Spare time: Burning ambition

You quickly come to blows with the object of your desire when you learn the art of silversmithing, as Sally Staples finds out

Spare time: Antiques while you wait

The stuff of ... well-made reproduction furniture. Sally Staples reports

He's got millions, but has he got taste?

It's easy to poke fun at Prince Jefri of Brunei, but for the seriously rich, decorating the dining room can be a tricky business. Kate Watson-Smyth goes through the keyhole

A cheaper way to insure your treasures

Most antiques owned by private collectors are insured under standard household contents policies. However, those with valuable collections, worth pounds 150,000 or more, may do better by insuring with a specialist, advi ses .

Shake all over

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Lyric sheets: Sir Elton Takes Stock

Enough to worm the IIamas

Daylight robbery

Bermondsey antiques market used to be repository for stolen goods - and, even with a change in the law, it still has a shady atmosphere

Collect Call: Little treasures

An olive oil factory in Marbella discovered that the elegant blue- green 10-litre bottles that it had chucked out were 200-year-old antiques, made by the celebrated glassworks of Gresigne, France. About 40 of them have been snapped up by the London antique dealer Genevieve Weaver, founder of Guinevere Antiques. Their elegance and simplicity is back in fashion. Price pounds 500 each (0171-736 2917).

Items and Icons: gifts

`Florentine' lamp by Jenny Worrall from her Neo Classical collection.The designer has revived the Victorian technique of Potichomania, decorating hand-blown Dartington crystal bases internally with cut out images and decorative paint finishes. Prices from pounds 140 (01295 690 402). Centre, Ingrid Bergman, 1946, by Robert Cappa, guide price pounds 700 to pounds 900, from a sale of cinema prints by Magnum photographers celebrating the 50th anniversary of the photo agency. The sale is on 18 December at Bonhams, Montpelier Street, London SW7 (0171-393 3965). Far right, original graphics make buying work by a favourite artist an affordable gift for Christmas. Alan Cristea Gallery, at 31 Cork Street, London W1, is featuring work by Peter Blake including his Alphabet series. Screenprints from around pounds 750 (0171-439 1866)

Rugby Union: Cocky Cockerill banging the drum

The most talkative hooker in the southern hemisphere, Sean Fitzpatrick, may be out of tomorrow's England-New Zealand Test at Old Trafford, but his European counterpart, Richard Cockerill, is very much in business. Chris Hewett catches the Leicester larynx in full flow.

Thursday's Tickets

Next week's Fine Art and Antiques Fair at Olympia in London (Nov 17 - 23) will play host to over 240 exhibitors offering the finest in works of art and antiques for serious shoppers and browsers alike. Though prices for the top end pieces run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, the Fair will also be featuring delightful festive objets d'art for those who are shopping with Christmas presents in mind. In conjunction with The Fine Art and Antiques Fair, The Independent is able to offer its readers two tickets for the price of one pounds 10 ticket throughout the Fair on production of this offer at the Olympia box office, The National Hall, Hammersmith Road, London W14.

London to Wounded Knee: Custer's conqueror goes home

An American Indian's dying wish that his body be returned to his tribal homeland is being granted more than a century later. Yesterday a colourful band of his relatives from several generations of the Oglala Sioux nation gathered in Brompton Cemetery, west London, to collect his remains and take them home so his spirit can finally rest. Who was Long Wolf, asks Clare Garner, and why was he buried in London?

Jack May, The Archers' Nelson Gabriel, dies, aged 75

Jack May, who for 46 years played the suave antiques dealer and wine bar owner Nelson Gabriel in Radio 4's long-running serial The Archers, died yesterday in Hove General Hospital, in West Sussex following a long illness. He was 75

Wanted: 5,000 to ring in the millennium

A bell-ringing recruitment drive for the millennium aimed at enlisting 5,000 bell-ringers in time for 1 January 2000 was launched yesterday.

Fishing lines: Yates' antiques rod show

Somewhere in the garage (hidden under an old electric lawnmower, hula hoops, a cage from a long-dead parakeet and a leaky canoe) is the first rod I ever owned. If someone out there would like to offer me a few thousand pounds, I could probably be persuaded to part with it.
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