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In Defence of Monarchy

LP Hartley famously wrote in Cider with Rosie, with a palpable sense of longing and regret, that ‘the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there’. Hartley spoke of this ‘foreignness’ in terms which were personal rather than collective yet this same sentiment is certainly more widely applicable than initially intended, even to…

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Born in Bethlehem

Fair, fair maiden sleepless lay, Labouring on the frosted hay, Breathless cries resound the airs, In pain of all a mothers cares, Thus with naught of pomp or hymn, Comes the Christ to conquer sin, And made as man our maker lies, Beneath his own well-fashioned skies.   Silent, silent is the Babe, For whom…