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Molten metallics

When it comes to beauty, forget about red, white and blue and take inspiration from the medal winners

Swimming: Miley adds to medley of medal hopes

For the second time in four nights Hannah Miley stood on top of a podium in the venue for July's Olympics and, after she produced the fastest swim of the year in the 200 metres individual medley, it only added weight to the burgeoning expectation that the 22-year-old Scot will be back there come Games time.

A man for all seasons

It's easy to build a classic but current capsule wardrobe. Lee Holmes selects the everyday essentials that will see you through rain and shine

Get back in your strides

From flares to fitted skinnies, spring trousers come in every shape and colour, says Harriet Walker

Lucien Pissarro in England: the Eragny Press 1895-1914, Ashmolean

Lucien Pissarro was the eldest son of the Impressionist painter, Camille Pissarro. This pleasingly informative exhibition, on display in a single large gallery at the Ashmolean, tells the story of how Lucien, packed off to England to rid him of the perennial itch to be an artist did not quite do what his mother so fervently desired.

Brave Inca rediscovers old fire

All manner of things might have happened during Saturday's meeting here without anyone being any the wiser, so dense was the fog, but there was no place to hide yesterday. The sunlight was as crisp as the frost that still gnawed the feet in the afternoon, though it must be said that you did not necessarily learn a great deal more than you might have done the previous day.

Urban Gardener: Crazy daisies

On wanting to introduce some daisy-action to a client's garden recently, I was told in no uncertain terms: "OK, but no yellow, thank you very much." It's not often that I'll get a client barring a specific colour from a plant list, but when I do it will almost always be yellow or orange. The reasons for not liking a specific colour are about as clear as why some people are frightened of spiders except, of course, that yellow flowers don't scuttle across the carpet, make webs, or bite. OK, bad analogy.

Album: Ivo Papasov, Dance of the Falcon (World Village)

When this Turkish-speaking Gypsy from Bulgaria was declared the surprise winner of a Radio 3 World Music award two years ago, he handed it back, picked up his clarinet and stunned the auditorium with five minutes of solo pyrotechnics.

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Urban gardener, Cleve West: My secret weapon

This may sound like I'm getting a little over-sensitive about gardening, but I often wonder whether sub-shrubs get the hump. There may not have been any intended maliciousness in this horticultural classification, but you've got to admit it sounds a touch belittling. Demeaning as it sounds, the term "sub-shrub" should be seen as a positive thing for the urban gardener. It actually means "woody perennial", something that occasionally makes them difficult to categorise in the botanical world. Lavender, thyme, caryopteris are all labelled as sub-shrubs. They provide a valuable link between shrubs and perennials, especially in loose borders of perennials where the more identifiable and larger-than-life shrubs might spoil the intended fluidity and movement within a scheme. Their relatively smaller size means that they have an obvious use for urban gardens where space is tight or where a light structure is needed.