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Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

On a cool evening, Ronald Blythe sits with Mary, Martha, and Alice

Forget big egos: look for potential

Angela Tilby longs for a dash of humility among those seeking high office

Seeking permission at all stages

Maggie Durran on permissions needed to carry out works

Measure twice, before the DAC

Before submitting reordering plans to the DAC, make sure that you are in agreement with all the content. You will not be able to make sub­stantive changes afterwards without a resubmission, which will cause delay. Do not be afraid to question apparent errors and omissions. The tender documents (draw...

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

George Herbert’s poems make Ronald Blythe think of St Luke’s Acts

History does not work by reason

PUBLIC inquiries into events that go wrong have become fashionable in recent years. The Chilcot inquiry is the third such investigation into the Iraq war, and the first to attempt to apportion blame to politicians. The instinct to learn from mis­takes is understandable. The public demand for scapego...

Call in the professionals

Maggie Durran explains how the tendering process works

When to protest about sexualisation

There are good ways of responding to ‘sexified’ adverts, says Peter Graystone

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe on a poet of Cornwall

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe ponders stony issues across the history of the Church

Listen, as St Benedict suggested

Angela Tilby looks to St Benedict for answers after the result of the EU referendum

Bregret will not be enough now

Political parties need to reconnect with alienated voters, says Paul Vallely

Serve your own servery

Maggie Durran advises what to look out for when considering a new servery or kitchen

Survival for those ordinands

THE ordination season is upon us, and deacons-to-be are experiment­ing with their new cassocks, and per­haps gingerly trying on their clerical shirts in front of the mirror

Mary Magdalene gets her day at last

The saint exemplifies a deep ambivalence towards women, says Paul Vallely

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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe muses on the joy of each and every sound

A descent into ad hominem attack

Paul Vallely weights up the individuals on both sides of the EU referendum

Competitive contracting

Maggie Durran explains how, when, and why to choose contractors through a competitive tender process

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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe re-reads a diary that is suited to all times of life

EU workers reveal UK failings

I HAVE a team of three cleaners who turn up at my house once a week, bring their own equipment, and go through my kitchen, bathrooms, bedroom, study, and sitting room in a whirlwind of Hoovers, bleach, and polish; iron any sheets and clerical shirts; and depart within an

Speaking truth to the people

IT HAS become a cliché on both sides of the Atlantic to say that politicians cannot be trusted; they all lie to gain office or to stay in it. This perception has not led to a new breed of truthful politicians — would that it might — but to even brasher contenders

Rolling on course

Maggie Durran explains the valuable role of a quantity surveyor in church building projects

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Word from Wormingford

What do we know of the weather and the world, asks Ronald Blythe

Look beyond the Frankenscience

Questions about human organs in animals need more thought, says Paul Vallely

Glamour that comes at a high price

"HAVING thick ankles, fallen arches, and poor balance, I have never been one to wear high heels"

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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe is busy before the sun rises, writing and editing

Rights need religion

Angela Tilby on the religious roots of human rights rhetoric

Economics may sway the balance

Paul Vallely joins the referendum fray and pinpoints one factor


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Ronald Blythe enjoys accompanying St Paul on his travels

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe recalls a religious experience involving coffee

Doubts on the Social Trinity

Angela Tilby expresses misgivings about the Social Trinity

Blu-Rays on the silver screen

Maggie Durran examines the various rules about showing films in public

Corruption is not a foreign problem

Paul Vallely laments the lack of political will to reform offshore tax havens

Clues found on an ancient silk road

New evidence may revolutionise understanding of Jewish history, says David Keys

A wave that may turn to a trickle

WE ARE just at the end of the period of prayer for the renewal of the Church urged by our two Archbishops. When I first heard about the initiative “Thy Kingdom Come”, in a letter to all clergy, I was mildly sceptical, although inclined to be obedient.

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