December 1, 2015

 

 

Deeper and deeper into the darkness we go. December has arrived, cold, bare and bleak. It’s just as well Christmas is on its way, giving us an excuse for eating, drinking and shopping far more than is sensible. But Christmas has a way of underlining pain too, especially for anyone who has lost loved ones. And with news of terrorist atrocities echoing in our ears, it can be hard to muster any cheer at all.

 

During wartime it was suggested to Winston Churchill that he should cut funding for the Arts. His reply was “Then what are we fighting for?” He saw the value of what is too often undervalued. As humans we need so much more than food, warmth and the latest gizmo - as illustrated by the fact that people with an abundance of these...

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