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Battersea have drawn up a list of their top mousers

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, launches reading festival

London's Trafalgar Square is to play host to a giant reading festival for families to enjoy this summer.

New UK home registrations at five year high

Massive increase in London registrations

This Nasa image from 20 April 2013 shows Saunders Island and Wolstenholme Fjord with Kap Atholl in the background seen during an IceBridge survey flight near Qaasuitsup, Greenland

Greenland death: How 100mph ice storms can blow in without warning

The Greenland expedition in which a British man has died is likely to have been hit by a sudden and violent storm which blows from the top of the ice cap, a veteran explorer has said.

Addison Lee founders get £300m fare as they sell cab firm

RAC owners buy it and plan expansion outside London to M25 and other cities

Staffordshire terriers: the case for the defence after 14 year-old girl Jade Anderson was savaged to death

We recommend people do their research properly, but Staffordshire terriers are not particularly hard work

Disney inspired? Bullshit by Kate Marshall

It may not be a Chris Ofili, but it's yours for £200: Cow dung painting titled 'Bullshit' goes on sale

Chris Ofili won the Turner Prize in 1998 for a portrait made (partly) with cow dung. But art collectors on a smaller budget than the Tate - which bought Ofili’s No Woman No Cry - can soon pick up a painting made with cow dung.

St Modwen raises £49m to bankroll plans for market facelift

St Modwen has tapped shareholders for £49m to help fund the £2bn overhaul of the UK's biggest fruit, veg and flower market, in south London.

The helicopter crash in central London

Pilot in Vauxhall helicopter crash Pete Barnes was 'repeatedly told not to take off'

A pilot who was killed after his helicopter crashed into a crane in central London had been advised not to embark on the journey because of poor visibility.

A woman walks with her dog during a blizzard in Stockholm

Part-time pooches for time-poor dog lovers

There are few things nicer than walking a dog and I'll happily borrow a friend's canine for a stomp around the park. Sadly like many nine-to-five officer workers, renters and cramped townies it wouldn't be fair of me to own a dog. This is a shame. I grew up with dogs (a mutt called Ziggy, then a Jack Russell called Mini) but haven't had the joy of walking my own since leaving home 10 years ago.

Investigators at the crash scene in Vauxhall yesterday

Experts claim radio and fog to blame for London helicopter crash

The pilot of the helicopter which crashed in central London on Wednesday morning may have been trying to change channel on his communications radio when the aircraft collided with a crane at rush hour.

(Clockwise from top) The scene in Vauxhall; the pilot Peter Barnes; the damaged crane

Two dead after helicopter crashes in central London

Police said the helicopter hit the crane on top of the building, in the St George Wharf development in Vauxhall, at 8am yesterday

Weather conditions central to air crash investigators probe into London helicopter accident

Weather conditions will be central to the inquiry into today's helicopter crash by accident investigators.

Osborne commits extra £1 billion for roads and a Tube line extension

An extra £1 billion for roads and a Tube line extension were among transport measures announced today by Chancellor George Osborne.

Vogue U.S chief editor Anna Wintour arrives at Louis Vuitton's ready to wear Spring/Summer 2013 show in Paris

Does Anna Wintour know that the US embassy is moving? Does she still want to be Ambassador?

Our writer offers advice to the Vogue editor-in-chief on the life that would await her should she be made a diplomat

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment