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England's 100 Best Views

A perfect present, Simon Jenkins has written a marvellous book on what he considers to be the 100 best views of England. And he doesn’t just hand you the views on a plate, he doesn’t ruin the surprise for you, for most of the 100 best views there aren’t photos of the view itself – you can go there and discover it for yourself. 57 more words

Surrey Libraries

On the U.K.'s hypocrisy over legalization of cannabis

“ Britain loves to criticize foreign countries for their social primitivism. It derides the Irish for banning abortion; it ridicules Gulf states for suppressing alcohol; it formally protests at Nigerian genital mutilation, Saudi isolation of women, and Chechen persecution of gay people. 130 more words

The Guardian

Did Press Get It Right Over Westminster Terror Attack Coverage?

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As the immediacy of the Westminster terrorist attack starts to fade, and before we get entirely preoccupied with the forthcoming election, I wonder if an opportunity has been taken to reflect on how the fast-moving and deeply disturbing events of 23 March were covered by the media, and the press in particular. 654 more words

Loudshirts Blog

Buxton hosts Books Weekend

There’s  a great line up of literary personalities – each with a fascinating tale to tell – at Buxton Festival’s third annual Books Weekend.

The event, which runs from Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20 includes an evening with TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle, talking about his life and career and his love of the classic Land Rover. 249 more words

Buxton Opera House

Sustaining Churches and Cathedrals

Churches need active communities otherwise they die. It’s not rocket science but it does seem to need restating. I have now seen three versions of Simon Jenkins’ current thoughts on church buildings in as many days. 466 more words


In the Black Mountains: walking a crooked mile to a crooked church

‘Where England ends half way across a field’ in the Vale of Ewylas, we followed a trail that led eventually to ‘the cleft Church at Cwmyoy, its displaced gravity’ (in Geoffrey Hill’s words from  1,448 more words