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Margaret Ashworth

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Margaret Ashworth is a retired national newspaper journalist. She runs the Subbing Clinic in a hopeless attempt to keep up standards, and co-runs A & M Records where she indulges her passion for 60s pop.

Heading: A carol a day: God rest you merry, gentlemen

AT the start of Charles Dickens’s 1843 A Christmas Carol, we see Ebenezer Scrooge in his counting house on Christmas Eve. His nephew calls...

A carol a day: O little town of Bethlehem

THE words to this carol were written by an American Episcopal clergyman, Phillips Brooks, who was born in Boston in 1825 and educated at...

A carol a day: The Coventry Carol

AS requested by TCW reader Charles Dawne, today’s choice is the Coventry Carol. Mr Dawne describes it as ‘haunting’ and I agree. It is...

A carol a day: Good King Wenceslas

I HAVE always thought that Good King Wenceslas was about a benevolent old gent trying to spread a little happiness. Wrong. According to the...

A carol a day: Joy to the world

AMONG TCW’s well-informed, thoughtful and witty readers are some in America. Take a bow, Audre Myers, and the rest of you. I have chosen...

A carol a day: In the Bleak Mid-winter

I AM writing this overlooking the sparkling blue Atlantic in Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands. The sky is cloudless and the temperature is a...

A carol a day: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

For many of us, the ultimate Christmas movie is Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life from 1946. Its affirmation of the triumph of good...

A daily carol: Away in a Manger

THE first carol that most of us learned must be Away in a Manger, a staple of school nativity plays. With that in mind...

A daily carol: Silent Night

I was pleased to see that commenters like the idea of a daily carol. I also enjoyed paul parmenter’s account of a chaotic carol...

A daily carol: Once in Royal David’s City

As Laura Perrins reminded us in TCW yesterday, we are now in Advent, the church’s run-up to Christmas. With this in mind we are...

Classical choice: Bach’s Double Violin Concerto

There are many recordings of J S Bach’s Double Violin Concerto but I have chosen this one because it brings together two of the...

A lament for when we Sang Together

When I was at junior school in the 1950s, a highlight of the week was when we gathered in the hall and waited for...

Cheats never prosper? In tennis they do

Laura Perrins wrote on TCW on Monday about the appalling behaviour of Serena Williams while she was losing the final of US Open tennis...

Wimmin, wimmin everywhere

I’m a great fan of Jed Mercurio, who created the brilliant police corruption series Line of Duty as well as the seriously under-rated hospital...

TCW Summer Reads: The song of the sparrow

Sold for a Farthing by Clare Kipps (available second-hand) This is the story of a foundling sparrow, but it is more than that: it tells...

Fifty years after Rivers of Blood, Powell’s legacy is increased immigration

Who has done most to push up immigration and advance multiculturalism and political correctness in this country? Tony Blair? Gordon Brown? Whichever faceless Eurocommunist...

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