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Christopher Smith   It’s nearly Christmas, and, by the time you read this, carol services will be in full swing and we will once again be bellowing those familiar verses. And, whilst we would ideally save all that until Christmastide [...]

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Thurifer   A correspondent writes, without comment: ‘Rosemary Hill, God’s Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain [2008] p. 113: ‘ …with that Welby family talent of which Pugin himself was not devoid, for stating the uncomfortably obvious in [...]

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Glyn Webster   I retired in January this year with two farewell masses in Manchester and York. It was wonderful to see so many people at those services, in spite of the weather and distances. Although I have to admit [...]

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Simon Cotton finds the angelic in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Somerset   The magnificent roof to the nave of Isleham church (1: Cambs) carries an inscription recording the fact that it was the gift of Christopher Payton in 1495. It [...]

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The Word

Unlimited in time and space The Word T ook Jewish flesh in Bethle’m, When Quirinius governed Syria, Took Jewish flesh, despised race, Proud, exclusive. Could not nobler race be found? Roman, Greek or Chinese flesh, Ghanaian, Inca, Indian? Each race [...]

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Christmas Cooking

Recipes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s new book River Cottage Good Comfort – best-loved favourites made better for you’   Kedgeree This classically comforting rice and fish dish – traditionally enjoyed for breakfast or brunch but also a lovely supper – has [...]

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Lost and Found

The Mystery of the Coronation Bible of George VI, unfolded by Michael Brydon   Just before Christmas 1937, Bertram Pollock, the elderly Bishop of Norwich, had the impending season of peace and goodwill disturbed when he received a letter from [...]

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