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The owner of Battersea Power Station said yesterday that it planned to spin off the London landmark into a separate listed company next year, in an attempt to attract investors to help development of the site.

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Woman, 88, stabbed to death in London

A great grandmother has been beaten and stabbed to death at her home in south London, detectives confirmed yesterday. Officers found a retired secretary, Irene Barrett, with multiple knife wounds and her flat in Charlton ransacked after her carers had raised the alarm.

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Reboot for Will Adamsdale's PC play

There's something special about Will Adamsdale's shows. Sum them up in a phrase – a lecture from a motivational speaker with a taste for the surreal (the Perrier Award-winning Jackson's Way); the tale of harried office drone who retreats to live with his possessions in a 5ft-square storage container (The Receipt); an exploration of computers by someone who knows nothing about them (The Human Computer) – and they sound appealingly quirky. But it doesn't really do justice to their Gogol-style blend of absurdist theatre and character-comedy belly laughs that leaves audiences both elated and exhausted.

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It may be a couple of months before festival season properly kicks off but Edinburgh regulars Forest Fringe are whetting our appetites with a microfestival. At the Battersea Arts Centre, audiences can buy a ticket and wander through the space, discovering different theatrical experiences along the way.

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Pandora: Clegg's date at Heart FM falls on deaf ears

Following David Cameron's smoother-than-thou interview on Heart FM last week, Nick Clegg sought to make a similarly impressive appearance on the station's breakfast show yesterday.

Battersea Dogs home stamps its 150th birthday

World famous sanctuary for abandoned pets, Battersea Dog & Cats home, has teamed up with Royal Mail to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

Another Tory poster, another golden opportunity for spoofs

A high-profile poster campaign designed to woo past Labour supporters and put to rest claims that the Conservatives are the "nasty party" was derided just hours after its release, after spoofs appeared on the internet.

London mayor backs Battersea development

Developers of London’s derelict Battersea Power Station yesterday got qualified backing from the Mayor of London, who described designs to transform the site into flats, shops and offices, as “encouraging”. Speaking as the plans for the site technically failed a first planning application, Boris Johnson said that he was confident that the plans could become a “masterplan”.

Nic Green's Trilogy, Battersea Arts Centre, London

Get ready for a nude awakening

Jiggery Pokery, Battersea Arts Centre, London

Kenneth Tynan once noted that Noël Coward had been Slightly in Peter Pan as a child, and wholly in Peter Pan ever since. Charles Hawtrey, who played the same role, was much more of a lost boy, as we see in this one-woman show, in which Amanda Lawrence impersonates him and 47 other characters, male, female and animal. Jiggery Pokery, described by the director and co-author Paul Hunter as "a homage to a true English eccentric", didn't make me like or admire an actor I have never found funny. It has, however, added, to my superficial view of Hawtrey as disturbing, several layers of disquiet. This deft, daft collage of public and private moments has plenty of laughs, but it also shows us the chin trembling with rage and fear, the trembling hand pouring gin into the teacup.

Plans revealed for new south London links

Plans for a possible extension to a busy Tube line and a new bridge across the River Thames were outlined today by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

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