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Sea eagle, which has an 8ft wingspan, disappeared on Saturday

Peace offerings: A new exhibition reveals how politics often came between the Pablo Picasso and his painting

It sounds like a straight bit of propaganda, with one top artist paying tribute to another. "On the big curtain paint the troublemaking/ Dove of peace of my brother Picasso... " In 1950, the poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht decorated his theatre in East Berlin with Picasso's anti-war bird, the symbol of the international Peace Movement. Who could complain? It's only intended to make trouble for the warmongers, no? But actually this "troublemaking dove" creates all sorts of trouble, artistic and political. It lies at the heart of a new exhibition, Picasso: Peace and Freedom, opening tomorrow at Tate Liverpool. Very good for an argument.

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36 on the Quay, 47 South Street, Emsworth, Hampshire

There is a charming photograph of 36 on the Quay when it was the Anchor Inn a century ago. It shows a thick-set ruffian with the moustache of a villain in a Chaplin movie. Hands tucked into his waistband, legs apart, he's looking at the camera as though accusing it of spilling his pint. Around him are half a dozen cronies, glaring at the intruding lens. They wouldn't have made the Anchor feel a very welcome place to pop into for a refreshing sherbet.

Sarah Sands: For spiritual uplift, there is nothing like a kestrel on the wing

As the RSPB's annual Garden Watch monitors the state of British birdlife, our writer explains the irresistible attraction of simply observing

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Prisoners join the hundreds of thousands of Britons recording sightings at this weekend's annual Big Garden Birdwatch

Galvin La Chapelle, 35 Spital Square, London, E1

The Galvin brothers bring French fine dining to a chapel in Spitalfields – but is it a transcendental experience?

Dom Joly: Two turtle doves, and a labrador on the quiz team

I always like the idea of a pub quiz. What could be better than getting together in a pub with like-minded people to exercise the old grey matter over a couple of hearty ales? Well, quite a lot, if the truth be told.

Rumpelstiltskin, CBSO Centre, Birmingham <br/>Swanhunter, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

The wordless reworking of a classic fairy tale makes its timeless message more alarming than ever

Hit & Run: Would we care if he were alive?

Imagine that this year's breakout novelist is a 56-year-old Russian-American called Vladimir Nabokov, whose 12th work of fiction, Lolita, is making waves. On Radio 4's Front Row, his agent explains that yes, it has taken a while to be published in the UK or the US, but it's available from a Parisian porn imprint called the Olympia Press. He explains it's a monologue by a posh, unregenerate paedophile called Humbert Humbert, and his 12-year-old "nymphet" stepdaughter, with whom he absconds across America, for extremely sexual purposes, after her mother dies.

Notwithstanding, By Louis de Berni&egrave;res

British publishers hate short stories. Their reasoning has nothing to do with literature and everything to do with sales figures. Unless a collection is notoriously shocking, like Ian McEwan's First Love, Last Rites, strung along a theme currently in the headlines, like Adam Mars-Jones and Edmund White's Aids-themed The Darker Proof, or its author blessed with a readership of fanatically loyal completists, it will rarely sell in significant numbers. Only in North America do story collections ever reach the top ten and I doubt whether, even there, publishers have much success in persuading supermarkets to stock them.

Paddy the pigeon decorated for bravery in fight against Hitler

A war hero decorated for his bravery in the fight against Hitler is finally being honoured by his home town 55 years after his death.

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Summer secrets: In the second part of our seasonal celebration, Mark Hix serves up mouth-watering main courses and puddings

To celebrate my recent award at the Guild of Food Writers – I was lucky enough to win Cookery Book of the Year, for my book, British Seasonal Food – we are this week publishing some delicious summer main courses and puddings.

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Digital cameras are getting smaller and more powerful. But despite all the megapixels, memory cards and special effects, taking a great snap still requires a grasp of the basics. Simon Usborne gets a photographic masterclass
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