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He is perhaps the outstanding British designer of the last century. But history has not been kind to Christopher Dresser.

Real people: Rip it up and start again

Forget off-the-peg designs, customising your own clothes is back in fashion. Albert Hill grabs his sewing kit

Son of Thatcher hails a land fit for spivs in Mondeos

Damn Tony Blair, writes A N Wilson. He is completing the destruction of a once decent society

A retreat to Monkey Island

Gothic by Richard Davenport-Hynes Fourth Estate pounds 20

Christmas Shopping: Deckchair gardening

The latest crop of glossy and expensive books has appeared on the festive market. But are they any use, or just digging the seasonal gold? Michael Leapman leafs through them

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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

Visual Arts: The fine lines of a dirty mind

Decadent, kinky aesthetics? Maybe. But Aubrey Beardsley's art is more than that - it's a wonder of the modern world.

Film: The rogue traders of the film industry

British talent agents used to be gentlemen. Now an American invader has shattered the old ways. By Tim Adler

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Classical music: An audience in the hidden City

This year's London Festival concerts are being held in the Square Mile's guild halls. Nicole Veash goes on a tour of the venues while, below, Rob Cowan reveals the St Petersburg Chamber Choir's love of the liturgy

Leading Article: Trust Labour's old cultural ideals

THE AMBIVALENT British attitude towards culture is summed up in the new name for the ministry which does those bits of government that do not fit in more familiar departments. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport started life as that of National Heritage, as if the only culture which mattered was inherited from the dead.

You're sitting pretty with retro chairs

Designs for living can bring cash as well as kudos, writes Fiona Sturges

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland (Arrow, pounds 5.99)

Tuesday's book

Books: City of false claims

William Boyd's London is a multicultural jungle of office blocks and urban wastelands. Penelope Lively hits the streets; Armadillo by William Boyd Hamish Hamilton, pounds 16.99
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