Charles Cowling
  Bastards. That’s what we used to call them. Next, illegitimate. We don’t call children born out of wedlock anything any more because we don’t feel we need to make a distinction. Britain would be awash with bastards today if we still used the word because 4 out of 10 children
Charles Cowling
At Blackfriars Crown Court today:   Anyone there? All reports welcome.    
Charles Cowling
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Charles Cowling
  In the good old days, death happened before we were ready for it. It struck untimely. Now, it creeps up, perhaps getting to us long after we have timed out. Which raises the question: when is a timely death? Journalist Matthew Parris is not alone in contemplating old age with trepidation.
Charles Cowling
  The National Federation of Funeral Directors, “a professional, self-regulated body, committed to increasing consumer choice and cost transparency within the funeral industry,” has become very active lately. It has launched Funeral Directors Register, which claims to be “the UK’s only comprehensive funeral care resource … a single point of reference for consumers
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
The Co-op’s stated aims To be a commercially successful business To meet the needs of our customers and the communities we serve* To respond to our members and share our profits To be an ethical leader To be an exemplary employer To inspire others through co-operation Co-operative Group results 2013 Overall
Charles Cowling
  In Winwick Churchyard by Josh Ekroy  The gravestones are laughing. They tilt at each other’s shoulders, droll tears of lichen blotching their honourable faces. Seated in uneven rows in their auditorium they note church-goers squinch the gravel path to the embossed door. Some lean backwards in mock amazement, others
Charles Cowling
  From Being Dead Is No Excuse: Southern women always want to look their best — even if they happen to be dead. Our local undertaker, Bubba Boone, understands this. We brag that Bubba can make you look better than a plastic surgeon can, though, unfortunately, you do have to
Charles Cowling
  Co-op woes have filled the business pages of all our newspapers in recent weeks. The accelerating degenerative disorder afflicting this once-great business has caught them all on the hop, running to catch up. For years its sacred-cow status seems to have protected it from rigorous scrutiny. In the minds of