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It seems a suitably Orwellian reward to the extraordinary success story that is Nottingham Playhouse’s co-production of 1984.  On the day that tickets for its keenly-awaited opening at the Almeida in London went on sale, the company was told - without warning - it faced losing all of its funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.

The Week in Radio: Calm and steady when it comes to the crunch

What with austerity, apocalypse and triple-A downgrades forecast (and that's just the beginning of the alphabet) it may be that everyone's going to need a bit of cheering up. And, unlikely as it seems, when the country is engulfed in financial crisis, the person you really want beside you is the sanguine Paul Lewis from Money Box Live. There are some who cite Money Box Live as a textbook example of oxymoron, but I feel its calming approach may be just what's needed in the months ahead. There is a feeling with Lewis that everything is going to be OK. Debating the debt crisis in the southern Eurozone, he might just as well have been discussing if it's worth changing your contents insurance. When an expert explained how credit ratings can nosedive from triple A to triple B he remarked, "sounds like my essay marks". Asking Vince Cable, "Do you think we might go the way of Greece in another 10 years time?" he might have been wondering which building society offers a half percentage higher interest rate. And this is adamantly not a criticism. There is a serious point to be made about the approach and tone of financial journalists. Back in the meltdown of 2008, the urgent thrill and the note of doom in Robert Peston's voice were said to move markets. Lewis, by contrast, has a polite tenacity and a genius for under-egging the pudding. Besides, how can you not admire a man who on his website proclaims, "My head capitalist; my heart socialist; my soul anarchist"? And it must work, because he's just won three journalism awards.

Robin Hood meets his match (and it's not the Sheriff of Nottingham)

Wayne Rooney and his fleet-footed squad of England players are set to take on the dashing celluloid hero Robin Hood and his band of merry men, in a competition that pitches film industry executives against football fans.

'Robin Hood' campaigners continue to fight for levy

Where now for the "Robin Hood" tax? The IMF is not a fan of the campaign for a transactions levy to alleviate poverty in the third world. However, this is an organisation whose structural adjustment programmes, designed to get poorer countries' economies on track, have been criticised for creating more poverty than they alleviated by the sort of people advocating the tax.

Why my niche vote won't be a wasted vote

Ten years ago, as a first-time voter, Sophie Morris thought supporting the Greens was just about saving polar bears. Now, she argues, the party is getting serious

Tim Walker: Vern gives quality nonsense the depth of analysis it deserves

The Couch Surfer: A lot of movie critics are snobs. The less discerning provide poster quotes for crass blockbusters

Here comes summer: The cultural events of the season

From Glyndebourne to Gorillaz and Picasso to Pygmalion, there's something to suit every cultural taste in the coming months. Alice Jones presents an essential guide to the hottest tickets

Business Diary: Randall forced to learn how to share

How does Sky News presenter Jeff Randall feel about having to share his prime-time business show with political editor Adam Boulton for the duration of the campaign? Though he gets first billing – the new show is called Randall and Boulton Unleashed – the politics seems to dominate and Randall comes across as grumpier than ever.

Studios' profits fall despite classic year

The Clash of the Titans due for release this weekend, was one of a number of movies filmed at Pinewood and Shepperton studios during a resurgent 2009 for British cinema, their owner said.

Simon Read: The cheerless Budget really doesn't matter

There was very little to cheer in this week's Budget. Even the good news for savers that ISA limits will increase annually by the inflation rate was tempered by the fact that the increase works out as an extra tax-free benefit of a paltry 76p a year, as Andrew Hagger explains on page 68.

Tim Walker: This summer's cinematic trend is the light-hearted ensemble action thriller

The Couch Surfer: We should expect one bad film, one good film, and one so-bad-it’s-good-film from the genre

David Prosser: It's time for a 'Robin Hood tax', Mr Darling

Outlook Having made the decision that he would personally approve or veto bonus payments at Royal Bank of Scotland, Alistair Darling cannot have been surprised yesterday when his political opponents sought to make capital from the £1.3bn the state-controlled bank is paying its star performers.

Hundreds of economists call for tax on currency speculation

Some 350 prominent economists from all over the world have written to the leaders of the G20 calling on them to implement the so-called "Robin Hood tax" on the banks "as a matter of urgency".

Call for 'Robin Hood tax' on banking transactions

The clamour for a global tax on banking transactions gathered pace last night, as further evidence emerged of investment-bank returning to bumper profits.

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