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

Net Gains: Moving the French Open to Disneyland is a Mickey Mouse idea

It made for some good headlines, but the chances of the French Open moving to a site alongside Disneyland Paris are about as good as Donald Duck's or Mickey Mouse's in next year's men's singles. "We don't want to be the Disney Open," Gilbert Ysern, the tournament director at Roland Garros, admitted last week.

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Cartoon capers on the silver screen

Animation is enjoying the sort of golden era last seen in Disney's heyday. Andrew Johnson reports on the form's takeover of the global film industry

Mickey Mouse to get a makeover

Long before Pixar, before Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Spider-Man, Superman, The Beano or The Dandy, there was a mouse called Mickey. He is possibly the best-known character ever to have come out of Hollywood. There is hardly a child or an adult in the developed who would not recognise Mickey Mouse from just a silhouette of two round ears protruding from the top of a round, hairless head.

Leading article: Great university expectations

On the face of things, it looks bad that a number of students leaving British universities this year are marginally less happy with their experiences on campus than last year's leavers. But it may be a good thing, because the substantial minority who were not satisfied constitutes a potent force for change.

Business Diary: Doh! Pensions body favours Flanders

Interesting insight yesterday into who the National Association of Pension Funds listens to when it comes to pensions expertise. The list of speakers at its annual conference in October includes heavyweights such as the Right HonYvette Copper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (as one would expect), and her opposite Tory and LibDem numbers. But none of the politicians took top billing. Instead that went to Stephanie Flanders, the Beeb's economics sage. Interestingly, the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is also a speaker, presumably because he is old, rather than because he knows anything about pensions.

Fashion: Who's taking the Mickey?

Renaissance statues, Surrealism, high-class hookers... these days, there is little that surprises as the purported inspiration behind a catwalk collection. But it still takes a lot of imagination to transform cartoon rodents into muses. Nevertheless, the flamboyant US designer Jeremy Scott did just that with a Mickey Mouse-inspired show at Paris Fashion Week, which drew to a close on Thursday.

Kinnear to fight FA charge

Joe Kinnear will fight his latest Football Association charge after claiming he has "done nothing wrong".

Kinnear charged over abusive language

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear has been handed a second Football Association charge after being sent to the stands at the weekend.

FA investigates Kinnear's jibe about 'Mickey Mouse' referee

The Football Association is reviewing the comments Joe Kinnear made after Newcastle United's 2-1 Premier League defeat against Fulham on Sunday. Kinnear branded official Martin Atkinson a "Mickey Mouse referee" for failing to spot a foul by Fulham's Andy Johnson on Claudio Cacapa in the build-up to the decisive penalty.

FA pleads with clubs to respect referees

The Football Association was last night trying to hold together its battered Respect campaign by making a public plea to Premier League managers to stop criticising referees. The FA was pushed to the brink by Joe Kinnear's stinging attack on referee Martin Atkinson after Newcastle's defeat to Fulham on Sunday and further pressure yesterday from the managers' union.

Obama stretches poll lead as Mickey Mouse enters fray

Barack Obama has opened a dramatic 14-point lead over John McCain in a new opinion poll, amid evidence that the McCain camp's character attacks are doing more to harm the Republican senator than his opponent.

Jered stakes his claim to join top flight of hurdlers

Flat racing obeys Nature by treating spring as a time of renewal, and so introduces us to one of the Derby favourites at Nottingham today. For the jumpers, however, these are days of valediction. The Punchestown Festival will settle both the riding and training championships in Ireland, while the big race there today represents one last lap for one of the most honoured achievers of modern steeplechasing, Beef Or Salmon.

Ollie Johnston: Last of Disney's 'Nine Old Men'

Ollie Johnston was the last surviving member of the legendary group of animators dubbed "the Nine Old Men" who worked at the pioneering Walt Disney studios from the mid-Thirties. He graduated from animating Mickey Mouse shorts to work on such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Bambi, Cinderella and The Jungle Book.

James Lawton: A Mickey Mouse milestone to cap Beckham fantasia

Appropriately or not, David Beckham's 100th cap will be achieved here in the northern suburb of St Denis, home of the Stade de France, and not up the road in Disneyland. This is just a little sad for Mickey Mouse, who may have fancied a run-out himself on seeing the morning headline most rooted in the life-enhancing fantasies of old Walt.

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