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Government are now in discussions over how to remove the rabbit without damaging the statue of the anti-apartheid icon

The Broader Picture: Moving pictures

IT'S LIKE the Nativity all over again. In the high pastures of an Eastern land, a vision appears before shepherds - bathed in the light emitted by a 50-year-old projector.

Fresh allegations of cover-up over damaged Marbles

NEW EVIDENCE of a cover-up of the irreparable damage done to the Elgin Marbles by the British Museum will be revealed at a conference in London today.

Letter: Beware of trendy art critics

A FEW WEEKS ago it was the Chancellor of the Exchequer who fell foul of the Independent for his admiration of the painterly, figurative art of Leon Kossoff. Last Sunday it was the turn of the Minister of Culture, pilloried for selecting work by established artists such as Howard Ackroyd for his office walls ("Revealed: what Culture Secretary Chris Smith hangs on his walls", 29 August). There is no mention in your reporting that the choice of modern art, rather than an easy recourse to the canon of 18th- or 19th-century British painting, is quite a novelty in government offices, and a trait which distinguishes the present administration from their predecessors.

European Times: Moscow - A Dickens of a job for the apparatchiks

THOSE WHO worry that the culture-loving Russians, amid the post- Soviet mayhem, have lost all interest in art and literature need fret no more. They are as keenly interested as ever and, I can reveal, particularly in the works of Charles Dickens.

Armouries museum is pounds 20m in debt

THE GOVERNMENT was last meeting the private backers of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds after it was disclosed that it is up to pounds 20m in debt.

Parliament: Libraries may open on Sunday

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Football: Fans want their voices to be heard

Many supporters want an independent regulator to keep the game's authorities in check.

Poet Laureate blames No 10 for leak

THE NEW Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, who promised to make the post "more political", did just that on his first day yesterday, blaming the Government for controversially leaking his appointment.

Parisians quarrel over crumbling cultural palace

A LEAKY glass roof, bolts falling from the framework, and foundations sinking into the ground: the Grand Palais, formerly one of the most visited exhibition halls in Paris, is in "a perilous condition", according to an official report leaked to the newspaper Le Figaro.

Media: Sorry to mention the war

When Robin Cook was asked about attitudes to Germany on `Today' it made headlines. But was it a fair question?

Don't mention the obsession...

All attempts by Germans to assess the British national character are counter-productive

Books: Why it's never the one that everyone wants

The Russian Booker Prize causes as many arguments as its British counterpart. Helen Womack reports

Classical: When two or three Labs gather together

After years of persecution Albanian musicians still suffer shortage and hardship, but their art - and unique Lab singing - thrive. Sight Readings
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