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Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

You said recently that if you were a gay 13-year-old in Uganda today you probably wouldn't tell anyone. Why have things got worse since the Nineties?

Tim Vine has won the funniest joke award at the Edinburgh Festival 2014

Peter Sculthorpe: Composer who drew on aboriginal and Asian traditions to forge a distinctive Australian sound

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Countess Albina Du Boisrouvray: ‘We’re dealing with people who have absolutely nothing’

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