Rakib’s Britain: Theocratic ideologies must be challenged

We don’t have to teach them how to play

Inadequate facilities hurt everyone

We should hear less from former PMs

We have to overcome post-1989 illusions

Pilgrimage still serves to bring people together

Theft is the enemy of good business, leaving less for profit, wages and the taxman

The Anglican hierarchy is obsessed with management structures over the real issues of morality, theology and falling congregations

Raphael’s masterful depiction of divine light owes much to Dante, who incorporated the latest
optical thinking in his visionary poetry

What it’s like to fulfil a boyhood dream on the footplate of a classic steam locomotive

A trek through the Hindu Kush to seek out the ancient Kalash people, who claim descent from Alexander’s army

The playwright will not be remembered for his poetry

If turbulent priests can reach an accord over food and drink, then so can politicians

Some had talent, some did not

How England found their mojo

Locked rooms and dark churchyards

A trio of 20th century novels each offer a different desideratum for the discerning lounger

Portraits of six great leaders, from the pen of Henry Kissinger

The voice of a poet whose chequered career reads like a cockeyed novel

There is a deep appetite among Britain’s television audience for dramas that tackle complicated social issues

Culture and propaganda are not easily separable

It is a satire of modern vanities, not a screw-up

The end of BBC Four is a death sentence for BBC Orchestras and the Proms alike

Empathising with pill-popping Pandora

Picking a list of horses to remember

We need to rethink our use of water

Enduring a taste of the Blitz spirit at a chain restaurant with no butter, no jam and few staff