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Plebs is set in Ancient Rome, but the sitcom tells timeless truths about life at the bottom of the pile, says its writer Tom Basden

Urinating in flower pots, posting mouldy bread through letterboxes and running naked through the streets: is 75-year-old 'Terror-Günter' Germany's worst neighbour?

An elderly German gentleman dubbed “Terror-Günter” is due to appear in court accused of a raft of anti-social behaviour offences.

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Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic Orchestra

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A theatrical showman of a composer presided over a weak ending which couldn't transcend its own experimentalism

Chavez’s coffin was paraded through the streets of Caracas

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Emotional crowds lined the streets of Caracas to watch el Comandante's coffin pass

Ni Sisi: It's up to us to move Kenya away from electoral violence

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Stereophonics, Graffiti on the Train (Stylus)

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'Lost' Banksy is withdrawn from auction

Mystery deepens over work that disappeared from Poundland wall

Shift in funding closes Old Vic Tunnels

The Old Vic Tunnels – the cult arts venue that has hosted successful gallery shows, performances by award-winning actors and even a former US President – is to close.

Diamonds are every urban art guerilla's best friends

Banksy's latest has been torn off the wall of a Poundland and offered for sale in Miami

Anger as Banksy's Poundland mural ripped from wall and set for auction in Miami for £450,000

A stencil by guerrilla street artist Banksy which appeared just before the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has disappeared from a wall in North London and is being auctioned in Miami for as much as £450,000.

Graffiti artist and former Banksy collaborator, Eine

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Aboudia, Quitte Le Pouvoir: New Paintings by Aboudia, Jack Bell Gallery, London

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