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Case could result in landmark first ever prosecution for ‘cutting’ in Britain

Chop Suey (15)

Hot on the heels of his Chet Baker portrait Let's Get Lost, Bruce Weber's 2001 cine-scrapbook earns a re-issue, and serves to remind us why he is a photographer rather than a film-maker.

Thrifty Living: Sewing helps you save money – and work things out

My sewing craze is continuing with zeal, even though after creating two dresses and two blouses (I know, respect) for various "lucky" children, I still seem unable to break through the mighty five-hour barrier. Frankly, I found running the London Marathon a swifter task. This week, after a stint which saw me still sewing at 2am, I was so exhausted the next day I actually managed to forget to bring our dog home from the morning school run. At 10.30am, there he was, poor thing, still tied up outside the school gates. Whoops. He only forgave me after a big toy-throwing session.

Thrifty Living: Learning to sew makes marathon running look easy

so, emboldened by Make Do and Mend, I am embarking on a summer of sewing. Make Do and Mend is a collection of Second World War instruction leaflets which have been bound into a handy hardback book (£9.99, Michael O'Mara books), and which gives tips on things such as how to darn a jumper, how to make slippers out of cardboard and bits of old carpet, and how to let out a frock. With the exhortations from Miss Sew and Sew, (the character featured in the leaflets) ringing in my ears "Each woman a Clothes Doctor", I popped into Woolworths.

Sewing machines make a comeback

Do you know your lock stitch from your chain stitch? Or a drop feed from a walking foot? If so, you are probably a practitioner of needlework – a hobby long derided as an activity enjoyed only by ladies of a certain age, but which is making a remarkable comeback.

Paperbacks: Things to Make and Mend by Ruth Thomas

Faber £7.99

Xiaolu Guo: Far East to East End

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Myra and the trapdoor

Hockey: Anderson could tip balance for Saints

THE LAST weekend of hockey action before the mid-winter break should bring a feast of high-class entertainment with both League and Cup fixtures for the leading clubs.

Books: Balmy days on an island of visions

Julie Wheelwright savours the luscious pleasures of a tempestuous family saga

Criminological Notes: More to prison work than sewing mailbags

WORK IS good, we are told: we should all work if we possibly can. But what about people in prison? Should they work, and if so, why and at what?

Fashion: The history of... Hosiery - Life before Lycra

WHILE TIGHTS are a relatively recent phenomenon, hosiery itself has been with us for centuries. The word hosiery is derived from the Anglo- Saxon word hosen, meaning covering. As far back as the 9th century, legs were covered with bandages of material, often held in place with strands of gut.

Coming up roses

Take a vintage Forties slip, trim with fur, applique, beading or silk flowers, add Deborah Anderson's unerring sense of style and you have Belle Aura, the label poor little rich girls are desperate to be seen in. Hester Lacey met its founder

A little goes a long way

Making it: creating a patchwork quilt can be as intricate and complicated as you choose, but one thing's for certain: it will broaden your horizons.

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