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London, mostly
Chief Arts Writer — Guardian

Chief arts writer, the Guardian; classicist. Author of inter alia, UNDER ANOTHER SKY: JOURNEYS IN ROMAN BRITAIN

Just close your eyes, and listen — It's not every day that a radio show makes you tear up, stop everything else, stand still, curse the delivery man who is ringing your doorbell.

Charlotte Higgins

Nick Forbes: ‘We were whistleblowers for what austerity meant for the arts’ — "We live in an age of cuts .... We are a working-class town, that's our strength - and in the current climate, our weakness." So said the deputy leader of the council as he addressed the press conference. His task is to decide how and where to save £64m: Sure Start, the museum, libraries, disabled care, street lighting ...

An Anselm Kiefer - brilliant to behold, impossible to steal — Two years ago a man called Andrew Shannon punched a Monet right in the skyline. The painting was Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat, the location the National Gallery of Ireland, and the damage substantial. At the time, Shannon claimed he'd come over a bit faint, stuck out an arm and - too late!

Osborne plans economic boost for key northern constituencies before election — George Osborne's plans for an economic renaissance in the north of England through faster transport links, science academies and a new theatre have been backed by the regional arm of the left-leaning IPPR thinktank favoured by Ed Miliband.

These are tough times for the Turner Prize, but hardly the apocalypse — The annual Turner prize ceremony at Tate Britain has, over time, lapsed from the status of a night tinged with nerve-racking glamour to that of a comforting pre-Christmas ritual. Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate, glides around the Duveen galleries dispensing goodwill like a benign end-of-term headmaster.

Duncan Campbell: ‘Politics seeps into everything’ — Gone is the era - if indeed it ever truly existed - when winning the Turner prize was a pecuniary treat for an already wildly wealthy artist. Duncan Campbell, the Dublin-born, Glasgow-based film-maker, reckons he can "easily" make the £25,000 prize money work "for a year, a year and a half".

London’s architecture lacks Berlin’s sense of culture, says Chipperfield — The leading British architect Sir David Chipperfield has said that he regards private investment's hold over new architecture in London as an "absolutely terrible" means of building a city. In Berlin, where he employs an office of 90, "there is still an idea of the public realm.

Darkness in literature: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper — Susan Cooper's sequence of five children's stories, The Dark Is Rising, is, you'll have guessed, all about the dark. The dark as velvety, blanketing night. The dark as the keeper of mysteries, ineffable and unknowable. Above all, the dark as counterpoint to the light; as one side of the great battle between evil and good.

What if Britain left the EU? — In a rare uncalculating moment, Boris Johnson wrote last year that, if Britain finally ended its "sterile debate" over Europe by leaving the EU, it would quickly discover "that most of our problems are not caused by Brussels, but by chronic British short-termism, inadequate management, sloth, low skills and a culture of easy gratification and under-investment".
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Dec 17, 2014

RT @dansabbagh: Labour opens up five point lead. Voters worried about Osborne's vision of a 1930s state?…

Dec 16, 2014

RT @johnplunkett149: Classic FM's MD Darren Henley is new chief exec of Arts Council England. Culture minister @edvaizey called him 'amazing person'

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