A vicars' pension scheme could be facing a precarious future unless church chiefs face up to a potentially massive deficit. John Ralfe, an independent pension expert, claimed this week that the pension scheme for some 16,400 Church of England clergy is "the riskiest in the country in terms of asset-type".
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Friday 03 August 2012
Starring: Christian Bale, Ni Ni
Wednesday 01 August 2012
Three 20-something women who look, in their courtroom cage, no more than girls, are being tried in Moscow for "hooliganism". The charge, which could see them imprisoned for seven years, relates to an anti-Putin song they sang in Moscow's main cathedral. The case of the Pussy Riot Three has, rightly, prompted outrage, both that criminal charges were brought at all for what appears little more than a punk-band prank and for the harshness of their treatment – they have spent the past five months in custody. The celebrated quotation about "a butterfly broken on a wheel", which headed a Times editorial about Mick Jagger's 1967 drugs trial, has received a new outing in the English-speaking world.
Monday 23 July 2012
It's an amazing thing, GPS tracking. Yes, this is the American-run satellite (Global Positioning System to use its full name) which powers everything from satellite navigation on cars to air traffic control to those gadgets which tell you how far you are from the bunker at the front of the green.
Thursday 12 July 2012
A label from the supermarket chiller is giving marketing superpowers something to chew over
Wednesday 11 July 2012
Thursday 05 July 2012
Three members of a punk rock group announced a hunger strike yesterday, in a case that is causing growing outrage in Moscow's creative and cultural circles. The decision to go on a hunger strike came after a Moscow court told them they must prepare their defence by Monday.
Thursday 05 July 2012
A priceless 12th-century manuscript stolen from a church last year was recovered yesterday.
Wednesday 04 July 2012
Cricketer Tom Maynard will be laid to rest at a funeral service in Wales today.
Monday 25 June 2012
England have named an unchanged squad for the five-match NatWest one-day international series against Australia.
Saturday 23 June 2012
An erudite iconoclast, this historian overturns assumptions about the beliefs of the English in the age of holy wars.
Friday 25 May 2012
Evidence has emerged of the critical role St Paul’s cathedral played in giving police permission to remove praying Christians from its steps when the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp was forcibly evicted earlier this year.
Friday 25 May 2012
John Birch was organist and master of the choristers at Chichester Cathedral, where he served from 1958-80, then at The Temple Church, London, until 1997, following in the footsteps of George Thalben-Ball, Walford Davies and EJ Hopkins. He was only the fourth organist there since 1841.
Tuesday 17 April 2012
A temporary cathedral built partly of cardboard is to replace the 131-year-old Christchurch landmark left beyond repair by an earthquake in February 2011.
Thursday 05 April 2012
Pro-Putin clerics under fire over harsh treatment of Pussy Riot women who protested in cathedral
Sunday 01 April 2012
As a new season starts, Worcester await the third generation of a very famous name
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
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