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If the opinions of local shopkeepers are anything to go by, things at the Phoenix High School in west London are definitely improving.

LETTER : Down and out and in need of support

LOCAL authorities bear a heavy responsibility for the graffiti that so upsets Jack Straw.

LEADING ARTICLE: Jack Straw's urban myth

Jack Straw will be pleased with the rumpus caused by his speech this week, launching the Lewisham Community Safety Strategy. Sharing a platform with Sir Paul Condon, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Mr Straw declared his desire to clear the streets of alcoholics, drug addicts, graffiti and "squeegee merchants". We must, he said, "literally reclaim the streets for the law-abiding citizen, to make street life everywhere an innocent pleasure again".

Cable graffiti is not art

AS someone who has spent the last year endeavouring, unsuccessfully so far, to have cablecompanies' graffiti removed from the footpaths of our city, I was disappointed by Erica Wagner's article, ("Secrets of the urban sprawl", Review, 30 July).

Let us spray: king of graffiti holds court

"OH YEAH, he's cool," said the fan as she watched her hero, street artist Futura 2000, stroll across one of London's busiest roads undamaged to add a hint of mid-grey to the fuzz of blue he had sprayed on to the billboard a few minutes earlier. Pretty cool by any standards, but in the shake, squirt and scram world of aerosol artists, New York-born Futura is deep in the permafrost. He's King Nozzle.

In Thing: Antoni and Alison T-shirts

American media artist Jenny Holzer first came up with the idea of printing quirky messages in unlikely places. Now design team Antoni and Alison follow suit with a range of T-shirts and underwear with heartfelt messages upon them.

Poll on joining EU sparks Vienna war of posters

A Hitler lookalike, fashioned by graffiti spray artists from a poster of the Austrian far-right leader, Joerg Haider, features in campaigning for this Sunday's vote. Mr Haider's 'No' posters - Oesterreich zuerst (Austria first]) - are often doctored as ich zuerst] (Me first]).

Innovation: Graffiti artists on the skids with non-wettable coating

GRAFFITI artists, your days are numbered. A non-stick coating developed by Dow Chemical Company in Michigan is so non-wettable that spray paint or ink from marker pens can find no purchase on it.

London stations 'dirty and smelly'

MOST OF London's railway and Tube stations are graffiti-ridden, dark, dirty and smelly, according to a survey published yesterday, writes Christian Wolmar.

Office ransacked

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