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Rumpelstiltskin, CBSO Centre, Birmingham <br/>Swanhunter, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

The wordless reworking of a classic fairy tale makes its timeless message more alarming than ever

Firm that led the way in DNA testing goes bust

Icelandic company made brilliant discoveries but was unable to profit from them

Derek Pain: AIM faces a hard slog to recapture past glories

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The Scarpetta Factor, By Patricia Cornwell

When interviewed by this newspaper, Patricia Cornwell demonstrated the qualities that have put her in pole position in crime fiction: a fierce intelligence and a determination to be the best at what she does – both characteristics of her forensic pathologist, Kay Scarpetta. But Cornwell shares another characteristic of her heroine's, which undercuts her rather fearsome reputation: a certain vulnerability. When asked about the pretenders whose books are routinely straplined with the phrase "the next Patricia Cornwell", she replied plaintively, "I want to be the next Patricia Cornwell!... I want to be one of those young guns again."

Ed Mayo: We need action to break up the big beasts of the corporate world

When the credit crunch first hit, many people felt like bewildered observers. As the implications for national debt, public services and pensions become clear, it is evident we have been mugged by the capital markets.

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James Moore: From inactivity to hyperactivity... the regulator's folly

There's been a flurry of activity from Britain's financial watchdog in the last few months. Hardly a day goes by without the chairman, Lord Turner, appearing in the media with an eye-catching new initiative designed to clean up the banking industry here, or a wagging finger aimed at its bonus culture there.

Moulton plans to set up new buyout vehicle

Jon Moulton, one of the doyens of the private equity industry, who six weeks ago quit the firm he had established after a row with his former colleagues, is set to return to the buyout sector after announcing plans to set up a new fund.

Observations: Edinburgh's hit Oompa-fuelled show comes to London

Munich's Oktoberfest may have downed its last stein for another year, but the Bavarian spirit lives on in London in the form of an Oompah-fuelled show that proved Edinburgh's most unlikely hit of the summer.

Gustav Metzger, Serpentine Gallery, London

Anti-capitalist demonstrations

Eating Air, By Pauline Melville

What if the Angry Brigade terrorists of the Seventies were to link up with the Islamist militants of the 2000s? It's a fascinating question, raised by Pauline Melville in her new novel. Eating Air is a fantasia on yesterday's revolutionaries, a divertimento that skims back and forth between London, Brazil, Surinam and Italy. The key is comic; the language pregnant with wit. It does not just rain: "Spermatozoa of rain" wriggle down a window.

These dangerous debt managers must be reined in

A clampdown on dodgy debt-management firms looks likely after the Government published a consultation document on Friday, questioning whether the firms need to be regulated. "Taking tough, swift action against firms which fail to operate within the rules and which provide sub-standard services to consumers with problem debt remains a high priority," said the Ministry of Justice.

Anthony Rose: Thanks to recent harvest gluts and the credit crunch, there&rsquo;s been a reappearance on the market of some great deals

Three months ago, Majestic Wine was in the doldrums as its annual profits took a nosedive. A weak pound and fewer champagne corks popping were the main culprits. So autumn needed to be special for Majestic. And it is. The UK's favourite wine warehouse won the Wine Chain of the Year award at the awards ceremonies of both the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge.

Ben Yearsley: VCTs make investment less taxing

Venture Capital Trusts are a promising area of investment that, although high risk, can save an investor a great deal of tax. Clearly, there is no point making investment decisions purely because they are tax efficient. If you don't think the investment stands up in its own right then you shouldn't invest – any tax benefits should just be the icing on the cake.

Ready to Wear: The middle class now know the ethical cost of budget fashion

Isn't it funny – and at least occasionally quite gratifying – how times change. And so I find myself on a balmy Bank Holiday Monday afternoon discussing with my good friend Ben just how great it is that, perhaps for the first time in our lives, we find our unswerving and loyal devotion to spending exorbitant amounts of money on our wardrobes finally earning us the moral high ground.

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