A general view shows Tahrir Square, after its renovation, in Cairo, Egypt. Picture: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo
A general view shows Tahrir Square, after its renovation, in Cairo, Egypt. Picture: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo

1. From Bond to Bard

Where do old spies go when they retire? Back to Shakespeare, if you’re a James Bond actor.

Daniel Craig’s 007 era ends with No Time to Die, the latest Bond movie now on circuit. Next April, the 53-year-old actor will be on Broadway playing Macbeth. It won’t be Craig’s first time with the Bard. In 2016 the hero of five Bond movies played a villain, Iago, in Shakespeare’s Othello in an off-Broadway production.

Macbeth will be produced by Barbara Broccoli, who, with half-brother Michael Wilson, runs Eon Productions, the company that produces all the Bond films.

2. Royal Romanov nuptials

Russia seemed to be returning to its imperial past last week with a Romanov wedding in the old capital of St Petersburg (Leningrad in the days of the USSR).

It was the country’s first "royal wedding" since the 1917 revolution and the murders of Nicholas II, the last tsar, and his family.

Grand Duke George Romanov, 40, married his longtime girlfriend, Rebecca Bettarini, 39, in a ceremony attended by many former European royals.

The duke is a direct descendant of Tsar Alexander II, who was assassinated in 1881 in St Petersburg.

3. Cairo city centre refurb

SA is not the only African country planning a new city. Egypt is too, and it’s more ambitious. It’s restoring historic Cairo, a sprawling but crumbling 1,000-year-old world heritage site, while it prepares to create a futuristic new capital in the desert.

Architects and restorers are working to save old buildings. Low-rise apartments will be built on vacant lots in the historic district, where residents and workshops will relocate as dilapidated structures are reconstructed and restored.

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