A Salute to the Queen

A Salute to the Queen

  We are in a season of celebrating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Elizabeth II. Her actual birthday is today, 21 April but the official celebrations will be in June, but for either (or both) let me add my voice to the many who are wishing the Queen a very happy birthday. Sometimes with […]

The growth in interest in pilgrimages

The growth in interest in pilgrimages

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation now puts the annual number of tourists making a journey to destination sites holy to their religion at 330 million — that is nearly one-third of all “leisure” travel worldwide. Big business for airlines, for those providing accommodation, and for travel companies. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) […]

Italian sculptor celebrated

Italian sculptor celebrated

Giacomo Manzu Estorick Collection, London   Entering the Estorick Collection’s current exhibition, one is at once breathtaken with sheer astonishment, for confronting the viewer is the life-size Large Seated Cardinal statue. Fashioned in wood covered in gold leaf, the vestment-wrapped figure radiates a Buddha-like calm, its grounded monumentality never obscuring its appealing serenity. This very […]

Anglicans are full of life in Germany

Anglicans are full of life in Germany

As the Queen begins her state visit to Germany we profile some of the Anglican congregations in the country  Berlin   Bonn (with Cologne)   Cologne (with Bonn)     Dresden   Düsseldorf   Essen   Freiburg-im-Breisgau   Hamburg   Heidelberg   Leipzig   Stuttgart

Fascinating facts about Magna Carta

Fascinating facts about Magna Carta

EVENTS WILL take place up and down the country this weekend to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Here are some fascinating facts about the historic document…   Magna Carta meaning ‘Great Charter’ was agreed at Runnymede, Surrey in 1215 and it was valid for just 10 weeks King John was forced to recognise […]

Victorian Sculpture Celebrated

Victorian Sculpture Celebrated

Sculpture Victorious at Tate Britain until May 25   The Victorian era was a veritable golden age for British sculpture: statues of the Queen, her statesmen from Peel to Gladstone and famous generals, were erected to popular acclaim in London and across the land, in public spaces and on buildings, endowing Britain with a unique […]

Celebrating Mondrian at Tate Liverpool

Celebrating Mondrian at Tate Liverpool

Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) produced only around 300 paintings in his lifetime. Picasso produced thousands, but then he was famous with a ready market. Mondrian’s distinctive grids of black lines filled with rectangles of primary colours are familiar, and the summer exhibition at Tate Liverpool samples a selection to illustrate progression of his work […]

Liberal values

Liberal values

Sir, I do try not to rise to Peter Mullen’s more exaggeratedly provocative phrases, but maybe the time has come to ask that he (and some of your other correspondents) give a little more thought to what certain words actually mean, rather than throwing them around indiscriminately as terms of ill-defined abuse. By now, you […]

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