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Pandora: Bozza saves up those scribbles for a rainy day

As a Member of Parliament, Boris Johnson's expenses claims ranked among the more mundane (78p for a postage stamp here, the odd Diet Coke there). Naturally, Pandora would never suggest the same of the London Mayor himself; indeed quite the opposite.

Maurice Druon: Writer and pugnacious defender of the French language

Few people can have packed so much into 90 years as the French novelist Maurice Druon. As a young man, he was a follower of Charles de Gaulle; in his old age, he was a friend of Vladimir Putin. He was an acquaintance of Antoine de Saint Exupery; he was a novelist, a playwright, a war correspondent, the minister of culture and the perpetual secretary of the Académie française, who fought unsuccessfully to keep women out of France's exclusive literary club.

Greece returns 13th century murals to Italy

Greece has returned to Italy two murals smuggled from an Italian church more than 20 years ago, the Culture Ministry said today.

The Word On: Britain's libraries

The high-profile library closures in Wirral and Swindon are being followed by others ... Yet paradoxically, while the recession poses such a threat to the funding of public libraries, across the country a reverse trend is being reported. Visits and issue numbers — long the subject of decline, as this week's statistics [from] CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) demonstrate — are rising ... Libraries have not been slow to broadcast the message that they are a good recession destination.

Death threats sent to French politicians

Death threats in letters enclosing live ammunition have been sent to President Nicolas Sarkozy, the Justice Minister, Rachida Dati, and five other French politicians.

Ed Vaizey: In a downturn, people will question the value of the licence fee

We in the Conservative party are fans of the BBC. In an uncertain world, the BBC provides a great resource for publicly-funded high-quality content. When looking for a solution to the future of public service broadcasting, we want one that is the least damaging to the BBC's integrity.

Channel 4 link with BBC backed by Culture minister

Burnham favours possible merger with BBC Worldwide

Pope angry over crucified green frog sculpture

A sculpture of a crucified frog threatened with eviction from Bolzano’s new modern art museum after being condemned by the pope, the minister of culture and local right-wing politicians is staying where it is.

Italy declares a 'state of emergency' to save Pompeii

Italy's government began a process yesterday aimed at helping combat decay at the Pompeii archaeological site, officials said.

Bruce Anderson: Andy Burnham, Shami Chakrabarti, and the creeping encroachment of state power

Culture Ministers can have plenty of evenings out, but there's not enough to do in office hours

Lap-dancing clubs face tougher laws after outcry

Tough new controls on lap-dancing clubs are planned by the Government following the outcry over their rapid proliferation across the country.

Honda Accord

A touch of safety – and other things: Expensive gadgets were slipped to reviewers of the Honda Accord. But, a few quibbles aside, the new model can easily sell itself

More women are needed in top-ranking arts posts, says Culture minister

Britain's creative industries are lagging behind other sectors in the fight for gender equality with leading arts institutions suffering from a dearth of women in high-ranking positions, the Culture minister Margaret Hodge has warned.

Leading article: Put women in the picture

We are used to complaints about the lack of women in British boardrooms, despite evidence that companies generally perform better if the board is more representative of the real world. Now the Culture minister, Margaret Hodge, has highlighted the absence of women in the upper echelons of the arts establishment. She is entirely right to do so.

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