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Meeting in the mud

Leader: Over time, through private letters and diaries, historians have come to appreciate the extent of the Christmas truce in 1914

A pooling of talents

Leader: The criteria listed for inclusion in the talent pool seem to be both demanding and conventional, so that we doubt that those who do not "fit in" will make it out of the changing room

His moral compass

Leader: Gordon Brown's achievements will continue to be disputed. But what will endure is his sense of duty to those whom he represented, and most particularly to the poor

Tiger rag

Leader: ST THOMAS's, Norwich, has devised a spoof of the John Lewis Christmas advertisement. Instead of Monty the Penguin™, it shows a boy whose companion is an imaginary tiger

Cathedral conundrum

Leader: Before cathedral administrators preen and parish clergy despair, it would be wise to give the latest figures showing cathedral growth a closer look

Francis at the EU

Leader: The idea that something as large and diverse as a continent can have an image seems bizarre. Europe has not only an image, but an image problem

For this relief. . .

Leader: The C of E perhaps does not deserve to feel proud of itself, but it can feel relieved, and thankful

Doubling up in RS

Leader: The new proposal that the exam syllabus for GCSE and A level should make the study of two religions compulsory is welcome

Purpose of poppies

Leader: Remembrance Sunday is not a great anti-war rally, though this would be a perfectly logical development. Certainly it should be nearer this than a celebration of military prowess, which it sometimes too closely resembles

Saints and spirits

Leader: Beyond excusing heavy drinking and indulgence in the macabre among the twenty-somethings, today's Hallowe'en frolics mostly have little spiritual or religious impact here, because the context of a society in which a deep-rooted belief in spirits and demons in general no longer exists

Welcome to our world

Leader: What was really radical about this synod was the publication of voting figures for each clause in the final document. From this we discover that a significant minority, 62 to 118, voted against the watered-down statement about homosexual people

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