Within the space of the last few months, Cameroon has lost three of its most prominent authors. First, novelist and musician Francis Bebey, then Mongo Beti, and now, at the age of 71, Réné Philombe, writes Chris Dunton.
The first three rounds in Unisa's Fourth International String Competition have provoked controversy, but the finals on Friday and Saturday promise great opportunities for musical enjoyment, writes Paul Boekkooi.
<b>MOVIE OF THE WEEK:</b> I only hope that on Oscar night the Academy is not so cauterised with dumbness and cliché that they cannot recognise <i>The Man Who Wasn't There</i>'s originality and playful brilliance, writes Peter Bradshaw.
<b>MOVIE OF THE WEEK</b><p> While we should really all be getting a bit stern about the idea of glorifying crime, it's hard not to like all the criminal characters â€” and <i>Ocean's Eleven</i> â€” very much, writes Shaun de Waal.
REVIEW:The Promised Land by Decca Aitkenhead (Fourth Estate). Decca Aitkenhead's story of a global quest for the perfect Ecstasy tab is brimful of attitude and surprisingly serious, writes Geraldine Bedell.