Before there was Federer, Borg or Laver, even before there was Lacoste, there was Anthony Wilding.
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Friday 12 August 2011
At the press launch of Classic FM in September 1992 Michael Bukht, one of its founders and its first Director of Programmes, spoke with characteristic exuberance of the limitless prospects for a commercial station playing constant classical music in a less snooty way than the BBC's Radio 3. Yet like most of the worldly-wise media commentators present, I came away from Classic's modest new studio in Camden, north London, convinced that the enterprise would not be long for this world.
Monday 11 July 2011
Friday 08 July 2011
Canterbury Cathedral is "bleached white, as though it were built from mother of pearl rather than stone", while Scarborough castle "caught in silhouette at twilight, looks as if it belongs in an adventure story for boys from the Fifties."
Monday 04 July 2011
The former Wales international Alix Popham has been forced to retire due to a shoulder injury. The 31-year-old had not played for his club Brive since March due to shoulder and elbow problems, and an off-season operation on the former has not had the desired effect, leaving him with no option but to retire on medical advice.
Tuesday 14 June 2011
With rebuilding yet to start following a devastating earthquake four months ago, Christchurch was hit by a series of strong aftershocks yesterday which toppled more buildings and caused panic among traumatised residents.
Friday 10 June 2011
Turbulent priests have a long tradition within the Church in England. You don't have to look back as far the original one, Thomas à Becket, murdered at the whim of King Henry II. The history of church and state in far more recent times has been one of horns being locked on a far wider ranger of issues than the ones the Archbishop of Canterbury raised yesterday in the New Statesman.
Thursday 09 June 2011
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says the Archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the Government was too one-sided.
Monday 25 April 2011
Get ready for an "interesting" mix of avant garde jazz and psychedelic rock. The secret musical life of Steve Davis, the snooker legend, will be revealed when he presents his own show on the BBC 6 Music radio station.
Thursday 21 April 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury has wished Prince William and Kate Middleton 'every richest blessing in their life'.
Thursday 21 April 2011
Rich and powerful people should be required by law to spend some time every year helping the poor and needy, the Archbishop of Canterbury suggested today.
Monday 18 April 2011
Thursday 14 April 2011
A rapist caught by a one-in-a-billion DNA match more than 20 years after he attacked a young woman was jailed for life today.
Saturday 09 April 2011
Tuesday 29 March 2011
The Anglican theologian AM Allchin wrote prolifically on Christian spirituality and, in particular, the relationship between Eastern Orthodoxy and the Christianity of the West. During a distinguished life as priest and academic, he strove to foster an awareness of the underlying unity between the major strands of Christianity, throwing new light on our understanding of diverse traditions and belief systems. He travelled widely, making available what he had experienced in places like Mount Athos and Romania in lectures, conferences, pamphlets and a score of books that are among the most readable, and stimulating, studies in their fields.
Friday 25 February 2011
Jubilate (pronounced yoo-be-la-ta) is, according to Chambers' Dictionary, the Latin exhortation to rejoice or exult: the opening word of the 100th Psalm (in the Vulgate). According to Michael Arditti: "It just sounded like a good title for a pilgrimage". For a novelist born with Jewish origins and educated at a Methodist boarding school, there appears to be no compelling reason why Arditti should have chosen a Catholic crise de conscience as the subject of this holy visit to Lourdes. Or why he should have used a female narrative voice for the pilgrim, alternating with a (male) TV film director who is shooting a worthy God-slot from a strictly agnostic angle.
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