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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?

Waterford weathers Asian storm

WATERFORD Wedgwood, the premier crystal and ceramics group, provided an astonishing insight at its annual general meeting yesterday into how company law has failed to keep pace with changes in technology and the process of globalisation.

Flare Group shares plunge as it revises forecasts downwards

SHARES in Flare Group lost about a quarter of their value yesterday after the building materials company said it was revising its estimate of pre-tax profit for the year ended 31 December downwards from pounds 750,000- pounds 1.25m to between pounds 100,000 and pounds 200,000.

Waterford Wedgwood unveil rise in profits

Waterford Wedgwood, the Irish luxury crystal and china group, yesterday unveiled a 15-per-cent rise in pre-tax profits for 1997. Brian Patterson, chief executive of Wedgwood (left) and Redmond O'Donoghue, chief executive of Waterford, said this year would see consolidation in the china business but forecast another year of record crystal sales.

A new deal for ceramics

Collect to invest

Collectables: Useful, beautiful... or both?

Collect Call with John Windsor

Obituary: Robert Washington

Robert Johnson Washington, potter and educator: born London 2 May 1913; married 1939 Marjorie Terry (died 1996; one son), 1996 Su Lapesco (one daughter); died Little Baddow, Essex 17 November 1997.

Collect Call: By George, a real dragon

Every iron scale of this magnificent 4ft 8in long Japanese dragon is articulated. In the 18th and 19th centuries such okimono, free-standing ornaments, were prized by well-to-do Japanese households as supreme examples of the metal forger's skill.

Visual Arts: Shock of the Bushveld

This is meant to be a visual arts column - which means painting and sculpture and, I suppose, any and every other art of a visual nature - but for some reason I never seem to get beyond painting and sculpture. This week, then, something a little different: an exhibition of new work by the ceramicist Hylton Nel.

Inchcape on track for recovery

the investment column

That'll be the Daewoo of ceramics

Korean art used to be the poor relation to China and Japan. Then a cracked jar fetched $8m. John Windsor finds out why

Grounds for artistry

From ancient Jerusalem flagstones to Moorish mosaics... Rosalind Russell on the latest in couture flooring

Designs on our bodies

people in fashion; Dai Rees' pieces are less accessories, more wearable sculptures. Annalisa Barbieri meets a designer with a difference

N Brown at home with mail order

The Investment Column

COLLECTING: Throwing a pot of gold

From the depths of bankruptcy to the dizzying heights of success, Moorcroft Pottery has seen it all. Lucille Grant reports

Making beautiful mosaic

Bejewel your floors and ceilings with the artistry of the ancient world. Report by Cayte Williams
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?