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Is this a mouchette which I see before me?

Serenhedd James welcomes a new book, which illuminates the ins, outs, and finer details of church architecture - just the distraction needed for a dull sermon

YOU know it is going to be one of those homilies when the prebendary, on his annual cathedral outing, climbs into the pulpit, cracks a joke that is not funny, misquotes the day's Gospel reading, and reminisces about an occasion that he clearly did not attend.

Do you see the lay clerks' heads disappearing, one by one, under the music desks? That is because they are checking the cricket score on their iPhones, updating their Facebook statuses, or grabbing a few minutes' kip in an ...

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‘I hope that I will be proud of the next thing I write’

‘I hope that I will be proud of the next thing I write’

Jo Wroe talks to the writer and stand-up comic A. L. Kennedy, who will be making her Greenbelt debut this weekend  Subscribe to read more

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Exposed — the dangers of a group mentality

One year on, the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal reveals the risks of group norms, says Alan Billings  Read More

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