Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala

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Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala

Portobello House Hotel Bistro, 225 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 (020-3181 0929)

Ladbroke Grove is a history lesson in brick and concrete. It was the core of the Ladbroke Estate, an explosion of posh properties built in the 1840s after the Hippodrome Racecourse, north of Portobello Road, failed to attract punters and closed down. The classy gardens, squares, villas and crescents of 'Leafy Ladbroke' came to rival the stylish Whig mansions of Holland Park to the south. Unfortunately, on the north side, the demand for house-building for wealthy Victorians dwindled, then stopped, in the 1860s. It was a project which just ran out of money.

Invisible Ink: No 136 - Barbara Comyns Carr

The pocket magazine Lilliput is usually considered (if anybody considers it at all anymore) a quirky Bloomsbury amusement for clubbable gentlemen. Each cover featured a man, a woman and a terrier, and inside were tasteful photographs of naked ladies interspersed with fiction from some genuinely superb authors. It was responsible for bringing these writers to wider audiences, one of whom was Barbara Comyns Carr (nee Bayley).

A nice trade in tiaras: Glasgow Airport sells off Duchess of Argyll's very posh lost property

A diamond tiara is not among the usual items handed in to the lost and found department at Glasgow Airport. But when £100,000 of jewellery, including a Victorian headpiece, was found by the British Airports Authority (BAA), they sold it on rather than tracking down its distraught owner who had reported it missing several months before.

Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh looks on after he formally handed power to newly elected president Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi

Ousted Yemeni leader Saleh to seek exile in Ethiopia

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Van Noten says: 'I like to choose my own way forward. I really do want to create something that I personally like a lot.'

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Too many shows, too many collections, and, simply, too many clothes... So says Dries Van Noten, a designer who has never bowed to convention. Susannah Frankel meets Antwerp's most stylish export.

Noises Off, Old Vic, London (4/5)

There has never been a more brilliantly conceived machine for generating helpless audience laughter than Michael Frayn's 1982 classic Noises Off, which revived now by Lindsay Posner as a deliriously funny and beautifully cast Christmas treat at the Old Vic.

El Palace's sumptuous public rooms have been opulently revamped as part of the hotel's £27m refurbishment

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A facelift that took two years and cost millions has put this luxury landmark back on the map, says Simone Kane

Album: Pascal & Ami Roge, De-bussy: Petite Suite; Epigraphes Antiques; En Blanc Et Noir (Onyx)

This fifth volume of Pascal Rogé's complete recordings of Debussy's piano music focuses on pieces for four hands, on which he's accompanied by his wife, Ami.

Japanese citizens hand in £50m found washed up by tsunami

Tens of thousands of citizens may have lost their homes, livelihoods, and loved ones in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, but their public spirit appears undiminished, with news yesterday that good Samaritans have handed in millions of pounds found in safes and wallets amid the devastation.

David Reed: Shamblehouse, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

The name might not be instantly familiar, but if you're a Fringe regular the face will be: David Reed is one third of perennially popular sketch group, The Penny Dreadfuls.

Arthur (12A)

Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig

Diary: Ross says he's no Yes man

What with hostilities having already gone up several notches this week in the AV debate, who better to drop behind enemy lines than television's favourite hard man Ross Kemp?

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