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

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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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