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Five things to do - 8th January

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Browsers to block the gloom - Thirty years ago in a Liverpool suburb... - Long live the ampersand - (Eu)Genius? - and Cold War Modern

Recession, what recession?

Bored with reading about the recession but still want your daily news fix? Worry not: now you can read the news through a web browser which blacks out all those unwelcome, credit-crunch-related words.

Homeward Bound

Two men reminisce about the childhood they never knew they’d shared at Netherley, an estate on the outskirts of Liverpool.

A gr& design

In the niche world of scribal abbreviations for ‘and’, the ampersand is surely king. But perhaps it should command more of our attention in general. Visit a blog which attempts to give this humble ligature the respect it deserves

Artistically rich or just plain kitsch?

A big name in fashion and publishing, Spanish-born photographer Eugenio Recuenco is famed for his ‘pictorial’ style. But is he, as some have claimed, the heir of such Spanish masters as Goya and El Greco? See what you think

Hurry down to the V&A...

...because you've only got two days left to see Cold War Modern

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