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Naked veggies and a ringing rebuke | Brief letters | Environment

Kettle’s Yard loan scheme | Plastic packaging | Books on shelves | Bayeux tapestry | Bell-ringing Plastic-wrapped peppers. Reader Vicky Woodcraft’s hunt for ‘naked’ vegetables goes on. Photograph: DutchScenery/Getty Images/iStockphotoIt is true that we no longer lend out the Ben Nicholsons and Alfred Wallises that Harland Walshaw

Bamboo worlds: the beauty of Chinese aquaculture – in pictures

In Coastal Geometries, architect and photographer Tugo Cheng conjures minimalist compositions from the fishing nets and bamboo poles on the coast of Fujian. It is a world that’s vanishing, since this vital culture is threatened by rapid development Continue reading…

Country diary: a stone dog marked by time and tides | Environment

Even before the stonemason struck soft rock with hard metal for the first time, he must have known that he was destined for imperfection. Three hundred years later, the evidence was plain to see on an animal sitting on the terrace of the big house, haughty, imperious

Ian Langford obituary | Environment

Ian Langford, who has died of oesophageal cancer aged 61, was a conservationist and publisher with a special interest in wildlife art. He showcased the work of artists who were also passionate about conservation, such as John Threlfall and Carry Akroyd. The Langford Press art books he

Azzedine Alaïa remembered by Julian Schnabel | Fashion

There is supposed to be a permanence about death. Not sure what that means. Azzedine left home, left his atelier a lot of times without his cellphone. It was a way not to be bothered, to be free during the day, and we all understood and waited