Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
  “I didn’t (mention it)? That’s terrible… Oh Christ Almighty, what an oversight. Oh man, me big brother’s gonna kill me… Do you know I forgot to mention me mum’s passing? I can’t believe it…“   Rod Stewart, after an an interviewer had pointed out the omission from his autobiography of any
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  In the event, there wasn’t a lot of call for regulation of the funeral industry in the aftermath of the TV exposés of eyebrow-raising behind-the-scenes practices at branches of Funeral Partners Ltd, Co-operative Funeralcare and Dignity plc.  There’ll always be those who want it, of course, and some of
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Mitzy, who sniffed them   As far as Hallowe’en surprises go, finding a gang of men hiding in coffins bound for a funeral directors would be pretty spooky. Especially when it’s a trio of stowaway immigrants trying to enter Britain illegally. Border Force officers made the frightening discovery while searching
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South Shields crematorium   It’s extraordinary how biddable bolshy Brits can be when they get to a crematorium — amazing what they put up with. Presumably it’s a matter of low-to-zero expectations. You expect it to be awful. It is. Whatever.  Up in Jarrow, some people have had enough. Resident
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Richard R   I don’t know about you, but I’m missing Richard Rawlinson, our genially provocative once and future (I hope) blogger on religious affairs, fashion, art, you name it.  What brought my nostalgia home was reading about a cause close to his heart, the tug of war for the
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Death Begins at Twenty from Gena Salorino on Vimeo.
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  Poppy Mardall very much likes Barbara Hepworth’s drawings of surgeons at work in the late 1940s. There’s currently an exhibition of 30 works in Wakefield, and you can see some of them at the Guardian.  Says Poppy: “Hepworth gets past the clinical and gives us these moving, almost spiritual pictures
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  Silvan Luley, who is unofficially known as the deputy director of Dignitas, says he is concerned that under current Swiss law the association cannot offer assisted suicides to individuals who are “perfectly healthy”. Luley said: “The more restrictive you design a law, the more difficult you make it for
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The Hours – Bird Funeral from Francisca Pinto on Vimeo.   Really nicely played, this. A bit mawkish? That’s the way we like it. Gets all adverty at 2.15, sadly.