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

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THE DETERMINED - if rather frozen - faces were introduced to me one by one. "She's Mickey Mouse. She's on strike. He's Goofy. He's on strike. He's the Sheriff of Nottingham. He's on strike. They're the Chipmunks. They're on strike."

Ten years after the watchtowers were pulled down, Berlin gets the Mickey Mouse Wall

BERLINERS AWOKE to a portentous grey sky yesterday, and at around noon leaden speeches began raining down with the monotony of autumn drizzle, but darkness brought out the light-hearted who had been taking cover from this very German feast.

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