Travel An Edwardian gazebo in Kingston, passed as you meander along the river Thames

The Thames Path combines history with nature as it forges towards the capital from Hampton Court Palace

If she sought a monument: Six years ago Mrs Thatcher walked into a wilderness. We know about the woman. What happened to the place?

'WE MUST do something about the inner cities,' Mrs Thatcher announced in the afterglow of her June 1987 general election victory. What she meant, it was later suggested, was that something had to be done about the collapse of the Conservative vote in the inner cities.

Leading Article: A change in Oxford's balance of power

YESTERDAY'S meeting at Christopher Wren's Sheldonian Theatre makes it official: at last, Oxford University is beginning to redress the institutional inertia that has for years excluded women from many of its most prestigious jobs. The facts themselves are not in dispute. Women hold only a few of the lectureships at Oxford. They hold still fewer of the more senior readerships; and among the professors at the top of the university tree, the women can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

'We've had enough, we have to fight. The system is loaded against us': Oxford women dons are protesting over sexist promotions. Nick Cohen reports

Congregation, the usually somnolent 'parliament' of Oxford University is about to see the biggest grass roots revolt against the university authorities since academics turned out in their hundred to refuse to award an honorary degree to Margaret Thatcher in 1985.

After the IRA: a church lost and found: For St Ethelburga's there was no escape. Can it be replaced? David Whiting sees the opportunity for a new beginning

The bomb in Bishopsgate 10 days ago destroyed one of London's most endearing and historic churches. St Ethelburga- the-Virgin was one of the few City churches to have survived the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz of 1940 almost unharmed. Other buildings were badly damaged and some will have to be pulled down, but this tiny church - the smallest in central London - will be the most mourned. Its Kentish ragstone facade caught the full impact of the explosion and collapsed.

Country Matters: Wren the architect, cuckoo the intruder

WHAT does the hen buzzard think about as she sits brooding her eggs, 75 feet above ground in the upper branches of a beech tree? Not much, I guess; I imagine her metabolism, like that of other birds, slows down while she is incubating, and that the long days and nights pass in a kind of torpor.

Through the streets of London

'DEPEND on it, Sir,' the Grand Cham said, 'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of sitting in superjams, dodging beggars, avoiding touts, suffering the vulgar sarcasms of acne-splashed policeboys and skating on the squashed mess of vast, ill-disciplined yob-dogs.'

Architecture: Look at our monuments and weep: By failing to invest in fine public works, we deny future generations wonders such as those left to us by Wren. Richard MacCormac, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, makes a plea for excellence

FIVE weeks before the last general election, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) held a debate on architecture at which representatives of the three principal parties were invited to speak. The Conservative Party failed to put forward a spokesman.

Travel: Peter, the great yob of London

IT IS a long mental leap from Says Court Recreation Ground in Deptford to the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, but the origins of Russia's finest city can be traced to this corner of south-east London. Early in his reign, Peter the Great toured western Europe to study the techniques that would enable him to modernise the then-primitive Russian empire. He came to the Thames at the tail end of the 17th century to learn maritime technology. Peter chose to live in Deptford because its craftsmen were accomplished shipbuilders, and the Royal Observatory at Greenwich - at the cutting edge of navigational research - was only a mile away.

Ribbons and roses amid final tributes to 'lonely' Bubbles

THE GILDED interior of St Bride's Church in Fleet Street yesterday provided a perfect stage for the final production to commemorate the decidedly baroque life of Viscountess Rothermere.

Change for the worse?: The advent of a new 10p piece this week marks the end of our pre-decimal coins. Some think metal money itself is on the way out. Tim Kelsey reports

IN EARLY 1971, the producers of Crossroads did something unusual. They dramatised the coinage. Viewers of the soap opera watched its characters struggle, in 11 episodes, with the concept of a decimal currency. This was in the run-up to 15 February 1971: Decimalisation Day.

Architecture: The second Blitz of St Paul's: The revised Paternoster Square redevelopment plans would still obscure views of Wren's beautiful cathedral with unwanted office blocks, warns Jonathan Glancey

PICTURE St Paul's Cathedral just before the Blitz. Wren's great dome floated serenely above a sea of four and five-storeyed Georgian and Victorian houses, workshops, pubs, shops and cafes leading off Paternoster Row. It was an area alive with the ghosts of London's past. James Boswell watched life spin by from the St Paul's Coffee House, while Doctor Johnson talked of books and politics in the nearby Ivy Lane Club.

Fire-damaged King's Apartments reopen

The Queen is this afternoon due to reopen the seventeenth- century King's Apartments at Hampton Court Palace which have been restored after being damaged by fire in Easter 1986, writes Debbie Smith.
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