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Plain and simple

Radio: If the Church of England were asked to come up with a format for a radio programme, it might come up with Agree to Differ (Radio 4, Wednesday of last week), "a new way to understand a controversial issue", the blurb says

Big Society bungles

Radio: MANY Church Times readers will want to get their "I told you so" T-shirts out of the wardrobe after hearing The Report last week. The subject was the Big Society: the big idea deployed in 2010 to give some semblance of vision to the makeshift reality of coalition


Radio: Fry's English Delight (Radio 4, Monday of last week) offered a perfect match of content and presentation

Disappointing dish

Radio: WHETHER it is to explain why we like to get together of a weekday evening and sing in choirs, or why we like to drink ourselves silly of a weekend, it seems that, nowadays, people are looking to evolutionary biology as the source of all wisdom.

Death in life

Edward Wickham listens to a documentary about death row, and a review of agony aunt dilemmas across the globe 

Subject to ridicule

Edward Wickham listens to Ian Hislop celebrate the 300-year anniversary of Pope's The Rape of the Lock



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.

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The Greenbelt Festival made its first appearance at Boughton House. Paul Handley introduces our review of the weekend's events  Subscribe to read more

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