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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

NEWS FROM THE NORTH SHORE

Book review: So-called miracles

Norah Jane And Company by Ellen Gilchrist, Bloomsbury pounds 14.99

WORDS FOR THE WEEKEND

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

Tv Review

NON-FICTION

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

BY JAMES BETHELL

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.
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links