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Truth: another casualty in the Syrian civil war

Truth: another casualty in the Syrian civil war

The BBC has been awash with programmes marking the centenary of the start of the First World War. Next year will almost certainly see more dramas and documentaries, perhaps marking…

What did the Victorians do for us?

What did the Victorians do for us?

The BBC has two golden rules or commandments: Six days shalt thou caricature the past; and on the seventh day thou shalt give thy caricature a religious gloss. Ed Stourton…

Spring clean the natural way

Spring clean the natural way

If you haven’t done it yet it could really be time for a spring clean. It is far better to use natural products as conventional detergents contain so many potentially…

The real daily bread

The real daily bread

‘Inspired by nature fuelled by passion’ is the ‘strapline’ for the recent Natural and Organic Products Europe trade show at London’s Olympia, the show is in its 18th year and…

The priest facing his own Calvary

The priest facing his own Calvary

Brendan Gleeson seems to have a niche as characters making sacrifices. In In Bruges (2008) he gives his life to save fellow hitman Colin Farrell, in The Guard (2011) duty…

Amaris Cole vs the London Marathon

Amaris Cole vs the London Marathon

My name is Amaris Cole and I am a marathon-survivor. On Sunday I ran 26.2 miles for the first time. I am covered in blisters, aching from head to toe…

Movie Review: Noah

Movie Review: Noah

It’s the return of the Biblical epic – or rather extra-Biblical given the amount of embellishment in Noah (dir. Darren Aronofsky, cert. 12A). Russell Crowe plays Noah, but a radical…

Maria Miller as ‘Head of Values’ – for our Church?

Maria Miller as ‘Head of Values’ – for our Church?

The BBC has nobly, and uniquely, allowed its satirists to mock itself in the witty parody programme W1A, a follow on to the satire on the planning for the London…

Paying tribute to the Ugley Vicar

Paying tribute to the Ugley Vicar

I met John first through his writings, while I was a vicar in Oldham. Get into the Bible (1994) was a brilliant overview of the Bible, from first creation to…

Get your 10 a day

Get your 10 a day

The recent research into how much fruit and veg we should be consuming certainly made the headlines;, many experts declared that changing the ‘5 a day’ advice was ridiculous, others…

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