IN THE long and complex history of alliances and bust-ups in Israeli politics, the resignation recently of Moshe Yaalon as Defence Minister appears to be one of the more significant
IT ALL seems so impossibly innocent, now; but, in 1990, the winning song at the Eurovision Song Contest, “Insieme: 1992”, was a love song to the Maastricht Treaty. The thought of Australia ever participating in the contest would have been laughable; and Britain’s receiving “nul points” inconceivable
THERE was something ironically, perhaps deliberately, downbeat about the first episode of Radio 4’s new series From Our Home Correspondent (Tuesday of last week, although the series will, from now on, air monthly on Sundays).
As the name suggests, this is, like the international version, a pro...
WHEN the editors of The Girl’s Own Paper of 1888 launched a competition for its readers to identify the most inspiring of Shakespeare’s heroines, little did they know what ideas they were putting into young ladies’ heads
BY MY reckoning, this is the 1000th piece I have written for the Church Times. I cannot be sure, thanks to a catastrophic meltdown of my hard drive in the early millennium; but it started for me back in the days of cassette tapes and those fax machines with the curly paper
THE award for last week’s best joke about same-sex marriage goes to Down the Line (Radio 4, Thursday), during which a fictional Mr Khan rings the spoof phone-in show to complain that he and Mrs Khan have been enduring the same sex for the entirety of their 24-year-long marriage
"The assumption that music is always therapeutic was undermined by the account in last week’s Book of the Week"
MIRACLES are a mixed blessing: one poor shepherd-girl’s apparition can become an episcopal headache. And thus it has proved in the case of the visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as experienced at Medjugorje. Mary began appearing to a select few in the Bosnian town in 1981; and she continues t...
It is hard to imagine now a BBC prepared to commission a radio play such as Beckett’s All That Fall
THERE is plenty in the news at the moment to make you squirm, but the award for creating the most uncomfortable moment on radio last week goes to Jolyon Jenkins
YOU cannot get a title much more blunt than this: “Why most published research findings are false.”