Voices

Where can a full and frank porn talk go aside from one person decreeing that the other cannot have the sexual outlet they rely on?

Take it Home: Mibo lampshades, Zella daybed, Scimitar tiles, Mufti leather cupboard

A hand-crafted cane daybed and retro lampshades: Madeleine Lim rounds up what's new in interiors

Letter: Modern vulgarity

Sir: George Melly's put down of Picasso's ceramics as "vulgar and silly" ("Carry on up the Cote d'Azur", 4 December) would seem to strengthen the writer John Carey's view that Modernism as a movement was a self-conscious attempt to distance art from the newly literate hoi polloi that began to develop in the nineteenth century.

Royal Doulton puts up `for sale' sign in bid to escape control by Waterford

ROYAL DOULTON, the troubled UK china maker, effectively put itself up for sale yesterday in a move aimed at extricating itself from the uncomfortable clutches of its rival, Waterford Wedgewood.

Waterford buys stake in Royal Doulton for pounds 11.1m

WATERFORD WEDGWOOD, the

Design & Shopping: High design at bargain prices

The Christmas design fairs provide excellent opportunities to buy unique pieces, for a song.

Design & Shopping: Earthenware: a new brew

Can it be true that Walter Keeler has abandoned his signature salt-glaze stoneware for `the joy of the commonplace'?

Gallery week '99

From making your own rocket to sculpture using dolls' hair wire, Gallery Week '99, which runs until next Sunday, aims to open up new experiences for the gallery-goer. Below are details of the 350 galleries taking part

Design: Ovaltine queen in a post-ceramic world

Revered by collectors, the bright and cosy work of Clarice Cliff is seen by many in the design world as the pottery equivalent of Enid Blyton. By Alan Powers

Design: Design Shows

Thinking Aloud: curated by sculptor Richard Wentworth - the first thoughts of artists and designers, from Joseph Paxton's scribblings of the Crystal Palace to Walt Disney's drawing of Pluto.

Profits plunge at Morgan Crucible

MORGAN CRUCIBLE, the international ceramics and carbon group, yesterday posted a 70 per cent plunge in headline profits to pounds 33.2m after being battered by slumping demand and a string of one-off costs.

Shopping & Design: Check It Out: VESSEL - CERAMICS AND GLASSWARE

NADIA DEMETRIOU Ladas began obsessively collecting Fifties glass after a holiday in southern Sweden's glass-blowing region. Four years on, she is opening her own glassware and ceramics gallery-cum-shop, Vessel, in west London.

Morgan Crucible in pounds 170m chemicals sale

MORGAN CRUCIBLE, the industrial ceramics and carbon company, yesterday confirmed it was in talks to sell its chemical products business, the biggest part of a rationalisation caused by a slump in orders, writes Andrew Verity.

Brunei strikes it rich again

THE GOVERNMENT of the oil-rich state of Brunei has been secretly engaged in a three-month salvage operation that has yielded a treasure trove of Chinese porcelain, jade and gold from a shipwreck.

Cookson to cut 700 jobs worldwide in pounds 70m restructuring programme

COOKSON, the ceramics, electronics and engineering group, yesterday unveiled details of a restructuring programme that will cost pounds 70m over the next two years and save pounds 8.5m in the current year plus pounds 14.5m a year in subsequent years.
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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
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Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
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Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
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Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

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Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

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As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

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