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

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How to turn your home into a star of the movies

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