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Monday, September 29, 2003
Andrew Vicari is one of the world’s richest artists. Being able to sell a series of paintings depicting Gulf War I to the Saudi Royal Family for £17.6 million has obviously helped him achieve this goal. However, the sad truth is that his work is just terrible, and though it might look like a soft target to criticise, the financial value attached to this stuff lays it open for criticism. Paintings gets steadily worse as he gets older, while his early work just looks as if it has escaped from the covers of a Ladybird book.

Actually, scratch that. Ladybird books were illustrated with style and consistency, as the many collector's websites demonstrate. See the Flight Series, for example. Visit Ladybird Lovers, dottybug, as well as the Ladybird gallery at the fabulous Easy on the Eye site, which also has album cover art like this Sugarcubes gallery. Re-visit the incredibly successful phenomena that were the Top of the Pops albums, the (now ultra-hip) stereo demonstration records (which have all been snapped up by hipsters looking for quirky sounds to sample) and the Pifco gallery.

High-density living in ancient Rome / a neat, if twisted, site for icy cool electro band Goldfrapp / novelist Toby Litt uses his website to ask searching questions - send him replies if you know the answers. His article for this year's Architecture Week is also worth a read - all about living above a nailbomber / speaking of writers, visit Byliner: sign up, create a list of your favourite writers and you'll receive email confirmation when they publish something new online.

A huge electronic music archive / the work of Clifford Harper, anarchist and illustrator. The vignettes for the Guardian's Country Diary are his best work (number 10 in the gallery) / Jane Mount, a painter / images of Old Sheldon Church, Beaufort, South Carolina, via tmn. Another view of the church / these very nasty t-shirts are making the Republican Party very nervous.

The museum of the hand-written sign (via Lightningfield, via Laura Titian). Nothing pleads and implies mild mania like a hand-written sign / a gallery of graffiti / the gallery of transport loss (via Muxway) / Expiration Date, Choire Sicha, Blog-fu, monkeyhaus: weblogs.

Free fonts from Mary Forrest, typography resources at typeright / librarian links, with attempts to shake off the profession's staid image such as this bit of sauce, and the image of librarians in pornography (more frequent than you'd think). There's even librarian assertiveness training - could librarians learn from Xena (more Xena)? Related: library weblogs and the outcry over the infamous Archie McPhee Librarian action figure. Related: personalised action figures.

Things that never were - fictional timelines, which includes this pensive essay on the timeline problems in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (what happened to one hour and fifteen minutes of time?), and this Spinal Tap timeline / thanks to that tasty soup du jour of the day for the last set of links.