Charles Cowling
The last ten days or so in tweets. I only tweet good stuff, remember — all the best death stories from around the world. These are all worth checking out. DIY suicide causes horrible death, claims EXIT. Time to legalise? http://bit.ly/ffDoI1   Online site in memo of Stephen Ross – http://bit.ly/hxUArO Contains this irresistible
Charles Cowling
Some invective from this week’s Spectator. It is by Florence King. Being English-American can be depressing. For years I thought about giving up my American citizenship and becoming a Brit to get my blood and my nationality lined up without the interference of a hyphen, but then something made me
Charles Cowling
I don’t know where you stand on literary criticism. I’ve never been a fan, largely because I don’t understand it. Many years ago I taught for a while, and I was charged with showing fifteen year-olds how to back-seat drive Shakespeare and other quite good writers. Despairing of my teaching
Charles Cowling
You will have your own feelings about the photo above showing Jo Yeates’s body being carried to the grave. It unsettles me. I don’t like to see those big men in black macs in such a close relationship with the body. It wouldn’t do for any of mine. I don’t
Charles Cowling
  If you didn’t catch the BBC Radio 4 programme Soul Music last week, you can still hear it on Listen Again. It’s worth it. Soul Music is a long-running series which just seems to get better and better. The format is simple: snippets of interviews with all sorts of
Charles Cowling
In their new book, Final Rights (they gave me a sneak preview), Joshua Slocum, Executive Director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, and Lisa Carlson, Executive Director of the Funeral Ethics Organisation, will publish state by state tables demonstrating how many excess funeral directors there are in the US. They base
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
Prison Terminal is a moving cinema verité documentary that breaks through the walls of one of America’s oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner and the trained hospice volunteers—they themselves prisoners—who care for him. The film draws
Charles Cowling
On a very slow news day I ought to have the confidence to refrain from posting for the sake of it. But if it’s been a slow day for you, too, you may like to supply a caption for one of my favourite paintings.
Charles Cowling
Here’s a roundup of news stories I’ve tweeted in the last fortnight. It looks rather a lot — but I try never to fob you off with quantity at the expense of quality. I hate having my own time wasted, so I try hard not to waste yours. Take your