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A sketch for a front page. Each line of text would take you somewhere. I have used my angel because I can’t find the St Gargoyle’s which would actually be the most prominent feature of the page. The three headlines at the top would — obviously — go to the stories they tell. The Church Times line would lead to an explanatory page and a chance to send mail. It might later go to a chat room: a sort of interactive letters to the Editor

This kind of layout is easy enough to reproduce on the Web: I knocked it up in Microsoft Word, but could no doubt publish it as HTML more or less as is: in other words, you would not need (much) fancy new software to produce effects like this.

Over the page, I have done a simple three-column grid layout for a news story. This has the navigation buttons down the bottom and the links down the side. It is a long way from cutting edge, but simple and clear: easy to lay out, read, and understand. I reckon that is the effect to aim at.

What I have not done is any kind of sketch of the archives and the job search button, since those require minimal programming. But it seems to me that this is a structure which is infinitely repeatable: for each news story, all you would need to do is to pour the headline into the top of the table and the text into the next cell down. The bottom row is automatically filled in with navigation buttons, and the editorial work consists in selecting and writing the links on the left.

The generation of a table of contents and so on is more complicated. But that too can be automated with modern software.

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Widdecombe, 49, nicknamed "Doris Karloff" by the tabloids because of her austere manner and penchant for black clothes, has disclosed that the incident led to her believing in "an intervening God" who responds to prayer.

The former minister for prisons and her family have kept the incident secret for quarter of a century. This weekend, however, they agreed to break their silence to encourage others to seek divine help.

Rita Widdecombe, now 85 and the wife of a retired civil servant, said the "miracle" happened in 1972 when she went to the annual healing ceremony at Guildford Cathedral, Surrey, with members of her local church fellowship.

She had been crippled with pain for years, suffering from severe arthritis in both hips. After slowly hobbling up the cathedral steps, she stepped forward when church leaders asked for those who wanted to be healed to come to the front. A priest laid his hands on her shoulders and prayed.

"As I left the cathedral, I literally ran down the steps. I was healed. It was a miracle. One moment I was suffering terribly, the next I was able to run around," she said at her home in Haslemere, Surrey.

She acknowledges her decision to criticise Howard was "mammothly important" and that some parliamentary colleagues thought she was "bonkers" to challenge him publicly. She concedes her decision could harm her political career, but says that to look only at self-advancement is worthless

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