Eight cathedrals have joined forces to establish a degree-level
qualification for stonemasons that will put them on a par with
other cathedral professionals, and help maintain the fabric of some
of England's finest buildings. Paul
'My poem - I calculated it - each word was worth $109.33'
Out of the question: Christ said: "Be ye
perfect." Is this an impossibility?
Diary: WHEN I see nuns on the screen, I often
feel embarrassed, and wonder whether others in the audience have
spotted that I am in a habit.
Gardening: I WANT to take you back in time
to just after the Second World War, and to the Slieve Donard
Nursery in County Down, Northern Ireland. Imagine a mild winter's
day, the low sun alighting on the golden sprays of Mahonia
japonica, enticing them to release their delicious
Francis Spufford argues that C. S. Lewis
was an uncomfortable apologist, that his efforts were very much of
their time, and that his approach is now out of step with most
Late in life, C. S. Lewis became both a husband and a
stepfather. His stepson, Douglas Gresham, tells Martin
Wroe what it was like to spend time with the man he
came to know as 'Jack'
A wardrobe is not the most obvious choice of entry-point into
another world; so why might C. S. Lewis have chosen this as his
route into Narnia? Brian Sibley makes
Rowan Williams came late to the Chronicles
of Narnia, but discovered in the series a sense of what it is like
to encounter, and believe in God
"I have two children and seven grandchildren. I'm concerned
about the problems their generation will inherit from us unless we
take the problems of sustainability, and especially climate change,
A new caption competition, and a selection of the best entries
from the last one.
22 November 2013: Ron's latest cartoon
Out of the question: Do we sleep in heaven?
Jonathan Boardman: I WAS 16 years old and
revising for O levels when I first encountered it being broadcast
as the Book at Bedtime under the translated
title "The Lost Domain". Henri Alain-Fournier's 1913
novel Le Grand Meaulnes has in some sense held
me in thrall ever since.
Simon Walsh cooks Cullen skink risotto,
followed by Cranberry cranachan
The works of C. S. Lewis have had broad appeal, although he has
had his critics, not least at Oxford, his first university. The
50th anniversary of his death is on 22
November. Jonathan Luxmoore argues that
he is more popular then ever before - even in Oxford
Alister McGrath, also a former Oxford don,
explains what made him decide to write a biography
C. S. Lewis is about to be celebrated in Poets' Corner in
Westminster Abbey, but his poetic gifts have been underplayed,
says Malcolm Guite
Jemima Thackray tracks down charities'
alternative individual and group gifts
Mixed-mode training for ordination is increasingly in
demand. Jemima Thackray considers some
of the options
'I hope the series will reach people in this country who haven't
picked up their Bible in a while, or maybe
atheists or humanists, and ask them the question about their faith,
or lack of faith.'
Time out: Legoland Windsor is a must-see
for children of all ages - and adults, too.
Alan Wilson: ALDOUS HUXLEY, the 50th
anniversary of whose death falls next week, once said: "Of all the
worn, smudged, dog-eared words in our vocabulary, 'love' is surely
the grubbiest, smelliest, slimiest." But I sometimes wonder whether
"community" isn't close behind.
Out of the question: I once heard a sham grace
that sounded like Latin but was a list of household products,
including Domestos, Omo, and Paxo. Can anyone recall the whole of
15 November 2013: This week's puzzle and last week's