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

Mutuals have to show they are worth preserving

It was somehow appropriate that yesterday's love-in for those still wedded and glued to the concept of mutual ownership should have taken place in the sanctity of Church House under the shadow of Westminster Abbey. Like the established church, the movement paddled along quite happily for many years in peaceful obscurity, largely protected from the harsh realities of commercial life. Like the church, many of its advocates have the air of religious zealots, proselytising on behalf of the movement and its ideals at every opportunity. And like the church, the mutual movement is being dragged kicking and screaming into the late 20th century. Both are institutions, if not in turmoil, then certainly in the process of far-reaching and traumatic change.

Musical splendour on a day of mourning

Music played an important part in the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales. The selection was iconoclastic and movingly in tune with the occasion. By Anthony Payne

Diana 1961-1997: The Cortege - A flower-strewn path leading to the Abbey

Quietly weeping crowds stood 20-deep to watch the coffin pass by. Steve Boggan followed the funeral procession

Rowing: Redgrave's golden dedication

Steve Redgrave led his team-mates Matthew Pinsent, Tim Foster and James Cracknell in a silent tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, after they won the world championship coxless fours here yesterday. The British four wore black ribbons on their uniforms and started the race just after a moment of silence was held at the request of the British, Australian and Canadian teams at the time of the conclusion of the funeral service in Westminster Abbey.

A mixture of old and new: `as she would have wanted'

It is a mix of the old and the new, the traditional and the avant garde, the poignant, the popular and the compassionate.

Blair presses Palace for people's funeral

The Prime Minister's office was yesterday in talks with Buckingham Palace in an attempt to create funeral arrangements that would satisfy the public need to mourn the loss of "the People's Princess".

Abbey to charge tourists

Westminster Abbey is to introduce a pounds 5 charge from next year to reduce the crowds of people who church leaders say are destroying its spiritual atmosphere. The charge will be introduced from March, with reduced rates of pounds 3 and pounds 2 for students and children respectively. Visitors currently have to pay to see parts of the Abbey, like the royal chapels, but entry to the nave is free.

There's a lot more to title deeds than pretty pieces of parchment. John Windsor reads between the lines

Title deeds - those big sheets of parchment covered with meticulous calligraphy - are the most abundant historical documents and one of the most neglected collectables.

Proms: Britten weekend

Heralded as one of Europe's finest chamber orchestras and certainly a popular favourite with the Proms audience, to judge by a Royal Albert Hall filled to capacity on Saturday evening, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, under their director Iona Brown, took some time to warm to their task in a programme of classic repertory items. Opening with Schubert's Fifth Symphony, they did not immediately achieve the rhythmic point and transparency of texture that has always been their director's principal aim. The bass lines seemed a little heavy in their marking and the wind section needed a more rounded sonority; at the same time there were ragged moments in the rhythmic ensemble. The expression was vigorous but a classical balance and precision were missing.

The temple of gloom

It takes an Indiana Jones to bypass the hordes heading into London's Holy Grail - Westminster Abbey.

Letter: A Canaletto for Westminster Abbey

Sir: Some of your readers will be aware that on 9 July Sotheby's is auctioning a Canaletto of the interior of the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster Abbey. Many of us who have connections with the Abbey feel that it would be wonderful if the painting could be acquired by the Dean and Chapter and placed on public display.

Why John Major did not go to Hong Kong

John Major could have been in Hong Kong but, for him, there was no competition. If saying goodbye to Britain's last colony of significance meant not saying goodbye to Denis Compton, his boyhood cricketing hero, then Hong Kong could wait.

live reviews; Handel: Jeptha Westminster Abbey; Atalanta St John's, Smith Sq

London's planning committees must secretly cherish the work of the Luftwaffe and the efficiency of German high explosives. When pressed to justify the conversion of yet another venerable town house into offices, planners need only mention wartime destruction to soothe their consciences and claim a preservation prize. The Brook Street home of German-born composer George Frideric Handel, in which he composed Messiah and many of his greatest works, managed to survive the blitz (and the brief residency of Jimi Hendrix) yet narrowly escaped the full blast from a recent redevelopment scheme proposed by a leading insurance company. The Handel House Trust has raised the funds necessary to buy the lease, intending to restore the composer's rooms and open a museum and recital room to the public in 1999. But cash is still required to match the project's Lottery grant, and Handelians are being asked to help save the composer's house for the nation.

Putting the magic back into stone circle

Stonehenge may yet become a place where Druids and day-trippers can walk among the prehistoric stones free of charge and away from the noise and fumes of heavy traffic. Barely a week after English Heritage saw its pounds 44m plan crumble with rejection of a lottery bid, a more politically-acceptable plan is rising from the ashes.
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