Arts and Entertainment Despicable Me 2 grossed £47.4 million at the UK 2013 box office

Threequel' comes after huge success of 'Despicable Me 2'

Classic Cartoons: Martin Plimmer on E Simms Campbell

FOR A time, America's favourite cartoonist was a black man, though few realised it. Race was not something an established commercial success advertised, when segregation was still practised in the South.

Education Home Help 4. Science: Celebrate learning about science the easy way

IF YOU thought science was just a load of old ticker tape and test tubes, you'll be just as fascinated by today's range of scientific software as your kids.

Classic Cartoons: Martin Plimmer on B Kliban

AS THE originator of abominable cartooning concepts (eg: "Genitalia of the Universe"), it is only fitting that B Kliban should have possessed so perceptive an insight into the mind of the cat. Kliban, a regular contributor to Playboy, drew cats with affection, but without any sentimentality, revealing them to be self-important, absurd, cruel, and (as here), endlessly hedonistic.

Wolves fall to Hall

Wolves 1 Ferguson 68 Portsmouth 2 McLoughlin 68, Hall 80 Attenda nce: 23,626

Who's reading whom

Valerie Grove's 'Dear Dodie', a life of Dodie Smith, was published by Chatto in January

Letter: BBC backs animated talent

Sir: BBC Bristol's Animation Unit is today celebrating its second Oscar win in three years. Jayne Pilling's article ("Why cartoon Britain keeps on winning", 25 March) minimises the part played by the BBC in the "success story" of British animation while accusing us of neglecting new talent and failing "to maximise the adult audience".

Letter: Animated viewing

From Mr Geoffrey Brace

Naim Attallah

In our issue of 4 May 1995 we published an article under the headline "Attallah loses battle at Asprey".

Toilet humour

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Letter: Lesbian cartoon isn't funny

AS ONE OF your many lesbian readers, I was disgusted and hurt by the cartoon which appeared in your books section (Review, 14 August).

Curator's Choice: Momi

Since the museum tries to be entertaining, as well as educational, what I like most is seeing the reactions on visitors' faces. This is most in evidence with a display about animation. The history of animation is told in six different areas. In the corner of the room we actually have a real student animator in residence who works on a project for three months.

Letter: Saddened by cartoon

Sir: Andrew Marr's predictably wise and humane words ('Sex is your business; your lies are mine', 10 February) in which he properly claims Stephen Milligan's death 'tells us nothing at all about Conservative politics', highlights even more the offensiveness of Heath's cartoon on the facing page.

Letter: Fax, don't phone

Sir: I should like to offer the following suggestion as to how to induce telephonophobia (Letters, 28 August). We have a fax machine and on numerous occasions end up exchanging up to four faxes in the amount of time a phone call would take with friends, colleagues and each other. Even if this involves having to speak to someone in the course of sending a fax we say 'No, I won't tell you what I need to, I'm about to send a fax]' Faxes are less intrusive than the telephone, and for business purposes you have what you wanted to say in black and white for future reference. Your messages can include pictures and cartoons. One of the biggest advantages, as well as the fun aspect, is that in our experience the fax proves much cheaper than the phone. Certainly this method has worked for us - my husband loathes the phone and only uses it in extreme cases.

FILM / Animated success

It's not that Barry Purves was exactly ungrateful for the tiny trailer for Screen Play, his Oscar-nominated film, in the Times Arts Diary, but it could have been couched more tactfully. ''Our cooking may be poor and our weather terrible, but at least we can make a good cartoon,' it said. Cartoon],' Purves harumphs. 'That's the word you try to fight against. You say you're an animator and people ask, 'did you make Dangermouse?' Still, at least it was a mention.

Letter: Nowhere Man

THE caption to Riddell's cartoon irritated me hugely (leader page, 18 October). You have failed to understand that the song 'The fool on the hill' is about a visionary to whom no one will listen. I would have gone for 'Nowhere Man': 'He's as blind as he can be, just sees what he wants to see.'
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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

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