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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.

Coventry to host Olympic football

Coventry City's Ricoh Arena has been chosen as the Midlands venue to host football at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Historic cathedrals at risk after English Heritage funding is cut during recession

Cathedrals are in danger of falling into serious disrepair because of the recession, senior figures within the Church have warned.

Inquiry launched into clergyman's 'affair'

The Church of England has launched an inquiry into allegations one of its senior clergymen was having an affair, a diocese said today.

Swerve with verve: Oscar Niemeyer, the architect who eradicated the straight line

He banished straight lines, trained with Le Corbusier and transformed Brazil – and then he was sent into exile for his political beliefs. Yet even now, at the sprightly age of 102, Oscar Niemeyer still believes that his architecture can encourage a new generation to live more selfless lives

Private cash 'funds search for Moors victim'



A privately funded search has begun for the body of a 12-year-old boy killed by Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, it was reported.

48 Hours In: Funchal

Last month, Madeira suffered the worst flooding in living memory, but the capital of this pretty Portuguese island is ready to welcome visitors once again.

Errors & Omissions: Labour adds to the collection of notoriously bad slogans

The Labour Party has adopted what may be the worst slogan since the notorious "You're never alone with a Strand", the 1959 copy line that killed the brand of cigarettes it was supposed to promote.

Requiem, Maciejewski, Westminster Cathedral

It’s quite a story: the exiled Polish composer Roman Maciejewski tenaciously pursuing his dream to complete his “anti-war” Requiem over 15 years and across several countries and only now, a decade after his death, gathering the faithful in Westminster Cathedral during Polska! Year to celebrate its UK Premiere.

Missing baby found safe

A couple have been arrested in Wales after a missing eight-month-old baby boy was found safe and well at a cathedral in Ireland on Friday, with a note giving his name and date of birth.

Scottish priest could become first female bishop

A Scottish priest will today find out if she is to become Britain's first female bishop.

Minster's medieval window saved from fire

An "irreplaceable" medieval stained glass window has been saved after fire broke out at York Minster's stone yard, police said today.

Pandora: Gormley and Wallinger to get a spot at the altar?

Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael: all have had their wares displayed before faithful congregations. Now we hear that two of the UK's most cutting-edge artists – Turner Prize winners Mark Wallinger and Antony Gormley are competing to create a less traditional spiritual masterpiece – to be displayed in Chichester Cathedral.

Litany of abuse 'eroding trust in Catholic Church'

Mass-goers in the heart of the Dublin Archdiocese today claimed that the devastating clerical abuse scandals were wiping out trust in the Catholic Church.

Scientists take the first step in unlocking origins of universe

After 10 years – and £6bn – the first particles finally smash into each other in the Large Hadron Collider

Big Bang atom smasher records first proton hits

The world's largest atom smasher made another leap forward yesterday by circulating beams of protons in opposite directions at the same time and causing the first particle collisions in the £6bn machine after more than a year of repairs.

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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