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Clarion Call

Economists all over the world agree that the UK’s coalition government is completely incompetent. Absolutely nothing they do works, their ideas are all bad ideas and no matter how terrible things get they stick to their guns and just make everything worse. So it continued last week with the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s “autumn statement” […]

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Hold The Junk

As dance companies go the Ballet Boyz are a bit different, different in that they appear to be more focused on the physical appearance of their dancers (The Boyz) than they are on the work the company creates and tours. Don’t believe us? Just take a quick look at last years documentary, made by the […]

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A Man With A Plan

“In c.100 AD Gaius Plinius (Pliny the Younger), in a letter to his friend the historian Cornelius Tacitus…” You know when a report starts with a sentence like that we’re all in a lot of trouble. So begins a report called “Philanthropy Outside London” written by Peter S. Phillips for the Department of Culture Media […]

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Upside Down

The arts world in the UK is getting its knickers in a collective knot, again, after somebody who doesn’t matter said something that isn’t true on a radio show people only pretend to listen to. Here in TheLab™ we didn’t hear what was actually said. First of all because it was on the radio and […]

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The Last Stand

Arts Council England (ACE) has announced the details of its government enforced restructuring plan to reduce operational costs by at least 50%. Part of that restructuring is the cutting of 117.5 jobs across the country from a number of ACE offices. We could speculate all day about just exactly who at the funding monolith is […]