What’s the best recording of ‘Nimrod’? I don’t mean the whole Enigma Variations, just that one. I think it’s very difficult to strike a balance between understatement and purple gushing. twitter.com/NotationIsGreat/st … twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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Uh? @BruvverEccles isn’t arrogant or obnoxious but he’s hilariously rude. When he started taking the piss out of me I was outraged - for about ten seconds before I creased up with laughter. twitter.com/Prognosis1987/stat … twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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Just saying what? I disblieve most information coming out of China, think it’s lying about virus numbers, loathe its Vatican-assisted persecution of Catholics – but Eric Yuan doesn't deserve this sort of insinuation just because he’s Chinese. twitter.com/Catholicisourco/st … twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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This is unbelievable. @BruvverEccles banned? Have th Magic Circle pulled some stunt with Twitter to silence him? Outrageous. Please RT. twitter.com/ProtecttheFaith/st … twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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Tonight: Bluegrass mandolinist Chris Thile performs Bach’s Solo Partita No 1 so hauntingly, and with such a miraculous technique, that I temporarily lose all appetite for hearing it on the violin. If your jaw doesn’t drop it must be wired together. youtube.com/watch?v=j3lH_Tevw5 … twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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But then I discover this venomous tweet. I hope the school that employs Mr Bell as a chaplain doesn’t allow him to pass on this sort of grotesquely partisan message to its pupils. twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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There are many clergymen, perfectly agreeable most of the time, gripped with contempt for ‘journalists’. This ‘Brexit denier’ vicar accuses me of revelling in disaster. It’s nasty. But reading his tweets he doesn’t seem nasty; just pleased with himself. twitter.com/wealandsbell/statu … twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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conal o'donnell @conalabu

I believe one of Rachmaninov's last remarks before he died was to say goodbye to his wonderful hands twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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Tonight: four minutes of ‘some of the most perfect piano playing ever recorded’, as @houghhough described it to me. Rachmaninov playing his arrangement of Kreilsler’s Liebesleid – 99 years ago. youtube.com/watch?v=gGmILVnE_d … twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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A shout-out to @leonrestaurants. Not only is the food terrific, but it looks after its staff and its sense of social responsibility is genuine and dates back years. twitter.com/leonrestaurants/st … twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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‘Nervous disorder’ made me smile, but the traditionalist caricature of the Novus Ordo has become less accurate over the years. In my parish, every succeeding PP has improved the liturgy. twitter.com/Imagodei01/status/ … twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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Edmund Patrick Adamus @EdmundPAdamus

Watch the aggressive fundraising campaigns diocese by diocese after all this..... but all to no avail once households have gotten used to seriously tightening their belts to cut back just to make ends meet... twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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Yes, probably. But their stewardship of their finances has never been properly examined. If (for example) @RCWestminster hadn’t spent ten million quid on a building for an exclusive prep school that would have eased the blow. twitter.com/tufnelljimmy/statu … twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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The disastrous impact of the virus on Churches in the West is hard to overestimate. The already unstoppable decline in church attendance has been accelerated by several years overnight. Put simply, millions of people won't be coming back. twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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Interesting. A Catholic priest tells me that his @catholicEW diocese has ordered him to lay off all his staff, including his cleaner, so that they qualify for government assistance. Presumably the Church simply has no money. Doesn’t look good, though. twitter.com/holysmoke/status/1

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