How to prepare for Purgatory

I am agnostic, which in truth means that I’m not crazy about organized religion or the belief that if you pray, god will answer your prayers. I found this out when, at age six, I came home from Sunday School and thought I would give it a try.

Being reasonably sensible, I thought I would pray to God for something relatively easy and nothing that would be too difficult or over-reaching. A Big Sister tinned chocolate pudding. Mum would buy them, boil them for ages and then open it open to reveal a dark brown, steaming cake with sweet chocolate sauce which she’d serve with ice-cream…