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Words: crinal, adj.

BY THE desk is Eve Arnold's photograph of Marilyn Monroe. She is in a striped swimsuit on the bench of a climbing frame, knees supporting a hefty edition of Joyce's Ulysses. She is at the last pages, which makes one wonder whether she had read it all and what she could learn from Molly Bloom's soliloquy.

Some like it husky: Travellers vote for Marilyn Monroe as voice of Tube

MARILYN MONROE'S husky tones - traditionally equated with sex appeal - are to become synonymous with safety on the London Underground.

Will no one challenge this god?

THIS YEAR'S Reith lectures, given by Anthony Giddens, ended last night. Am I the only person on this planet who found most (not all) of what I heard unconvincing, at times even trite?

Brian Viner's Icons of The 20th Century: Rudolph Valentino, Film Star

THE MOST potent icons of the cinema are those who made the shrewd if drastic career move of dying young - among them Marilyn Monroe and James Dean and, perhaps above all, Rudolf Valentino. The appearance of Valentino's brother Alberto, who survived into old age, suggests that, had he lived, the Great Lover might have ended his days looking rather like Coronation Street's Albert Tatlock. As it was, Valentino's death in 1926 at the age of 31, from peritonitis brought on by a perforated ulcer, immortalised him as rakishly handsome.

Radio: It might be wise to listen to this chap

The latest series of Reith Lectures (R4) started again on Wednesday. This is a more or less compulsory event for pundits and we all filed in dutifully, in spirit if not in body, to the Royal Institute. Reith Lectures have "important" stamped all over them on one side, and "of global significance" stamped on the other, so it was very appropriate that this time the subject was Globalisation. The speaker: Professor Anthony Giddens, director of the LSE, coiner of the phrase "The Third Way" and - as Melvyn Bragg, John the Baptist to Giddens's Messiah, put it in his brief introduction - Tony Blair's favourite guru. To be fair, this last phrase was, however faintly, in inverted commas.

Psychological Society Conference: Dumb blonde image is still alive and well

THE DUMB blonde image perpetuated by Marilyn Monroe is as alive today as it was in the 1950s, according to a new study. Researchers have found that people make snap judgements about levels of intelligence, shyness and popularity based on a women's hair colour.

The Misfits' Misfit

Jarvis Cocker leapt to fame in 1995 with his pop band Pulp. Now he has made a television series about Outsider Art. Joan Smith wonders whether the painfully self-conscious star wishes that he could return to being an outsider himself

Obituary: Susan Strasberg

THE DAUGHTER of Lee Strasberg, proponent of the Method and founder of the famed Actors' Studio, and his wife Paula, who achieved notoriety as Marilyn Monroe's coach, Susan Strasberg was starring on Broadway in The Diary of Anne Frank at the age of 17; two years later she had the plum role of an aspiring actress in a screen remake of Morning Glory, which in 1933 had won an Oscar for Katharine Hepburn.

Boxing: First Night - The Ms of ceremonies

After a few difficult rounds, a self-confessed opportunist is now lady of the rings. By Andrew Longmore

Peace breaks out at War Museum

THE IMPERIAL War Museum in London is casting off its dusty image as a mausoleum of battlefield memories and reinventing itself as a chronicler of popular history.
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