I would like to make a template, somefile.php, and use it as my main page, so that http://domain.com shows somefile.php.
I would also like to have the recent posts page that is normally on the front, with some easy url, like http://domain.com/recent. I want to link to this page from my somefile.php.
Note: A simple static Page setting is not going to do the trick, here - I need a custom template. Also, even if I do set a Page as the front, how do I then reclaim access to the original recent posts list?