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Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal focuses on something new

To the untrained eye it looks like a picture of an empty Jacuzzi, taken on a phone camera that went off accidentally. It is, in fact, one of a series of shots taken by the award-winning rapper Dizzee Rascal as part of his new creative impulse.

From Dizzee Rascal to Eddie Izzard... Edinburgh Fringe line-up is

The Edinburgh Fringe will continue its seemingly remorseless expansion this summer as organisers revealed the biggest line-up of artists in its 64-year history yesterday. With details of 2,453 shows and more than 40,000 performances contained within a 344-page programme, the world's largest arts festival has officially doubled in size over the last decade.

The Diary: Mehrdad Seyf; Ghost Stories; Hauser & Wirth, Max Wigram

Mehrdad Seyf, the Iranian director of the play, 'Plastic', inspired by stories of Iranian men undergoing sex-change surgery, was told that as a result of the production coming to London this month (after a sensational reception in Edinburgh in summer 2008) – it is not safe for him to travel back to his homeland. He had intended to go back for a lecture there, but after contacting the authorities he was told that "under no circumstances (was he) to come to Iran". Seyf told me: "The Dramatic Arts Centre did not say I was banned but that they couldn't be held responsible for my safety". A dancer from the original cast was arrested then released during a trip to Tehran while a co-director who was questioned by authorities. The site-specific work, to be performed in a converted sawmill in London's Whitechapel, is predicated around Iran being the place for transgender surgery, subsidised by the government because homosexuality is illegal in Iran. As a result, many gay men are "encouraged" to have the surgery.

Dizzee Rascal signs autobiography deal

Chart-topper Dizzee Rascal has signed a deal for his autobiography which promises to "lift the lid" on his troubled background, it was announced today.

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Speech Debelle, Scala, London

Look at you all!" says Speech Debelle, admiring a fairly full house of mostly well-heeled white pseudo-bohemians. "See what the Mercury can do!"

My Secret Life: VV Brown, singer, 25

My parents were ... business savvy, passionate, eccentric and loving. For 26 years they've owned and run a private school in Northamptonshire.

Gaming news roundup: The one to Beaterator

Fancy yourself as the next Dizzee Rascal or Calvin Harris? Then the tools you need are on theway in the shape of Rockstar Studio’s musicmixing software Beaterator. What started life as a flash app on Rockstar’s website quickly became one of its most popular assets, making a retail version inevitable. What’s more, the music industry veteran Timbaland – involved with the project from its inception – has provided a whole cacophony of beats, loops and samples to mix into your songs. Rockstar plans to provide space on their online ‘Social Club’ for users to upload their masterpieces for theworld to hear. Beaterator for PSP hits shelves on 2 October for £29.99 with an iPhone and iTouch release to follow soon.