Healthy Faith in the Coronavirus crisis

I meant to post a fortnight ago, but it kept slipping my mind. Ironic really because this project completely commandeered my headspace for 10 whole days - which was literally the total time from commissioning to final submission. I was…

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Echoes from Eternity: 26. VE Day 1945 & the Nazi Surrender

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The 2020 VE day is the 75th. We can't witness great spectacles and commemoration events because of the virus. Everything is much more low-key, necessarily. But it is an astonishing moment and is one that demands reflection and pause. Nearly…

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Q Marks the Spot 139 (May 2020)

Sacred Treasure Comparing COVID-19 and the Chernobyl disaster? Here is a literature academic living in Turkey who grew up in Kyiv at the time of the disaster. You might not accept all he says - but he has an important…

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Echoes from Eternity: 22. Seamus Heaney out and about

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If you find yourself talking about nature in poetry, it is inevitable before too long that Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) is going to crop up. He was a master: prolific and powerful poet, Nobel Literature Prize laureate, Oxford Professor of Poetry,…

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1917 and the Futile Pilgrimage

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I got rather carried away after I saw the latest Sam Mendes film (in the cinema with friends in the States last October... who'd have believed it possible in these strange lockdown days??). 1917 worked its way into the recesses…

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