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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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