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Tradition preserved

Brian Minter cooks pickles

Hands on the tiller

IF YOU ever want to discover how to combine time away from parish life and the greatest amount of envy with the least amount of energy expended, then narrowboats win every time.

Sky pilot for real

Gliding, by Vic Van Den Bergh

Hot on the trail

Pastimes: A BEAGLE is a type of dog - this much you may already know. If you were to go beagling, and referred to the animals as dogs, however, you would cause some consternation, especially if the bitch pack were out that day.

Make us a brew

Make us a brew

If you can knock out a half-decent soup or stew, you will have little trouble making a good beer from scratch, says Thomas Wintle

Here be dragons

Josie Gunn: I need to make a confession. Once a week, I like to spend a couple of hours with like-minded individuals, listening to strange music, poring over arcane volumes, and re-enacting rituals that are incomprehensible to the outside world. Yes, I play Dungeons and Dragons.

Go to work on an egg

Pastimes: Simon Nicholas on keeping chickens

Forty shades of green

I CONFESS: I arrange flowers, and I am on the rota of not one church, but two. Floristry has its Jamies and Nigellas, and at its high end is expensively fashionable. Not so with church flower-ladies, who, as a breed, often have a terrible reputa­tion - imperious, intransigent, and taking over the vestry with their paraphernalia.

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe takes the train for a rare visit to the City

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe becomes part of the wildlife at a birthday beach-party AFTER a little service for St Barna­bas, a favourite of mine, we are off to the birthday party at Suffolk’s ultima Thule, Shingle Street. It is where countless stones breed count­less flowers, and the North...

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Write, if you have any answers to the questions listed at the end of this section, or would like to add to the answers below. Your answers Whence came the preacher’s “three points”? Where written of at length? Functional? John Stott, Rector of All Souls’, Langham Place, was...

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The actor David Suchet has made an audio recording of the entire Bible. He tells Olly Grant about this fulfilment of a long-term ambition  Subscribe to read more

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What really makes a nation Christian

The Great North Passion was more accurate than celebrity atheists, argues Paul Vallely  Read More

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"Infused by Christianity" - @nick_clegg on the 'Christian country' debate and disestablishment http://t.co/WTlodncSky