A certain amount of improvised ceremonial is required before Rod Russell and Denny Ashenhurst can settle on the sofa. “Just shift your bottom,” commands Rod, 95. “He was an awful bully you know,” confides Denny, 90. “Made me go in goal so he and all his friends could kick footballs at me…” It is, you realise, the joshing of brother and sister who can’t quite admit they adore each other. They live next door to each other in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and meet every afternoon. Rod checks up on Denny. Denny checks up on Rod. And they share each other’s news, like the fact that after more than 70 years of prosthetics made of “made of wood, of plastic, of everything”, Rod is “under caution” for getting a “bionic leg” because he is eligible as an ex-member of the Armed Forces. As well as their own news, Rod and Denny discuss other issues. And when it comes to Brexit, they have … [Read more...] about A second referendum is in keeping with the can-do spirit of the Second World War
Spirit of the living god
Google is honouring the adventurous spirit of the first three men to scale Mount Olympus. Today's Google Doodle marks 105 years since two pals and their guide decided to climb the 'home of the gods'. In 1913, the three courageous climbers decided mere mortals should try and reach the top of the famous mountain and set out on their journey to scale the 9,573-foot summit. Despite the dangerous terrain, Swiss photographer Frédéric Boissonnas, his friend Daniel Baud-Bovy, and Christos Kakkalos, a Greek hunter who served as their guide, set off in treacherous weather to climb Mount Olympus . Kakkalos knew the mountain so well that he was able to climb the mountain barefoot. The Swiss had some experience in mountaineering, but Boissonnas had to lug heavy photographic equipment with him. He and his friend, Baud-Bovy, were tied together with a rope during their climb. However, their ascent to the top wasn't so straight forward. When they reached what they believed to be summit, … [Read more...] about Google honours adventurous spirit of first men who scaled Mount Olympus in 1913
WILLIAM Blake's hymn resonated Down Under as England's athlete's marked the start of the Commonwealth Games. But is Jerusalem England's National Anthem and do you know the words? Here is the lowdown on the hearty hymn that has been dubbed the nation's favourite. Is it England's national anthem? England doesn't actually have a national anthem at all - though the debate has raged in Parliament about what such a song should be. God Save the Queen is the national anthem for the UK, and is often used for England too. But the strident, vivid Jerusalem seems to have won the hearts of the English, consistently emerging as the nation's favourite. So it was no surprise that in a public vote conducted by Team England in 2010 to decide the Games anthem, Jerusalem was backed by a 52 per cent majority. Happily, athletes appear to be more familiar with the words than God Save The Queen. Another song that is often mistaken as the English national anthem in Land of Hope and Glory, written by Edward … [Read more...] about What are lyrics to Jerusalem, who wrote it, is it England’s national anthem and what’s the meaning of the hymn?
Ian Thomson 16 June 2018 9:00 AM 16 June 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave Zora Neale HurstonHQ, pp.151, £8.99 Zora Neale Hurston, the African-American novelist-ethnographer, was a luminary of the New Negro Movement, later renamed by American scholars the Harlem Renaissance. ‘Harlemania’ took off in jazz-age New York, as white thrill-seekers danced to Duke Ellington hothouse stomps and enthused over so-called primitive art. Hurston made a ‘black splash’ of her own in 1920s Harlem. Among her admirers was the dance critic and photographer Carl Van Vechten, whose deliciously Firbankian 1926 account of life uptown, Nigger Heaven, gloried in blackamoor jungle dances and other Uncle Tom minstrelsy. (‘Period piece’ would be the most charitable description.) Hurston was careful not to mock the ‘Negrotonians’, as she called Van Vechten and his Fifth … [Read more...] about The story of the last living survivor of the Atlantic slave trade is a high adventure
A woman from Aylesbury has been named as one of four exceptional preachers who have been shortlisted for a national preaching competition Sermon of the Year hosted by London School of Theology (LST) and Preach magazine Lydia Lee, 27, successfully submitted a sermon and will be preaching in front of a live audience and BBC camera crew. Lydia will appear on BBC’s The One Show, who are filming the finals of Sermon of the Year happening on Thursday 21st June 2018.LST and Preach magazine invited entrants from across the country to submit a written sermon of no more than 1500 words in keeping with the theme ‘Be Set Free’. Entries came from preachers as young as 19 through to 83 years old. For a third of entrants it was the first sermon they had ever written.The top four final submissions were written by:1 Rebecca Coatsworth, Shropshire2) Corinne Broughton, Kettering3) Lydia Lee, Buckinghamshire4) Esther Longe, DurhamLydia is based in Buckinghamshire where she worked as a … [Read more...] about Lydia Lee has been nominated for “Sermon of the Year”