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“The running total is 171.1 miles, not quite halfway,” groans Mason after the District Line, though this reader had the thought that no one forced him to do an overground trek of the Underground.

Bishop Samuel Ruiz: Liberation theologian who championed the cause of the Mayan Indians in Mexico

When I interviewed Bishop Samuel Ruiz for The Independent in the picturesque southern Mexican town of San Cristóbal de las Casas in August 1993, he told me the poverty-stricken Mayan Indians of his parish were getting restless and some had taken up arms. He introduced me to a young man – "just call me Juan" – who spoke of a new armed group called the Emiliano Zapata Peasant Organisation (EZP0), named after Mexico's peasant and revolutionary leader of the early 20th Century but styled after Peru's Shining Path guerrillas.

Hundreds say farewell to musician Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty's daughter said farewell to her father by singing one of his songs at his funeral today.

Let's float that idea... Boris's 2012 biosphere

A futuristic floating park has been proposed for the 2012 Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Deborah Ross: Horoscopes don't come better than this

If you ask me...

Fezeka's Voice (PG)

You'd have to be quite flint-hearted not to be touched by the energy and commitment of Phumi Tsewu, choirmaster at Fezeka High School in Gugulethu, South Africa.

Album: Gardiner, Santiago A Cappella (Soli Deo Gloria)

John Eliot Gardiner's prodigious output continues apace, with the recent Brahms 4th Symphony and an imminent further pair of his exhaustive pilgrimage series of Bach cantatas - surely the biggest current undertaking in any area of music - joined here by the reissue on his own label of another pilgrimage programme.

The golden boy: Countertenor Iestyn Davies talks high notes, low moments and hissy fits

The soaring tones of the countertenor may be a throwback to medieval church music, but the recital hipsters can’t get enough of it.

Full text of Pope's sermon

This is the full sermon delivered by Pope Benedict XVI during Holy Mass at London's Westminster Cathedral today.

William Golding, By John Carey

Golding may have been pursued by demons in life, ranging from alcoholism to a devastating loss of confidence when his leisure boat was sunk by a freighter, but he struck lucky post-mortem.

Robert Fisk: Even the little dog was not spared by Cromwell

To Saint Canice's, then, in the ancient city of Kilkenny, its ninth-century round tower still watching for Viking invaders, home of the forgotten Gaelic Irish-Old English Confederation, its citizens spared by Cromwell.

Album: Sinikka Langeland, Maria's Song (ECM)

An odd and intermittently beautiful combination of finger-in-the-ear Norwegian folk songs about the Virgin Mary (sung by Langeland), with performances of Bach played by Lars Anders Tomter on a viola of 1590 and Kare Nordstoga on the baroque organ of Nidaros cathedral in Trondheim, where the recording was made.

St Martins plans £1bn sell-off

The property arm of the State of Kuwait has kick-started plans to sell nearly £1bn of property across Europe, including five large regional shopping centres in the UK.

Neil Collings: Visionary Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Neil Collings was the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral from 2006 until 2009. Although his time there was short, he built on the solid work of his predecessor, James Atwell, and made an impact not only in the Cathedral but also in the Diocese of Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich and the county of Suffolk. He was no stranger to the Diocese: his mother had Suffolk roots and his great-grandfather had been a local shepherd.

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