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Alice Barnard: Hunting for a new political strategy

The Countryside Alliance's new chief executive wants it to move beyond marches to make itself heard, she tells Jonathan Brown

Emperor 1998-2010: Grainy footage appears to confirm death of legendary red deer

The most convincing solution so far to the mystery of what happened to the Emperor, the legendary red deer of Exmoor, emerged last night. The well-known Devon film maker Johnny Kingdom told two Sunday newspapers that he has identified the final moments of the stag's demise.

Hunter becomes the hunted: who shot the Emperor?

The killing of Exmoor's biggest stag has provoked an angry search for the culprit

Prized giant stag 'shot dead for antlers'

Nature lovers were today mourning a giant stag feared to have been shot dead for its antlers.

Plan for 'deer ranches' in Scotland

Plans are being laid to create a network of vast deer ranches in the glens and hills of Scotland to cater for the nation’s appetite for venison, once more commonly associated with historical banquets but now finding its way into shopping baskets as a low-fat, eco-meat.

The Secret Lives of Buildings, By Edward Hollis

Likened to the novels of WG Sebald but also reminiscent of Borges and Calvino, Hollis's fairy-tale accounts of 13 buildings from the Parthenon via Hagia Sophia and Notre Dame to the Berlin Wall was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson prize.

Sara Pascoe vs Her Ego, Pleasance Courtyard

With such an edgy persona as Sara Pascoe's, it could go either way, as with the Marmite test that she references in her show.

Joana Vasconcelos: I Will Survive, Haunch of Venison, London

I walked past one of Joana Vasconcelos's large sculptures at Haunch of Venison before I realised it was there. As I entered the lobby it seemed that part of the gallery had been cordoned off and I was being led in a particular direction by a series of ropes. It wasn't until I looked more closely at the ropes, the kind you might find sheathed in velvet at a fancy club, that I realised they were made from long thick glossy hair in blonde, brown and auburn, which, arranged in a plaited style, seems like women's hair. The work is called One Way (Una Dirección) (2003) and, with a simple gesture, Vasconcelos highlights the ways in which women can be oppressed, held in place, or, worse, trafficked, and how ideals of beauty can play a part in this. This exhibition is filled with works that brilliantly tackle this kind of territory without being bogged down in it – this Portuguese artist's sculptures always look wonderful, excessive and extremely rich, while posing awkward questions.

Album: Deer Tick, The Black Dirt Session (Fargo)

John J McCauley III has what has been described as a "deal-breaker" of a voice. Rough, raw and ragged beyond his years (this Rhode Island country band are all in the early to mid-twenties), it was the one element of the Tick's last album that drove this reviewer away.

Album: Deer Tick, The Black Dirt Sessions (Fargo)

The first of their three albums to secure a UK release, The Black Dirt Sessions finds US indie combo Deer Tick mining a rich vein of Americana in which life is presumed to be a losing game, though not necessarily unworthy of celebration.

Pete the moose saved by internet

Pete the home-raised moose has been reprieved after an online campaign.

Album: Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles (Fiction)

Like earlier electro-punk art-terrorist duo Suicide, Crystal Castles have opted to use just the band name, for the second time, as the title of their second album.

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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