5&1 Classical Playlists over at the Rabbit Room

In recent weeks, I've started a weekly column over at The Rabbit Room to share tiny corners of the classical music world with other corners of the webbyworld. The idea is to break things down into manageable morsels, with each…

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“O Tempora! O Mores Evangelici!” 2. He’s BEHIND You!

"He's BEHIND you!" resound the shrill cries of 500 families. All part of the Christmas ritual of that peculiar British staple; undoubtedly one of the odder cultural phenomena of these islands. Welcome to the world of Panto(mime): hard to encapsulate…

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Q Marks the Spot 144 (October 2020 Treasure Map)

Sacred Treasure Some good advice for leaders on running meetings - one of those elements of the omnicompetence that is expected of ministers that you don't get taught. No wonder the kingdom belongs to such as these: a baby sees…

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“O Tempora! O Mores Evangelici!” Concerns from within 1. Application Reduction

That exclamation—O Tempora! O Mores! (Oh the times, the customs!)—is one of Cicero’s few linguistic legacies extant today, propped up by those with a classical bent or aspiration to one. Perhaps Robert Harris’ page-turners have kept his flame alight, despite…

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Q Marks the Spot 143 (September 2020 Treasure Map)

Sacred Treasure 75 years on from VJ Day - Phil Whittall has a powerful piece refuting the arguments that the Bomb was justified Michael Kruger has a very helpful and concise piece on distinguishing between 3 different types of legalism…

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The texts of some of Irina Ratushinskaya’s poetry

When I did the Echoes from Eternity edition of Irina Ratushinskaya poems, I mentioned that I would post the texts of some of them. So, voilà. All are taken from the 1988 Bloodaxe Books anthology Pencil Letter. THE WHITE-HOT BLIZZARD …

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Q Marks the Spot 142 (August 2020)

Sacred Treasure Steve Guthrie has a fascinating series on Music and the Holy Spirit over at Rabbit Room. In 4 parts, with this the first: The Sound that Breath Makes My friend Ziya Meral has a powerful piece on President…

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