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NOTES FROM THE COUCH Idler’s Diary 8 Arthur Smith On how to fail at a comedy gig 18 How I Live Zoë Blackler, eco club runner 20 Philosophy Mark Vernon on Thomas More’s still-relevant masterpiece, Utopia 24 Idler Heroes We salute Stephen Potter, the genius behind School for Scoundrels 28 Odium Why I hate fun by Stephen Bayley 30

FEATURES Interview: Arthur Brown It’s 55 years since his last hit, but his Crazy World continues to crackle. Will Hodgkinson is delighted to find the inimitable Arthur Brown is still blazing a trail 34 Seat of Learning James Thellusson charts the surprising history of the chaise longue 40 Life After the Romans Thomas Williams considers the bright side of the Dark Ages in Britain 47

Poetry “Victimisation” by Sarah Wimbush 51

STYLE Fashion: Cosy Canines Alice Smith finds the best dog coats 52 Idle Home Georgina Williams visits Kate Humble’s woodland cabin in SW France 60 The Good Stuff Eco fireplaces, bespoke bags and t abletop t alking points 68 Slow Tech Clive Sinclair’s C5 may have been a commercial flop, but it was decades ahead of its time. Lee Osborne looks back at the eighties classic that never was 72

ARTS & BOOKS Art Flâneur Marina Abramović, Sarah Lucas at the Tate and Woking’s Lightbox gallery are observed by Tim Richardson 76 Books: Stand Up For Your Rites Suzi Feay assesses a fascinating study of Victorian death and mourning rituals 86

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