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 […]

How an autumn retreat can revive you

How an autumn retreat can revive you

“Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul,” said Thomas Merton, Trappist monk. Take time to find your spiritual direction this autumn. Anyone who has been on a retreat before will know […]

Competition Time! A holiday in Aldeburgh could be yours

Competition Time! A holiday in Aldeburgh could be yours

Aldeburgh and the Suffolk coast: Win a night’s stay for two   Last year was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten. He’d lived in Aldeburgh since 1947 (though he’d settled in Snape, around five miles away, in a windmill he’d had converted, from 1937). So, though born in Lowestoft (also in Suffolk) he […]

Bidding to break the silence

Bidding to break the silence

By Amaris Cole In one of the Holy Land’s oldest cities, home to the Tomb of Patriarchs and once the trade hub of the region, lies a long, deserted street. Houses, three stories high, stand empty in the midday sun, with shops boarded up and left to crumble. The tourist centre can be seen at […]

Retreats to recharge your faith

Retreats to recharge your faith

The Oxford English Dictionary describes a retreat as ‘a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax’ and ‘a period or place of seclusion for the purposes of prayer and meditation’. In today’s busy world, does that not sound precisely what we need? Autumn is a great time to take a break […]

Win a fantastic break in Dorset!

Win a fantastic break in Dorset!

By Graham Gendall Nor ton Britain consortium of individual privately- owned luxur y hotels (the offi- cial hotel par t- ner of the National Trust). It has very much retained the individuali- ty of an old gentry house. Each room, including the bedrooms (all of course with modern facilities) is different. The former Parlour, extended […]

Fun and fellowship

Fun and fellowship

By Amaris Cole Extreme sport holidays cannot usually boast of sending relaxed and refreshed guests home at the end of the week, but you will soon discover a Richmond Holiday is full of such surprises. Set on a mountain above the clouds in the midst of the French Alps, it’s easy to forget real life […]

Steam your way to our great cathedrals. Win two tickets on the Cathedrals Express

Steam your way to our great cathedrals.  Win two tickets on the Cathedrals Express

Railway travel for pleasure is, from recent experience having much of a revival. I regularly take the train from Paddington to Cornwall. Last year, I encountered a pensioner, whose holiday’s central feature was to travel from Inverness (the station connects by bus to John O’Groats) to Land’s End. “How long do you spend at the […]

Walk where Jesus walked

Walk where Jesus walked

For many Christians it is the ultimate dream; to walk where Jesus walked.  Thousands of pilgrims flock to Israel each year, and despite the well-reported political unrest, the number of tourists is growing. In fact, 2012 is shaping up to be a record year for the country’s tourism industry. “It’s a period where, on the […]

Going Dutch in Amsterdam…

Going Dutch in Amsterdam…

by Graham Gendall Norton Bismarck is hardly known in our islands for his wicked political wit. A pity: tongue in cheek, he proposed a solution to the thorny Irish Question in the 19th century. “Move all the Dutch to Ireland, and the Irish to Holland. The industrious Dutch will make Ireland one of the richest […]

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