Charles Cowling
By Charles Cowling   Shirley sent me this striking picture by email from America. Me to Shirley: Intercession in action. I wonder if she’s there to make his prayers more effective, or because she’s family. Shirley to me: I wonder what the backstory is here – there are no other
Charles Cowling
Redditch, where I live, is a town most people would only visit by mistake. It is a 1964 new town, a dreamy planner’s dud. We have Britain’s only cloverleaf roundabout. It’s not something I’ve ever heard anyone brag about. Yet we boast our eminent citizens. John Bonham and Charles Dance
Charles Cowling
The best obituaries are to be found in the Victoria Times Colonist. Its archive of obits will prove a treasure trove for social historians of the future. Here’s an especially fine one — he sounds like a lovely guy. I like the scattergun approach. The task of collecting single words
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  Spooky stuff here. And in case you catch yourself wondering, no, it is not a spoof, it is deadly serious. Hat tip to Shirley Tatum over at The Modern Mourner for this.
Charles Cowling
There’s the usual row going on in a cemetery (Colchester, actually) about who can dangle what from where, if anywhere, and what is decorous and what is simply grieving trash strewn by frightful common people mad with grief and commonness. Yes, the great memorialisation debate will run and run. I
Charles Cowling
Edward John Trelawny’s Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author is, according to blogger Pykk: a gossipy, wayward, autobiographical book by a moustach’d Romantic who tracked down both poets in 1822 and stayed with them for a while by the Mediterranean. He was still there when Shelley died, and alert enough
Charles Cowling
That modern death has failed to find its place on the continuum of ordinary life events is something we all recognise and more or less vehemently deplore. For most a funeral is a hermetically sealed, isolated (or devastated) worst-day-of-my-life episode rarely to be recalled, and only then with a shudder.
Charles Cowling
The above is the just-published buy cialis black online record of this.
Charles Cowling
Stand up for vertical burial: the lowering device From Australia’s Herald Sun: A CANCER victim yesterday became the first person to be buried upright at Australia’s only vertical cemetery. Allan Heywood lost his battle with cancer last Tuesday and was buried in the unusual, space-saving grave in the new vertical
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Sarah Walton, a potter of 35 years’ standing, whose work can be found in 13 museums in Britain, is a great favourite of the Good Funeral Guide. We admire and like her work enormously. Here, she tells us about her work: For years I’ve sold my Birdbaths as simply that.