Garvey. He was a great black man who bought himself ocean liners in an era dominated by white businesses.

      Jamaicans are quite proud of this notable black hero who made a name for himself in the USA and England. You should look up the name MArcus GArvey on Google and learn something.

      by the way..
      Zacharay Thackaray is an asshole 🙂

      • Wow! Thank you! Took the words out of my mouth. I AM not a person who enjoys commenting back and forth however this time i felt the need to post a comment at the end of all comments. Plus scrolling through to see if anyone else recognizes the foolishness. Whoever you are, give thanks for speaking up! Gratefuly…

  3. hehe, what i want to know is what kind of a surname is “bedward” anyway??

    🙂 x

  4. anacarlo Says:

    according to

    Bedward means……

    You entered: bedward

    There are 7 letters in your name.
    Those 7 letters total to 30
    There are 2 vowels and 5 consonants in your name.

    Your number is: 3

    The characteristics of #3 are: Expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, the joy of living.

    The expression or destiny for #3:
    An Expression of 3 produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing, speaking, singing, acting or teaching; our entertainers, writers, litigators, teachers, salesmen, and composers. You also have the destiny to sell yourself or sell just about any product that comes along. You are imaginative in your presentation, and you may have creative talents in the arts, although these are more likely to be latent. You are an optimistic person that seems ever enthusiastic about life and living. You are friendly, loving and social, and people like you because you are charming and such a good conversationalist. Your ability to communicate may often inspire others. It is your role in life to inspire and motivate; to raise the spirits of those around you.

    The negative side of number 3 Expression is superficiality. You may tend to scatter your forces and simply be too easygoing. It is advisable for the negative 3 to avoid dwelling on trivial matters, especially gossip.

    Your Soul Urge number is: 6

    A Soul Urge number of 6 means:
    With a number 6 Soul Urge, you would like to be appreciated for your ability to handle responsibility. Your home and family are likely to be a strong focus for you, perhaps the strongest focus of your life. Friendship, love, and affection are high on your list of priorities for a happy life. You have a lot of diplomatic tendencies in your makeup, as you a able to rectify and balance situations with an innate skill. You like working with people rather than by yourself. It is extremely important for you to have harmony in your environment at all times.

    The positive side of the 6 Soul Urge produces a huge capacity for responsibility; you are always there and ready to assume more than your share of the load. If you possess positive 6 Soul Urges and express them, you are known for your generosity, understanding and deep sympathetic attitude. Strong 6 energy is very giving of love, affection, and emotional support. You may have the inclination to teach or serve your community in other idealistic ways. You have natural abilities to help people. You are also likely to have artistic and creative leanings.

    If you have an over-supply of 6 energy in your makeup, you may express some of the negative traits common to this number. With such a strong sympathetic attitude, it is easy to become too emotional. Sometimes the desires to render help can be over done, and it can become interfering and an attitude that is too protective, rather than helpful. The person with too much 6 energy often finds that people tend to take advantage of this very giving spirit. You may tend to repress your own needs so that you can cater to the demands from others. At times, there may be a tendency in this, for becoming over-loaded with such demands, and as a result become resentful.

    Your Inner Dream number is: 6

    An Inner Dream number of 6 means:
    You dream of guiding and fostering the perfect family in the perfect home. You crave the devotion from offspring and a loving spouse. You picture yourself in the center of a successful domestic unit.

    …. Dos’nt say anything about flying though..

  5. Alexander Bedward was born in St, Andrew Jamaica and he lived in august town, where he died in an mental hospital after a number of drive

  6. Alexander Bedward was born in St, Andrew Jamaica and he lived in august town, where he died in an mental hospital after a number of years

    • thanks jan, sorry to hear of Bedwards demise, i don’t mean to trivialise the torments of severe mental disturbance, something of which i have dallied with from time to time. but i do love the sense of irony conveyed by the singers and players in thier dubby little ditty. happy new year by the way.

