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Turbulent priest

Radio: "I'M NOT going to die, even if they kill me." And, so far, the words of Giovannino Guareschi have proved true, at least to devotees of his most celebrated creation, Don Camillo.

Another existence

Radio: SOME of us have dreams of such complexity that they might keep a shrink going for months. For others, dreams can be as subtle as a whack over the head. Josie Long, a comedian and the presenter of Short Cuts: Waking life, is among the latter

You need a friend

Radio: Thomas Dixon's excellent Five Hundred Years of Friendship (Radio 4, weekdays) has brought us so far only to the end of the 18th century - though the era of social networking is on the horizon.

Musical pioneers

Radio: Over the past three weeks, Radio 3's Sunday Feature strand has been given over to Norman Lebrecht's Music and the Jews; and particularly impressive has been the prominence given in his story to female musicians. 

Taken in vain

Radio: WHAT's in a name? When you are called Janice Keihanaikukauakahi- huliheekahaunaele, it means a great deal of grief at the Passport Office

Not an option

Radio: A DOUBLE first at Cambridge, several published books, a career in journalism, and captain of the Middlesex County Cricket Club to boot. It hardly reads like the CV of a failure. Yet Ed Smith still laments his inability to get selected more than three times for the England cricket team.

Forgive and forget?

Radio: THOSE who find it difficult to forgive David Starkey for his many crimes against intellectual courtesy and tolerance may have found helpful the former historian's contribution to The Essay: Forgiveness 

Demonic sounds

Radio: WHEN it was shown for the first time in Melbourne, Australia, an actor was employed to run around the cinema shouting like a man possessed. In truth, The Exorcist scares pretty much everybody who sees it, with or without such stunts.

A problem in class

Edward Wickham reviews a "bluffer's guide" to Wahhabism

Unusual image

Radio: IN OUR representations of what God looks like, we may have moved on from the old-man-with-white-beard template; but I am not sure that we are ready to embrace an image of the Omnipotent that looks like Bob Crow.

At the crease

Radio: In his interview with Zeinab Badawi for Hardtalk (BBC World Service, Friday), the Archbishop of Canterbury batted away questions about areas of conflict with a knowing insouciance. "Oh, that old hat!" he seemed to be saying, as again he was asked about disagreements over same-sex marriage.

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My faith in the Church of England

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Sat 19 Apr 14 @ 10:57
RT @martindsewellPlease pray for Denise Inge @BishopWorcester

Fri 18 Apr 14 @ 10:27
RT @seatroutExtremely long profile of Justin Welby (I wrote 3,800 words) in the Guardian today Not all nonsense.