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The interiors designer turned hip-hop groupie turned cabaret star has released an album called 'Midnight Matinee'. Watch his music video for Total Control below:

Proust's Overcoat, By Lorenza Foschini

In search of lost artefacts

DVD: La Signora di Tutti (PG)

Ophuls’ tragic melodrama of when lovely woman stoops to folly remains as elegant today as it was on its release in 1934.

Redeeming Features, By Nicholas Haslam

The interior designer, journalist and socialite Nicky Haslam has met almost everyone who's anyone. (He must have inherited the knack from his parents: his dad was a friend of John Maynard Keynes and LS Lowry; his mum had a fling with JB Priestley). This memoir takes us from his childhood (polio left him bedridden for three years) and Eton schooldays to his triumphant entry into the glittering social citadels of London and New York.

Redeeming Features: A Memoir, By Nicholas Haslam

If we believe that we are living in an age where our celebrities are increasingly famous for being famous, Nicky Haslam might serve as living proof.

Album: Duffy, Endlessly (A&M/ Universal)

Co-written and produced with veteran songsmith Albert Hammond, Endlessly does exactly what is required by ratcheting up Duffy's sophistication without sacrificing the immediacy of "Mercy".

The ground beneath our feet: There is plenty on offer when it comes to flooring

There are numerous types of flooring for your home, but when it comes to making a decision, the first thing to consider is what the room is used for. Think about what type of floor you like, what you expect of it and how much you can spend. While you may be dreaming of reclaimed oak floorboards in the sitting room and limestone tiles in the kitchen, you need to factor in the cost of sourcing, purchasing and laying these types of floor. Can you do it yourself or do you need to get someone in? How long will it take and what will it cost?

Leading article: Nostalgia for croquet in the afternoon

Nice to hear from John – sorry, Lord – Prescott again, even if it is with a disappointing denial that he had anything to do with a rather expensive contract for his former department, stipulating "indoor plant landscaping", "silver service" and the maintenance of "healthy and vigorous plants with a weed-free appearance". We are happy to accept his insistence that he had better things to do than oversee his indoor landscaping, preferring to leave it to his civil servants. But there's nothing at all to be ashamed of. Such standards are surely no more than we all aspire to, even if we lack the means to attain them. Should not "weed-free" be a statutory national requirement, anywhere and everywhere?

High Society, The Wellcome Collection, London

This kaleidoscopic, psychedelic tour of drug use down the ages is not for the weak willed

Errors & Omissions: Too many conditional clauses can lead the writer into a trap

Several people have written in to point out a sentence from the interview with Michael Parkinson in last Saturday's Magazine: "I say: if you could have had the Queen on your show and you could have asked her one question which she would have to of answered candidly in front of the nation, what would that question be?"

Made to measure: When buying a new kitchen avoid design fads and remember to plan

Britons spend a small fortune on their kitchens – but throwing cash at the problem isn't always the answer.

Album: Weiss, The Heart Trembles with Pleasure (BGS)

Nigel North's recital of music for 11-course lute from Weiss's youthful "London manuscript" lives up to its extravagant title.

The ten best fake furs

Add a touch of Sixties rock-star glamour to your wardrobe with this winter's warmest accessories...

Click on the image to launch our guide

The Big Six: Chic ski chalets

The Secret History Of: The Verner Panton S Chair

The Panton stacking chair, or "S" chair, is officially the sexiest chair ever made. It has appeared on the cover of Vogue (well, Kate Moss was in the picture too. All right, so she was naked) and it featured in a 1970s article in which a model demonstrated how to undress in front of your husband.

Last Night's TV: Wonderland - High Society Brides/BBC2<br/>A History of the World/BBC4

Judging from the title alone it looked as if High Society Brides was going to be the month's least tactful bit of scheduling. During the day we'd learned that the entire nation was about to go on a bread-and-dripping diet and in the evening it seemed we would be able to cheer ourselves up by watching the upper crust uniting their inherited wealth in the holy bond of matrimony. And, judging from the opening five minutes, it looked as if judging from the title hadn't been entirely misleading. Various women with cut-glass accents recalled when they first met their husband ("Shooting... grouse moor in Yorkshire") or exchanged emollient truisms about wealth. "Money can be a lubricant I think, can't it?" said one musingly. "Mmmm... yes... opens doors," replied another. Oh dear, I'm not going to be able to take a lot of this, I thought. Not when so many people are going to be finding the lubricant in short supply.

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