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
Charles Cowling
  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
Charles Cowling
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
Charles Cowling
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