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Zoe Pilger reviews feminist artist Sarah Lucas's first major solo exhibition

Heaven and Hell: John Martin, Laing Gallery, Newcastle

Had he not been born out of his time, Hollywood would have found some very good reasons to hire a special-effects man like the Victorian painter John Martin. He could certainly turn his hand to apocalyptic landscapes. You can easily imagine one of those tiny animated drones with their silly squeaky voices swooping up to the very pinnacles of one of his crags, and then rushing through a swag of boiling, ferruginous clouds.

The 10 best pork pies

Ideal as an afternoon snack and perfect for picnics, they're the ultimate British fast food. From miniature morsels to family-size pies, here are the finest.

The ten best mirrors

Chosen by Samuel Muston

New series of Whitechapel commissioned

'Whitechapel' has been commissioned for a new six-part series.

The ten best wallets

Unless you’re a gangster with a rolled wad of notes, or actively like the jingle of coins in your pocket, you’ll be wanting one of these stylish items...

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The 10 best fruit juices

Either as an early-morning pick-me-up, a refreshing lunchtime cooler, or an alternative to alcohol, here are the ripest juices this side of the farmers' market.

The 10 best laptop bags

Whether it's to protect your shiny new computer or to disguise a – shock – older, more battered model, you'll need a stylish way to transport your technology.

The ten best toasters

From extra-wide slots to see-through sides, the latest toasters are a hi-tech bunch - and one of them will even poach your eggs of a morning, too.

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The ten best wine glasses

Whether you want to sip champagne in style, enjoy a splash of burgundy or find a gift for the oenophile in your life, here’s an intoxicating selection...

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The 10 Best wooden toys

Forget shiny plastic gadgets and entertain younger children in a more traditional way, with beautifully made objects that are built to last...

The ten best ethical meat and fish suppliers

From award-winning organic pork to the finest wild smoked salmon, we select fresh fillets and choice cuts to grace your dining room table.

The ten best shampoos

From the refreshing tingle of peppermint to the soothing powers of sunflower oil and lavender, we get in a lather to help you decide what to take into the shower.

Catch up with London Fashion Week 2011

Keep up with London Fashion Week in pictures.



The ten best teapots

Whether you’re making a brew for two or a solitary cuppa, you need to let those leaves infuse. Here is our pick of the top pots for the job...

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The ten best chilli sauces

Nothing adds a bit of zing to a marinade or bite to a burger like a spicy sauce. Here's our pick of the bunch. Just make sure you keep a fire extinguisher handy...

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