/February 2017 Articles

Forward in Food

‘Audubon’ presents a couple of simple dishes One quick and easy recipe this month; and one less quick, but just as easy. The first is the simplest of kitchen suppers and involves the much-underestimated humble crab. Crab, treated properly, is [...]

February Diary

‘Thurifer’ ranges from East to West A day’s excursion to Norfolk began with lunch at The Ostrich, Castle Acre: cauliflower and bacon soup followed by red mullet with spiced ratatouille. The parish church afforded remnants of a painted rood screen [...]

Views, Reviews and Previews

Art Rauschenberg Tate Modern until 2nd April   Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was one of the most influential artists of the last sixty years. In the heyday of American Abstract Expressionism he anticipated and developed Conceptual, Performance, Pop, and Multi-Media Art. [...]

The way we live now

Christopher Smith worries about what the decline in ambient Christianity is telling us Even though one of my colleagues locally seems to keep his (many) Christmas trees up until Ash Wednesday, by which time they barely have a single needle [...]

Faith of our Fathers

Arthur Middleton recalls the light of Epiphany Epiphany lights up the difference between reality and pantomime: that this story really happened, but also that life – unlike fairy-tale and pantomime – is full of contradiction and paradox. This reality the [...]


The Queen’s absence from St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, on Christmas Day and the following Sunday gave many pause for thought. Both she and the Duke of Edinburgh are now in their nineties, and are beginning to scale back their public [...]