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

No more Mr Guilty Guy

South Africa's ANC government still blames whites for its own failings. Yet one white thinks he'll be voting ANC this week

THE GUILLOTINE: Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last No 15: BUGS BUNNY

With Bugs Bunny we find ourselves in completely uncharted terrain. Animation being an (almost) exclusively contemporary phenomenon, we're unable to call on precedents from earlier centuries when attempting to measure his eligibility for posterity. And if we turn for guidance to the movie cartoon's direct antecedent, the newspaper-syndicated "funnies", the evidence is inconclusive, to say the least. Have the Katzenjammer Kids survived? Have Jiggs and Maggie survived? Can Winsor McCay, creator of one of the undisputed masterworks of the genre, the sumptuous Little Nemo in Slumberland, be described as a household name? Has anyone lately been known to laugh at a Punch cartoon circa 1900 - or, for that matter, circa 1999?

`Eurolande' challenges a Mickey Mouse name

FRANCE - or rather part of France - is fighting a rearguard action against the word euroland, the semi-official title for the 11 countries using the euro.

Mickey Mouse house-hunts in SE10


Film Double Bill: Dan Rosen, director of `Dead Man's Curve' on his Ideal Cinematic Pairing


A toy maker with character - and it's anything but Mickey Mouse

Forget Tamagotchis and Teletubbies - the new blockbuster toy could be a PC accessory

Tried & Tested: Snack-in-the-box

When your child wants street-cred and you want an easy life, the right lunchbox is crucial. Our panel dips in

Make way for Mayor Patten

Thomas Creevey: His Diary

California: Dead raise shrine to Garcia

With the passing in 1995 of Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead reached the end of its weird and wonderful road. But, as David Usborne finds out, Deadheads may soon have a place to go worship. Where? In San Francisco, of course.

Zimbabwe: Mugabe offers up farms to pay off his political debts

Zimbabwe's rich white farmers are being threatened with land seizure and eviction. Mary Braid visits the prosperous tobacco belt, now drowning in despair.

This little diamond of plastic was a recreational experience waiting to happen

It took me no more than quarter of an hour to assemble the kite. Twenty minutes, perhaps.

Is this just a Mickey Mouse town, or real cause to celebrate the American dream?

Mary Dejevsky on the Disney design for life that intellectuals love to hate

Cricket: ICC's Mickey Mouse idea

The International Cricket Council has a new image, a snazzy new logo and an ambitious new president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, writes Derek Pringle. It is also about to take cricket to Disneyworld in an attempt to escape its narrow appeal. Persuade Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to open the batting they reason, and the world will surely follow suit.

McGregor suffers for finest hour

Andrew Longmore talks to the cycling heroine homing in on a world record

Meet the sorcerer's apprentice

The new boss of Euro Disney combines hard-nosed professionalism with a sense of fun. Gilles Pelisson
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Promises, promises

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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