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The steel erector Severfield Rowen, which is working on the City's Cheesegrater skyscraper, counted the cost of the "most challenging year in its history" yesterday as it crashed to a £21.5m loss.

Britain's youngest terrorist behind bars

Britain's youngest terrorist was behind bars today after a guide to death and explosives was found in the schoolboy's home.

London revealed: The grand tours

Paperbacks: London Lights, by James Hamilton

Around 1800, Richard Porson was regularly found under the table in the Cider Cellar, a subterranean drinking den in Covent Garden. The decline of this ragged, hopeless drunk would scarcely be worthy of mention if Porson wasn't also Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge and "an intellectual literary giant".

Busy Tube station to shut for three years

One of London's busiest Tube stations is to shut for nearly three years, it was announced today.

James Daley: Cyclotherapy

I've changed the route that I cycle to work over the past few weeks – first because after four years of riding the same way, I was ready for some new scenery, but also because I'm sure it helps make me a better cyclist. While you might think knowing your route back to front is the best way to stay safe, there's a school of thought which says the better you know your way, the more complacent you become. If you've been riding around the same blind corner in the backstreets of Stockwell for several years, and you've never once come across another vehicle, then you're less likely to be paying attention on the day when something does appear. I always try to remind myself that it only takes one bad collision with a car to put me in a wheelchair or worse.

Tooley scrumptious: Magdalen, Tooley Street, London

It's just as well the by-line photos accompanying restaurant reviews aren't legally obliged to reflect the actual size of the writer. There has been such a waxing and waning of waistlines in reviewing circles recently that picture editors would be struggling to keep pace. As some of my big-boy peers melt into slender ephebes thanks to no-carb diets, I'm heading in the opposite direction, having adopted a punishing regime of round-the-clock eating in preparation for the judging of the London Restaurant Awards.

The Weasel: Platform performance

On the first Sunday after Eurostar’s move to St Pancras Station, refurbished at a cost of £800m, I was admiring Martin Jennings’statue of John Betjeman near platform 5 when I was approached by an Irish gent.“Are you a relative?”said the genial chap. “You have a bit of a look of him.” This was an ambiguous compliment. After photographing the poet in 1955, Cecil Beaton confided to his diary: “An Edwardian vaudeville tramp … the anonymity of an oyster.”

Rome judge to deliver ruling on killing of 'God's banker'

Four defendants wait to hear if they will face full trial for 1982 murder of Roberto Calvi

Calvi murder linked to missing $70m

Calvi's murder 'a warning by Mafia'

Man `obsessed' with rubbish fined for Aitken papers theft

A WOULD-BE solicitor, who stole a law firm's rubbish and discovered confidential documents relating to the disgraced former Cabinet minister, Jonathan Aitken, was yesterday fined pounds 20.
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