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Damien Hirst has today unveiled a new spot painting based on Disney character Mickey Mouse.

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The Yawhg

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Bill Justice: Animator and Disney mainstay across five decades

Bill Justice, Disney animator and imagineer, worked on such classics as Fantasia, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. In a career spanning five decades, Justice worked on 57 shorts and 19 feature films. Among the memorable characters he animated were the precocious Thumper in Bambi and the mischievous Chip'n'Dale. He also programmed Audio-Animatronics figures for the theme parks.

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Glencore still hasn't got the hang of this transparency lark, it would seem. When it first announced its intention to float a few weeks back, it sort of forgot to appoint a chairman until eight hours after unveiling its IPO. Yesterday saw a similar phenomenon when the pricing of the offer was revealed at 7am. Was there a prospectus to explain what investors were being offered? Of course – but not one that was publicly available until well into the afternoon.

Disney exports Mi Lao Shu (aka Mickey Mouse) to £2bn China park

As the buildings used in this year's World Expo are taken down in Shanghai, China's commercial capital is getting ready for its next big global tourism draw – the mainland's first Disney theme park, which will cover four square kilometres and cost £2.2bn.

Grinderman, Hammersmith Apollo, London

There was some debate over Nick Cave's shadow at this outing of the much-discussed "supergroup" comprising Cave and long-time collaborators Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The spotlight banged into Cave's mangled frame and cast a huge silhouette across one wall of the venue. It seems interesting that, because of the sometimes limited views of the stage, this shadow is all some audience members saw of the singer. It wasn't so much an image, as a negative impression of the real performer.

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This Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, live-action updating of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is full of sturm und drang, but very short of the charm of the Mickey Mouse version in Fantasia.

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Looking over the massed ranks of the National Youth Orchestra one might easily imagine that The Sorcerer's Apprentice had worked some of his magic on the proliferation of instruments. Six bassoons cavorted to Dukas's jolly tune as images of Mickey Mouse and his industrious broomsticks came back to haunt us.

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