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Workers have begun work on iconic statue's thumb damaged during storm

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Great Works: Flaming, 2008 by Zevs

Dirty City Wall, Copenhagen

Forget street art, it's the old fashioned graffiti that's really interesting

Girl About Town: We've been scrawling on walls for literally millennia, so why are outdoor arts so associated with urban cool?

Follow Your Art: Street artists stand up for Anti-Slavery International

They normally scuttle about under the cover of darkness, hoping that the line between “art” and “vandalism” will not be blurred by the authorities. But tomorrow some of the world’s most exciting street artists will stand up in public, openly, to promote an equally underground movement: Anti-Slavery International.

These fancy trays by Ary, available in three tasty designs - folk-stripes, spoons and intricately-drawn butterflies - are made from handmade Swedish birchwood. £25.95, twentytwentyone.com

Mr Brainwash: Banksy's street-art protégé and his latest brainwave

The master of hype arrives in London for a blockbuster new show. Matilda Battersby meets him

Graffiti artist banned from all Olympic sites

A professional graffiti artist has been ordered not to go within a mile of any Games site for more than three months after being arrested over years-old allegations just ten days before the Opening Ceremony. Police were forced to deny using the years-old criminal allegations as a ploy to keep the Olympics free from troublemakers.

The Olympics are a golden target for art satire

Here are some Olympic images that organizers have not approved: A hooded youth making off with an Olympic ring; the same multicolored hoops turned into toasters; a dog doing something a bit rude to a London 2012 mascot.

'The Parachuting Rat' was painted by the artist about 15 years ago on a wall in Prahran suburb of Melbourne.

Banksy's 'Parachuting Rat' accidentally ruined by Australian builder

A work by guerrilla artist Banksy has been accidentally ruined by a Australian builder after he drilled through it to put in a bathroom pipe.

Last Night's Viewing: The Apprentice, BBC1
Metalworks!, BBC4

Spot test and no cheating. Name three of the current Apprentice contenders. Too hard? Then just name one. If you managed either, I'd be impressed. I couldn't and it's my job to know these kind of things. But the truth is that we're eight weeks in now and nobody has emerged as a distinctive character.

The artist is still shrouded in secrecy

Street writing man

As an exhibition of work by Blek le Rat, the pioneering French street artist dubbed 'Banquesy', opens in London, Matilda Battersby meets the godfather of graffiti

Blek le Rat: Streetwriting man

As an exhibition of work by Blek le Rat, the pioneering French street artist dubbed 'Banquesy', opens in London, Matilda Battersby meets the godfather of graffiti

A view of the central port of Gothenburg in the evening

Gothenburg: Bright and beautiful in West Sweden

With a blockbuster exhibition of modern art coming to town, Steve Vickers sets off on an cultural circuit of Gothenburg

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

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Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine