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Exhibition: The future is 'Blue Peter' models

Designing in the Digital Age V&A, London

Letter: In Hoover's honour

Sir: If Chris Gulker would pause for a closer look at Hoover Tower, mid-jog, in his circuit along Sand Hill Road and through the Stanford University campus, he would discover that Stanford's distinctive landmark was named not "for the cross-dressing former head of the FBI", but for the former US President Herbert Hoover ("Outraged? A brisk jog is just the ticket", 16 August).

Edinburgh Festival '99: Too close for comfort

THEATRE Riddance Traverse Theatre, Venue 15 (0131-228 1404) to 4 Sept

The Friary newsletter: Patience, patients: you're here till you're cured

Hello! And a specially big welcome to all our new patients. We deal in straight talking and common sense here in the Behavioural Monitoring and Addiction-Corrective Facility. We don't have any truck with silly euphemisms like "guests" or reductive labels like "inmates". You're patients who will remain patients until you're better - or at least until you tell OK! magazine that you have experienced a period of vital retrenchment following a personal upset and are now well on the road to recovery, a journey made easier by the support of your loving ex-wife (with whom your relationship has never been stronger) and your five lovely children.

Comment: There's no one quite like grandpa

These days they don't get round to thinking about having babies until they are almost pensioners

Advertising: Work, rest and play

Not convinced your whites are whiter than white ... don't feel like chicken tonight ... think energy drinks are a load of Red Bull? Apparently, we just don't respond to advertising like we used to, and one man wants to find out why. Photographer Florian Jaenicke and writer Matthew Sweet meet Siamack Salari, coming to your living room while you ...

Man who invented hovercraft using old coffee tins dies at 89

SIR CHRISTOPHER Cockerell, the inventor of the Hovercraft and one of Britain's greatest engineers, has died three days short of his 89th birthday at a nursing home in Hythe, Hampshire. Sir Christopher, who died on Tuesday, had a long and distinguished career which involved taking part in the World War II effort to build radar, designing and developing an amphibious craft that could ride on a cushion of air, and patenting nearly 100 inventions.

Wilts worried by Dyson plan to expand into greenfield vacuum

ONE MUST pity anyone who takes on the irrepressible James Dyson - the entrepreneur who single-handedly revolutionised vacuum cleaning.

Fast Forward: Done and dusted - Vacuum cleaners

They clean up spills and look great too. Michael Oliveira-Salac and Martin Skegg run a sweepstake. Photographs by Phil Ward

Music: Rach is seen to shine at last

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Leading Article: Switch off the guilt and turn on your TV

IT IS time to liberate ourselves from one of the most tenacious guilt trips of modern life. A survey reports today that nearly everyone feels guilty about watching television. We know we should be reading Conrad, listening to Mahler, visiting lonely people in hospital, mowing the lawn, playing tennis, but let's just see whether there's anything on, shall we? From the earliest days, when the picture flickered if they switched on the vacuum cleaner next door, people pretended to watch less television than they did and television sets had doors to disguise them as drinks cabinets.

Dr Wordsmith decides to call time on the last baguette

PEOPLE ARE as concerned about the state of the English language as ever, and, to deal with the flood of inquiries about lexicological niceties, I am happy to welcome another visit from Dr Wordsmith. He has given up a few minutes from his ceaseless research into the evolution of modern English, conducted in pubs the length and breadth of the land; and here he is to deal with your latest problems. Take it away, Doc!

Design: The wash of the Titans

Can Martin Myerscough's monster monotub revamp the humble washing machine?

Books: Simple love story of unsuitable length

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

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