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POP MUSIC Jamiroquai, Royal Albert Hall, London

Singer Jason Kay had been suffering from shingles and a throat infection, and had cancelled the first leg of his British tour. ("I dragged myself off my sick bed to be here... basically, the prospect of giving you all your tickets back was too scary.") But when his band took over from what had been a solid and capable support act, the gulf that opened up was ocean-wide. Jamiroquai have a thousand musical tricks up their sleeves, and they came out using all of them: edgy, dissonant brass lines played as crisply as James Brown's but complicated by the intricacies of contemporary jazz; a wider variety of tempos than is common in British funk; energetic bass lines and rhythms bastardised from disco; a DJ using turntables to provide a constant commentary of scratching.

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George Levy was one of the best known and loved members of the London antique trade, a man who combined a winning personality with great knowledge of objects and a fervent sense of public responsibility.

Property

A house in Hampstead that has hidden its north London origins behind a new Japanese personality, has just come on the market. Two adjoining houses in Fitzjohns Avenue were replanned and redesigned with specially selected materials. A stream runs along the full length of the properties (which are reached by means of a slatted bridge) and a sunken Japanese garden is filled with pebbles, ferns and bamboo. One of the houses only is for sale at an asking price of pounds 435,000 through Goldschmidt & Howland (0171-435 4404). The main bedroom has a low-level custom-made Japanese platform bed and sliding shoji cupboards made from yellow rice paper.

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A hum of quiet enjoyment

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Winter is a wild time for beachcombing: the seas churn up heavier, older, more beautiful pieces of wood

Rob and Nicki Parkyn love winter, and are especially keen on gale force winds. "Storms are so exciting," Nicki says. "They are like the sales." Bargains in this case are not cut-price crystal or fur coats but Bic lighters, jelly shoes and other bits of junk thrown up on the beach. Nicki and Rob, as Fearless Flotsam, transform these into the mirrors, mobiles, tables and chairs featured on the pages of Elle Decoration and in art galleries from Cornwall to Copenhagen.

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