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As the temperatures dip, the birds need our help. We round-up the most innovative (and occasionally bonkers) feeders and houses for our feathered friends

Margaret Nimmo: Nursing administrator who oversaw the restructuring of her profession

Margaret Nimmo started nursing at 17, which was possible in Scotland in 1941, and became a leading nurse administrator, creating new structures when nursing was establishing its own administrative identity, no longer under, but parallel with, doctors. She also became a collector of modern art and, although tone-deaf herself, pioneered a series of charity fund-raising concerts.

Gauguin painting could sell for £10m

A work by French artist Paul Gauguin painted in tribute to his friend Vincent Van Gogh could fetch £10 million at auction next month.

Rapping and wrapping in modern Arab art

In a now legendary 1980 BBC radio broadcast about modern art, the cultural historian Robert Hughes coined a brilliant phrase – “the shock of the new” – to describe the artforms that began to erupt from Europe and Russia at the end of the 19th century.

Power to the people: your most shared articles of 2010

Editors: you name them, we’ve got them. Not just the top one, who writes the witty letter in i every day; we’ve got deputy editors, assistant editors, executive editors, section editors, production editors, and a dozen more derivations ranging in senility and seniority (and far be it from me to suggest a link between the two).

Philip Hensher: Why modern art is a matter of experience

Only two days after Ai Weiwei's installation opened, Tate Modern took the decision to restrict access to it. The installation consists of 100 million ceramic models of sunflower seeds, ten centimetres deep.

Roman helmet found in field sells for £2.3m

A Roman helmet unearthed found in a Cumbrian field by a metal detector enthusiast sold for £2.3 million today - almost eight times the estimated price.

Biopic to tell the outrageous story of Peggy Guggenheim

A film featuring racy sex scenes, the sinking of the Titanic and portrayals of Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollock and James Joyce might be dismissed as too far-fetched by Hollywood standards.

Koons and Co join the country set

It may not sit comfortably next to the gift shop, but contemporary art is making its mark on our stately homes, says Chris Mugan

V&A: Raphael's Vatican tapestries and original designs go on show together for first time

Usually there's only one place to look in the Sistine Chapel: up, at Michelangelo's stunning ceiling depicting the Creation.

Business Diary: No room for satire at EMI

They're such a bunch of killjoys over at EMI. For weeks now YouTube has featured a video spoofing the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys track. Newport State of Mind sees the original lyrics replaced with a tribute to all things Welsh. It's been a huge hit online, but search for it today and all you'll find is this message: "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by EMI Music Publishing Ltd". EMI is no doubt in the right, but where's its sense of fun?

Cultural Life: Marina Diamandis, singer

Books: I only read books which are factual. At the moment, I'm reading 'Stumbling on Happiness' by Daniel Gilbert. I'm half-way through it. It's about how to measure happiness. Really, it's a sociology book. My Dad's half Greek and I've been reading a lot about Greek mythology. Greek mythology is so rich in ideas, especially about morality – which can inspire my work.

Lady Healey: Writer and film-maker who supported her husband through turbulent political times

Edna May Healey and her husband Denis, one-time Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, together built one of the great British political marriages of the second half of the 20th century. During their 65 years of marriage they successfully navigated the political rapids, especially during particularly turbulent economic times when they saw little of each other for months on end.

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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