PUBLISHED: 10:23 23 March 2019 | UPDATED: 19:06 25 March 2019 Andrew Clarke Is Four Weddings and a Funeral Britain's greatest film? Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Charlotte Coleman, James Fleet star in this slice of 1990s life. Picture: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. What makes a great British film? Something that captures the essence of the British character or sense of humour. Which of these Great British Films have you seen? Joseph Fiennes is Britain's greatest playwright Will Shakespeare in the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love Photo: UniversalFor me, a great British film is one you can return to time and again and gain comfort from the fact that the film remains as good (if not better) as the last time you saw it.The list was designed to embrace great movies from throughout a century of film-making but looking at the list after I had compiled it, I was surprised at how many comparatively modern … [Read more...] about Great British Movies: Is your favourite on our list?
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PUBLISHED: 08:04 14 January 2019 Rowan Mantell Elizabethan Kirstead Hall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Owners of some of the most remarkable homes in East Anglia share their halls, farmhouses, moated manors or towers with visitors as part of Invitation to View 2019. They are the houses you glimpse beyond high hedges, down long driveways or across parkland, the kind of place you might imagine you could only visit if you were dripping with titles – or delivering the groceries. But owners of some of these fascinating homes are inviting you in.The Invitation to View programme began with a handful of grand homes in Suffolk, and then expanded into Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. This year it features houses from Cornwall to Yorkshire. where people can book visits without being part of a group – and are usually shown around by the owners. Not all the houses are enormous, there are farmhouses, a former pub and even an extraordinary council house in … [Read more...] about See inside some of the grandest family homes in Norfolk and Suffolk
Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 December 2018 Steve Russell Colchester has changed hugely since Joe Neal's childhood in the late 1940s and during the 1950s. This view is from 2010. 'I remember Colchester as it was before all those one-way systems and when everyone seemed to know each other when walking down the street, with Jumbo visible from all directions,' he says Picture: NICK STRUGNELL Writer Joe Neal on the lost treasures of Colchester, saving newts from the bulldozers and why ‘if you don’t love enough, you’ll always regret it’. Oh - and why Brexit’s crucial Joe Neal in his garden in Ireland. 'I had many friends in Colchester and played for Colchester Rugby Club. I still return from time to time and attend the Endsleighans reunions each year' Picture: JOE NEAL“Six things I most remember about Colchester? The good old North-East Essex accent, which seems to have been replaced by one from Romford and East … [Read more...] about Colchester today? Where does everybody park!
0 Have your say THE Archbishop of Canterbury recently spoke at the Trade Union Congress annual conference, claiming that the gig economy and zero-hours contracts are a “reincarnation of an ancient evil” and that multi-national companies such as Amazon “leached off the taxpayer” through alleged tax avoidance. This followed his involvement in and endorsement of a major economic report by centre-left think-tank IPPR, which called for significant increases in both taxation and spending.Despite historically low Church attendance, the Church of England, and Justin Welby in particular, still have considerable popularity and authority in this country. The Archbishop’s speech was followed by an article for The Yorkshire Post by Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, urging Ministers to think again over the implementation of Universal Credit.Exclusive: Now Archbishop of York backs Justin Welby over Universal CreditThey should, in my view, … [Read more...] about Ryan Shorthouse: The Church and politics. Religion should inspire us but it’s no substitute for government
PUBLISHED: 18:10 25 September 2018 Steve Russell In this picture from 2009, Mo Muldowney, Archaeological Project Officer at Suffolk County Council Archaeology Services, with a bronze age skull found at the former Sudbury rugby ground in Great Cornard. Picture: Tudor Morgan-Owen A drunken king. A ‘tax’ on pregnant daughters with illegitimate children. Ferocious football… Book ‘The Little History of Suffolk’ has facts aplenty – many weird and funny Builder Alan Parish in 2009 with the Bronze Age arrowhead he found by a stream while working on a property in Yoxford . Picture: ANDY ABBOTTOne thing you really didn’t want to be in Bronze Age Suffolk was a laid-back procrastinator. The clock ticked quite loudly as soon as you were born, so best crack on with life. “The average age of death for men was 34, whereas for women it was 37½,” says Sarah E Doig. (Still, on the plus side, no worries about pension … [Read more...] about Twenty? Forty? Sixty? You’re Mr Average in Bronze Age Suffolk. How long do you think you’d live?