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Monthly column on hymns and songs

A quiet hush pervades the evening at our seaside B&B. With the lounge to ourselves, we can't even be sure if anyone else is in residence. We are enjoying our holiday books when at 8.55 prompt, in walks another couple, almost furtively. Do we mind very much if they switch on for the news?

Christopher Idle

The etiquette handbook would say it is as rude to walk out as to say 'Yes, we do'. We accepted the inevitable, not before exchanging pleasantries in the few moments left for conversation. It took about 90 seconds to discover that our new acquaintances were Baptists; you can usually tell. We agreed to talk more after The Weather.