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Charles Cowling
Britain’s most bonkers tradition? The Straw Bear Festival   SCENE – A village wedding. Church bells. Assorted villagers have assembled at the lych gate waiting for a glimpse of the bride. They are joined by a TOURIST who happily happens to speak perfect English. VILLAGER: There she is! Just coming
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Wholly non-relevant photo   The Co-operative Group reports that, for the 53 weeks ended 5 January 2013, funerals revenue was up 6.4% to £348m, with operating profit up to £60m from £55m.   
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
  The funeral was in full swing and the celebrant was midway through that thing about life being a river that gets wider and wider when his phone went off in his trousers pocket. He furtively squeezed it into silence as he stumbled on. It may have been something by
Charles Cowling
  In an as-told-to piece in today’s Sunday Times, extreme expeditioner Ed Stafford describes the hardships he underwent when he was dumped naked on a desert island. He found the loneliness and isolation especially difficult to bear.  “My best technique for staying sane was something the Australian Aborigines taught me.
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  In his new book, Levels of Life, Julian Barnes writes of the grief he felt, and still feels, following the death of his wife, Pat Kavanagh. It centres on: “the loss of shared vocabulary, of tropes, teases, short cuts, in-jokes, sillinesses, faux rebukes, amatory footnotes — all those obscure references
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  Richard Rawlinson casts a jaded, end-of-life eye over this week’s Budget. Boy George Osborne’s Budget did nothing to address the 40% IHT that clobbers so many after a death in the family. There’s nowt to be done about the ridiculous significance of seven years but here are seven tips to
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The Good Funeral awards opener for Sky 1 from Meyrick Cook on Vimeo.   Coming to your screen soon on Sky 1.  Sign up to this year’s Good Funeral Awards and enjoy a weekend of great talks, good fellowship and fantastic networking here.  Oh, just in case you wondering, no one
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  Yesterday’s Mail, among others, carried the pic, above, of Ronnie Biggs greeting the press at the funeral of fellow train robber Bruce Reynolds attended by the great and good of the criminal underworld. Check out the scene here.  Bruce Reynolds’ son Nick, pictured below at the funeral, is a