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On a per capita basis, the nation has all the ingredients to be one of the world's most prosperous nations

View of a 'Miltonia' orchid

Caesar, the orchid chief

Turns out the early Romans were wild about orchids.

A visitor looks at Jan Van Eyck's Annunciation in Rotterdam

The Road to Van Eyck, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Don't miss this stupendous display of the works of a Flemish master who, at a stroke, invented oil painting and changed the course of art history

Sacked SocGen executive 'too good for his job' seeks £10m

A London banker who claims he was fired for being too good at his job for his employer to afford his salary was in the Supreme Court yesterday seeking compensation.

The ‘Dark Ages’ were a lot brighter than we give them credit for

We still view European history as taking off with the Renaissance and Enlightenment, but this position gets more out-of-date the more we learn

Choirs are magical - but should they be a social tool, too?

There's a risk that in using choirs for everything from helping fragmented communities to stress relief, we drag them down to the level of the mundane

Police are investigating after a painting by the great 20th century abstract artist Mark Rothko was defaced at the Tate Modern in London today.

Defaced Rothko: It could have been worse

The man who defaced Rothko's 1958 work 'Black on Maroon' now claims he has added value to the painting. While that's probably a bit of a stretch, his actions are certainly not the most outrageous example of vandalism in art history.

Archaeologists claim bones found in basement of Florentine convent belong to Leonardo’s Mona Lisa

The dig that may have unearthed Leonardo's muse

Archaeologists claim bones found in basement of Florentine convent belong to Leonardo's model

The News Matrix: Friday 28 September 2012

Emma considers 50 shades of stardom

Winckler's Wacky World: Deputy Dawg appointed

Mona Lisa's sister, bad (or maybe good?) news for aerophobics, driverless cars, a new element and a printable gun

The Isleworth Mona Lisa? Foundation claims Da Vinci's masterpiece had twin

A foundation says it will prove to the world today that Leonardo Da Vinci painted an earlier version of the Mona Lisa - a claim doubted by at least one expert on the multifaceted Renaissance artist.

Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies faces an uncertain existence as austerity begins to bite

As a further sign that Italy's priceless cultural heritage is under threat from stifling bureaucracy and government bean counters, one of the world's most important philosophy libraries is facing oblivion.

Simon Patterson: Under Cartel, Haunch of Venison, London

Patterson was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996 for The Great Bear, a reworking of the London Tube map that substituted all the station names for that of celebrities, Old Masters and Chinese dissidents.

A point to prove: Guston's 'The Line' (1978)

When fingers point

Philip Guston's switch from abstract to figurative left critics and fans irate, but an exhibition of his work proves them wrong, argues Adrian Hamilton

Royal re-enactment helps put Parr back in the picture

Most people dread funerals – but next month you can attend a Queen Katherine Parr funeral re-enactment at Sudeley Castle for £45.

Damon Albarn and Blur warm up for Hyde Park at Maida Vale

Blur, Maida Vale Studio, London
Charlotte Church, Green Door Store, Brighton

If now's the time to assess Blur's place in the grand scheme, this was a reminder that they were always streets ahead of the monobrows

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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

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Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

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but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

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