As our ecosystems collapse, our wildlife is being pushed to the brink.
Anyone who doubts this should do as I did last year, & walk the length of a chalk stream like the #Ver: part of an ecosystem pretty much unique to England, but now, to all intents & purposes, dead
Saving our rivers is a cause that should unite people across the political spectrum: from Extinction Rebellion activists to fly-fishing Tory squires.

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May 16
Murder, jealousy, greed, surfing, refugees, vicars, ancient Egypt, structuralists, sensational impressions, & Dominic Sandbrook's pleasure island: all feature in today's @TheRestHistory on AGATHA CHRISTIE……
Putting the Agatha Christie back into Wagatha Christie...
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May 15
At Great Tew, in a display of heroism redolent of the Iliad, I defy my #EliteSportsInjury to bowl 6 overs, & PLUNDER a wicket. 2 wickets apiece as well for @TroubledStriker & @theoldbatsman.

@bodleianlibs make 146/7 off their 35 overs.

Honoured, as acting captain, to present @MirandaMalins with her cap.
At Great Tew, @theoldbatsman & @dodo938 have taken @AuthorsCC to 61/0 off 13 overs.

No sign yet of top local celebrities David Beckham, Jeremy Clarkson or @dcsandbrook.
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Apr 28
Ankylosaurs, I am charmed to learn from @Dave_Hone, may have signalled that they were in the mood for luuuurve by blowing out little inflatable sacs on their noses.
Tyrannosaurs, meanwhile, seem just to have bitten each other.
Though some theropods seem to have done "little ritualistic dances with each other."
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Apr 18
The premium set by Christ on sheltering the needy, which the Gospels could hardly make any clearer, is not necessarily helpful to the government of a country richer & less war-torn than most other countries, & which doesn't want to throw open its borders.
"One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions."
This is the teaching that Archbishops exist to preach; this is the teaching that no government has ever been willing to follow to its ultimate end. Christ's kingdom, after all, is not of this world. It is a category error to assume otherwise.
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I should probably just add that parts of it are quite gruesome.
There is one impression - & an absolutely superb one it is too, though I say so myself
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Tomorrow's episode of @TheRestHistory is on THE CRUCIFIXION
That Jesus was not a Roman citizen, that he suffered a slave's death, that crucifixion was the most humiliating form of execution imaginable, has always been for Christians - right from the time of Paul - fundamental to their understanding of who he was.

"But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness."

It's a measure of how desensitised by "2000 years of cross-based iconography"* we have become that we fail to recognise the sheer weirdness of this.

*Actually, nearer 1500 years
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