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Drawings from the Codex Atlanticus were used by a Polish pianist to resurrect the 'mythical' instrument

Choice: Visual Art: David Hockney: Grimm's Fairy Tales

Margrove Heritage Centre, Margrove Park, Boosbeck (01287 610368)

The intelligent consumer: The appliance of science

Cleanse, tone and moisturise - Thirtysomething skin needs special care. Annalisa Barbieri finds high-tech serums to counteract those mid- life vices

Louvre to give 'Mona Lisa' a room of her own

LIKE ANY grown-up girl - in this case almost 500 years old - the Mona Lisa is to have a room of her own. She is, however, definitely not going to have a face-lift.

Surfing's bad boy comes of age in Pipe's mean swells


Book review: So-called miracles

Norah Jane And Company by Ellen Gilchrist, Bloomsbury pounds 14.99


Where did Leonardo da Vinci come from? For an answer, you can bank on Bill Hartston

Idiots: your species needs you

The Darwin Award is presented only to the 'extraordinarily stupid'. Pioneering sky pirate Larry Walters may have been that, but he was also a kind of genius. By William Hartston

Flushing out the greatest invention

The Top 100 list of gadgets, gizmos and devices that changed our lives is headed by an item first used by the ancient Chinese. By William Hartston

Learning to spell success

The BBC's former Geneva correspondent, Sophy Fisher, was among the first generation of people in Britain to be properly diagnosed as dyslexic

Nudes of the world

BOOKS MICHELANGELO: A Biography by George Bull, Viking pounds 25

Affirmative view of dyslexia

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The Story of Sculpture: From Prehistory to the Present by Francesca Romei, Macdonald Young Books pounds 12.99. This glamorous, large-format illustrated series looks good enough to eat, and turns out to be meaty in content too. Called "Masters of Art", imported from Italy, it includes The Impressionists, Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto and Medieval Art. Moreish layout places one topic on each spread (not just the obvious subject matter, but also "Oceania", "America before Colombus" and "African sculpture"), with illustration, photographs, information on terracotta, plaster, wood and marble, titbits on process and production (how did they get those blocks of marble down from the high Alps by means of bullock carts?). For all persons of taste, 10+

Christie's to boost its commissions


Letter : Bardot not alone

From Mr Nitin Mehta

A disorder that needs some, er, attention: Disorganised? Intolerant? Unable to concentrate? You could be suffering from more than a bad day. Emma Cook investigates

Stan Mould always knew he had problems, he just couldn't figure out why. He was extremely disorganised, unable to prioritise or plan ahead. As a senior business analyst at a building society, he found it impossible to concentrate for more than 10 minutes at a time. His speech was loud, fast and often slurred.
The Banksy image in Folkestone before it was vandalised
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Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts

Brian Harvey turned up at Downing Street today demanding to speak to the Prime Minister

Met Police confirm that there was a 'minor disturbance'

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A street vendor in Mexico City sells Dorilocos, which are topped with carrot, jimaca, cucumber, peanuts, pork rinds, spices and hot sauce
food + drink

Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets

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George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010

George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

football West Brom vs Man Utd match report: Blind grabs point, but away form a problem for Van Gaal
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Bloom Time: Mira Sorvino
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Gotham is coming to UK shores this autumn
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First woman: Valentina Tereshkova
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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album