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Reflections on Islamic Art, Edited by Ahdaf Soueif

On one of the occasions Kingsley Amis stayed with Philip Larkin in Hull, Larkin went to the trouble to procure some new furniture for his guest. When Amis later thanked Larkin for the hospitality – and the drink and talk – a peeved Larkin wondered why Amis hadn't mentioned the furniture. It is far too easy, as Ahdaf Soueif points out in her introduction to Reflections on Islamic Art, to overlook the commonplace, the domestic; the "rugs and lamps and books and pots and pens and all the things we now know as objects of 'Islamic Art'".

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A year after Qatar became the first Arab country to win the right to host the World Cup, the tiny but wealthy Persian Gulf nation is immersed in efforts to make more history by bringing the Olympics to the Middle East in 2020.

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Virgin berated for plugging Hitler's book

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The head of UK Athletics claims the removal of uncertainty over the future of the Olympic Stadium has put London in with a good chance of winning next week's vote for the 2017 World Championships.

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A few hours of discussion in Qatar yesterday left an impression of modest progress within the Libya contact group that contrasted with the conspicuous lack of progress, so far, on the ground. Two factors clearly remain as problematic as ever: the intrinsic weakness of the anti-Gaddafi opposition and the legal position relating to outside assistance. The 10-point communique bore the hallmarks of much hedging.

UK stepping up aid to Libya rebels

Foreign Secretary William Hague signalled that the UK is stepping up its help for Libyan rebels tonight after international talks on the crisis.

Qatari bid to rival London's for 2017

UK Athletics will have to see off a formidable challenge from Qatar if they are to succeed in their bid to host the 2017 world championships.

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