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Gilbert & George: Urethra Postcard Art

Britart double act Gilbert & George are famed for using unorthodox materials (bodily fluids) and controversial subject matter (mainly sex) in their work. So it is unsurprising that although their latest exhibition - a collection of artworks made from postcards sourced from British souvenir shops- looks harmless enough, the series is actually based on "an angulated sign of the urethra".

How We Met: Inacio Ribeiro & Suzanne Clements

'Our clash of views and inability to edit our ideas created something fresh in the landscape'

Historians hunt for family of Somme soldier

Local historians trying to trace relatives of a soldier killed during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 have unearthed photographs of troops being treated in a village hospital during the First World War.

Clinton Cards suffers in Ireland

Clinton Cards, the greetings card retailer, has revealed that dire trading in the Republic of Ireland has hit its recent group sales, but said that it was "well prepared" for the crucial Christmas trading period.

Which picture is by a famous artist? Answers on a postcard

How confident are you at distinguishing between the work of an art world legend and that of an unknown student? One of these pictured works, going on sale for £45 next week, has been produced by an A-list British artist. The other five, while no less impressive, are by anonymous rising stars.

On The Agenda: Save the Postcard campaign; Chocolate Week; Couture in the 21st Century; John Lennon; National Poetry Day; Shoot Nations

Black culture celebrated in west London; ukulele culture celebrated in West Sussex

Album: Manic Street Preachers, Postcards From a Young Man, Columbia

According to the rock-band cliché: "We just make music to please ourselves and if anyone else likes it, it's a bonus." For the Manic Street Preachers, that sort of talk has always been an unforgivable, bourgeois conceit. If you've got something worth saying, you want it to be heard by the maximum number of people. That, at least, is half the story.

Album: Manic Street Preachers, Postcards from a Young Man (Columbia)

There are two distinct strains of Manic Street Preachers album: the grandiose agit-rock ones designed to force-feed arena crowds the sorts of philosophical ruminations they won't encounter at school; and the more hermetic, astringent exercises like The Holy Bible.

Postcards reveal writers and artists' trips, treks and travails

The tan is starting to fade, the suitcases have finally been put back into the loft and even though you've only been back at work for a couple of weeks, the holidays are starting to seem like a distant memory. Apart from the postcards, which have only just started to trickle through the letterbox after making their slow way via sorting offices all over the globe. Five such postcards have been sent to us at Observations: all are from writers and artists, and each describes an aspect of the relationship between their travels and their work.

Moonpig greets £11m profits

The two biggest shareholders in Moonpig, the online card retailer, have shared a dividend of nearly £5m after crafting a 67 per cent jump in the business's annual profits.

Katy Holland: Could the perfect family holiday be just a touch of a screen away?

Are we there yet? At the touch of a screen, you'll find everything from your nearest child-friendly restaurant to the best steam railway

Paperchase sold in £30m management buyout

Paperchase, the stationery and greetings-card retailer, has completed a £30m management buyout backed by Primary Capital.

Clinton card shops warn on profits

Clinton Cards was forced yesterday to lower expectations for this year after weaker trading caused by the poor performance of its stores in Ireland.

Villa Amalia (PG)

Isabelle Huppert supplies another square yard of enigmatic twitchiness as a Frenchwoman in flight from her own life.

DVD: The Beekeeper (18)

A ponderously paced but poignant story about an ageing beekeeper, who follows the pollen trail around a drearily grey Greece that is far from the picture-postcard vision usually seen on screen.

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