Catherine Pepinster

Catherine Pepinster is the editor of The Tablet, the Catholic weekly

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Sheer Blue Bliss

When the shopping has to stop

HOW MANY pairs of black trousers does a girl need? Until a few weeks ago, I'd have said - as would nearly every woman - as many as she can cram in her wardrobe. And certainly plenty more than she can really afford.

Family on the run: Why the battle for Jade and Hannah is far from over

JEFF AND Jennifer Bramley's fight to adopt Jade and Hannah Bennett is far from over, writes Catherine Pepinster. Within hours of their return to Britain from their Irish hideaway, Cambridgeshire social services confirmed that a fresh application to adopt the children will be heard by the courts. But it also made it clear that it would continue to oppose the couple becoming the legal parents of the two little girls, with whom they disappeared for four months.

Bill, Monica and Mother Teresa too

Some odd characters rub shoulders with the Holy Family in the extraordinary nativity cribs of Naples, writes Catherine Pepinster

Focus: Who's looking for what on Clapham Common

Emlyn Jones, a gay Welshman in his forties with a high-profile public-sector job in London, tells Catherine Pepinster

Books: Fiction in brief

Death in Summer by William Trevor, Viking pounds 15.99. There have been 31 births and 19 deaths in Thaddeus Davenant's house, and now there are to be more - more momentous events which emphasise the fragility and transitory nature of life. But the house itself and its surrounding cherry trees remain resolute: dignified, strong, able to withstand the storms which can rock the less sturdy to their foundations.

Gold Dust: Glam rock's top 10 singles

1. 'Get It On' - T.Rex (Fly, 1971). 1971: T.Rex dominated the charts and every pubescent schoolgirl trembled as the elfin prince strutted his stuff on Top of the Pops. Rocking guitars, Ian McDonald's haunting sax, Marc Bolan's fey voice combined with the falsetto chorus of Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman: this was the essence of the Glam Rock sound.

Rid us of the canker of compromise

The Lambeth Conference, a hotbed of division, has an important message for all of us, says Catherine Pepinster

Rise and fall of the maestro of the macabre

Catherine Pepinster recalls the rise to infamy of Anthony Kelly, an artist with a cadaverous touch

Sheffield's really a post-industrial paradise

Many in the city are cross at its bleak portrayal in 'The Full Monty'.
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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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