Olympian dreams and the First World War

July 25, 201610:06 amJuly 25, 2016 12:03 pm

For sixteen days in August the eyes of the world will be on Rio and the finest athletes. There will be many invocations of the Olympic spirit, of fair play and sportsmanship. I expect to be accused of sour grapes when I recall that the Ancient Greeks saw their athletic events as an important preparation […]

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WW1 Memorials Remembered Review

July 19, 20169:05 amJuly 19, 2016 11:00 am

St Mary the Virgin Church Shrewsbury 10:00 – 16:00 until 13 August 2016 Carl Jaycock is a generous man. With his wife, Zareen, he has spent months tracking down and photographing some 200 war memorials in Shropshire. The art project (financed by Arts Council England) which has resulted now stands like a pyramid before the […]

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AE HOUSMAN AND THE SHROPSHIRE LADS

July 4, 20161:13 pm

What turned a decidedly sluggish seller into the one of the most popular books of poetry ever published? Originally published in an edition of 500; at the end of two years, the poet’s brother, Laurence Housman, bought up the last few copies. The Times, in a round- up of “Books of the Week” on 27 […]

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