Search for happiness

Search for happiness

Film of the Week: Life during Wartime “Compelling, rambling” is how I described writer-director Todd Solondz’s best film, 1999’s Happiness, about three sisters struggling with relationships. In Life During Wartime (cert. 15) Solondz revisits the sisters 10 years on; it’s rambling but not quite as compelling, and the Jewish background is more prominent. The sisters […]

Villa Nespes

Villa Nespes

Traminac 2008/9 Waitrose £7.49 (reduced from £9.99 until May 11) Waitrose is running a very ecumenical “Mediterranean Wine Showcase” until the date above. Many of its regular lines are on reduction, both on-line (waitrosewine.com) and in store, together with limited supplies of “Special Parcels”, wines that are unlikely to be featured in their soon-to-come annual […]

Former X Factor finalist to play Gospel festival

Former X Factor finalist to play Gospel festival

The Former X Factor finalist, Rachel Hylton, has spoken of her excitement at performing at this year’s Oraclez festival. The event boasts a star-studded line-up of world-famous Gospel artists, including Faith Evans and Fred Hammond. “I did Oraclez last year and I’m doing it again this year. To me, Gospel is to be real and […]

Today’s TV choice

Today’s TV choice

The final Prime Ministerial Debate between the leaders of the three biggest political parties – Labour, Conservative and the Liberal Democrats – is broadcast on BBC One tonight. Its themed section is on economic affairs and it takes place in the Midlands. The debate is moderated by David Dimbleby. Members of the audience will be […]

Together we can build a Big Society here

Together we can build a Big Society here

By Caroline Spelman “An invitation to join the government of the United Kingdom” is the title of the Conservative manifesto and I hope that Churches and Christian Charities will enthusiastically accept this invitation. This is not an invitation to come to Whitehall or the local town hall although I know Christians serve faithfully there. The […]

Tonight’s TV choice

Tonight’s TV choice

Athens: The Truth about Democracy More4, 9.00pm In this timely and fascinating film, historian Bettany Hughes goes in search of the real truth about democracy in ancient Athens. Athens, 2500 years ago. It has been revered as the birthplace of western philosophy, art, science and perhaps the greatest political idea of all time – democracy. […]

Sunday Readings for 9 May 2010

Rogation Sunday – Easter 6 – Year C Acts 16.9-15       Revelation 21.10, 22 – 22.5      John 14.23-29 How utterly refreshing it is to read the Acts of the Apostles, where the living water of the gospel flows freely and without restraint! In the modern church it seems that any decision, no matter how trivial, can […]