STEPHEN BAYLEY - Our reviewer of Andy Beckett's book on the 1970s was a provincial academic until rescued in 1979 by Terence Conran, asked to join his crusade. Since then, Bayley's articles and books (and his inaugural directorship of the Design Museum) have changed design perceptions. His latest book is Woman as Design.

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OLIVER BENNETT - Bennett's first job was in Waffles restaurant in his home town, Cambridge - the first of several catering jobs from which he was sacked. The history of art graduate has steered a haphazard course through journalism and publishing, and, for Sharp End, he joined the catering team at Lord's cricket ground.

MARK LASSWELL - Lasswell is the deputy books editor of The Wall Street Journal, where his web browser's list of favourite links includes the Arts & Letters Daily, the online aggregator of provocative journalism, essays and reviews, and the subject of his feature on p46. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

JAMES TAYLOR - MT's web editor first had cause to be grateful to corporate philanthropy (see his feature, p42) as a student at a charity auction, when he inadvertently bid £10,000 for a signed England football shirt while ordering a drink. Luckily, a rich City type out-bid him. He hopes there are more folk around like that.

RUSS TUDOR - Tudor, whose work enlivens our feature on corporate philanthropy, studied illustration at Salford art college before embarking on a roller-coaster career in freelance lampoonery. His output has appeared in The Times, Vanity Fair, Observer, Playboy and Time Out. He enjoys punk rock, margaritas and cartoons.

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