  7. The following entry was found on Google about Marcus Garvey:

    Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., National Hero of Jamaica (17
    August 1887 – 10 June 1940[1]) was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and orator. Marcus Garvey was founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).[2] Prior to the twentieth century, leaders such as Prince Hall, Martin Delany, Edward Wilmot Blyden, and Henry Highland Garnet advocated the involvement of the African diaspora in African affairs. Garvey was unique in advancing a Pan-African philosophy to inspire a global mass movement focusing on Africa known as Garveyism.[2] Promoted by the UNIA as a movement of African Redemption, Garveyism would eventually inspire others, ranging from the Nation of Islam, to the Rastafari movement (which proclaims Garvey as a prophet). The intention of the movement was for those of African ancestry to “redeem” Africa and for the European colonial powers to leave it.

  8. It’s good to see that there are those of us in cyberspace who can recognize a picture of The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Such a great pity that there are still those who try to vilify him – tragic

  9. this is a picture of marcus garvey and not of bedward.he never broke his neck he died in an asylum in 1930

  10. Winston Bedward Says:

    Alexander Bedward died in an asylum not because he was mad but because the Powers that be then created a situation to prevent he and his followers from overthrowing the oppresive regime of the time.

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  12. I am hoping that you can point me in the right direction for more information on Alexander Bedward. I had never heard of him until I did a Culture Awareness course relating to the history of Jamaica.
    I would really like to know more.

    Thank you

  13. Jerry_bee Says:

    I am sorry i don’t normally comment on websites but this is funny THIS ISN’T ALEXANDER BEDWARD this is MARCUS MOSAI GARVEY founder of the UNIA and NATIONAL hero of JAMAICA i should know i am a JAMAICAN. Bedward was Jamaican too but this was a man who inspired the black nation.

    • anacarlo Says:

      Thankfully you find it funny, the rest of my blog has been postings of spurious misinformation losley based around real life. I meant no slight upon the memory of either the venerable Mr Garvey or upon the complicated life of Alexander Bedward. having been incarcerated at points in my life under the direction of the Mental Health Act my sentiments for Alex are heart felt and the empowerment to overthrow the shackles of oppression that Mr Garvey inspires is truly monumental. In my youth i was with Malcolm rather than King jnr but i realise that Marcus gave them both a vision that could shake a nation. Thank you for laughing

  14. Howdy! I know this is kind of off topic

    but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a
    captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same

    blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  15. I have been absent for a while, but now I remember
    why I used to love this blog.

    Thanks , I will try and check back more frequently.
    How frequently you update your site?

    • anacarlo Says:

      been away for a while myself, having a look at the world. think i may be back to posting but i’ll see. Can’t think what it is you love about the blog but i hope it’s way off.

  16. Regarding the song “Bedward” [or whatever the correct title is] put to record – the great John Peel played the classic 7″ around 1982-84 – I know because I recorded it and can still remember the wailing trumpet and drums – and that was about it apart from the elderly mans voice singing…”down in Jamaice”…id give anything to get a recording again..

  17. That is not a picture of Alexander Bedward that is actually Marcus Garvey. All the commentaries above are so respectful of our unruly uncivilized culture. Thanks for recognizing our background as Africans and African Americans who built everything around us with great love. We will be Kings and Queens yet again, thanks to you all. Smiles

  18. eric higgins Says:

    That picture is NOT Alexander Bedward. That picture is Marcus Garvey. I see you don’t know much about African Americans. Marcus was a Jamaican American freedom fighter. As far as Alexander Bedward, He was a mentally unstable preacher in Jamaica in the 1930’s. He had claimed to have magical powers given to him by god. One sunday he gathered up 800 parishoners to come with him into the town square of Augustown to watch him fly. He climbed up into a mango tree and jumped out and busted his ass. He was arrested right after for sedition and sent to a mental assylum where he spent the rest of his life until he died.

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