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By prospect   May 2005

From a drawing of a thistle by an 11th-century monk to paintings of endangered Amazonian flowers by activist Margaret Mee, A New Flowering at the Ashmolean, Oxford, from 2nd May, collates a thousand years of plant portraits. Alice Hawkins’s snapshots, celebrating the burlesque side of Englishness, form part of The Condition of England at Sunderland’s City Library and Arts Centre, from 29th April.

Leading the resurgence of Ethiopian music is Abyssinia Infinite, fronted by mesmerising singer Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw. They start a national tour at the Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton on 14th May. London’s Drill Hall is almost single-handedly…

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