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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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Go to work on a slug

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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.

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Magnifique, mais ce n'est pas Manhattan

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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

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