Monthly Archives: December 2010

An evening in Venice, 1884

A sensitive, observant English writer in love with La Serenissima takes us out for dinner in a neighbourhood trattoria. “…a certain humble tavern on the Zattere. It is a quaint, low-built, unpretending little place, near a bridge, with a garden … Continue reading

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Church and culture change

All the great ideas are older than we think.  Centuries before Freud and Jung, for instance, the Greek dramatists showed us how well they understood human nature and its storms and shallows and pain.  Europe thought of its first university … Continue reading

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Beauty and grace

Please read my Christmas piece on this topic, entitled ‘Humbled by beauty’, in my other blog The Serene Light here.

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Whitehall v Town Hall

For the moment, the Lib Dems are getting all the heat of criticism for the cuts, but soon it will be the Conservatives’ turn.  Local government is the new frontline trench, soon to take heavy fire. Draw a line from … Continue reading

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Secrets, are they?

The Wikileaks affair has sometimes given the impression that so-called secrets are not secret at all.  I very much doubt that the average US diplomat believes that marking her or his ‘cables’ as secret means that they will be shrouded … Continue reading

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