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IT'S A long, lukewarm summer at the Royal Academy, where the 230th annual Summer Show - ritually panned by critics as mediocre, feeble and fatuous - lasts until 16 August. To see whether the 13 RA selectors are as myopic as they are made out, visit the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, where more than 1,000 of the 8,298 Summer Show rejects are on show until 7 September at prices ranging from under pounds 100 to pounds 2,500. The Gallery is at 124 The Cut, London SE1, opposite the Old Vic (0171-620 1322). Entry is pounds 7 to the RA show in Piccadilly, London W1 (0171-300 5760/5761).

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There are many ways of finding a property. One is to register with every estate agent in the area you want to live in - and risk receiving piles of dross in the mail. Another way is to define the kind of home you need and find the agent best suited to deliver it. Ginetta Vedrickas examines several potential house-hunting scenarios to discover who are the movers and shakers in that field.

Joe Blake: A week in the life of a free spirit

Five, four, three, two... no, wait a minute... three, two damn... now..., yes? 1997 ended as it began, snogging an actress, looking at my watch. That's not to say that it was a year of unbridled passion, but somehow you can always count on New Year's Eve for a bit of tongue-in-cheek. It's the only time that people make lunges at total strangers out of a desire for a transient experience they can monitor by the second.

How to turn your home into a star of the movies

Vacating your home for film crews while trying to gear up for Christmas may sound crazy. But, says Clare Garner, there is good money in this madness.

Magnifique, mais ce n'est pas Manhattan

We sent Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Stella McCartney to run their couture houses; British retailers such as Marks & Spencer and Conran are all the rage there; and our literary giants are dominating their bookshelves.

Book review: Latest Accessory by Tyne O'Connell; Blonde Ambition by Samantha Phillips

Up-front descriptions of "clitoral hard-ons" aren't necessarily much of a turn on - though judging by two of the better new Girl-Power novels, every self respecting career girl has a right to at least one "ping-pong in a g-string" by the end of chapter two.

Comedy: Pick a card, any card

Comedy has moved on from the obvious. No more raps on domestic crises and workplace angst. Now, magic is bringing a taste of mystery to audiences

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