HIS WILL be my last column: as readers will see, I now have a rather larger
(though unsigned) one on page 5. Some editors like to write a personal column one thinks of Dominic Lawson at the Sunday Telegraph, whose soulful visage peers out at his readers from a position next to the editorials. which are generally written by other people. I shall mostly be writing my own editorials (though probably not at such length as I have this week).
Who my replacement will be. I am not quite sure: but there are some exciting possibilities, one of which I hope will have emerged in two weeks' time. John Gummer appears as usual (God willing) next week.
Attentive readers will have noticed that we have two new columns this week. Alice Thomas Ellis returns (on page 7) in sparkling form. in a new kind of column. Catholic Tastes. Anyone who has ever eaten at her table (you sit down in a splendid big rural kitchen in Camden Town) will know how wonderful a cookshe is, and I am hoping that at some point she will tell us the secret of her asparagus tart.
Food will figure prominently, as is natural. One of the marks of a Catholic culture is its love of food and wine. Another is its love of children: Alice's grandson Isaac (my own grandson is called Jacob: are we all becoming more Old Testament mindei?) appears in her column this week and I suspect we will be hearing more of his doings hereafter.
The other new regular feature is our diary column. Lamb's Passage. The same follows a veneratle tradition of naming chatty columns after the pographical location (past or present) of the newspaper concerned.
This newspaper's Charterhouse cilumn is named after CiarterThouse Square just off Feet Street, where The Cathdic Herald used to have its ofices.
The Times newspaper's diary used to be written by PHS the initials 3f Prining House Square. Aril the Daily Telegraph's Peerbormgh column recalls the Japer'; old address off Fleet Sreet. 'Thus, Lamb's Passage, he narow winding street where The Catholic Herald las ofices on the fourth floc" of one of the few remaining Victtrian buildings, gives tv the rarne for our own Dian, which I hope you will all eijoy.
Much is changng in the paper. as it alvays loes sooner or later withthe arival of a new editor. lut I lave been able to hit ne ground running (to recall a phase with which I hav becune very familiar ove the last week or two) becase 01 the wonderfully unsellsh wat in which my predeccssor went out of her way to eae my vay into the editorial chic.
Departing editors uteri regard their succesors vitti distinctly jaundice. feelig . Sometimes they ¬ e'er meet as one depart and di.= other arrives.
That was not, I ar happ to say, my experience Not cily did Debbie Jones rrang a splendidly convivia lune] to introduce me to MN editcial staff, but during he last vo days in office, as th Tuesay evening deadline aproac eci (a time when as Lam r)vsF discovering every edit(' mind is ecorrit increasingly acR uncomfortably corentra_ on the matter in had) tit somehow found tine to gvme what amountel to iraL extended tutorial ii hovetcp replace her.
It was an act )f groat
generosity, which I hall cot soon forget: whoeer naxt employs this very irpreswe person and eempl ry Christian will have icqui xl someone who can bee lied_ n through thick and am.