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Easter 2021
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The great feast has come and gone, and I’ve survived. I meant to write something before, but I was either too busy or too tried or maybe both. This year Easter has been very different for me.  It has been … Continue reading

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A Benson Carol – the story of a Christmas yet to come….

A “Charlie, Gracie have you got your coats on?” Kate could hear her children’s excited stomping – she’d heard them all morning. It had been Robbie’s idea to take the kids out to do the Bensington Society Christmas Quiz. Improvisations … Continue reading

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Lent, a personal reflection

Lent , a personal Reflection Lents like Christmases come ever faster and the fast they impose is ever harder. As I’ve gotten older I find I often eat little and often and eschew the larger meals of my adolescence onwards. … Continue reading

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The Credo of Mary I (Tudor)

The Credo of Mary I (Tudor) History remembers Mary I as “Bloody Mary”; “the Spanish Tudor”; the embodiment of everything extreme. Unlike Elizabeth I whose iconic portraiture presents an elaborately confected enigma the picture history paints of Mary I from … Continue reading

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Je Suis Catholique
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Je Suis Catholique: What can I say but this? There can hardly be a more appropriate moment for the awful prayers from the Requiem Mass: Dies irae, dies illa             ( This day of wrath, … Continue reading

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Beyond Nice: a personal reflection upon these troubled times
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Nice & Beyond Nice was in party mood enjoying the end of Bastille Day in a blaze of fireworks. Like the 4th of July – festivals hardly come in more secular garb than Bastille Day with its echoes of Liberté, … Continue reading

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Last orders in Labour’s Last Chance saloon

Existential crisis….. It is well to keep calm and carry on if one is HM Queen and has successfully carried on for 90 odd years most of them as the UK’s sovereign. Political Parties do not own the hereditary rights … Continue reading

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Obama backs Hillary Clinton

Obama enter the Campaign…. Sitting Presidents often struggle with their successors and since Eisenhower few Presidents have played a prominent role in the campaign of their party’s nominee to follow them…. As if there was any doubt it is now … Continue reading

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Clinton Super Pac Advert hits Trump where it will hurt
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Donald Trump is as yet unable to organise an advertising campaign for the General election in the Fall. The danger of not being prepared is that his opponent knows a thing or two about electioneering. This Ad may help to … Continue reading

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Of monuments and men – or indeed women…

What should become of the statues of Cecil Rhodes? Since the Greeks at least public statues have been one way in which we recognise greatness. As a corollary their destruction has been an established way in which we have made … Continue reading

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