Monday, January 25, 2021

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.

VJ Day: The town that forgave

A FEW years ago I visited Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. There I learned that it had suffered greatly in the Second World War...

The Midweek Hymn: To Be a Pilgrim

For a few weeks over the summer we will be revisiting some hymns from earlier in the series, starting with the first one, To...

Notes from the sticks: Menace in a mink coat

I KNOW it’s not a laughing matter, but I found it hard to suppress a snort when I read this in the i newspaper on Monday: 'Heartbreaking...

The Midweek Hymn: Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun

THE last verse of this hymn is well known in its own right as the Doxology (an expression of praise to God): Praise God, from...

Notes from the sticks: In defence of wasps

IN my ignorance I thought there was only one type of wasp in this country. Amazingly there are 9,000 species here, and 200,000 have...

The Midweek Hymn: Judge Eternal, Throned In Splendour

DURING this series I have come across some astonishingly prolific hymnwriters, such as Fanny Crosby, who wrote so many that her publishers assigned her...

Notes from the sticks: Wool-gathering

REGULAR readers will know I am not a particular fan of sheep, but even I feel sorry for them when they are newly shorn and...

The Midweek Hymn: O Worship the King

MANY hymns are based on the beautiful poetry of the Psalms, and this one is full of wonderful images: ‘pavilioned in splendour’, ‘whose robe...

Notes from the sticks: Divided loyalties

WE have a bird feeder which gives us endless enjoyment. It is like having a small theatre in the garden (though thankfully without the...

The Midweek Hymn: Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior

WHAT is the difference between a hymn and a gospel song? There is no solid definition that I can find, and I am forced...

Notes from the sticks: The great badger debate

IN MY piece on skylarks last week I said that they are in decline and that the RSPB and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)...

The Midweek Hymn: Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow

I HAVE written a few times about the shameful closure of churches at the very moment when they were most needed, so I was...

Notes from the sticks: What larks

A NUMBER of people have remarked that the reduction in traffic noise during the lockdown has meant that they can hear birdsong more clearly....

The Midweek Hymn: How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

WITH slavery being a major topic at the moment, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit John Newton, a slave ship captain who...

Notes from the sticks: A battle with cattle

TWO weeks ago a man of 82 was killed by a herd of cows in a field not far from here. The man and...

The Midweek Hymn: Hills of the North, Rejoice

I HAVE mentioned before that the editors of hymn books often have the belief that they can do better than the original writer. This belief...

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