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Is there still a bit of Tony Blair left inside Ed Miliband? The question bugged me as I listened to the Labour leader doing what he does best – giving a speech to a predominantly sympathetic audience – in London today.

Letter: Muddled years

Sir: What a muddle about the millennium! (Leading article, 3 January.) Dionysius (not Dionysus) Exiguus lived in the sixth (not seventh) century; and, if Jesus was born in 4BC, the 2000th anniversary falls in 1997 (not 1996), since there is no year between 1BC and AD1.

Sangster piles on the praise for Chester's carpet

While Chester's going was praised by Robert Sangster, the part owner of High Baroque was scathing about ground conditions at Newmarket.

Letter: Romanticism should not be sneered at

Sir: What Dominic Kirkham and other supporters of the 'romanticism is fascism' theory (Letters, 1 October) fail to grasp is the sheer variety of political theories that were spawned by the Romantic movement. If it is true that the Nazis hijacked part of it for their own warped purposes, it is equally true that opposing revolutionary movements exploited it, too. The poet and academic David Wright has described the Communist Manifesto of 1848 as 'that essentially Romantic document' and nobody who has sung the 'Red Flag' or the 'Internationale' can seriously doubt it.

BOOK REVIEW / In the frame: Paolo Uccello

IN their fat and handsome monograph, Paolo Uccello (Thames & Hudson pounds 60), Franco and Stefano Borsi set their man up, from the start, as an enigma - a 'notoriously strange and secretive character' whose adherence to the Gothic style, fantastical compositions and cavalier way with perspective meant that he was relegated to the sidelines of the emerging Renaissance.

Travel: Go away

Bluebird Express (0444 235678) Gatwick to Nice, depart before 30 June, pounds 99.

Letter: Mural restoration

Sir: Your report of the dispersal of the contents of Penkill Castle, Ayrshire, and its subsequent sale (31 December) did not mention the most important work of art to remain - the mural The King's Quair, which covers the entire wall of the staircase tower. Painted by William Bell Scott between 1865 and 1869, it is the most extensive and remarkable scheme of pre- Raphaelite decoration in the British Isles.
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