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A vicars' pension scheme could be facing a precarious future unless church chiefs face up to a potentially massive deficit. John Ralfe, an independent pension expert, claimed this week that the pension scheme for some 16,400 Church of England clergy is "the riskiest in the country in terms of asset-type".

Album: The Choir of the Temple Church, A Festival of Psalms (Signum Classics)

Taking as its theme the use of psalms in choral music, this anthology links the liturgies of Jewish and Christian traditions, represented respectively by Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and various European strains from Byrd and Allegri to Purcell and Parry.

Lawyers for the Occupy London protesters are appealing

'Ring of prayer' bid to prevent evictions

Christians have promised to surround the tents of the Occupy protest outside St Paul's Cathedral with a "ring of prayer", in an attempt to stop bailiffs from evicting the people camped there.

'Ring of prayer' to fight St Paul's eviction

More than 200 Christians are on 24-hour standby to rush to the site if bailiffs arrive
Lawyers for the Occupy London protesters are appealing

City wins legal bid to evict Occupy London protesters

Judge’s ruling means ‘Tent City’ at St Paul’s can be cleared next week

Five-minute memoir: DJ Taylor on a schoolboy error

In those days – October 1977 – we still had Saturday morning school. Strolling along the tiled corridor of School End House on my way back from ringing the bell for assembly, I bumped into a boy named Crispin Lambert, like me in the second year of the Norwich school sixth form and gearing up to take his A-levels the following summer. Whether Crispin was actively seeking me out, or what followed was a spontaneous gesture, I never discovered, but he shot me a confidential look, suggesting that great matters were in train, and demanded, "Are you doing anything in the next half hour?". Whatever I said must have been encouraging, as his next question was: "Would you like to come and meet the Prime Minister?".

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Royal Opera House, London
Hansel and Gretel, King's Head Theatre, London

Intoxicating and thrilling, Wagner's romantic comedy revival mixes the scent of elder blossom with priapic mayhem

Police face new questions over approach to protest groups

The City of London Police was facing fresh questions over its approach to protest groups last night after it emerged that it regularly included them in communiques warning businesses in the City about extremist activity.

Diana Constance: Artist who also wrote for 'The Independent'

Diana Constance brought her native New York combative spirit to bear on what became the defining focus of her life – saving the North London art school which gave her the lifeline she needed when she arrived here from Rome in 1965.

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Archbishop laments 'broken bonds' in British society

The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke today of the "broken bonds and abused trust" in a British society torn apart by riots and financial speculation.

Occupy London protesters will be leaving St. Paul's early next year

Protesters to scale down occupation of St Paul's

Occupy London protesters are ready to leave St Paul's early next year in exchange for a scaled-down presence outside the cathedral and a "symbolic tent" within.

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Andalucía's hidden gems

Huelva

Spain's maritime gateway to the Americas is a city of explorers that deserves discovery. Founded by the Phoenicians and expanded by the Romans, the port city of Huelva has some fine buildings. They include a Renaissance cathedral, and an area built in the suburban English style of the early 20th century to house the British engineers working at the nearby Rio Tinto mines. But its most striking monument, about a mile or so south of the city centre, is a stone statue that dominates the port. Representing the figure of a monk leaning on a cross (below), it commemorates Christopher Columbus, who set out from here to discover the New World.

New leaf: Sylvia Beach Whitman plans to keep the shop in the Rue Bûcherie as her father wanted it

A glorious chapter ends on the Left Bank

George Whitman, who has died aged 98, used his Paris enclave to host literary giants and feed the dreams of aspiring writers

The US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson told Occupy London protesters camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral yesterday that theirs was a “moral cause”

Your cause is just, Jackson tells protest camp

St Paul's Cathedral should provide more support to the Occupy London demonstrators who have been camped outside for more than two months, a leading civil rights campaigner and former aide to Dr Martin Luther King has said.

Bright lights: The Christmas market at the cathedral

48 Hours: Cologne

A winter visit to this fine city on the Rhine offers Christmas markets, hearty food and drink, and invigorating art.

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