Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Peter Hitchens on life under lockdown

A friend has just sent me the link to an excellent article by the splendid Peter Hitchens  in the latest “First Things”. It is about our current situation of social distancing and self isolation, and the constraints to maintain the new status quo.

I have thought for a long time that he is about the one commentator in our media who really speaks sense. I do not agree with everything he says, but when I met him some months ago and I made that point we agreed that that made life more interesting.

His article can be read here:

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