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It’s official: email and texting is worse for you than marijuana. So stop reading this now. Alternatively you could inhale another spliff, my little media-junkie with the news that the Flower portrait of Shakespeare is a fake. Hardly surprising – it looks like someone had just coloured in the engraving from the first folio. The revelation is to do with a National Portrait Gallery exhibition called Searching for Shakespeare. One of the things that is so interesting about Shakespeare, however — and one of the things that has ensured his continued greatness — is his very anonimity. The fact we know so little about his political, religious, or philosophical views means that the plays are open to endless interpretation, without Shakespeare himself getting in the way. It’s knowing so little about the man that makes it possible to do so much with the plays.