News Repair workers examine the top of the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

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

Has Banksy's real identity been discovered at last?

The 10-year quest to discover the true identity of the underground artist known as Banksy has become almost as captivating as his stylised graffiti which has popped up unannounced on buildings across the world.

Boutique owner Emily Chalmers doesn't buy things for her home, she just acquires them

I like places that are a bit weird. I'm more interested in what you might call dwellings than purpose-built houses. I like the idea of turning an unusual space into a home, which is what we've done in this converted warehouse flat in Shoreditch.

Melbourne draws up graffiti protection plan

Street graffiti in central Melbourne, including paintings by the British artist Banksy, could be given national heritage status by the Australian National Trust.

After Tate dispute, graffiti artist makes the capital his canvas

For his London debut, the Parisian photographic graffiti artist JR is thinking big. The photograffeur wanted to paste a giant blow-up of one of his images on to the 325ft tower at the Tate Modern. But when the gallery refused, JR decided to stage a wider exhibition of his work across the capital.

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Brazil provides the art world with some of its most dynamic and inspirational graffiti: it features a dramatic use of distinctive colours, symbolism drawn from a rich South American culture, and, most importantly, the emotional responses that dire social iniquities provoke.

The Weekenders: Adventures in Calcutta edited by Andrew O'Hagan

Flavours of hope from the city of joy

Sketchbook: `Is that really me?'

Street artists from around the world ply their trade in London's Leicester Square. For around the price of a CD you can't expect a masterpiece, but some degree of draughtsmanship is to be hoped for. Maggie O'Farrell asked the punters if they were impressed

Back Page: Power of the poster reveals a bigger picture

From Toulouse Lautrec to Saatchi as exhibition hails 120-year history

Seaside spectacle

Brighton 3 McDonald 2, Storer 49, Maskell 76 Hull City 0 Attend ance: 3,762

THEATRE: Hyde; Dundee Rep

The recent spate of literary adaptations in Scotland has caused much consternation among playwrights, not least because the produce on offer has, by and large, consisted of bone-idle re-treads bereft of theatrical imagination. Best stay indoors, feed your head and bankrupt the blaggers rather than waste a night in "radical" luvvieland. Mercifully, Peter Arnott hasn't played safe and presented an A-B-C of Stevenson's novel - a book that's transformed and re-invented itself more often than old Jekyll himself - but has gone instead for a wide-eyed and gasp-inducing, near-contemporary take plumbed from the depths of his own dark imaginative leanings.

LETTER : Concrete values

Sir: What's the difference between a gang rapist, a drink-drive murderer and a talented graffiti artist? At least one more year in jail - if you're the artist (" `Artist' drawn to crime is jailed for five years", 13 March).

Head brings fresh start and a new ethos as Phoenix rises

If the opinions of local shopkeepers are anything to go by, things at the Phoenix High School in west London are definitely improving.
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003