Helping breaks the final taboo over death

Helping breaks the final taboo over death

It has become a subject most people shy away from, fearing it as the final taboo in the same way Victorians regarded sex. However, society’s reluctance to face up to the issue of death with children or support youngsters coping with bereavement and loss can unleash a raft of problems, causing considerable and lasting emotional […]

Lebanon: A view from a tank

Lebanon: A view from a tank

If you thought Das Boot was claustrophobic, try Lebanon (cert. 15) – Samuel Maoz’s story of his experience as a conscript in the Israeli Defence Force as they invade southern Lebanon in 1982. Apart from its opening and closing scenes, the film is set entirely inside a tank, and everything outside the tank is seen […]

Finding A Role?

Finding A Role?

In the end Brian Harrison does not really answer the question posed by his title. Tony Blair left office, we are told, with that ‘holy grail, a world role for Britain’ as elusive as ever. But the British are fortunate, Harrison assures us, to live in a political structure that prescribes no collective role for […]

Here comes another Bad Lieutenant

Here comes another Bad Lieutenant

In Werner Herzog’s distinguished career (Aguirre: Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, and latterly documentaries like Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World) there’s not been anything quite like The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (cert. 18). An English language cop thriller set in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina […]

Do we need to pay more attention to older people?

Do we need to pay more attention to older people?

CLOSE TO one million of those who attend England’s churches every Sunday are over the age of 65. Although our population is getting older the last thing they seem to be doing is putting up their feet. This poses questions for many churches: are they catering for this demographic or are churches in England perhaps […]

Roasted Carrot and Houmous Dip

350g carrots, washed, trimmed and cut into 2cm chunks 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled 2tsp cumin seeds 2tbsp olive oil 1 (410g) can of chick peas in water, drained juice of 1 lemon salt and freshly ground black pepper For the crudités: 1 carrot, peeled and cut into batons 1 green pepper, cut into batons 10 […]

DVD Choice: Alice in Wonderland

DVD Choice: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (cert. PG) is huge fun, as director Tim Burton brings to the work imagination to match that of creator Lewis Carroll, helped by a linear storyline by screenwriter Linda Woolverton. Following almost a film convention, this version takes ideas and characters from “Through the Looking Glass”. This includes the Jabberwock, a fearsome […]

Book of the Week

Book of the Week

Heresy Alister McGrath SPCK, pb, £12.99 (Buy it from the CEN Shop at www.churchnewspaper.com for just £7.19) ‘Never has there been such interest in the idea of heresy,’ declares Alister McGrath in the opening sentence of his new book. He is right about that. Heresies appeal to a post-modern way of thinking that values choice […]