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The Edge of Pleasure, by Philippa Stockley<br></br> Private View, by Jean McNeil

Artistic licence that produces a picture of happiness

The Weasel: It's enough to put you off your polenta

Contrary to the warbling of Mick Jagger, I've never found time on my side. The invention of some celestial bossy-boots, time seems a drearily authoritarian notion, not so much about ticking as about ticking off - tempus fugit and all that. For obvious reasons, time has attracted an excessive amount of attention this year, as if it were something new, which according to Professor Stephen Hawking, it most certainly isn't.

Before the week is out ... book this

WE'VE HAD Shakespeare in LA and Shakespeare in Love. Now Shakespeare gets serious in Shoreditch. Ralph Fiennes is reuniting with director Jonathan Kent (they collaborated on the award-winning Hamlet, left) for Richard II and Coriolanus to be performed in the ruined shell of the Gainsborough Film Studios. But if you thought the hype that surrounded The Blue Room and The Iceman Cometh was impressive, Fiennes' celebrity gives booking in advance new meaning. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. The performances begin next April. Need we say more?

A Family Affair: Mum, dad, dad - and the children make six

Australian novelist Tyne O'Connell, 37, shares a mansion with her two husbands in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. Her current husband, artist Eric Hewitson, 33, and her ex-husband, headhunter Simon-Peter Santospirito, 39, are best friends. Tyne has two sons by Simon-Peter (who is known as SP), and a daughter by Eric.

Mirror, signal, hysteria

What's red, blue and green and makes people laugh at you? By Ed Harris

Classical: Little wonder

HOXTON NEW MUSIC DAYS

Parliament: Labour's Rebel MPs

The 65 Labour MPs who rebelled over the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill:

Pop & Jazz: Riffs

The First and Latest Records Bought by Rick Wakeman, sometime of Yes and Keyboardist Extraordinaire

The map: Artists in residence

Trendy galleries, Jarvis as your neighbour, hip drinking dens: Martin Skegg and Michael Oliveira-Salac trawl Hoxton, London's Left Bank. Illustration by Griff

Their own kind of normality

Gilbert and George make a pot of tea and grant an audience to Iain Sinclair

Interiors: Cottage industry

Engineer Ollie Higson and architect Priska Weems transformed an industrial space in east London into a cosy `urban cottage'. Chloe Grimshaw steps inside. Photographs by Josh Pulman

Eating out: Cool but certainly not cold

Great Eastern Dining Room; 54 Great Eastern Street, London EC2. Tel: 0171 613 4545. Open Mon-Fri, 12.30-3pm, and Mon-Sat, 6pm-12am. Adjoining bar open Mon-Fri 12pm-12am and Sat 6pm-12am. Average price for dinner, pounds 20 per head. Credit cards accepted
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