News Nigella Lawson attending the trial of her former personal assistants last year.

Police have confirmed they will take no further action against the TV cook

Leading artist stages protest at the 'destabilising' power of Saatchi

A PROMINENT British artist has completed a work of personal protest against what he calls the "pernicious" influence of Charles Saatchi, the country's foremost collector of modern art.

The Arts: No frills

The humble doily, beloved of the Victorians, is transformed in the subversive, satirical art of Simon Periton

Investment column: Saatchi

SAATCHI & SAATCHI, the advertising agency demerged from Cordiant at the end of 1997, has been enjoying its independence. Buoyed by a growing global advertising market, predicted to grow by 4.2 per cent this year, the agency has been winning new business and improving its margins.

Classical: Putting the case for the defence

Though it opened to a critical onslaught in 1997, Pierre Audi's Ring cycle in Amsterdam is now complete.

The Arts: Wheeler dealers

The latest wave of British gallery owners are young, creative and not afraid to take a risk. Lauris Morgan-Griffiths meets the dealers who are revolutionising the way art is bought and sold

US client sues Saatchi over `disastrous' ad

THE ADVERTISING industry is in a state of alarm after a judge decided to allow a $10m (pounds 6m) law suit to go ahead against Saatchi and Saatchi, Britain's most famous advertising agency, for making a bad TV ad.

You'll believe a card can fly

Robert Butler prepares to be tricked by Ricky Jay. At pounds 75 a seat, he can hardly wait

Saatchi celebrates 31% profits rise

SAATCHI & SAATCHI, the advertising group, is likely to make double- digit margins in the current year after raising its return on sales to 9.3 per cent in 1998, writes Peter Thal Larsen.

How we met: Amanda Eliasch & Belinda Carlisle

Amanda Eliasch, 38, was born in Beirut. After studying drama in London she took up photography, and was dubbed the new Cartier- Bresson by Charles Saatchi. She has recently had her first major London exhibition, 'Three Way Mirror', in which she showed her pictures of the female form. She now lives in London with her husband, Johann, and their two sons

Open eye: opening up Globetrotting ad-man still seeking Zelda

Paul Arnold, 40, completed his MBA in 1991. Last year he joined Grey Advertising to look after a major account on an international basis. This involves a fair degree of travel - last year alone he went to Australia, New Zealand, America, India, the Philippines, Dubai, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Poland, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Belgium and France. Before that he spent 14 years at Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising, where he first started as a graduate. Paul has 4 children, and lives in Harrow.

First Night: Young Brits show life after Monet

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Visual Art: The trouble with Saatchi

He created an art movement. He built a gallery. He made the visual arts a talking point. But as Charles Saatchi's new exhibition reveals, he's overly fond of the brash, the violent and the twisted. And heaven help any artists over 30. By Tom Lubbock

Exhibitions: Look hard at the photo below...

Neurotic Realism

Visual Arts: The Independent Collector John Windsor's Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art. This Week: David Thorpe

AT LEAST one critic made the error of describing David Thorpe's pictures as "paintings" when they were shown in Martin Maloney's Die Young Stay Pretty exhibition at the ICA, in central London.

Style: Another taboo bites the dust

Overnight, masturbation has gone from great unmentionable to advertising sensation. Is nothing sacred? By James Sherwood
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