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Bond boost: Pinewood eyes £200m expansion

The film studios where hits including Skyfall and Pirates of the Caribbean were made have submitted plans for a new £200 million expansion.

Rupert Murdoch last night personally apologised for a “grotesque, offensive” cartoon in the Sunday Times by Gerald Scarfe

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In his later years, Stockhausen gave himself more and more to monumental works, such as the 29-hour operatic cycle Licht, a grand mythopoeic fable based around the days of the week, from whose Donnerstag (Thursday) opera derives Michaels Reise um die Erde (Michael's Journey Around The World).

Feathers in the Snow, Southwark Playhouse, London

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Independent cartoonist wins Political Cartoon of the Year 2012

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Fyodor Khitruk: Acclaimed Soviet animator

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