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What do men want? It's an imponderable question which I feel strangely unqualified to answer. I suspect there are quite a few men who feel like me: I have an aversion to shopping, contempt for most advertising, only a vague notion of where I'm going in life, a bemused attitude to extreme sports, and a fairly strong conviction that repeatedly showing me images of semi-naked women will do nothing but make me feel depressed, frustrated and grubby. So when I leaf through a pile of men's magazines, I can't help wondering who they're addressing.

Fela! NT Olivier, London<br/>The Glass Menagerie, Young Vic, London<br/>The Master Builder, Almeida, London

Who was Fela Kuti? Why should we admire him? We never find out, in this gappy, scrappy show

The Glass Menagerie, Young Vic, London

"The scene is memory and is therefore non-realistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license," writes Tennessee Williams in his introductory stage direction to the 1944 play that propelled him into the major league of American dramatists. Joe Hill-Gibbins takes him at his word in this magnificent production, a revival that is as conceptually fresh as it is emotionally devastating.

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Snake sloughs off mortal coil

The longest snake in captivity has died in Ohio.

ZSL London Zoo

Our article, 'Warring tigers,escaping birds, marauding snakes: it's chaos at London Zoo' (16 October 2010) referred to a report following an informal zoo inspection which took place in July 2009 . The title suggested that the matters were current not historical, and so was misleading as many of the issues highlighted in the report had already been resolved by the zoo, some before the 2009 inspection. Some details were also inaccurately reported. London Zoo, as the article stated, was praised in the inspectors' report and was said to be run 'extremely well'.

Letters: Spending cuts

Doctor Who Live, Wembley Arena, London

Who can fill Wembley without turning up?

Leading article: Distress and suffering at the zoo

It is now almost two decades since a surge in public support and visitors saw London Zoo escape the threat of closure.

Penguins and flamingo fall prey to peckish foxes

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