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These letters were published in the 26th December edition of the Independent

Kristin Scott-Thomas

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1. Which musical broke single-day sales records in March, taking more than £2m in less than 14 hours?

Julia Peyton-Jones, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery - Peyton-Jones has taken a 60% pay rise

Serpentine charity boss Julia Peyton-Jones took 60 per cent pay rise

Gallery attacked for spending too much of its budget on senior salaries

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The National Theatre’s recent 50th anniversary gala was delightful in a number of ways, and not just for the opportunity to hear Dame Judi Dench give another magnificent rendition of “Send in the Clowns”.

Roly Keating, the chief executive of the British Library, Ed Vaizey, the British Minister for Culture and Hunter Davies, acclaimed Beatles biographer, with the lyrics for the Beatles song 'She Said She Said'

Raphael and John Lennon works among £50m treasures heading to UK following year of donations

They are among gifts of significant cultural, scientific or historic objects handed over to offset inheritance tax

Clark was a law student at LSE before changing direction and moving into acting and modelling

Pink List 2013: Ones to watch

Grace Petrie

John Wright: he eventually moved to Spain, away from Britain, or ‘Nightmare Island’, as he called it

Obituary: John Wright

Painter, teacher, writer, designer and film-maker who thought of himself as a literary painter and wanted his pictures to tell a story first

The Northampton clown spotted with some balloons

Northampton Clown sells merchandise to fund travel around the UK

Anonymous performer teams up with London printmakers to create branded T shirts and bags

Page 3 Profile: Alice Oswald, poet

A poet?! You have 10 seconds before I switch off… 10, 9 –

Kate Rusby is one of English folk music's biggest stars

English folk music fair launched in a bid to outdo Celtic rivals

English musicians have long lagged behind their neighbours to the north

Boris Johnson, seen here in Melbourne, has submitted a proposal for exceptional non-EU job applicants to be allowed quick access to work in London

Boris Johnson proposes ‘London Visa’ for job applicants in tech and fashion industries

Tech experts and fashion designers could bypass the often lengthy and expensive process of the UK’s current visa system

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Doncaster signals its cultural aspirations with new £22m Cast arts centre

Doncaster has long shouldered an unwanted notoriety for failing children’s services, political corruption and industrial decline. To add to this unholy trinity of woes it was recently ranked 347 out of 354 local councils in England for participation in the arts.

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Julian Lloyd Webber: I'm doing a Dudamel over here

The Venezuelan conductor showed how poor children could become musicians. Julian Lloyd Webber explains how he was determined to do the same here. The result can be seen at the Proms on Sunday

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After the unveiling of a grandiose 3D sign announcing “Welcome to Bournemouth” on a footbridge over the A338, the town’s council confidently declared that it would “promote a sense of arrival for our visitors”.

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Regional arts groups are braced for more pain after councils were told their cultural spending will be cut by £124m by next March.

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