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'

Time for bed

The Lough Pool Inn, Sellack

He used to own a chain of cool, minimalist London eateries. Now Stephen Bull runs a remote country inn, decorated with horse brasses. Richard Johnson paid a visit

Rent-a-crowd in a Discreet little package

For £3,000 you can be the next Spielberg

Edinburgh: A gripping tale of the asylum

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Events: Pick of the week - Over the Edge

Tue to 14 Aug Natural History Museum, London SW7

Web Design: The flip-side of the Web

REMEMBER WHEN you got your first paperback dictionary as a kid? The first thing that I did with mine was to create "flip" movies of X- wing and Tie fighters battling each other in the margins. I would draw one picture in the right margin of the first page, then draw another picture just like it but moved up or down slightly on the next, and so on.

Classic Cartoons: Martin Plimmer on Frank Reynolds

Doctor: "What did you operate on Jones for?"

Classic Cartoons: Michael Heath

Martin Plimmer on Michael Heath

Classic Cartoons: Kenneth Bird

KENNETH BIRD'S deftly drawn Ministry of Information hieroglyph "careless talk costs lives" admonished passers-by from every wall in wartime Britain. That and his prolific output of war jokes has made his distinctly meagre drawing style one of the visual references by which we imagine that period.

Letters: Briefly

OH DEAR, what a clanger. And on the front page too! Even almighty Zeus could not persuade the Greeks to move their games to Mount Olympus (Cartoon, 24 January). They were held beside his temple at Olympia, a village in southern Greece, from 776BC until abolished by the Romans in AD392.

Object Lesson: Swatch beat watch

So here we are at the end of the millennium and we're clearly all obsessed with the passage of time, because Swatch has come up with a new way of telling it. The Swatch Beat Watch runs on the new global Internet time, which divides our 24-hour days into 1,000 "beats". So each beat lasts one minute and 26.4 seconds. The idea is that you can arrange to talk to someone at the other side of the world by saying: "I'll call you at 500 Swatch beats." Whatever time zone you're in, Internet time is the same all over the world. What Swatch neglects to mention is that you'll still have to do the same calculation for Internet time (let's see, it's 237 beats now, so 500 beats will be in, er... ) as when you allow 11 hours difference when calling Australia. I have a hunch that it won't catch on.
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