Mark Brown

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Refugees get a boost from Shakespeare’s Hamlet

People holed up in a grim Calais camp could no doubt identify with the tortured Danish prince during a performance by actors from Shakespeare’s Globe.

Ian McKellen: Why has no openly gay man ever won an Oscar?

The actor, twice nominated for an Academy award, joins diversity debate saying homophobia is as much a problem as racism in Hollywood.

Lost 1928 Walt Disney film uncovered in British Film Institute archive

Six-minute film Sleigh Bells, featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, has been restored and will get its world premiere at BFI in London next month.

Man Booker prize longlist announced

Despite a change in rules that sparked fears Americans would dominate the prize, the final Man Booker longlist reflects a 'vintage year' of fiction.

Mick waxes lyrical in love letters

'I'm broke,' says Marsha Hunt, inspiration for the song Brown Sugar, explaining her reason for selling Jagger's letters to her from the summer of '69.

Ai Weiwei: Pricking your conscience

After the vast emptiness of the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, Ai Weiwei this week filled a London space that could hardly be more of a contrast.

A hip place to park in Moscow

A ruined Soviet-era restaurant in Gorky Park, Moscow, is set to become the unlikely new home for one of ­Russia's hippest arts centres.

Barnes a unanimous choice for Booker

British novelist Julian Barnes finally won the literary prize that has eluded him on three previous occasions.

Madonna’s love story debuts at Venice fest

Directed by the singer, <i>WE</i> is a sympathetic portrait of star-crossed lovers Edward VII and Mrs Simpson.

Giant puff for Ai Weiwei

Anish Kapoor this week dedicated his largest artwork ever to the missing Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei.

William Blake etchings shown for the first time

When viewing the tiny hand-coloured etchings of figures being burned alive and hair being washed in blood it is fine to be bemused and baffled.

‘Dangerous ballet’ opens festival

Classical ballet has rarely been portrayed like this, featuring murder, drug-taking, self-harming, unhealthy narcissism and lesbian sex.

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Balwin properties and Absa launch South Africa’s first green home loan

Balwin Properties’ Edge registration of over 16 000 units was a global first, covering more homes than any single property developer in the world to date

Young professional gets a career boost from PSETA

SAICA makes ongoing efforts to encourage the professionalisation of financial offices in private and public sector organisations

Colgate-Palmolive South Africa donates one million bars of soap

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Municipal audit outcomes reveal public sector financial management must be professionalised

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Eleven ways to protect yourself against fraud

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