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Portrait of the artist

It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a giant ring on Elizabeth Taylor's finger," opined Andy Warhol (right) once when asked about the afterlife. Whether the spirit of the white-haired svengali currently resides in one of Liz's diamond-studded knuckle-dusters is something we shall never know, but the late pop artist and underground film-maker is nevertheless enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment.

Come on in, the Warhol's lovely

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Even Andy Warhol was once just an anxious-to-please young man

Good God, they're actually blaming the kebab. Of all the things that might have contributed to Paul Gascoigne's being dropped from the World Cup squad - unfitness, incomprehensibility, indolence, steel rods in the tibia, dodgy ligaments, Marlboro Lights, smashed cheekbone, fondness for Newcastle Brown Ale, thigh strain (caused, apparently, by "getting out of bed"), friendship with Rod Stewart, tendonitis, compulsive desire to look for sympathy round at his ex-wife's house - they're blaming his downfall on a lump of grilled chicken in some pitta bread.

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Dance: A trilogy - but not a holy trinity

AN EDINBURGH ballet lover made a complaint to the management of the Festival Theatre last week on the grounds that there weren't any tutus in its current run of Tchaikovsky ballets. You could call him unimaginative and curmudgeonly (as in private I'm sure they did). Or you could say he was merely playing his part in the long tradition of resistance to change which is partly what classical ballet is about. I'm only surprised it was the costumes that bugged him. Never before have Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker been run together as if they were episodes of the same story, viewed over three nights. It's no more outlandish than getting opera fans to sit through The Ring. But it's never been done, perhaps because a thematic connection between the ballets isn't very obvious, perhaps because until now no one has dared.

Mr A. Nino weathers a storm of protest

FEW PEOPLE know what it's like to be mistaken for a shifting mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean. But one man in the town of Nipomo, on the coast of California, does. Oh yes, Alfonso Nino - "Al" to his friends - certainly knows.

STYLE: Fashion victimsFashion victims

You may be thinking: "those fashion people, they don't work at all, they just spend all their time downing Martinis and schmoozing at parties." You would be wrong, well for this week anyway. The people in these photographs are the hangers-on who did not get invited to the shows.

Today's number: 15

Today is 15 December - the date of the last of these shameless plugs for The Book of Numbers by William Hartston (Richard Cohen Books, price pounds 9.99).

Tuesday's book: Younger Brother, Younger Son by Colin Clark

Philip Roth once said that when a writer is born into a family, the family is finished. This excellent dictum has been outmoded by publishing practice. Nowadays everyone is a writer, and families are in revolt.

What about Val?

A CENTURY OF WOMEN: The History of Women in Britain and the United States by Sheila Rowbotham, Viking pounds 20

Remembrance of thangs past

After he left the Velvet Underground, John Cale went off and did his own thing. So why, 30 years on, is he furiously revisiting those days by writing music for Andy Warhol's films?

Now even his loo is famous; THE BROADER PICTURE

It seems so long ago. The discovery of these previously unpublished photographs by Billy Name (born Linich), reanimates some long- forgotten style-commandos from the court of Andy Warhol. As reigning New York pop artist in the 1960s, Warhol dominated a historic studio ("the Factory") based around hard drugs, camp responses, cynical affectlessness and nihilism. But these pictures provide relatively unguarded, homely glimpses of the Factory denizens, their relentless cool briefly askew. Also - unlike the majority of Sixties pictures taken at the Factory - these are in colour, giving them an immediacy that more mannered studies lack.

Identity parade

Sander's work can also be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, as part of an exhibition mouthfully entitled "In Visible Light: Photography & Classification in Art, Science and the Everyday". The theme is specimenisation, the dubious ways the camera has been used to provide specimens for various human and natural sciences. An extensive and fascinating archive has been assembled.

Femme fatale

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