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Shakespeare's Globe, London: Dominic Dromgoole's production gets the Globe's first season off to a cracking start
Rolf Harris, the royal artist and television entertainer, has denied sexually assaulting four girls - the youngest aged seven - in a string of alleged attacks said to have spanned nearly two decades.
Tax payers' fund the ultimate MP vanity project – having specially commissioned portraits of themselves painted by the UK's leading artists
In the run-up to Christmas I found myself watching a lot of telly. My friends accuse me of hypocrisy since I used to rail against the evils of TV and even advised people, in a book, to chuck out their telly. I defend myself by blaming my children: I felt bad denying them the pleasures of schoolyard conversation about The X Factor.
Contestant Sam Faiers joins a host of other surprise names
Varda Caivano works in a studio close to the train tracks in semi-fashionable Hackney Wick, east London, near where she lives with her partner and young son. Her studio is small, with many paintings turned face to the walls. People are coming soon to collect paintings for her upcoming show at a gallery in Tokyo, and she is still considering what to send. "I always take 40 per cent more then I need so I can see how it looks in the space."
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels
Michael Kagan's oil painting was judged the most creative
A painting of the former PM for the National Portrait Gallery tells us much about him
Oil painting is a dramatic close-up of the former Labour leader
The man who shot dead Trayvon Martin started the bidding at 99 cents
David Cameron in drag?
The festive family selfie is the Christmas card of choice for all three party leaders this year, but they each had their own take. There was one clear winner, says Andy McSmith
The 25-year-old was nearly disqualified from the competition after realising the day before the application deadline that his entry was the wrong size
'I was extending an ever-present engagement with the creation of shadow'
Moody was dismissed by club owner Vincent Tan but he has admitted that he is still waiting for a reason as to why he was replaced by the untried 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov