Diary

Stunning scenes of natural beauty have been on display at the 2010 Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards, held in association with Network Rail and Natural England.

Overall winner was Antony Spencer with a picture of Corfe Castle in Dorset, while Fortunato Gatto's shot of Neist Point Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye was commended. Taliesin Coombes won Young Landscape Photographer of the Year.

"This extraordinary collection of images captures our tremendous variety of landscapes and helps us appreciate their role as natural life support systems," says Natural England chief executive Helen Phillips. "The awards are a reminder of how important it is that we look after them."

A free exhibition of the images will open at the National Theatre in London on 22 November.

Many believe God moves in mysterious ways, or maybe mixed messages were being sent out by members of the congregation at a Norfolk church awaiting a key planning decision.

Parishioners were asked to pray for a "favourable outcome" on whether the medieval Brundall Church could be extended. Plans to partly demolish the grade II* listed structure had been submitted to Broadland District Council.

On the day of the planning committee meeting, however, a notice was posted on the church's website stating that the scheme was being dropped due to an administrative error. The new appeal to the congregation said: "Please pray for us as we decide the best way to proceed."

Also facing a wait are aeronauts who were looking forward to performing a high-wire act across one of the most scenic portions of the Lake District.

Plans for a 1.5km zip-wire ride running the length of Fleetwith Pike have been withdrawn following concerns about the potential impact on the national park landscape and the level of activity it could bring to the Honister Valley.

The proposed Lancaster Aerial Flight would replicate a similar construction that existed there more than 80 years ago. It's the brainchild of Mark Weir, who runs a slate mine in the Honister Pass. He now expects to submit an application in the new year.

A short film festival in Sheffield has seen the premiere of a documentary over one of the most controversial figures in architecture.

Get Luder, directed by Jonathan Carr, traces the work of brutalist architect Owen Luder, who won awards in the 1960s for his hulking concrete outlines. The former RIBA president could see all his key buildings demolished in his own lifetime.

The latest facing the wreckers' ball is the iconic multi-storey car park in Gateshead made famous by the 1971 Michael Caine gangster film Get Carter. Luder's portfolio also included the Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth and another Tyneside landmark, the Dunston Rocket.

"I wanted to investigate what it was like for a once-lauded architectural giant to face the demolition of his work," says Carr.

"On meeting him, what we found surprised and enthralled us. He was dignified, charismatic and entertaining - and he will never give up his battle to keep his legacy alive."


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