Sunday’s TV & Radio Choice

Sunday’s TV & Radio Choice

Something Understood Radio 4, 6.05am Mark Tully considers the role of sleep. We spend an average 27 years of our lives asleep, yet it’s claimed we’re experiencing an epidemic of insomnia, and that children are particularly badly affected. Why is sleep so important to our physical, mental and spiritual well-being? The producer is Eley McAinsh, […]

Saturday’s TV & Radio Choice

Saturday’s TV & Radio Choice

BBC RADIO 2’s COMEDY HOUR Radio 2’s Comedy Showcase – Strings Ep 5/5 Saturday 8 May 10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2 This brand new comedy, written by and starring musician and comedian Tim Minchin, is the final pilot in the Comedy Showcase series for BBC Radio 2. Tim Minchin plays Jonny, lead singer of rock band […]

Today’s Christians are finding themselves in court too often

Today’s Christians are finding themselves in court too often

By Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance: As Gary McFarlane’s appeal bid was thrown out of court, I couldn’t help noticing the irony that Relate and one of its counsellors — who specialise in resolving relationship conflict — had been unable to find a solution to their own conflict without ending up in […]

A New Kind of Christianity

A New Kind of Christianity

Brian McLaren Hodder, pb, £11.99 Brian McLaren was one of the people Rowan Williams invited to address the 2008 Lambeth Conference. You can see his appeal for the archbishop. McLaren is from an evangelical background and continues to speak much of the language but he is attempting to move evangelicalism on from such doctrines as […]

How to make the Best Ever Carrot Cake

How to make the Best Ever Carrot Cake

350g light soft brown sugar 3 large eggs 350ml sunflower oil 350g plain flour 7.5ml baking powder 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 2tsp ground cinnamon 1tsp ground ginger 1tsp vanilla essence 350g carrots, peeled and grated 75g finely chopped walnuts or raisins For the icing: 350g icing sugar 50g soft butter 1tsp vanilla essence 150g cold […]

Fear follows the war on terror

Fear follows the war on terror

The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asutada, Spanish and Quechua, English subtitles, cert. 12A) was one of the foreign films up for an Oscar®. Its subject matter is fear and the psychological effects of a war of terror, and it is both disturbing and occasionally uplifting, and sometimes distinctly odd. It begins with the sad […]

Why we should celebrate Europe Day

Why we should celebrate Europe Day

By Gary Wilton For most British people May 9 is just another day. For those with memories of two world wars, or for those who recognise that they live in a ‘globalised world’ May 9 is Europe Day, “an occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the […]

Friday’s TV & Radio choice

Friday’s TV & Radio choice

How To Live A Simple Life Ep 1/3 Friday 7 May BBC Two, 9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO Anglican priest Peter Owen Jones goes back to basics to try to live a simpler and more meaningful life in this new series. Inspired by his experiences in last year’s BBC Two series Around the World In 80 Faiths, […]

York Minster celebrates Creation

York Minster celebrates Creation

A new exhibition on Creation has opened at York Minster, in the Lady Chapel at the East End of the historic building. Artists Jacqui Frost and Paul Field have created this textile exhibition using vibrant and intense colours to depict scenes from the Book of Genesis. The pieces aim to provide a contemporary interpretation to […]