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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.

Classical: And a good time was had by all

OAE AND BCMG/RATTLE ELY CATHEDRAL

First Night: Against all the odds, a strange mixture is touchingly effective

BBC Millennium Concert Ely Cathedral

Arts: A night to remember

What happens if you combine Ely Cathedral, Simon Rattle, two first- rate orchestras, Haydn, Beethoven and Mark-Anthony Turnage? The BBC Millennium Concert.

Obituary: Martin Caroe

THE WORLD of historic buildings conservation in England and Wales has been impoverished by the death of Martin Caroe. He was the third generation, and has happily nurtured a fourth, of a dynasty of architects which stretches back into the heart of the Arts and Crafts Movement, in which his grandfather, W.D. Caroe, was a leading practitioner.

Belgians brave rain for royal bride

BELGIUM yesterday tried to forget its ethnic divisions and its succession of public scandals, as it celebrated its first royal wedding for 15 years with a day of lavish celebration.

TRAVEL: BUSKING TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

After seven months of virtual solitude our busking pilgrim, finally in Spain, yearns for company - and finds it

Obituary: Col Sir Robert Macrae

WHEN THE Queen visited Orkney in August 1987 to unveil the new stained glass window in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, it was fitting that the Lord-Lieutenant who greeted her was Robert Macrae. Not only did he discharge his Lieutenancy duties with exemplary dignity and dedication, but he had been at the forefront of the efforts to save the fabric of Orkney's 12th- century cathedral, and to ensure that this generation of Orcadians passes on this treasured part of our heritage to the next, both intact and enhanced.

the broader picture: The time machine

AS THE LAST few weeks of 1999 slip by, the concept of time is taking on an extraordinary significance. But for the clock in Salisbury Cathedral, midnight on 31 December will be just another flicker in a long history that spans well over 600 years.

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Arts: The war against perfection

The mission of Harry Christophers, conductor of The Sixteen, is to restore the raw emotion to sacred music. By Michael Church

Prescott orders `Marchioness' inquiry

The Deputy Prime Minister with members of the Marchioness Action Group yesterday Jeremy Selwyn MARCHIONESS FAMILIES WITH JOHN PRESCOTT TODAY AT THE D.O.E LEFT TO RIGHT..ANTONY PERKS,JOHN PERKS,EILEEN DALLAGLIO,JOHN PRESCOTT,MARK BREWER BARBRA DAVIS AND BILLY GORMAN PICTURE JEREMY SELWYN

Travel: Stitching up my relatives

Kevin Pilley lands in Normandy and heads for a museum in Bayeux in search of a very long-lost relation

Bomb blasts new Serbian cathedral

THE NEW Serbian Orthodox cathedral in the centre of Pristina was damaged in a bomb blast yesterday, putting fresh and severe strain on Kosovo's fragile peace. The explosion occurred just hours after British Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Pristina, urging peace and trust on all sides.

Monitor: Janet Street-porter

Reaction to the appointment of Ms Street-Porter as editor of `The Independent on Sunday'
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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