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Bowlers and bands

Radio:  It is marching season in Northern Ireland, and the Orange bands are bringing people on to the streets in demonstrations that are half-pageant, half-protest, turning the heads of otherwise level-headed people with a ceremonial that casts a spell beyond the understanding of the rest of us.

Rousing renditions

Radio: Spare a thought for our cousins across the Atlantic, who, at the start of every major sporting event, have to endure "The Star-Spangled Banner", gilded to the point of collapse by wannabe-Whitney Houstons.

Build-up to war

Radio: We have been awaiting this anniversary a good deal longer than the antagonists, who, we are told, did not foresee war more than a month before it happened. And the schedules are full of material preparing us for the worst.

Angelic musician

Radio: I WONDER what Jeremy Paxman would have done. You've done the introduction, you're in the middle of your first question, and your guest stops and corrects you: "I am not a man; I'm an angel."

Amazing name

Radio: IN 2006, the name topped the list of most popular girls' names; but, in the 1960s, the only people you knew called Grace were probably aged spinster aunts - with one obvious exception.

Strategic approach

Radio: The broadcasting, as part of last Friday's D-Day anniversary, of historic news bulletins, at the time and in the form they originally went out 70 years ago, proved such an effective strategy for remembrance.

Sombre seraph

Radio: A PERSONIFICATION of Geometry, unable to conceptualise the metaphysical; or an angel who is too fat to fly? Who is the figure who dominates Albrecht Dürer's cryptic print Melencolia I? In a splendid half-hour of radio, the art historian Dr Janina Ramirez investigated this most enigmatic of Renaissance images in Melencolia

The nuns’ story

Radio: YOU know that it is meagre pickings in the radio schedules when your reviewer has to look to Radio 4's Afternoon Play strand for inspiration.

A life shared out

YOU have heard of social-networking addicts: people who crave validation through "likes" and "retweets", whose success is counted in online friends and followers. But Mike Merrill has taken this a stage further: he is a "publicly traded person". If you visit kmikeym.com, you...

Authors of repute

Radio: Archive on 4: Pulped Fiction was a cruel documentary, presented nevertheless with much courtesy by D. J. Taylor, whose job it was to ask the pundits - publishers, writers, and critics - to name their favourite has-beens.

Born to be brainy?

Radio: In Intelligence: Born smart, born equal, born different (Radio 4, Tuesday of last week), Adam Rutherford attempted to pick his way through the political history of genetics and intelligence.

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A poet who sets puzzles

A poet who sets puzzles

After the publication of a new edition of Rowan Williams's poems, Cole Moreton asks the priest-poet what goes on behind the verse  Subscribe to read more

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Comedian tells Christians how it is

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Tue 22 Jul 14 @ 9:59
RT @JustinWelbyPraying for the well-being of girls and progress at @GirlSummit #girlsummit, campaign against FGM and child/forced marriage very important

Tue 22 Jul 14 @ 9:59
RT @David_CameronI'll make reporting FGM mandatory for doctors, teachers and social workers. Let's end this abhorrent practice once and for all. #GirlSummit