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Diary: Jonathan Boardman

Diary: I COUNT Leopold Hampel my best friend, I guess, since, were I planning to marry, I would ask him to be my best man. I was the groom's witness - Trauzeuge des Bräutigams - at his and Monika Sulm's wedding in Vienna in summer 1995, and our affection for one another seems never to have faded, though we meet infrequently.

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John Pridmore: IN ONE respect, life in retirement has not changed since I was on the payroll of the Church of England. I no longer climb in and out of pulpits, but, defying the psalmist, I continue to "exercise myself in matters that are too high for me".

Wine: Six to be savoured

Christopher Fielden suggests some summer wines 

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Serenhedd James discovers a battle of wills in a London parish

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David Winter reflects on the centenary of the First World War

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John Wall: I WENT to a beer festival a little while ago. Now I'm more of a G&T or Pinot Grigio type of cleric generally, but I loved it. I was there helping out on a stall for the Bevy, the pub/hub/café we've been trying to reopen in Moulsecoomb, closed some three years ago by the police because of drugs and violence.

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Robert Mackley: BITTERSWEET is an over-used word. It is the only one that will do, however, to summarise my experience of the past two weeks or so.

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Sister Rosemary: I HAVE been a churchgoer all my life, but I have recently experienced a form of liturgy previously unknown to me: a pet service. The Rector's two worries proved unfounded: the weather was fine, but not oppressively hot; so we could comfortably be outdoors; and no member of the congregation ate any other.

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Jonathan Boardman: WHAT to serve the Archbishop of Canterbury for lunch? It is a question that calls to mind Lady Ramsey's complaint to Victor Stock after the publication of some of his memoirs: "Victor, how could you say it? I never served soup at luncheon."

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John Pridmore:  IT IS 2014, and we cannot but remember. Each of us will be observing the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in his or her own way. I dwell on a diary, the tiny 1916 Boy Scouts Diary that, 16 years ago, I picked up from a stall at a Salvation Army fête.

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Diary: ALONG comes the First World War again, so to speak, and on my desk appears a little something from the Scripture Gift Mission, which now calls itself SGM Lifewords.

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Finding a way, with words

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The writer Anne Lamott appears for the first time at the Greenbelt Festival next week. Her confessional books interweave faith, literature, pain, and humour. She talks to Jo Browning Wroe  Subscribe to read more

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