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Armitage's northern rag-bag is an entertaining excursion through both memory and landscape. Armitage is better at being a poet than a probation officer (after rushing a baby to hospital with a suspected cigarette burn, a doctor pointed out "That's his nipple"), though his career switch was not without drawbacks.

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Something's exploded," quipped Morrissey in response to some minor onstage technical crisis, "and it's not my emotions, for once." There followed a Moriartyish cackle, a jagged "ha!" of the kind reserved for pantomime villains. It's a brave soul who would describe Britain's favourite revenant miserablist in such a fashion, but he clearly enjoys his current role of potentially combustible anti-hero.

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Death of a Scientist, Oran Mor, Glasgow

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Les Sept Planches de la Ruse, Barbican Theatre, London

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Album: Rameau, La Pantomime - Sempé/Fortin, (Paradizo)

If one harpsichord sounds like "two skeletons copulating on a tin roof", this is a veritable orgy.

Johann Hari: Do we want a democracy or a pantomime?

The next general election is hurtling towards us with the force of a damp sponge. We have, at most, 20 months until Decision Day– but who expects there to be a great fizzing debate? Who thinks we, the people, will have a chance to dig deep into our country's problems and tell our leaders how to put them right? Nobody. Instead it will be like an X-Factor final in a bad, bad year: which empty shell sounds sweetest? It's a bleak thought: in one of the world's oldest democracies, none of us expects democracy to work as it should.

Hansel und Gretel, Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne

In Laurent Pelly's new production of Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, deforestation is already advanced: plastic bags hang from denuded trees, and the ground is strewn with the discarded waste of our overindulgent society.

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Miles Kington: You can turn anything into a pantomime if you try

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