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A Fathers4Justice campaigner has been found guilty of defacing a portrait of the Queen with purple paint while it was hanging in Westminster Abbey.

How to be a subversive: a poetic lesson

Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti stands for all that is anti-establishment. So why did he become San Francisco's official Poet Laureate?

Travel: UK: Trails of the unexpected: Images of Shakespeare

HE'S MR Millennium, say radio listeners, and his love life is packing them in at 200 cinemas nationwide. But if you're in London, don't join the queues to catch a glimpse of him - he's on show for you free. The capital is stuffed with Shakespeares, in ink and paint and stone.

Westminster dean accused of reneging on organist deal

THE DEAN of Westminster Abbey was last night accused of reneging on a severance settlement for the Abbey organist whose sacking last year caused controversy.

Letter: No callous dean

Sir: May I make some points about the article and headline, "Dean censured for `callous' sacking", (10 December)? I write as someone who has attended Westminster Abbey during 46 years. I have appreciated Dr Neary's music and would have many positive things to say about the Dean, Dr Wesley Carr.

Dean censured for 'callous' sacking

THE DEAN of Westminster Abbey was reprimanded yesterday by a government report for the way in which he dismissed the abbey's award- winning organist.

The Queen's Speech: The Sketch - Chocolate box occasion pleases the soft centre

`The peasants might have been wearing their Sunday best but they had come armed with legislative pitch-forks and were looking for blue blood'

Do today's public rituals hinder our understanding of war?

On the 80th anniversary of the Armistice, three very different views on how we should commemorate the victims of war

Letter: Euro paean

Sir: As a retired and widowed travel man who worked for many years on the Continent and still mourns his Italian bride, I guess I am an instinctive European who just cannot understand the Euroscepticism of many Brits (or English?) and continues to be appalled by it.

The modernisers are moving in at Westminster Abbey

TOMORROW, OR very shortly, we are due to learn who will prevail in the duel between the Dean of Westminster Abbey, Wesley Carr, and the organist he sacked, Dr Martin Neary. Dr Neary appealed to the Queen against his dismissal for alleged financial irregularities. A retired Law Lord, Lord Jauncey, was asked to hold hearings and decide the issue.

Law: Our Learned Friend: Tough words on legal aid

AS THE Lord Chancellor led his judges into Westminster Abbey yesterday for the Opening of the Legal Year, he may have been in reflective mode. He may have remembered that, almost a year ago, he announced the withdrawal of legal aid from most civil disputes. He may have been reflecting that it has all proved more difficult than he had expected.

Heaven is on a Harley to Harlech

Always fancied yourself as a bit of an `Easy Rider'? Nerys Lloyd- Pierce takes a dream machine down the byways of Wales

Judgment day looms in the battle of Westminster Abbey

ONE OF the most medieval and highly unusual legal processes will begin this week when Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle, the Lord Chancellor's representative, starts his formal investigations into the sacking of Martin Neary, the organist at Westminster Abbey.

`Don't talk to me about Diana, I've been here for two days'

While most of the media slept, one reporter witnessed a side of the wake that few talked about.

Traffic ban to clear cars from Trafalgar Square

TRAFALGAR SQUARE could be rescued from traffic and pedestrianised after a change of mind to be announced today by Tory-controlled Westminster City Council.

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