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Real Life: Maternity leave: the break is certainly no holiday

I WISH I lived in Norway, writes Sally Williams. Maternity leave entitlement there is 10 months on full pay. Though the word 'leave' is misleading. 'It's one long doss,' snorted a (childless) friend of mine. 'Walks in the park, no racing to get the train, and you get paid for it]' As she works in the personnel department of a large company I suspect it wasn't just her own thoughts she was voicing.

Sun, sand, and men in bow ties: St Ives was once awash with grotty shops, but all that is changing since the Tate Gallery arrived, says Susan Marling

Marcus Field has just spent his second holiday in a year in the West Country. His usual haunts have been northern Italy and the Peloponnese but now he finds himself something of a late convert to the Cornish coast. He was drawn by the opening of the Tate Gallery in St Ives: 'I came first last October because I'd read about the new building. Here was a major cultural institution but in a place where you could have a holiday, too. We did a lot of the galleries, the coastal path and loved it enough to come back and take a cottage this summer.' St Ives has been delivered from the slow roll downmarket of so many seaside towns by the pounds 3.3m Tate Gallery which, since it opened last summer, has attracted 210,000 visitors, three times the predicted number. To Mike Foxley, the tourism officer for west Cornwall, the gallery comes as 'a godsend'. So far this summer Mike's team has counted eight Norwegian cruise ships unloading passengers for a day or two in St Ives to see the Tate, the Leach Pottery and the Hepworth studio and sculpture garden.

Letter: Not horned but tusked

Sir: In response to Andrew Graham-Dixon's article ('For sale, a piece of medieval magic', 7 June), I would like to dispel the myth furthered by the print of a narwhal showing the 'horn' emanating from the head above the animal's mouth. This was the normal way of fostering the concept of the unicorn of the sea, seen in an almost identical print by G. Kearsly, published in 1801, in which the term 'teeth' is clearly used, although two are considered rare.

RIGHT OF REPLY / The director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery defends her decision to display pictures portraying the Bulger killing

The Whitechapel Open, a show of work by artists living or working locally, has been going since 1901, and has always mixed styles, subjects and levels of achievement. The intention is to offer a large cross-section of what is happening, rather than a prescriptive selection chosen by one critic.

Bulger pictures stay

Two pictures showing scenes from the murder of James Bulger are not being withdrawn from public exhibition at the Whitechapel art gallery in east London, but the artist, Jamie Wagg, has withdrawn them from sale, the gallery said.

Painting recovered

A 15TH-century painting worth pounds 300,000 stolen from Birmingham has been recovered in Switzerland. 'Christ as the Man of Sorrows', by Petrus Christus, was taken from Birmingham Art Gallery last December.

Rearrangement at the Tate Gallery offers fresh perspective on sculpture

Staff at the Tate in London working in the Duveen Gallery to complete the annual 'New Display' which allows rotation and a change of context for the permanent collection. The exhibition of pre-war modern British sculpture opens today and includes Lord Leighton's The Sluggard.

Painting stolen

A painting by Petrus Christus, The Man of Sorrow, valued at pounds 300,000, was stolen during opening hours at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Money to burn in an eccentric cause: David Lister joins an unusual protest against the winner of the Turner Prize

ECCENTRICITY has perhaps been missing both in contemporary art and in pop music, but last night's highly eccentric mystery tour by the K Foundation probably said more about the wealth that can be accumulated from two number one hit records than it did about any resurgence of Dadaism.

Palace tragedy

A former Tate Gallery executive died after receiving his MBE from the Queen. Henry Izzard, 60, was taken ill as he approached the Palace gates.

Curator's choice: Julian Treuherz on Giovanni Segantini

Everything about this picture is weird. Two naked girls float motionless above an icy blue landscape, their golden hair spread out around them. The snowy mountains are realistic but also mysterious. The paint seems to radiate light, the result of Segantini's Divisionist technique of applying a mosaic of patches of thick paint. The whole thing has the frightening but inexplicable clarity of a dream. The suspended figures suggest some kind of Dante-esque punishment and indeed the picture shows a kind of purgatorial state. But its source is a Buddhist poem translated by Luigi Illica, one of Puccini's librettists. It seems the women are being punished for neglecting their role as mothers, perhaps pursuing sexual gratification instead of caring for their children. This is a deeply disturbing picture and visitors are drawn to it. We have just rehung it with pictures by Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Holman Hunt in the Walker's refurbished High Victorian Gallery.

Letter: Artists' migration

Sir: In your article on the new Tate Gallery (23 June), you refer to a number of artists having settled in St Ives during the Twenties. In fact, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo moved down as a result of the war in 1939, having failed to convince Moore to leave his London studio and join them.

Uffuzi to open later this month

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