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Even if the sexual activity of Gill was not widely known in 1931 when this classic work was first published, his repeated references to “love-making” might have suggested that his interests were not purely typographical. On the latter subject, he is authoritative: “Lettering is for us the Roman alphabet.”

Me And My Home: Perfect symmetry

Anthea Masey talks to interior designer Amanda Rosa

A new Tate, but is it modern?

Malcolm Quinn explores the meaning of the much misused 'm' word

Letter: He who controls the past...

I AM not against the idea of benchmarking history or any other academic subject ("The making of a history graduate", Education, 14 January). In an increasingly uncertain world, it seems reasonable that people should have at least an outline idea of what skills and concepts they should expect to master at degree level in a given subject. The problem with any such exercise is that it can very easily become over-prescriptive and bureaucratic. The warning signs are there in Anthony Fletcher's article on the question.

whereits@.surrealism.

This month the Liverpool Tate begins a major exhibition of the work of Salvador Dali, the artist who did more than any other to popularise Surrealism, but who also debased it through his long, overproductive dotage. The Tate show focuses on his best period, the Thirties. If you want to capture some of the spirit of inquiring irrationality which informed the original movement - all that Cabaret Voltaire tapping-into-the-subconscious business - then visit the Surrealism Server. Here, as the opening page puts it, you can "judge the basis of Surrealism not by what has been and yet remains to be written about the movement, but by what has been done and yet remains to be accomplished using the mecanismes inherent in the Vice of Surrealism".

Letter: Class ceilings

Sir: Your leader on social class (15 December) rather misses the point. Of course there are other sources of personal identity. However, the government social class scheme is concerned not with people's identities but with their life chances. In this sense class remains crucial.

Letter: Last word

Sir: Letterwise, P R Millest (Letters, 4 April) hits the post- modern zeitgeist squarely on the noggin.

T-shirts for airheads

Cayte Williams discovers the plus side of inflation

Surprise symphonies

Mahler meets minimalism meets the machine age in the pluralist world of Colin Matthews. Stephen Johnson celebrates the composer at 50

Black as in dull, dark and very, very dangerous

Stand back and call the Semtex squad. From Turkey hails a yarn of quite spectacular boredom. By Hugo Barnacle

BOOK: Paperback; Fires by Raymond Carver

Short story writer Raymond Carver, who died in 1988, was famous for his pared-down simplicity, and in Fires (Harvill £7.99), a fine, varied selection of prose and poems first published in 1985, he disclosed the cause of his much-praised minimalism - his children: "[For] 19 years in all, there wasn't any area of my life where their heavy and often baleful influence didn't reach.

Surrealist Delvaux dies at 96

BRUSSELS - The Belgian painter Paul Delvaux, whose dreamlike depictions of hypnotic naked women, skeletons and trains in timeless landscapes made him a master of surrealism, died at 96. Delvaux was one of the last surviving surrealist painters, having gained fame for depicting the richness of the subconscious in figurative images. AP

Obituary: Sergia da Silva Chagas

SERGIA da SILVA CHAGAS, better known as Dada, was one of the last survivors of the cangaceiros, the bandits of the Brazilian north-east immortalised in Joao Guimaraes Rosa's novel Grande Sertao: Veredas and Glauber Rocha'a 1970s cult film Antonio das Mortes.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee