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Ukip: Godfrey Bloom claims Nigel Farage has lost touch

Ukip MEP suspended for hitting journalist says party hierarchy has stopped caring about its grassroots members<p>Godfrey Bloom, the Ukip politician suspended for hitting a journalist and calling a room of women "sluts", has said the party's leader, Nigel Farage, has lost touch and senior members have …

Iran's supreme leader questions Hassan Rouhani's diplomacy with US

The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has told the country's president said that some of his diplomatic moves made towards the United States were "not appropriate", but reiterated his support for the new policy of outreach to the west.<p>President Hassan Rouhani was greeted with both …

Three West Papuans occupy Australian consulate in Bali

Three West Papuans who entered the Australian consulate in Bali overnight have left the compound after being warned by the consul-general that the Indonesian army would be called, the group says.<p>Markus Jerewon, 29, Yuvensius Goo, 22 and Rofinus Yanggam, 30, scaled the two-metre high fence of the …

'He doesn't juggle. He doesn't twist balloons into animal shapes. He just stares': Who is the creepy clown terrifying the people of Northampton?

Those of a coulrophobic disposition are advised to look away now: a creepy and anonymous clown has been terrifying residents of Northampton by …

Following on from the Northampton Clown take a look at these scary clowns which may have provided the creepy jester with his inspiration... WARNING: there is a picture of Pennywise from Stephen King's 'IT' in this gallery. Those of a coulrophobic disposition are advised to look away now. http://ind.pn/16wXbKw

Arts and culture: The week in pictures

Art

Can propaganda be great art?

Art with a political agenda is often considered inferior – but that’s not fair, writes Alastair Sooke.<p>“Propaganda is a much maligned and often misunderstood word,” said Joseph Goebbels in 1933. “The layman uses it to mean something inferior or even despicable. The word propaganda always has a …

Art

The Internship: One long ad for Google?

Product placement is nothing new – but a new film set in Google’s headquarters takes it to new heights. Tom Brook looks at how movies can be vehicles for marketing messages.<p>When I go to see a movie, I expect to see actors and visuals brought together to tell a good story; if I’m lucky that story …

Computer Science

Tracey Emin on her life and work at 50

Tracey Emin, once an ‘enfant terrible’ of British art, turns 50 on 3 July. Take a look at her interviews with the BBC over the years.<p>“People who love my work, love it,” Tracey Emin told BBC News in 2005. “People who don’t like my work think it’s sentimental and crass”.<p>It’s a neat summary of the …

Art

The art of deception: How forgers get away with it

As police smash yet another counterfeit ring, Georgina Adam looks at why this billion-dollar business is growing – and why buyers are so easily taken in.<p>German and Israeli police made dramatic swoops last month, raiding dozens of premises and arresting six people in Germany and 18 in Israel as part …

Art

Arab countries boycott suicide bomber film, The Attack

Critics have described The Attack as important and well made – but you won’t be able to see it in most of the Arab world. Tom Brook finds out why.<p>This week the Jerusalem Film Festival will show The Attack – a film that has been boycotted by more than 20 Arab countries. Its Lebanese director says …

Arab League

Sydney Opera House: ‘An architectural marvel’

A groundbreaking vision and a controversial construction colour the fascinating history of one of the world’s most iconic buildings, writes Jonathan Glancey.<p>“It stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th Century but in the history of …

Queen Elizabeth II

Snowden’s story is a tempting prospect for filmmakers

The story of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, has divided opinion – but has provoked the interest of filmmakers from Hollywood to Hong Kong, Tom Brook reports.<p>America’s famous NSA leaker has attracted fascination from around the globe. And whether he is viewed as a noble whistleblower or a …

Hong Kong

Turning modern art’s faces into real-life portraits

Artists have interpreted the human face to imaginative effect. What happens when a photographer tries to replicate their visions?<p>In the eyes of modern artists, the human form has become a design ripe for reappraisal. Exaggerating angles and skewing features, they have transformed our familiar …

Art

What do we want from live musicians?

High expectations – and ticket prices – mean musicians playing live play it safe. But real magic happens when the artist gets free rein, writes Miranda Sawyer.<p>Recently, Beck played a gig at London’s Southbank arts centre. Well, ‘played’ might be the wrong term - he invited other artists to …

Peaches

Reinventing the bookstore

The best arts and literature reads, including a bold proposal for the future of bookselling, the man behind an elaborate Dickens hoax and Clive James on Dan Brown.<p>Reinventing the bookstore<br>Virginia Postrel | Bloomberg View | 15 July 2013<br>People still want to browse, so monetise that. “Separate the …

Books

Reading the world in 196 books

Writer Ann Morgan set herself a challenge – to read a book from every country in the world in one year. She describes the experience and what she learned.<p>I used to think of myself as a fairly cosmopolitan sort of person, but my bookshelves told a different story. Apart from a few Indian novels and …

Books

Is Lichtenstein a great modern artist or a copy cat?

Roy Lichtenstein’s critics said he was a plagiarist, not an artist. But Alastair Sooke argues that he should be reassessed as a modern master.<p>When pop art blazed onto the scene in the early ’60s, many people dismissed the work of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and their contemporaries as worthless …

Art

A renaissance of black cinema?

Hollywood has a deplorable record in representing African Americans on screen – but a new wave of films by black directors could mark a change, writes Tom Brook.<p>Celebrated US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was working the press a few nights ago at Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art where his latest …

Filmmaking

Can Europe’s new designs help the UK’s housing crisis?

As the UK faces a housing crisis, The Culture Show travels across Europe to find the latest architectural movements which could provide a solution.<p>The combination of population increases, a shaky economy and changes in working and living habits has led to a housing shortage in the UK. The Culture …

Housing

The rise of ‘art house’ gaming

Recent games concerned with mood and psychology rather than tasks and thrills have been likened to art house cinema. But is it a helpful comparison?<p>Video games are still carving their identity in the worlds of entertainment and culture, and media coverage often looks to other industries for points …

Making Movies

Inside the world of high fashion for children

Designer baby clothes, five-year-old style icons, Burberry models aged 10 – what is going on here? Maya Singer goes shopping and investigates the world of high fashion for children.<p>I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Duchess of Cambridge has had her baby. I’m not much fussed about the royal …

Katie Holmes

Why can’t anyone improve on Stradivarius violins?

Why has no-one ever matched the perfection of the Italian master’s instruments? Clemency Burton-Hill investigates – and tries out one of the mythical fiddles.<p>Just imagine if the Wright brothers had it right first time around – if the planes that took us around the globe today were identical to …

Flute

Surveillance and privacy: Hollywood’s new hot topics?

Films on Wikileaks and Edward Snowden are on their way to our screens, and a new documentary shines a light on surveillance online. Has Hollywood’s found its new hot topic? Emma Jones investigates.<p>If NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden hasn’t done enough to highlight the issue of government …

Surveillance

Vladimir Putin’s alpha male apparel

Vladimir Putin has cultivated an alpha male image – and power dressing plays a big part. Katya Foreman reads the macho messages in the presidential wardrobe.<p>When approaching an election, few political leaders would employ the tactic of issuing official portraits of them stripped to the waist, clad …

Russia

Why filmmakers may return to old-school special effects

Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) has allowed moviemakers to create almost anything. But is it turning audiences off? And are special effects more special when they’re real?<p>It is one of the most memorable opening scenes in cinema history. After the introductory text marches across the screen, the …

Star Wars

What is the purpose of public art?

A giant blue bird sculpture in London’s Trafalgar Square challenges our preconceptions about the purpose of public art, argues Alastair Sooke.<p>“Ladies and gentlemen, here it is: the big, blue… bird!” So proclaimed the Mayor of London Boris Johnson last week. On cue, assistants tugged at black drapes …

Art

McDonald's, modernism and design

The best arts and literature reads, including Orhan Pamuk on Turkey’s troubles, LS Lowry reappraised and the ingredients of the fast food chain’s aesthetic.<p>Interview: Orhan Pamuk <br>Pankaj Mishra | New Republic | 29 July 2013<br>On literature and Turkish politics. Interesting throughout. “The novel is a …

Literature

The lure of the disaster movie

Marauding zombies, terrorist attacks and apocalyptic visions are all the rage in the multiplex. Why are audiences so keen to watch the end of the world as we know it? Tom Brook investigates.<p>This year has seen a worsening of Syria’s civil war, severe floods, terrorist attacks, building collapses and …

Man of Steel

Are Grimm’s Fairy Tales too twisted for children?

Stephen Evans explores the twisted world of Grimm's Fairy Tales – bedtime stories complete with mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide and incest.<p>On the covers are the most innocent of titles: Grimm’s Fairy Tales in their English version or Children’s and Household Tales in the original German …

Literature