Friday, February 28, 2020

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.

When is a disability joke OK? When it’s told by a Leftie

AM I alone in finding this year’s winning one-liner at the Edinburgh Fringe distasteful? Headlined by the BBC and sundry papers as a joke about...

The Melody Makers 5: Rodgers and Hart, Part II

This is the fifth in a weekly series celebrating the immense Jewish contribution to popular music over the last century. RICHARD Rodgers and Lorenz Hart...

The Midweek Hymn: Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

Over the holiday period we are repeating some of my favourite Midweek Hymns. I chose this one because of its gripping and uplifting back...

The Melody Makers 4: Rodgers and Hart, Part I

This is the fourth in a weekly series celebrating the immense Jewish contribution to popular music over the last century. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart...

The Midweek Hymn: O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

Over the holiday period we are repeating some of my favourite Midweek Hymns. I love the words of this one, and the melody by...

The Melody Makers 3: Jerome Kern

This is the third in a weekly series celebrating the immense Jewish contribution to popular music over the last century. ACCORDING to a joint resolution...

The Midweek Hymn: It is well with my soul

Over the holiday period we are repeating some of my favourite Midweek Hymns. I picked this one not only because of the story but...

The Melody Makers 2: George Gershwin

This is the second in a weekly series celebrating the immense Jewish contribution to popular music over the last century.  AS well as writing some...

The Midweek Hymn: All Things Bright and Beautiful

THIS hymn is often dismissed as being just for children, and indeed it was intended for children, but I love its celebration of creation...

The Melody Makers 1: Irving Berlin

This is the first in a new weekly series, introduced yesterday, celebrating the immense Jewish contribution to popular music over the last century. GEORGE Gershwin...

The Melody Makers: A new TCW series

THERE is a small church in the Kent village of Tudeley. It dates from before the Norman Conquest but most of it was built...

The Midweek Hymn: O Jesus I have promised

ONE of the great Victorian hymns was so popular in its day that reportedly the Church of England’s bishops got sick of it and...

Sympathy for a killer driver – not his victims

ACCORDING to official guidelines on court procedure: ‘Often victims can feel removed from the criminal justice process but making a Victim Personal Statement (VPS)...

The Midweek Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God

THE Thirty Years War was the most destructive conflict in history until the First World War, enveloping most of Europe from 1618 to 1648. It...

The Lost BBC: Variety Bandbox

AS we have seen many times in this series, the Second World War produced a great number of talented performers who honed their skills...

The Midweek Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross

I AM beginning to suspect that the more popular a hymn is, the more it is disliked by the self-appointed ‘hymn police’. A case...

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