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Salad Days

‘Audubon’ gives some handy tips for summer bunfights   Becoming a master of the cold collation is an invaluable skill for anybody who needs to feed, a sanctuary-full after a summer-evening devotion or festival. The advantages of this tactic are [...]

Days of So-Called Summer

‘Thurifer’ enjoys some highlights of the season   I dreamed a dream One of the highlights of my year was a revelatory performance of ‘The Dream of Gerontius.’ Conducted by Sir Mark Elder – surely our finest Elgarian – the [...]

Happy Holidays?

Michael Fisher on worshipping outside the comfort zone   As the holiday season approaches, many readers of New Directions will find themselves on unfamiliar ground and looking for somewhere to worship while away from home. Invaluable as it is, the [...]

BBC Proms 2016

Phil Barrett previews this year’s line-up and offers his personal highlights   Brevity is pulling-power. The 2016 Proms – a festival of nearly 150 events played out over just short of two months – has so much to offer that [...]

Secular Liturgies

Tom Sutcliffe on Verdi and Wagner   It had not occurred to me before, but seeing Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Verdi’s Don Carlo in close proximity provides a fascinating perspective on the Christianity about which both operas are deeply concerned. These [...]

The way we live now

  Christopher Smith wonders how he would fare in the Home Office asylum-seeker Bible Quiz   As this is the bumper summer edition, I thought I might try out something found in many a publication at this time of year [...]


Arthur Middleton on time and prayer   Time belongs to God Time measured by our clocks is not a full and correct conception of actual time. We must think of it in terms of the personal structure of each existing [...]


What a month it has been. The horrific murder of Jo Cox overshadowed the lead-up to the EU referendum; but also served to heighten emotions in what was already a fractious and bitter contest. The country voted for ‘Brexit’ by [...]

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