Old tricks for the newest walls

DISTEMPER AND LIMEWASH For impact, nothing beats traditional wall- colouring techniques - so nostalgically Greek-islandish, so incredibly fashionable. With ground chalk, pigments, rabbit-skin glue and expert advice, Dinah Hall gets stuck in

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RMC makes pounds 40m acquisition

RMC makes pounds 40m acquisition

THEATRE; They should Ko-Ko

Hot Mikado Queen's Theatre, London

The past is not a foreign country

"It is plain that the truth I am seeking lies not in the cup but in myself." When Marcel Proust wrote these words in A la recherche du temps perdu, he opened up a past which turned into one of the greatest works of 20th-century literature, and though Short Stories: "Memories in Store" (8pm C4), with its study of three people's pasts in storage, can't claim quite such high status, it nevertheless presents us with a similarly candid insight into that most eccentric of human traits - never being able to throw anything away.

Director's Cut: Every shadow tells a story: Michael Winner on the eccentricity, boldness and Hitchcockian surprises of The Third Man

I first saw The Third Man as a child, and it was rather like a religious person seeing God. First of all, the popular films of the time, as they are now, were American. The British didn't often come out with anything you particularly wanted to see. And the whole spirit of the film and the photography and the acting and the plot were so perfect. If people tell me: 'I want to be a film director,' I say, 'You don't need to go to film school. Just watch The Third Man 100 times.'

In Thing: Zig and Zag Jelly Juice

Did you ever play with your food as a child? Make space pellets with white bread? Make lipstick from red Smarties? Make jelly juice from slooshing jelly around in your mouth?

Flat Earth: A short cat's tale

I think I know why I'm telling you this. But certainly, since the world's news agencies, including Reuter and AFP, fought and bit to be the first to transmit the news around the world, it should appear in print.

Property: The craftsman: Caught Knapping: Cutting, or knapping, flints is a Stone Age skill, an expert tells Caroline McGhie

MUCH of Bernard Bartrum's craft is neolithic. He learnt it from the former custodian of Grimes Graves, the ancient flint mines on the borders of Suffolk and Norfolk. Bernard is a flint knapper: he cuts, or knaps, the stones as they come off the field or out of the quarry. He is also a skilled maker of flint axeheads, of the kind used by prehistoric hunters and farmers to fell trees and skin deer.

Property: Houses in the landscape: Flint and chalk: Patterns from the past: Flint, one of the first stones used by man, sparkles like black diamonds, or forms playful decorations on chalk, says Caroline McGhie

'A RATHER uninviting hodge- podge,' was how Alec Clifton-Taylor, the architectural historian, described the look of a flint wall. To many other people, however, the mix of stones gathered from the fields, or of sea-washed flints taken from shingle banks, is extremely pleasing. It looks as rich and comforting in the landscape as a fruit-cake on the tea table on a cold winter's day.

Law Update: Chancing Vietnam

Clifford Chance has opened an office in Hanoi, Vietnam and another at Lloyd's of London in Lime Street.

Going for broke: Lloyd's results have raised doubts about its very solvency

LLOYD'S of London, the insurance market, is facing an imminent solvency crisis.

FILM / Director's Cuts: A twist of pure Lime: Steven Soderbergh on the Ferris wheel scene in Carol Reed's The Third Man: 'a masterpiece of subtext'

The Third Man is a great film and, as much as I love the sewer sequence at the end, the scene where Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles meet on a Ferris wheel is simply astonishing, not necessarily for the way it was shot, but for the ideas involved and the relationship between the two characters.

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Racing: Martell Grand National: Plan Ahead

DESPITE last year's chaos when the race was declared void, the Grand National remains the world's greatest steeplechase. Interest in this huge test of horse and rider shows no sign of waning and Aintree is preparing for a large crowd on 9 April.
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