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What’s that noise?

Radio: What can it be like to live in a convent of singing nuns and suffer from amusia: a condition that sometimes renders music actively disagreeable? We learned of this unusual case in Giving Up Music for Lent

Recorded in the ice

Radio: The Epoch Ratification Working Group meets to decide at what point in the earth's history one epoch turns into another. The last such change took place 12,000 years ago, making this surely the least frequently convened committee known to man

Female virtuosi

Radio: THE impartiality of the BBC is a principle closely patrolled. So, when Radio 3 launched into what, to some, might represent a political cause, we entered interesting territory

Laws for detectives

Radio: IN 1929, the Roman Catholic priest and crime novelist Ronald Knox set out his ten commandments for writing detective fiction. In Lent Talk, James Runcie reassured us that he kept the commandments as best he could

Masseurs’ story

Radio: THE form may have been diminished by endless parodies, but there is still something thrilling about a traditional investigative documentary. The thrill of the chase, the late-night stake-outs, and the final confrontation - it is what journalists used to do

Carmen in China

Did you know that the oldest cities in the world were essentially salt silos?

In need of pity?

Radio: IT IS the stuff that nightmares are made of. You are at your college reunion, and come across an old chum who consistently did worse than you in exams. But now the blighter is earning ten times your salary

Sad, but true

Radio: WHAT is the saddest piece of music ever composed? A survey carried out by The Why Factor suggested that the answer was Samuel Barber's Adagio. And the saddest instrument in the world? The Armenian duduk

Modest last wish

Radio: It was a message repeated in Churchill's Grave (Radio 4, Friday) with a regularity bordering on the irritating: everyone, from the local cabbie to the founder of Churchill Insurance, insisted that this showed Churchill to be at heart a man of the people, unpretentious, discreet, and humble

Hitler’s prose

Radio: IT IS a dilemma that translators must face with some frequency: what to do with a piece of bad writing. Make it sound better, and save the author's blushes; or present the text, warts and all? But when the text in question is Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, the dilemma is that much more acute

Four-day survey

Radio: Timberlake Wertenbaker's adaptation of War and Peace for Radio 4 is a worthy undertaking, and comes with a wealth of online materials

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St Teresa, born in Avila 500 years ago this weekend, is often depicted in a religious fervour. But there was much more to her than that, writes Laurie Vere  Subscribe to read more

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Sun 29 Mar 15 @ 9:38
RT @MadsDaviesV sad piece by Christina Patterson in S Times. Have any youth leaders read it?

Sat 28 Mar 15 @ 17:15
"Crude, insensitive, and paternalistic" - Franklin Graham condemned by Evangelical leaders