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These one-of-a-kind gowns fit for a fairy tale are sure to go for a princely sum

Edward Cartier: Artist and illustrator who drew for 'The Shadow' and 'Unknown'

Edd Cartier was the last survivor of a remarkable trio of American artists, all three, even more remarkably, born within 31 days of each other in the summer of 1914, and all destined to become renowned for their work during the golden age of fantasy and science fiction from the late 1930s to the 1950s.

Digital photography: Has it become an obsession?

Everything we do is captured on camera – and our memories are being superseded by pixels

Bond St sneezes and Rotherham gets a bad case of flu

Burberry is the latest luxury goods firm to axe workers as sales shrink across the world

The early vision of Philip Jones Griffiths

Before becoming the world's most fêted war photographer, Philip Jones Griffiths trained his lens on Britain's 1960s revolution.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, By Clément Chéroux

Though the reputation of the great French lensman is currently in post-mortem decline, as the stock of downbeat photographers such as Stephen Shore and William Eggleston continues to soar, this little book reminds of the prodigious talent that produced many of the most famous images of the 20th century. Born in 1908 to an artistic family that made its money through thread-making (we even get to see some "Cartier-Bresson" reels on page 14), the young Henri arrived in Paris just in time for the flowering of surrealism. A little-known self-portrait of his legs lying on the edge of a precipice deserves to be one of the most celebrated works in this genre.

Parties: Hot tickets for 2009

He hosted the best party of 2008, but the interior-design guru Nicky Haslam is better known as London's chief perma-guest.

Plate With a View: Carlton Sun Terrace, St Moritz, Switzerland

The best view in swanky St Moritz is from a terrace overlooking the lake.

Lehman broker 'ran $4.8m insider trading ring'

A Lehman Brothers broker whose wife works for the public relations firm Brunswick has been charged with running a $4.8m insider trading ring, using information about the merger and acquisition deals that his wife was working on.

More than a handful: Big Books

Costing thousands of pounds and weighing tens of kilograms, the latest photo books are monumentally grand. John Walsh takes a flick

Binocular's sights set on Festival title

Having gone back to the future with Hardy Eustace, the Smurfit Champion Hurdle rankings remain in need of refreshment. The next generation missed its first opportunity on Sunday, when the ageing champion proved too sprightly for Sizing Europe and Jered at Punchestown, but get another chance on Saturday through two of the leading juveniles of last season, Crack Away Jack and Binocular.

Toffs only? Polo is seeking new image

The sport seen as a preserve of snobs wants fresh blood. Jonathan Brown and Charlotte Rhodes report

The Oxford Companion to the Photograph

Reviewed by Christopher Hirst

Editor-At-Large: Sex on the beat – indecency gets a slap on the wrist

We know the police are fed up with the amount of paperwork the job now entails, but they seem to have a pretty weird idea of how they should be spending their time. At a time when we're increasingly concerned about anti-social behaviour, new guidelines being given to senior officers seem to imply that they should ignore some indecency offences.

South Africans 'offer £300m' for Newcastle

Consortium supported by billionaire aims to bring Keegan back to St James'

Matthew Norman's Media Diary: Edmonds' last stand – or Nolly's folly?

It is the way of humanity to seek consolation in turbulent times, and of the silver linings visible within these blackest of economic rain clouds the most impressively hallmarked is the increased media presence of Irwin Stelzer. That bristly moustache is almost a fixture on comment pages of The Times and The Daily Telegraph and all over telly – and so it should be when you consider his track record as an economic and political analyst. The triumph of the neo-con movement, of which Irwin is a sprat in America but a whale this side of the pond, speaks for itself. As for his stout opposition to regulating financial markets this is triumphantly vindicated. So no wonder that media outlets adore a seer of seers whose gravitas devolves entirely from his track record, and not one iota from any closeness to his friend, former next-door neighbour and overlord beyond the seas Rupert Murdoch. Now there are those cynics and sneerers who regard Irwin as a slightly less comical version of Woodrow Wyatt – a parasitic useful idiot who runs such trivial errands for his master as passing on the order to Tony Blair to promise referendum on the euro, sends coded messages about Rupert's expectations through columns, and generally acts as the oil that keeps the relationship between News Corporation and our Government adequately greased. I find this portrayal of Irwin as consigliere to Rupert's don, Suslov to his Stalin or Terry McCann to his Arthur Daley most insulting. Whether stoutly defending Enron or lionising Sarah Palin, despite her ignorance of the Bush Doctrine that lies at the heat of his own neo-con philosophy, this is a titanic figure in his own right, and we look to those branches of the media that treasure his work to use him even more. We have much to learn.

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