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The new Library of Birmingham ticks all the boxes as far as so-called landmark architecture is concerned. Designed by Mecanoo, a star international practice. Slightly wild façade. Even more dramatic central atrium, spiralling up through the building. And at the  pinnacle, a golden ark containing the city’s original 1882 Shakespeare archive room.

Podium: The evolution of Darwinism

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Books: A full term in the school of hard knocks

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Poppy Folly Your Stars: It Could Happen

You can tell most of what you want to know about this unfortunate sign by looking them up in a rhyming dictionary: "Taurus: `bore us', `how pleased we are when they decide to ignore us', and `can't sing or dance particularly so put them well in the back of the chorus'." They cite, respectively, Terry Southern, Bianca Jagger and Bing Crosby and this shows how rhyming lexicographers are a third less accurate in their grasp of character than metropolitan astrologers.

MISCELLANY: YOUR STARS: IT COULD HAPPEN

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Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century; 20: Santa Claus

HE CAME, he gave and, as is traditional at this time of year, he was roundly abused for his pains.

Mrs Thatcher torments the left from beyond her political grave

In the fertile collective imagination of `Marxism Today', That Woman is eternally in power

What Every Teenager Should Be Reading

MICHELE ROBERTS, NOVELIST AND POET:

Books: Taboo through the looking-glass

E Jane Dickson can't quite believe in a clear-sighted view of our paedophile obsessions

Finance: People power still favours the few

`Peoplism' is overtaking capitalism, but don't hold your breath for a fairer society, says Alec Reed

The daughter of modern socialism

Eleanor Marx was fearless in her pursuit of bohemian ideals, but ultimately constrained by her traditional roles as daughter and lover.

We live under the most arrogant of all world orders, but it will not last

ONE RAINY evening last week I found myself in Grafton Terrace. It's a small, shabby street in north London, not much changed since a Victorian developer built it. It's well over a century since a bearded foreigner with his wife, daughters and maidservant moved into one of these houses. But the house where Karl Marx lived and worked carries no plaque. The occupants, respectable folk, have always been against it. They don't want trouble.

The Next Big Thinker

Communism may be dead but Karl Marx's critique of capitalism suddenly makes perfect sense - and even right-wing economists can be heard praising his views

Obituray: Sir Isaiah Berlin

Isaiah Berlin, philosopher and historian of ideas: born Riga, Latvia 6 June 1909; Lecturer, New College, Oxford 1932-38, Fellow 1938- 50; Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford 1932-38, 1950-66, 1975-97; CBE 1946; Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, Oxford University 1957- 67; FBA 1957; Kt 1957; Vice-President, British Academy 1959-61, President 1974-78; President of Wolfson College, Oxford 1966-75; Professor of Humanities, City University of New York 1966-71; OM 1971; married 1956 Aline Halban (nee de Gunzbourg; three stepsons); died Oxford 5 November 1997.

A brush with the intrepid fox

Books: Justin Wintle hails the thinker who taught that disunity is strength

Church leaders get behind Labour

The Bishop of Edinburgh today applauds Karl Marx, endorses socialism and urges his flock to vote Labour in the general election.
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