Art: Aston + Mobster – Italy fuel tax

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Sir Stirling and Lady Moss in the DBR1, Nurburgring. Artist James Hart Dyke spent a year with Aston Martin, at the factory, Le Mans, the Nurburgring 24 Hours and other Centenary events. The results are on display at the company’s Park Lane showroom until 29 November (apart from tomorrow). The originals are available to buy, at prices ranging from £1-10,000, though there are also some limited edition prints for sale. See www.JamesHartDyke.com for more.

Sir Stirling and Lady Moss in the DBR1, Nurburgring. Artist James Hart Dyke spent a year with Aston Martin, at the factory, Le Mans, the Nurburgring 24 Hours and other Centenary events. The results are on display at the company’s Park Lane showroom until 29 November (apart from tomorrow). The originals are available to buy, at prices ranging from £1-10,000, though there are also some limited edition prints for sale. See www.JamesHartDyke.com for more.

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ITALY. Ahead of a Cabinet debate on new taxes, a senior politician has reassured reporters that increased fuel duty is not on the agenda. AGI quotes Cabinet Under Secretary Giovanni Legnini saying, ‘that would be the last thing Italy needed.’ Fuel in Italy has crept to historic highs in recent years and is among the most expensive in Europe. The average price of a litre of unleaded 95 is currently €1.758 and diesel €1.679 according to FPE. RUSSIA. Armed fake traffic cops stole a reported $2m from a BMW they hijacked in Moscow late Thursday night. The driver initially only complained about the car’s theft. Over 100,000 vehicles are stolen in the city each year says RIA Novosti.

update Italy: AGI says a rise in fuel excise duty is planned for 2017-18.

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Photographs of elaborate gravestones, with engravings of entire generations of apparently mobster families and their possessions – particularly cars – are on display at the Saatchi Gallery in London until 16 March 2014. All taken at cemeteries in Yekaterinberg (Russia) and Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine) by Russian artist Denis Tarasov, part of the Body Language exhibition. Certainly striking as so many of them are young. You can only imagine how they met their ends. They might be kitsch to western eyes but there’s nothing sentimental or tragic about these memorials. What is Tarasov saying about these clearly closely related societies, particularly as Ukraine at least looks to Europe? Certainly got us thinking. For more see www.saatchigallery.com

Photographs of elaborate gravestones, with engravings of entire generations of apparently mobster families and their possessions – particularly cars – are on display at the Saatchi Gallery in London until 16 March 2014. All taken at cemeteries in Yekaterinberg (Russia) and Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine) by Russian artist Denis Tarasov, part of the Body Language exhibition. Certainly striking as so many of them are young. You can only imagine how they met their ends. They might be kitsch to western eyes but there’s nothing sentimental or tragic about these memorials. What is Tarasov saying about these clearly closely related societies, particularly as Ukraine at least looks to Europe? Certainly got us thinking. For more see www.saatchigallery.com

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