Tag Archives: death

Behind closed doors

During these times of lockdown, social distancing and a substantial number of lives being lost due to the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, it may, nevertheless, be considered that other aspects of life remain worthy of continuing concern. These are … Continue reading

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Music to be cherished

“I have placed death before life, wrote Charles Gounod, “because in the order of eternal things death precedes life.” The French composer was speaking about his oratorio Mors et Vita. This is a work filled with operatic drama, soaring orchestral … Continue reading

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Dignity in dying

“Assisted dying is the equivalent of a zero-hours contract with life”. This was the bold heading for a recent article by Dr Giles Fraser in his “Loose Canon” column for the Saturday Guardian. Giles Fraser is a former Canon Chancellor … Continue reading

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Remembrance of things past

My favorite composer of classical music is Gustav Mahler. In my view, the music of Mahler, especially his symphonies, has a range of emotions and a depth of meaning possessed by no other composer. Mahler’s final completed symphony, the ninth, … Continue reading

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Reflections in red

I am not an art critic – nor do I have pretensions to be such. Nevertheless, having personally seen the earlier stages of the ostensible war memorial in the moat of the Tower of London, I have not been overly … Continue reading

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