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The Z1 Compact offers identical hardware to the S1, but shrinks the screen from 5 inches to 4.3 - David Phelan gives us the first full UK review

Drinking: A day in wine world

ON BOTH the occasions I have met Tony Hodges, he has quoted an alarming statistic: 70 per cent of customers leaving Sainsbury's with a bottle of wine do not know what grapes it is made of. This is sobering news for wine writers. For Hodges, it is a cause for cautious celebration: he aims to make a packet by educating the parts of the population that wine writers do not reach.

Soon everyone will be talking to the lampposts

SUMMER 2005. After years of gridlock, pedestrians and cyclists have won the battle for city centre domination and the once powerful car lobby has been relegated to the suburbs.

Technology; Novelty value

Business was alien to Jonathan Elvidge. Now his gadget shops are worth millions. By Benjamin Mee. Photograph by John Angerson

Network: Digitised for the nation

The British Library's rare manuscripts can be seen by only a handful of readers. Until, that is, the completion of a project to put them on CD-Rom.

Fast forward: Vision on

Hi-tech or classic retro? Michael Oliveira-Salac and Martin Skegg focus on home-movie cameras

Ahead of their time

Multi-function watches Paging, e-mailing, even filming - telling the hours and minutes is the least of what the new watches do. Martin Skegg and Michael Oliviera-Salac report

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Shopping: I Want To Own ... A pounds 30,000 stereo - As high-fi as you will ever go

BILL DRUMMOND, who memorably scored a number one hit about Dr Who's Tardis in 1988, once claimed that a pop record needed to sound good on a Dansette if it ever stood a chance of being successful. The former Timelord and KLF frontman is clearly certifiable. Not only would a sane man not be interested in appreciating the finer qualities of Billie's "Because We Want To" on an antiquated mono record player, they would not burn a million quid on a remote Scottish island in the name of art. Not unless they had already invested stacks of cash in audio-visual hardware, anyway.

The banks are coming home

The branchless society is a step closer now that the Co-op has set up on the internet. Stephen Pritchard reports

Christmas Gifts: Great sounds and gizmos

"There is actually a hi-fi buying season," says Brandon, an assistant at The Cornflake Shop as he wrestles with some speaker cables like Captain Nemo overpowering a giant squid. "From about October to April, the days get shorter and people think about new hi-fi."

A Hardy showing of Wessex folk

'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' comes alive at Dorchester's museum - as do a smugglers' den and a riddle book. Fiona Macaulay unravels a few surprises.

Psion puts faith in new model as profits slump

A profit warning from Psion, the hand-held computer maker, failed to leave a permanent dent in the company's share price yesterday after David Potter, its chairman and founder, boasted that the new Series 5 model was "walking off the shelves".

Eva Pascoe column

Together with the whole country I heard the news of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, with shock and disbelief. When the BBC gave the URL of the official condolences page on the Internet, I was keen to express my sympathy and rushed into my newly acquired Libretto to send the e-mail to http://www.royal.gov.uk.

A leap in the dark

Victoria Guerrero takes a guided tour of this year's 'Video Positive' festival in Manchester and Liverpool

THE NAKED ROBOT

FLABBY, balding and naked, a middle-aged man convulses as 30 volts pulse through skin and bone, stimulating his nerve endings and producing an involuntary dance. It looks like torture, but this seemingly barbaric procedure is, in fact, a work of art, played out on the body of Australian performance artist Stelarc.
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