It's official: Kate Winslet, the Oscar-winning star of The Reader, is worth a grand total of £60m to the British economy.Jokingly referred to as the "Winslet algorithm", it bases its findings on a number of factors, from Winslet's basic salary through to the "general promotional effect" that her films have on British tourism.
By linking the popularity of Japan's soft power to business, I want to create a 20-30 trillion-yen market by 2020 and create 500,000 new jobs.The cultural affairs agency has reportedly requested 12 billion yen to create a national centre for media art that would promote Japanese pop culture overseas.
Tomorrow, we're told by the marketing people at Canongate, is Gift Day.They're asking members of the public to give away something for free, in order to "help restore the creative spirit to our capitalist-driven society".
Politics and art are like oil and water: they don't mix.That was evident at last night's Guardian debate.
Sales of Irish art surged ahead yesterday, reflecting the Republic of Ireland's booming economy and growing international demand for works by established painters such as Jack Yeats, Sir John Lavery and Paul Henry.The 11th annual auction of Irish works by Sotheby's in London raised nearly £5m.
Charlotte Higgins's comments on English National Opera (Divas and dabblers, December 14) are weirdly familiar.In 1997, our exploration of alternatives to the Coliseum as a home for ENO were rubbished in the media.
On Monday we can look forward to the annual Turner prize for contemporary art, which will be broadcast live on Channel 4.Prize-giving has reached such a frenzy that last year saw the inauguration of the Awards awards, an opportunity for the great and good in the British awards industry to slap each other on the back and indulge in some saccharine speeches of their own.
They care very little, they're very anti-politics, and quite frankly - and I say this as a tenured academic who can't be fired - they're awfully easy to fool.But for the time being, they're delighted with the strength of the US economy under Bill's regime, and with the way Clinton has been able to involve America in military adventures that keep all the death and explosions thousands of miles away in other people's countries.
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AIR Worldwide forecast on Monday total insured losses in the United States of between $US20 billion and $US40 billion.The reinsurance giant Swiss Re was loathe to provide guidance on the storm's significance for the industry.
In a speech, US federal banker Robert Kaplan says the US balance sheet should be trimmed as soon as possible.This as damage from Hurricane Harvey - and also the expected damage from Hurricane Irma - looms ahead for the Trump administration.
Reforms put in place after the 2007 to 2009 crisis have strengthened the financial system without impeding economic growth, and any future changes should remain modest, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says.Steps may be needed, she agreed, to improve liquidity in parts of the bond market, though that system remained 'robust'.