GREAT BRITAIN: The Power & the Glory

The City of Durham is in spots an unspoiled medieval museum piece in the heart of the Newcastle coal country. The crowning glory of unspotted Durham is its thousand-year-old cathedral ("half Church of God, half castle 'gainst the Scots") from which warrior monks, centuries ago, issued to battle against marauding Border chieftains. Last week Durham Cathedral's Very Reverend Cyril Argentine Alington sallied forth to battle again, against a new incursion. This time the enemy was a power plant.

Durham's City Councillors had approved the plant. As blueprinted, it would rise above the River...

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