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Annabel, By Kathleen Winter

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Playing the Shape Game, By Anthony Browne with Joe Browne

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Cooper Brown: Trunk stunt

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John Stezaker, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

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The insider: How to fill a big, blank wall

Alun is a man. And his flat is "too manly", says his new female flatmate, who harbours makeover urges in a Calamity Jane style (where Doris Day's cowgirl shack gets a girlie gingham spruce-up). The main concern? Bare walls. Big bare walls. Small budget. Tips?

Clark's a bad loser, just like Wenger – and old Herbert

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Manic Street Preachers, Brixton Academy, London

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How We Met: Sarah Millican & Tom Allen

'Everyone was mingling; we sat in a corner, downing juice and devouring the buffet'

Gilbert & George: The wild cards strike again

Gilbert & George have amassed calling cards for their latest show – and the results add up to more than just tawdry telephone-box smut, says Adrian Hamilton

Gail Sheridan 'to stand for Scottish parliament'

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Postcards From Vegas: Rob and Nick Carter's fluorescent glowing glory

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