Sunday, January 26, 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.

The Midweek Hymn: Onward, Christian Soldiers

IN recent decades the wonderful hymn Onward, Christian Soldiers has come under attack from the PC brigade, who (wrongly) perceive it as militaristic. Most...

The Lost BBC: Down Your Way

THIS is a sentence you will not often read: The BBC admitted it was wrong. It happened in 1975, after the decision was made...

The Midweek Hymn: What a Friend We Have in Jesus

BEFORE I started writing this series, I didn’t realise that there is a sort of hymn snobbery. Growing up in an evangelical C of...

The Lost BBC: Music While You Work

THIS is the first in a series recalling BBC radio programmes from the 30s, 40s and 50s, when the corporation was a much-loved institution...

The Midweek Hymn: It is well with my soul

AFTER I wrote about O Love That Will Not Let Me Go last week, reader Roy Davey-Jenkins commented that ‘Great declarations and heart-stirring hymns...

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

IF ever a work resulted from divine inspiration, it is the hymn O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go, requested by TCW reader...

The Mighty Wanamaker

WHILE I was wandering around YouTube for yesterday’s Midweek Hymn, I discovered the largest fully playable musical instrument in the world, the Wanamaker Grand...

The Midweek Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

PROBABLY not many hymns derive from a poem about making and taking drugs, but that is the unusual background to Dear Lord and Father...

The Midweek Hymn: The Lord’s My Shepherd

THANKS for the welcome you gave this new series, and for your recommendations. Please keep them coming. As most people know, the words of The...

The Midweek Hymn: To Be a Pilgrim

AFTER A Carol a Day in the run-up to Christmas, we are starting the New Year with a new series, The Midweek Hymn. My opening...

TCW holiday reads: They don’t make men like this any more

Reach for the Sky: The life story of Douglas Bader by Paul Brickhill; Cassell Military Paperbacks, and available secondhand I HAVE read this book several...

Why do we call it Boxing Day?

LIKE most traditions, the origin of Boxing Day is unclear. The prevalent theory is that the day after Christmas used to be when tradesmen...

The TCW Carols Collection

IT’S been a lot of fun putting together these carols day by day, and the readers and I have been down some interesting byways,...

A carol a day: Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar

I FIRST encountered our last carol, Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar, when it was sung by the senior choir at my girls’ grammar...

A Christmas serenade

While I was roaming around YouTube for my series on Christmas carols, I came across the charming custom of the choral scholars at King’s...

A carol a day: Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending

OUR penultimate carol, like Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, is by the great hymn-writer Charles Wesley. But while Hark! The Herald Angels was a...

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