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In Stanley Kubrick’s seminal cold war satire Dr Strangelove, there’s a wonderfully off-the-wall scene where the increasingly unhinged Gen Ripper outli(...)

At the Ice Mansion: Georgio Moroder in Los Angeles in 1981. Photograph:  Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas was performed on Sunday by Denmark’s Theatre of Voices with the National Chamber Choir under Paul Hillier (above). Photograph: Frank Miller

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