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A development company has bought the property and is getting it ready to sell on

Music: Let the song of praise be sung

JESSYE NORMAN SINGS DUKE ELLINGTON BARBICAN LONDON

Design: Set in Stone

THE FLOOR-covering starring in the hottest hotel bars this season is the Vinyl Pebbles floor tile (30.5 x 30.5cm), pounds 84 for nine, from Natalie Woolf Surface Design (01705 466996). Its convincing pebble pattern is similar to Ella Duran's Silence table mats, six for pounds 42 from 0171-375 1466.

Middle England mourns one of its own

JILL DANDO's family had wanted her funeral to be private, limited to those who knew her personally. But that could never be the case. She was too public a face for that.

Shopping: You need a good pasting

Home decorating is about to get complicated again. A lick of white paint on your walls is no longer enough. By Dominic Lutyens

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Irvine's wallpaper firm in trouble

IT COSTS pounds 300 a roll, features hand-printed green pineapples and has already landed the Lord Chancellor in hot water.

Music Lyric Sheets: And so the God of Easy Listening Said...

The veteran singer Andy Williams, currently enjoying a renaissance with his retrospective collection, `In the Lounge with Andy Williams', has just entered the singles chart at No 9 with `Music to Watch Girls By'.

Irvine's postage invites criticism

TO A MAN who spent pounds 650,000 of public money on wallpapering his lavatory, the sum of pounds 9.80 must seem like a piddling amount.

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Magazines chase global elite

AS THE UK consumer magazine market approaches saturation point, publishers are targeting an emerging global elite of urban professionals as a lucrative new market. The result could be the launch of a range of internationally orientated titles at the very top end of the magazine market in 1999.

`Sun' takes a shine to the top legal toff

DERRY IRVINE, the Lord Chancellor, has long been in need of an image makeover. Yesterday he emerged transformed as the People's Hero: a Hello!-style interview appeared on the day of the publication of the White Paper on legal reform.

Wallis springs shock pounds 283m Marley bid

JOHN MANSFIELD GROUP, a timber merchant worth just pounds 16.7m and chaired by former Fisons chief executive Stuart Wallis, yesterday launched a surprise pounds 283m break-up bid for Marley, the struggling building materials group.

Wallpaper poisons Mozart experts

ONE OF the world's most famous music schools, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, has been closed after three music professors and a fourth member of staff contracted leukaemia.

Protest at cost of oak panels in MPs' offices

IT WILL cost more than Derry Irvine's wallpaper and is likely to cause a similar political row.

Interiors: Choose a house, choose to decorate, choose wallpaper

`Trainspotting' set designer Kave Quinn has turned her back on minimalism and transformed her London terrace into a riot of classic hand- printed wallpaper. Nonie Niesewand is dazzled
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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