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As you enter the theatre for Skeleton, Tanika Gupta's first produced stage play, a craftsman high up on Keith Khan's beautiful water-girded, ochre and red veranda set, is seen intently fashioning a statue of Durga, the 10-armed goddess who, in Hindu mythology, came down to earth to rid the world of evil. Scarred survivors of Terrence McNally's A Perfect Ganesh, which was presided over by Durga's elephant-headed son, may feel that they can wait indefinitely before rushing to see another play with an Indian deity. But where McNally's touristic confection was EM Forster re-written for the Broadway blue-rinse crowd, Gupta's drama, which was inspired by a short story by Rabindranath Tagore, has a captivating cultural purity.

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BERTHE MORISOT: The First Lady of Impressionism by Margaret Shennan, Sutton Publishing pounds 25

Psion finance director is replaced

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As Degas's ballerinas and nudes disport themselves at the National Gallery, Andrew Graham-Dixon detects the art beneath the artist's artfulness

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Eyes of Love: The Gaze in English and French Paintings and Novels 1840-1900 by Stephen Kern Reaktion, pounds 22.50

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Costs key to NFC's future

These were appalling figures from NFC, a fact the company admits freely, as new managements are wont to do - it is their last chance to blame someone else. The question facing investors is the extent to which the slump in pre-tax profits in the year to October is a reflection of the previous regime's incompetence or the fundamental unattractiveness of the markets in which NFC operates.



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