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DR ALAN BORG, director of the V&A, says he wants to return to the museum's original mission, to promote art and design and encourage the interests of the working man ("V&A prepares to rejoin the modern world", 23 May). Since he introduced the compulsory pounds 5 admission fee, visitor numbers have fallen steadily, and we may assume that the working man has been successfully deterred.

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IT IS the heaviest printed book I have ever held. It weighs in at 32lb, fills 1,380 pages, is quarter-bound in red goatskin by Cedric Chivers, set in Caslon, designed by Guy Miles Warren, edited by Shirley Bury's great friend Claude Blair, half of it written by Bury herself, and published by the Stationery Office at pounds 1,000 per copy.

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: These fashion images changed the world. Could yours do the same?

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