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It was dyslexia that led Alma Haser to name her series of photographs "Cosmic Surgery". When the 24-year-old was trying to explain to her family that the subjects in her pictures might look like they'd had cosmetic surgery, she kept pronouncing it "cosmic surgery". "I tend to talk very quickly because of my dyslexia and sometimes get things wrong," she says. "They corrected me but we all liked the name. And it made sense, because the people look like they're from some new, future generation."

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Customers pulled out £1.2bn in funds from Aberdeen Asset Management ahead of the Fed’s announcement on its future monetary policy, it has emerged.  

Nigel Farage admitted he was 'pretty hacked off' after the actions of outspoken MEP Godfrey Bloom

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Godfrey Bloom lost the party whip after calling women at a conference fringe event "sluts" and hitting a TV journalist

George Osborne on course to massively undershoot £120 billion

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Chancellor George Osborne is on course to undershoot his £120 billion borrowing target by more than £10 billion this year as public finance figures showed Government departments getting a grip on spending last month.

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Bank of England rate-setters sent the pound surging today as they struck a bullish note on the recovery and hiked growth forecasts.

If there is recommended reading to go with your MA modules, don’t hesitate to get stuck into it as quickly as you can

Masters: How to survive

You might have sailed through your undergrad degree, but don't expect your Masters to be as simple. Harriet Williamson offers some post-MA tips

Yahoo's reveals new logo, bevels and all

Slimmer typeface offers a re-design, but nothing drastic

Bank sits tight as UK recovers

More evidence of growing economic momentum is set to stay the Bank of England's hand on help for the recovery this week.

Paperback review: Kimberly's Capital Punishment, By Richard Milward

Art-school exuberance that scoffs at taste

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'This place is on the road to nowhere, between two nuclear power stations'

Mark Carney warns against 'choking off' recovery with interest rate rise

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney today warned against “choking off” the UK’s recovery by raising interest rates too quickly.

Built to last: the new Christchurch Cathedral by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban

Divine inspiration: The cardboard cathedral in Christchurch

When the gothic spire of Christchurch Cathedral toppled during the earthquake of 2011,  the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was one of the first to submit a plan for its replacement. Inventive and eco-friendly, Ban said that if chosen he wanted his building to do one thing above all else: “Stay in the minds of people forever.”

A message on the St James' theatre Facebook read:

'Some people are gay, get over it!' Actor has the last word in battle with homophobic heckler

When an audience-member responded with “disgust” to an unexpected gay kiss at a London theatre this week, one of the play’s actors decided to take a stand against homophobia.

The only thing that isn’t adorable about the Indego is the price

A week with: Bosch Indego lawnmower

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