If the spheres of religion, motoring and rambling op-ed columns were three sets in a journalistic Venn diagram, then their intersection would contain William Scholes.
He has the pleasures of writing about faith and cars for the Irish News, a blend of God and mammon likely to be unique in daily newspapers, perhaps for good reason.
He is possibly the only journalist to have reported from the funeral of Pope John Paul II, driven an electric BMW i3 at the Brands Hatch race track, a Ferrari round the Ards Peninsula and to have been in St Peter's Square for the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict and Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. He has held the coveted 'tidiest desk in the newsroom' title every year since joining the Irish News in 2002.
Over the next 10 days, the 4 Corners Festival is exploring the challenge of forgiveness and how our divided society might look if it was truly forgiving. Among those contributing to the discussion is Professor Robert Enright, regarded as the world's leading expert in forgiveness education. He tells William Scholes about why forgiveness is the most powerful cure for resentment
Aston Martin has set itself the challenge of building “the greatest driver’s car of the modern era”, and every detail it releases about the car in question suggests its immodesty is well placed, writes William Scholes.
THE 4 Corners Festival has never shied away from tackling difficult subjects but this year's programme, which will centre on the challenge of forgiveness when it opens next week, may be the boldest yet.