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Following the infamous Soham murder case of 2002, when a school caretaker Ian Huntley was found guilty of murdering two girl pupils, the customary inquiry was put into motion. As often happens, it ignored the most important question, which was how Huntley was taken on by the school in the first place, and instead proposed a whole range of petty new regulations to stop the same sort of thing from happening again.

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The Catholic Church has found an unlikely pin-up in the homosexual writer

The Importance of Being Earnest, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London

Oscar Wilde's trivial comedy for serious people has a pronounced summery feel about it and is not as absurd a choice for the open air as it might first seem. But Irina Brown's revival is a spirited denial of the bosky surround, placing both Algernon's Half Moon Street apartment and the Manor House in Hertfordshire on a white disc with a white ramp and a white grand piano.

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Leading article: Icons for all

What are the qualities of a "gay icon"? According to the panel behind the latest exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, they include what you might expect: talent, wit, courage etc.

Educated opinion - Trinity College Dublin

The latest instalment in our “Educated opinion” series: a graduate from Trinity College Dublin describes the modern outlook of a 400-year-old institution.

Forgotten authors No 18: Oscar Wilde

Hang on. Hang on. Dear Oscar? Never off the London stage, Dame Judi, a handbag, that Oscar? There's another type of forgetfulness that occurs when we choose to remember authors by their most famous books or plays. Their lesser works get lost or sidelined. Few readers of Oliver Twist recall Dickens' round-robin collections such as The Haunted House. Tennessee Williams is treasured for A Streetcar Named Desire but not for "The Mysteries of the Joy Rio", one of around 50 exquisite short stories he penned. The collected fairy tales of Oscar Wilde are almost unknown. Although still available, they are rarely bought and read aloud any more, as they were designed to be.

Last orders at the Café Royal

After 143 years, the London institution frequented by Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde has closed its doors

The Art of Conversation, Radio 4

A newly discovered work of wartime propagana fascinates

Album: Strauss, Salome – Bullock et al (CHANDOS)

Sung in Tom Hammond's English translation, Richard Strauss's setting of Oscar Wilde's play comes over with authority, due to Susan Bullock's perfect traversal of the heroine's innocence-to-depravity arc and conductor Charles Mackerras's placing of the score as refined voluptuousness with some kicks along the way.

Oscar's Books, By Thomas Wright

A picture of Oscar Wilde through the literary works that were his reality

Dorian Gray, King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Matthew Bourne is now the world's most popular choreographer, an international hit since the success of his Swan Lake with male swans. The advance ticket sales for his new Dorian Gray have already made it the most highly attended dance event in the Edinburgh Festival's history.

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