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Misattribution of verse started by students on internet is finally corrected by blogger

Innocent as charged

Yes, it's true. Leonard Slatkin, the new boss of Washington's National Symphony Orchestra, really does prefer American music - and he's about to give us the benefit of his experience. By Edward Seckerson Photo by Edward Sykes

We'll stop the Red Flag flying

The Labour Party is thinking the unthinkable - that it should no longer sing the most singable, most poignant, most battle-hardened hymn in its revolutionary repertoire. Tony Blair would probably prefer to drop "The Red Flag" - the tune Attlee's victorious MPs chanted as they paraded through the Commons' lobbies in 1945.

Double Play: Edward Seckerson and Stephen Johnson compare notes on...Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle Anne Sofie von Otter, John Tomlinson Berlin Philharmonic / Haitink (EMI 5 56162 2)

'This performance was recorded live, which gives it an edge, an interactive tension. But it isn't reflected in the character of the orchestra' 'Haitink's manner is spacious, on the whole reflective and atmospheric rather than urgent ... the sense of psychological undertow is intermittent'

Every morning the cycle begins again: a hard-to-break round of indulgence

Simon Calder paid pounds 60 for a four-day break at Butlins' holiday village in Bognor Regis

Letter: Uninspired by 'Jerusalem'

Sir: In his article on the Church of Scotland's rejection of the hymn based on William Blake's "Jerusalem", John Walsh seems to completely miss the point ("Bring no spears to 'Jerusalem' ", 18 May). His problem is illustrated very well by his anachronistic paragraph on Joseph of Arimathea.


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Ancient hymns fail the modern test

One of Britain's most popular hymns, Jerusalem, faces being dropped from the Church of Scotland's hymn book because "no-one knows what it means", it was revealed yesterday.


Robert Hardy was a worthy winner of Best Abridged Modern Fiction in the first Talkies, the new awards for talking books. The only drawback in his bluff, hearty rendering of Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian's Napoleonic seafaring yarn (Bespoke Audio pounds 8.49), is his tendency to bellow suddenly as though from ship to shore.


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Visions, visions burning bright

His true home was eternity, but he was still the inhabitant of a tangible, mundane city. Karl Miller Blake by Peter Ackroyd, Sinclair- Stevenson, pounds 20


An extract from the brilliant new biography of poet, artist and visionary William Blake

Affirmative view of dyslexia

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Journey to the centre of the room

Summer's here, and your thoughts turn to sultry nights of sensuous bliss. Except your room has been invaded by a fly: one of those critters that zooms around your light fixtures throwing massive shapes on the wall like some acid-raddled shadow-puppeteer, and buzzes like a cathedral-ful of incompetent cellists. Of all God's creatures, the humble fly is the one least likely to give even the most committed vegan an attack of conscience as he rolls up his newspaper in fury.

Marriage of heaven and hell

Art and science have long been seen as sworn enemies. But, argues Tom Sutcliffe, the age of the artist as Luddite is dead
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