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You write the reviews: Ben Johnson's Liverpool Cityscape 2008 and the World Panorama Series, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

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You can take the boy out of Austria but you can't take Austria out of the boy. Franz Welser-Most has always been a very contained conductor – precise, rhythmic, unfussy – but release him into this entrancing world of a bygone Vienna that even Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal could only imagine and the instincts of his heritage unconsciously come into play.

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Art worth £80m snatched in daring Zurich gallery raid

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Will Self: PsychoGeography - The people's Joyce

Consider the final days of James Joyce – I have. Fleeing from Paris in the dying days of 1939, the Joyces headed south to the village of Saint-Gérand-le-Puy, near Vichy. Here, as the Second World War girded up its annihilating loins, the great confabulator was gripped by stomach pain in his rooms at the Hôtel de la Paix, and harried by dogs if he ventured out with his dark glasses on and with his blind man's cane. When asked why he hated them so much, Joyce replied: "Because they have no souls."

How to get permission to destroy the countryside: say you're building an eco-town

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Shell's Technology Enterprise Programme: One big Step for studentkind

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Thomas Sutcliffe: This time at least, listen to the critics

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