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My list of the greatest time-wasting internet sites

Bored at work? Here are some suggestions to make the time fly by.

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The internet meme inspires yet another art show

Downing Street's cat Larry makes first kill

While David Cameron is on holiday in Cornwall, Larry the Downing Street cat has at last been earning his keep.

Warning over 'Afro combs' as teenage girl is jailed for 10 years for killing 16-year-old in dispute over boys

A judge today warned of the dangers of wearing Afro combs as fashion accessories as he handed a life sentence to a 16-year-old girl who used one to fatally stab another girl in a dispute over boys.

Chelsea will preserve Battersea Power Station's iconic towers

Chelsea release images of proposed stadium at Battersea Power Station

Chelsea have produced artist's impressions of how a new stadium at Battersea Power Station would look, despite not being selected as preferred bidders to redevelop the site.

Rapist jailed after 11-year wait

A sex offender was jailed today 11 years after his young victim put off going to police because of an EastEnders storyline.

Council offers Chelsea stadium help

Chelsea could get help from Hammersmith and Fulham Council to upgrade Stamford Bridge after their latest attempt to find a new stadium site failed.

Towering ambition: the only pig spotted flying over the Battersea Power Station was this giant inflatable one re-creating Pink Floyd's cover of their 1977’s album Animals

Philip Hensher: Battersea Power Station - The white elephant saved? Pigs might fly

I see Battersea Power Station every day, and, even in its dilapidated state, it never fails to raise the spirits.

Chelsea will preserve Battersea Power Station's iconic towers

Abramovich insists Chelsea's Battersea plan is self-funded

Chelsea's prospective move to the Battersea Power Station site will not be bankrolled by the club's owner Roman Abramovich, who is not planning to make up any shortfall on funds earned by the potential redevelopment of Stamford Bridge to finance the new project.

The now derelict Battersea Power Station

Abramovich bids to move his goalposts to Battersea

An ambitious new transfer deal is afoot at Chelsea Football Club. So can a power station become a stadium?

ROADKILL: Up to 100,000 foxes are killed by British drivers annually

Tally ho! Everything you need to know about urban foxes

As the biggest national survey begins on Channel 4 tomorrow, Sarah Morrison separates reality from myth

Face of a nation: Iain McKell challenges our notions of beauty with his evocative pictures of the British

Iain McKell has documented the tribes of gritty modern Britain – the skinheads, punks, Blitz Kids and rockabillies – with understated ease. Yet when I go to meet him, I find the photographer in the incongruously leafy environs of Kensington. His house, despite the polite suburban setting, is a seething archive of his work of over 30 years, in which time he has contributed to influential magazines such as Italian Vogue, The Face and i-D.

Plea to spread kindness to our canines

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has issued a plea for public donations – of Marmite and peanut butter.

Battersea Power Station offered for sale

One of the UK's most striking buildings is to be offered for sale on the open market for the first time in its history.

Two held at police Christmas party

Two suspected thieves were arrested when they walked into a pub where police were holding their Christmas party.

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