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3 June 2004

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CONOR MACPHERSON
Writer Conor McPherson is best-known for his award-winning play, The Weir. He talks to Mark Lawson about his latest work, The Shining City, which opens with a man in Dublin seeking help from a counsellor - because he's being haunted by his dead wife.

The Shining City, written and directed by Conor McPherson, at London's Royal Court Theatre from 4 June to 17 July

PORTRAITS OF BUSINESS
The traditional approach to portraying a business in art, has generally been to commission a portrait of the company chairman, or of the headquarters. Mark Lawson reports on a scheme to break away from this - and talks to artist Christopher le Brun, who's been working with the communications company Orange.

Christopher le Brun's image of Orange for the Portraits of Business scheme can be seen at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 4 June to 16 August
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BRITTEN'S CHILDREN
To what extent was Benjamin Britten's life and work influenced by his love of small boys? Music writer Helen Wallace reviews a new TV documentary which attempts to settle the matter.

Britten's Children, BBC Two, 9.15pm, Saturday 5 June

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FANDANGO FARRAGO
Radio 2 listeners have recently voted for their favourite tracks - with Procol Harem's Whiter Shade of Pale and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody at first and second place, respectively. Both songs feature the word fandango. Journalist Stephen Armstrong explores just how common this word is in our culture - and wonders whether any of those using it, know exactly what a fandango is.

DOM MORAES
The Indian poet, travel and cricket writer Dom Moraes died this week in Mumbai, aged 65. When Mark Lawson interviewed him in 2001, Moraes reflected on his own hybrid identity.

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