PROPERTY: TOP OF THE GLASS PERIOD FEATURES 1: STAINED GLASS

Historic windows, painstakingly restored, add charm, character and value to a home. In the first of a series, Lesley Gillilan hymns the magnificent glass of Glasgow

A penny farthing for pounds 2,000? On your bike!

Brooks' is the latest auctioneer to take a fancy to vintage bicycles. They have never dipped in value and are now international currency: a good Victorian high bicycle ("penny-farthing" to punters) is worth pounds 1,000- pounds 2,000, no matter what its country of origin. Brooks's Thursday (3pm) sale of collectable automobilia at Olympia has nine vintage bicycles.

BOOK REVIEW / At home with the greats

THE YEATS SISTERS by Joan Hardwick, Pandora pounds 8.99

After OJ, the cash still goes round and round

Trial of the century: The main player now cuts a sorry figure but the supporting cast is wheeling and dealing with a vengeance

Yeats's debt to sisters he chose to forget

Marianne Macdonald on the women behind Ireland's great poet

OBITUARY: Catherine Cobb

The study of the crafts in 20th-century England requires, beyond knowledge of objects, a knowledge of people and their activities away from the workbench. The life of Catherine Cobb spanned nearly the whole century and her craft career, from initiation into jewellery-making on the floor underneath her mother's workbench to the classes she was teaching in Cambridge within a month of her death, was nearly as long. Besides this she was a puppeteer and examiner in art all over the world.

Quest to save the tapestry knights is launched

Four Victorian works of art were mutilated while in private hands, reports David Keys

site unseen : The Marx Memorial Library

As the 'New' Labour Party speedily jettisons policies and programmes which are regarded as too left-wing, it is unlikely that Tony Blair will be interested in a building which was once visited by such dangerous revolutionaries as William Morris, Lenin, Trotsky and George Bernard Shaw. That Sir John Betjeman came too suggests, correctly, that here is a place which boasts an unusual history.

THE FULL PICTURE : The Forth Bridge - falling into neglect

When the Forth Bridge was opened 105 years ago it was hailed as a triumph of engineering but not of aesthetics, writes Ian Jack. William Morris, who was a kind of one-man English Heritage of his day, found it brutal and nakedly functional - all that steel and not a stone Gothic spire in sight. Compare and contrast London's much more modest Tower Bridge, opened four years later, with its mechanics cloaked in the stonework of a French chateau and thus a superficial medieval charm that made it almost instant heritage.

BOOKS:Recommended

A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton, Doubleday, £14.99. A chilling courtroom drama, threaded with a quiet sense of elegy. Review by Natasha Walter, 7 January.

BUILDING OF THE YEAR : Architecture worth arguing over

The most popular film-maker in history got into history, and stayed popular. Glyndebourne rose again, handsomely. Pop ate itself, but survived. Steve Coogan was everywhere, and so was Hugh Grant; only one of them is praised here. The theatre had a thin time, but television drama serials made up for it. People defined themselves on Mondays at 9pm: were you for `Cracker' or `Chuzzlewit'? And again on Saturdays at 8pm: did you really believe that a 14m-1 shot would win?(Or did you do it for love of the arts?) It wasn't the best of years, but it had its moments. And here they are, in the fourth annual `IoS' Awards

Half berserker, half babe

WILLIAM MORRIS: A Life for Our Time by Fiona MacCarthy, Faber £25

Site Unseen: The city's own secret garden

One Wren church in the City no longer contains pews, pulpit or an altar. Instead their place has been taken by benches, grass and a fountain. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666, which began just around the corner in Pudding Lane, St Dunstan's in the East was one of Wren's Gothic creations.

BOOK REVIEW / Druids and bards in bright landscapes: Jan Morris on a striking book which confirms that the Welsh have eyes as well as voices: 'Gwenllian: Essays on Visual Culture' - Peter Lord: Gomer, 12.95 pounds

The Welsh have no eyes, decrees the popular calumny - they have tongues, they have voices and they can sometimes write like angels, but they have no gift for the visual.

Centrefold: Full Marx for trying: Volcano Theatre's homage to Communism

How would you transform the collected writings of Marx and Engels into a piece of physical theatre? It's hard to imagine the dream ballet sequence from Das Kapital, or a pas-de-deux representing the Marxist dialectic. Volcano Theatre has never shrunk from wrestling with unlikely sources: Medea: Sexwar, for example, was inspired by the SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto and a reworking of the Medea story by Tony Harrison, and the basis for their new show, Manifesto, is The Communist Manifesto.
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