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Mission with a heart for the needy

Mission with a heart for the needy

For centuries the church has been at the heart of communities up and down the country. Whether that’s been as a weekly place of worship, a place of sanctuary for…

Diving into theatrical history in the 21st century

Diving into theatrical history in the 21st century

Re-building The Globe Theatre at 21 Globe Walk, Bank side, Southwark, South  London SE1 was the brainchild of Sam Wanamaker who came to the UK in 1949, and who died…

The man who can make you invisible to mosquitoes

The man who can make you invisible to mosquitoes

And at last the rains came: in many parts of the UK it really did feel as though the dry weather would go on forever but happily for the plants…

The challenge facing the whole world

The challenge facing the whole world

By The Very Rev Canon Patrick Augustine   Today’s mail brought me a passionate plea from the Vicar of Baghdad, the Rev Andrew White. He wrote: “I’m almost in tears…

Top things to do this summer in and around London

Top things to do this summer in and around London

By Peter May If you are stuck with things to do for a fun day out, here are our top picks: Hampton Court Palace If you are fan of Henry…

Star’s trek up cathedral

Star’s trek up cathedral

Star Trek actor George Takei went to the top of Chester Cathedral tower while on a visit to the city recently. The star – Mr Sulu in the sci-fi TV…

Why the Bishop of Leeds is right about the Government

Why the Bishop of Leeds is right about the Government

The Bishop of Leeds is spot-on in his criticisms of government foreign policy. The coalition’s outlook on the world has never been remarkable for its joined-up thinking and things have…

A risky journey – reflections on the General Synod vote on women bishops

A risky journey – reflections on the General Synod vote on women bishops

There were many reasons for the way people voted on the final vote for the Women Bishops’ Measure at York. Most who voted against were well aware that the vote…

Politicians and the crisis of credibility

Politicians and the crisis of credibility

It’s a cliche to say that conventional politics is in crisis. Political leaders are unpopular. Membership of political parties is plunging even faster than church attendance. MPs lack credibility. First…

Behind the scenes with George I and George II

Behind the scenes with George I and George II

2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian dynasty. In 1714 George Ludvig, Elector of Hanover and descendant of James I, became also King George I of Great Britain, its…

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