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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.

St Luke Passion, Cathedral, Canterbury

Half a century ago, Krzysztof Penderecki saw his St Luke Passion travel the world as an instant sensation. It was that rare phenomenon, an avant-garde work on a grand scale that surpassed its difficulties of performance and moved large audiences. Then, it mysteriously disappeared. Saturday's revival by the Sounds New festival was the first in Britain for nearly 30 years. Bringing in a ready-prepared performance by top Polish musicians with the composer conducting, it was the culmination of this year's Polish Connections theme and, with the cathedral nave packed out, destined to put a previously local festival on the national map. But would it, on a musical level, make lightning strike again?

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Franklyn (15)

Franklyn is a triumph of ambition over ability. The debut film from writer-director Gerald McMorrow, it's a genre-hopping British mystery which has four strands, three of them set in London, the fourth set in a Gilliamesque parallel universe where religion is a legal requirement. These dizzyingly designed fantasy sequences feature Ryan Phillippe as a masked private eye who prowls a murky metropolis called Meanwhile City, where every building is a cathedral. Back in reality, Eva Green is a brattish student who keeps attempting suicide as part of a video project; Sam Riley is a recently jilted artist who spots his childhood sweetheart in the street; and Bernard Hill is a church caretaker who is searching for his missing son.

Album: Titi Robin, Kali Sultana – L'ombre du Ghazal, (Naive Records)

You'll need to forgive the fact that this dextrous French string strummer (guitar, oud, bouzouq) is a bit of a meanderer, because the finest moments of this double album are hauntingly engaging.

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OAP guilty of sex act in cathedral toilet

An 85-year-old pensioner who regularly followed young boys into the toilets at St Paul's Cathedral was told by a judge today he could remain free provided he did not spend too long in public lavatories.

Andreas Whittam Smith: We must keep the links between Church and State

‘Establishment’ helps explain high attendances on Christmas Day.

In God we trust: pews fill up as the economy slows down

Clerics believe the credit crunch is responsible for a steady rise in congregations

Man shot by police was 'manic depressive'

A man shot dead by police on the steps of a cathedral suffered from 'manic depression', his family said.

Police shoot man dead in Guildford

The police shooting of a man outside a cathedral was being investigated today.

Britten War Requiem, Royal Albert Hall, London

Every performance of Britten's War Requiem is an occasion - such is the indelible power of a genuine masterpiece.

My Week: Joanna Lumley, actress and campaigner

A triumphant end to her long battle to allow Gurkhas to settle in Britain

Once Upon A Hill, by Glenn Patterson

Echoes of a love across Ireland's frontiers

24-Hour Room Service: Cathedral Quarter Hotel, Derby

Ashort walk from the cathedral tower, Derby's first boutique hotel opened four months ago. It captures the spirit of the city's ambitious reconstruction programme, which is carefully preserving the old, while altering the skyline with some striking new architecture.

You write the reviews: The Prophecy, Chester Cathedral, Chester

The Chester Mystery Plays, a cycle based on biblical texts, date from the 14th century and are performed every five years in the shadow of Chester Cathedral. It's a complex and overwhelming enterprise by anyone's standards, but my apprehension at the thought of such a project being held in the open air of the famously fickle British summer, with a non-professional cast of more than 300 local people, quickly turned to admiration for their hard work and success.

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