|As Christians we are a people of peace, following Christ who has commanded that we pray for our enemies, and tells us that all who make for peace are blessed. In this centenary year celebrating the end of World War One, I am delighted that Hornsey Parish Church is performing Oh! What a lovely war (OWALW) this week.
As we know, satire is one of the sharpest forms of criticism, encouraging the viewer or the listener to see subtle, and sometimes less than subtle, resonances where glimpses of the truth can shine out. And the news only this week of events in Salisbury, as well as coverage of the possible meetings between North Korea and the United States remind us how fragile peace might be and how it must be constantly nurtured. I remember singing the song “Oh! What a lovely war” at school. The title of the musical was inspired by an old music hall song, “Oh It’s a Lovely War”, which features as one of the main songs in the show. Read more