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Events: Pick of the week - Over the Edge

Tue to 14 Aug Natural History Museum, London SW7

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London fashion week

It seems that just as London Fashion Week (above) approaches, it promptly struts past, awarding only the lucky few with more than a brief glimpse of the silks and satins of the designer world. If you can't bluff your way onto a show's guest-list this week, there is still hope. From Friday until next Sunday, the public can see 50-minute catwalk shows previewing some of the spring/summer 1999 collections of, among others, Amanda Wakeley, Ally Capellino, Ben de Lisi, Lainey Keogh, Michiko Koshino and Red or Dead. There will also be a chance to shop at what is hailed as "London's largest designer sale", with clothes and accessories at up to 70 per cent discount. Held in the grounds of the Natural History Museum, this is your chance to get a sneak preview of what's in store for next season.

Sparrows in three-in-a-nest romp

Sir David Attenborough's new series makes birds seem as strange and rare as dinosaurs . By Sanjida O'Connell

Spirit of nature

GILBERT WHITE, left, was the spiritual ancestor of Sir David Attenborough, the prototype of the popular British naturalist.

Farmer battles to keep herd

SELBORNE IN Hampshire is as good as place as any to locate the very heart of the English countryside.

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Preview: See Myths and Monsters

"Unravelling the truth" is the brave claim of the Natural History Museum's latest exhibition. "Myths and Monsters" runs the gamut of all your fave critters, from cyclopes and dragons to unicorns and chimera, not forgetting, of course, our old friend, the ever-elusive Loch Ness Monster. Displays include giant, moving models shrouded in mysterious pods, each with their own eerie sound effects. Could be just the ticket to silence your own little monsters this Easter.

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Charles Darwin's newly restored home brings to life a genius who had terrible taste. Nonie Niesewand reports

Natural history is becoming one of the highest-rating genres on television and is a truly global commodity.

"The globalisation of television is underway!" the BBC's director- general John Birt declared, just after he had committed the commercial arm of the Corporation, BBC Worldwide Ltd, to an alliance with Discovery Communications Inc. The agreement will create, both parties proudly boast, "the greatest global force in factual broadcasting".
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