Conversations that can help our Lenten journey

Conversations that can help our Lenten journey

By Henry Martin ‘Lord I believe, help my unbelief!’ is something we might say when praying. We know that it is not original. Someone else said it long before we were born. We picked it up, while eavesdropping on a conversation in the Gospels. This is a line from a worried dad speaking to Jesus, […]

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Some readers will probably have wondered what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is. Others will have heard the term before and have some knowledge of it. Some will have suffered from it and, whether you are familiar with the term or not, will know how debilitating OCD can be. So, what is OCD? As the name […]

Primus ‘sad’ as parish votes to leave

THE PRIMUS of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Bishop Mark Strange, has expressed his ‘great sadness’ that Westhill Community Church, Aberdeen, has voted to prepare to leave the Church and the Anglican Communion. Members of the Community Church voted to leave the Anglican Communion’s province in Scotland by 87 per cent to 13 per cent. Rector […]

A film that rises above the ordinary

A film that rises above the ordinary

It’s a busy period as Oscar® nominations hit UK screens, including two historic biopics – one literary, one showbiz. By contrast, Robert Guédiguian’s latest story from his native southern France is an emotionally packed account of family tragedy, recrimination and reconciliation. Colette (dir. Wash Westmoreland, cert. 15) stars Keira Knightley as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, first seen […]

This week’s digest

This week’s digest

New Dean of York The previous Dean left to be a bishop, not the Bishop of Southampton is moving north to become the new Dean of York. The Rt Rev Dr Jonathan Frost, a lifelong Fulham supporter and a trustee of USPG, is a Benedictine Oblate and follows a Rule of Life. Married to Christine, they […]

This week’s digest

Misplaced compliments The Bishop of Gloucester has warned that compliments made to children can undermine their self worth. The Rt Rev Rachel Treweek said that complimenting a girl on how pretty she looks or telling a young boy how smart he looks are too focused on appearance. The Bishop said: “The intention is usually one of […]

Review: Body Worlds / Briefs: Close Encounters ★★★★★

Review: Body Worlds / Briefs: Close Encounters ★★★★★

Briefs: Close Encounters ★★★★★ By Peter May Christmas is fast approaching and the Briefs boys have returned on fine form once more. Set in a Spiegeltent amongst Leicester Square’s new mini Winter Wonderland they have taken up a residence over the festive season. The Briefs Factory, an all-male burlesque troupe, stormed into London from Australia […]

Christmas Tree Festivals has a new home

Christmas Tree Festivals has a new home

For Caroline and Judy, Christmas Tree Festivals are an integral part of their Christmas celebrations. Judy has been coordinating the Stowmarket CTF in her parish church since 2005 and Caroline became involved through her work in journalism and local tourism. They both felt that these fantastic events, which do so much to bring communities together […]

Review: Tap Dogs ★★★

Review: Tap Dogs ★★★

By Peter May   Tap suggests a light touch however that isn’t exactly what Tap Dogs offers. It is high energy throughout and includes a talented cast of six male tap dancers. They all work their way through some incredibly complex tap skills guaranteed to leave the audience in awe.  When they start tapping, it’s […]

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