Scenes from the Kalevala review – the Finnish epic poem that inspired a nation’s composers | Classical music

The Kalevala, the Finnish epic poem describing the creation of the world and the journeys and adventures of the people of the land of Kalevala, first appeared…

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Barry Cryer was cheeky, kind and a canny engineer of comedy | Barry Cryer

The best work of Barry Cryer, who has died aged 86, was in two different ways unseen. He wrote jokes for generations of comedians from Tommy Cooper…

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A bearded dragon in St Leonards-on-Sea … Bob Mazzer’s best photograph | Art and design

I was born in London but I’ve also lived and taken photographs in Wales, France and the US. I’ve now been based in St Leonards-on-Sea, on the…

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Terry Pratchett estate backs Jack Monroe’s idea for ‘Vimes Boots’ poverty index | Books

Terry Pratchett’s estate has authorised Jack Monroe to use the “Vimes Boots Index” as the name of her new price index, which is intended to document the…

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Cardi B awarded almost £3m in damages in libel case against gossip blogger | Cardi B

Cardi B has been awarded $4m (£2.96m) in damages in a libel lawsuit against a celebrity gossip blogger who claimed that the rapper was a prostitute who…

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Francis Bacon: Man and Beast review – ‘I want to run away, but I can’t stop looking’ | Art

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast is a frequently grim but endlessly fascinating parade through the Royal Academy’s main galleries. Room after room – all oxblood and indigo…

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Ian McKellen keen to star in a stage musical: ‘I’m available but incompetent’ | Theatre

He has played a wizard, a supervillain and the great Shakespearean leads – twice starring as Hamlet, 50 years apart – but Sir Ian McKellen has declared…

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Children’s TV makers say British shows could die as ministers scrap £44m fund | Children’s TV

Children’s television makers have said that distinctly British programmes for young viewers could vanish from screens and be replaced with imported shows, after ministers quietly closed a…

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Jodorowsky animated Dune in development, says crypto group | Film

A cryptocurrency-backed consortium that paid £2.2m – 100 times the estimate – for concept art for an unmade film adaptation of Dune has claimed that their animated…

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Romeo & Juliet review – speedy 2-Tone adaptation lacks nuance | Theatre

Part of Southwark Playhouse’s Shakespeare for Schools project, this drastically pared-down version of Romeo & Juliet will be shown to 2,000 local young people for free. They…

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