I now believe in the power of prayer – not because it works, but because it helps

by Lamorna Ash in THE GUARDIAN 25 December 2021 I keep a list of words that are strange to me. Any time I find one I half-know or do not recognise, it goes in the list. I find its existence reassuring, as if having more words at my disposal will make it easier to decode…

All life’s roads don’t have to lead to London

James Marriott in THE TIMES, 23 December 2021I I spent most of my adolescence regretting whatever celestial filing error planted me in Newcastle upon Tyne, rather than (as the Almighty had surely intended, before some low-level cosmic bureaucrat messed things up) Hampstead or Islington. By the time I reached adulthood, I had rejected Newcastle so…