Books: The lad of many parts

A Life of James Boswell by Peter Martin Weidenfeld & Nicolson, pounds 25, 613pp: Sixteen bouts of gonorrhoea failed to dent a huge appetite for life.

Obituary: Eric Austen

THOUGH HE made his modest living as an art teacher, Eric Austen played a major role in the evolution of a world-famous icon - the CND badge.

Aluminium Imagination Architectural Awards: Winner of the pounds 1,000 Aluminium Finishing association (AFA) Award for the most exciting use of a coated or anodised finish in a building RUTHERFORD INFORMATION SERVICES BUILDING, GOLDSMITHS' COLLEGE, LONDON Architect: Allies & Morrison

THE NEW Information Services building extends and compliments Goldsmiths' existing library with flexible new study and teaching spaces over three floors. The building had the difficult dual role of acting as an open showcase for the activity of the college at the same time as keeping the light levels low enough for the computer screens to be read. Allies & Morrison developed the facade in detail to achieve transparency, so that the computer-based activity in the open-plan study area is visible from the street, without compromising the environmental demands that using a computer generates. Perforated aluminium vertical fins allow appropriately filtered natural light deep into the open-plan study areas. They control glare while maintaining outward views. The fins also contribute to the structural stability of the glazing.

Letter: K-Bar

Sir: The K-Bar a "latter-day Algonquin Hotel"? (Review, 25 May.) I don't think so. That hallowed spot in New York was watering hole to some of the finest and most literate minds in 20th-century America. Let us know when Parker Bowles, Goldsmith or Dahl are likely to produce anything to rival Parker, Cerf or Thurber.

Millionaire cleared of killing ex-partner killing

A MILLIONAIRE businessman was cleared yesterday of murdering his former common-law wife after the judge said the jury could have found that a key prosecution witness was the killer.

Exhibitionist

Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing goes job hunting on acid, dances in shopping centres and takes transsexuals to bed with her. But the only thing she thinks is outrageous is advertising agencies `appropriating' her ideas. Oliver Bennett tracks down a true original. Portrait by Gautier Deblonde

Obituary: Sir Ross Chesterman

WHEN ROSS Chesterman became Warden of Goldsmiths' in 1953, it was a small college beset with academic and financial problems, facing an uncertain future in its relations with London University. Today it is a constitutional and flourishing school of the university. Most of the necessary ground work that made this transformation possible was carried out during Chesterman's 21-year term as warden.

The stamp collector who lost a mint in the flower market

PERHAPS, AS a stamp collector, Paul Fraser is accustomed to people cracking jokes about him. But nothing could quite have prepared him for the cruel humour of the stock market. Nor for a shock worse than finding that your mint condition Twopenny Blues are fakes.

It's our pod and we're keeping it, says Norway

AT FIRST sight it looks simply like a rather plain yellow barrel. But this unprepossessing carbon fibre pod is at the centre of an international row that has embroiled diplomats, policemen, lawyers, environmentalists - and an increasingly harassed museum curator.

Classic Podium: The cause of a civilised Europe

From a speech delivered

Musical: The model of an English burlesque

THE KISSING DANCE

Outlook: Arjo Wiggins

CALLING THE bottom on a sinking share price can be a hazardous business. When a company in trouble protests that things cannot possibly get any worse, they usually can - and do. But Arjo Wiggins Appleton, the paper maker, which yesterday announced plans to split itself into three divisions, could just be an exception to the rule.

Letter: Carla: the best pasta cook in London

Letter: Carla: the best pasta cook in London

Letter: Carla: the best pasta cook

YOUR PROFILE of Lady Powell contained a reference to my late husband, Sir James Goldsmith, which is totally untrue and must be corrected. So far from resenting Lady Powell's involvement in his referendum campaign, he was profoundly grateful for her help, which he publicly acknowledged on many occasions. Jimmy regarded Carla Powell as a loyal and devoted family friend whose energy and enthusiasm were invaluable assets in his campaign.

Goldsmiths fuels rumours with glum trading report

GOLDSMITHS, the jewellery retailer, issued a downbeat Christmas trading statement yesterday amid speculation that the company will be taken private in the next two weeks.
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A new Russian revolution

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Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

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Jokes on Hollywood

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