Friday, November 27, 2020

Margaret Ashworth

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Margaret Ashworth is a retired national newspaper journalist. She runs the Subbing Clinic in a hopeless attempt to keep up standards, and co-runs A & M Records where she indulges her passion for 60s pop.

The Midweek Hymn: Lead, Kindly Light

THIS hymn was written as a poem in 1833 by one of Britain’s best-known and most controversial churchmen, Saint John Henry Newman (1801-1890). It would take...

Covid deals under the microscope

ONE of the many dodgy aspects of the Covid hype is steadily coming to light: the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other...

Notes from the sticks: The big sleep

WE still haven’t had a frost here in Lancashire, but it surely can’t be long. Meanwhile many animals are preparing to deal with winter...

TCW hot topic: Has the Times lost its moral compass?

THE idea of a policeman being accused of stealing would once have been considered shocking. Not at the Times these days, it seems. It’s more of...

The Midweek Hymn: Rejoice, the Lord is King

BACK to the ever-reliable Charles Wesley this week. I have already written about him several times including here, here, here and here.  This hymn was written around 1744...

Notes from the sticks: Ram raid

IF I could come back as an animal, I would choose to be a ram. A month or two of work and the rest of...

The Midweek Hymn: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

THIS is another hymn I remember as a favourite in daily school assemblies. The words were written by the Scottish clergyman Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908)....

A century of Rupert Bear

IT IS 100 years today since the first Rupert episode was published in the Daily Express. Here it is: When I was a child my father worked...

Notes from the sticks: Arcades, kiss-me-quick hats and a wildlife spectacular

WE lived for a few years in Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Many probably think of it as a ‘kiss-me-quick’ kind of place, and it is...

In vision: Kathy Gyngell’s scorching letter to Michael Gove

ON Tuesday TCW published a searing open letter by our editor Kathy Gyngell to Cabinet minister Michael Gove, whom she has counted as a...

The Midweek Hymn: Let the Lower Lights Be Burning

I HAD not heard of this hymn and when I came across it in a list, the title intrigued me. I looked it up...

Notes from the sticks: The Frost Report

WHEN my children were small, they used to be amused by my tales of the old days before fridges, washing machines and central heating....

The Midweek Hymn: For All the Saints

I’VE been saving this terrific hymn for All Saints Day, November 1, when it is traditionally sung, and this year it falls on Sunday....

Wales sails ahead in the idiocy stakes

WE have known for months that the coronavirus restrictions put in place are completely without logic (does Covid-19 stay at home until the pubs...

Notes from the sticks: Herons, scourge of our stream

THE stream outside our house has a small waterfall with a pool beneath it. It is one of the few deep places on the...

At last, a conservative Tory MP

I AM beginning to wonder if we have found our next Conservative Party leader. Kemi Badenoch’s speech in the Commons this week marked her...

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