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STEVEN SYKES is best known for his jewel-like Gethsemane Chapel at the east end of Coventry Cathedral, made during 1959-60. It was a commission from the cathedral's architect, Basil Spence, who like Sykes had served as a camouflage officer during the Second World War. Sykes's artistic career was difficult to pin down chiefly because he fitted uneasily into any neat progressive history of post-war art.

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Sir: I welcome the referendum being conducted by the (English) RFU about the possible replacement of the British national anthem by an English anthem for the England rugby team at future internationals.

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HOW WE MET: SIR STEPHEN TUMIM AND WASFI KANI

Sir Stephen Tumim, 68, has been a barrister, a judge, and most notably Chief Inspector of Prisons from 1987 until 1995. Principal of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, for the last two years, he is President of the Royal Literary Fund and is also writing a book about William Blake. He lives with his wife in London. The conductor Wasfi Kani, 42, was born in London of Indian parents. She read music at Oxford, then worked in the City for 10 years. In 1988 she founded Pimlico Opera, a company whose work has included music-theatre in prisons, as well as professional opera at Garsington. This year she launched Grange Park Opera in the dilapidated orangery of Lord Ashburton's Hampshire estate

Dance: Pity you missed the party, Madam

SIX MONTHS is far too long for a major company to go dark on its core audience. And I'm sure The Royal Ballet wished it otherwise, especially during a period when we sorely needed reminding how good it can be. Currently homeless, the company even managed to turn up late for its founder's 100th birthday, in a short Barbican season 10 days after the event. Sadly, Dame Ninette de Valois was unable to be there (worn out from whooping it up elsewhere, it was said).

Arts: Tears and fury: the Ginsberg beat goes on

A year after his death, the life and work of one of the prime movers in the culture of dissent was celebrated by his friends.

Literature: And the Beat goes on

How are we to remember Allen Ginsberg (right)? As the man who single-handedly brought the Beats into being? Or as the man "who dreamt and made incarnate gaps in Time & Space through images juxtaposed", to steal from "Howl" - his wake-up call to the world, that's been stretching lungs and minds ever since 1956? When it comes to commemorating the dead, poems beat prosaic epitaphs any day. The official UK celebration of the hipster's life and work, held a little over a month after the first anniversary of his death from cancer, should be mercifully short on sentimental speeches. Instead, five well-chosen poets will read his verse - and some of their own - highlighting the points of connection.

Books: The trouble with Blake

THE BEAST IN THE NURSERY by Adam Phillips, Faber pounds 14.99

Books: Love Letters To Lady Lazarus

Elegy, rhapsody, exculpation, exorcism - Ted Hughes's poems for Sylvia Plath will be endlessly debated. What's already clear is their brilliance

Arts: Hughes breaks silence with secret poems to Sylvia Plath

The Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, today breaks his silence over the life and suicide of his first wife, Sylvia Plath, with a volume of poems that few knew existed. Clare Garner reports on the poetic account of his days with Plath.

The Weasel: Force 10 - Fence blows down again. Weasel retires to bed with copy of Bleak House.

One possible reason for Margaret Thatcher's uncharacteristic support for the new British Library, which ended up costing pounds 511 million, emerged the other day when I saw Michael Portillo popping in there. After all, unemployed ex-ministers have to pass the time somewhere. (I think it was Mr Portillo's first visit, because I saw him being directed to the cloakroom, so it should be at least a couple of years before the memoirs appear.) Sad to relate, Lady T has not yet found time to pay a visit to this palace of learning. I was shown round by the same genial BL guide who whizzed me through the old joint in Bloomsbury exactly a year ago. "The new building has a 200-year lifespan," he explained in an effort to justify the mind- boggling price-tag. "The average Tesco superstore costs pounds 40 million and has an estimated life of 15-20 years. For the price of 13 Tescos, you have a national library."

Obituary: Buxton Orr

Buxton Daeblitz Orr, composer: born Glasgow 18 April 1924; married 1955 Isabelle Roberts (marriage dissolved), 1968 Jean Latimer; died Hereford 27 December 1997.
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