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The acclaimed artist said he told London Mayor Boris Johnson to solve the city's housing crisis

Leading article: Any resemblance may not be purely coincidental

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life, Oscar Wilde once said. And he reached that conclusion without the benefit of seeing mockumentaries such as the London Olympics spoof Twenty Twelve, the US White House satire Veep or its British inspiration The Thick of It, which is about to return for a new series.

Prism by Keiichi Matsuda at the V&A during the London Design Festival 2012

Heads Up: London Design Festival

They're putting what in the middle of Trafalgar Square?

Future Prime Minister?: Boris Johnson

Leadership: The art of never saying never

When it comes to political ambition – how do you say "no", when you really mean "yes"? Just change the subject

London 2012: Olympics chief hails London as 'beating heart of the world'

Games chief Jacques Rogge has described the capital as the "beating heart of the world" after London 2012 was praised by nations across the globe.

Boris Johnson 'is a great London Mayor', says David Cameron

David Cameron today said he wanted his potential rival Boris Johnson “to be as ambitious as possible”.

MP Louise Mensch sends the Prime Minister a resignation letter saying 'sorry I have been unable to make the balanoing aot work'

Mensch: I quit as MP to spend time with my family

Resignation of high-profile Tory triggers unwelcome by-election in marginal seat

Advice to Europe - from Britain's richest man

Even Lakshmi Mittal is feeling the economic pain. The metals magnate tells James Ashton what he would do about it

Love Letters To The Public Transport System, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Molly Taylor’s fascination with public transport is just contrived enough to be true, an apparent result of her having started one passionate but subsequently failed relationship with a long multi-stage journey from her home in Glasgow to Brixton, where she and her sometime partner would have their first fateful meeting. Things went well.

London 2012: Olympic boost to retailers and tourism new figures show

The Olympics is proving a boost to retailing and tourism, it was announced today.

Elitist: Rupert Murdoch's faith in private schools is misplaced

Alastair Campbell: Prowess, not privilege, wins medals

Give state schools a chance and they will produce top athletes

London dubbed cultural 'powerhouse' in influential report

London has been dubbed a cultural “powerhouse” as a report was released showed it performed strongly in a series of indicators from museums to comedy performances compared with major cities around the world.

Mr Johnson was the first person to use the 45-metre high, 320-metre long zip wire zip wire which offers views towards the Olympic stadium. (pic via Rebecca Denton)
9AM - Archery: Naomi Folkard of GB takes aim in the Women's individual archery at Lord's Cricket Ground

A day in the life of the Olympics

Kevin Garside ticks off the venues with a mad dash across the city, but seems to spend a dubious amount of time at the beach volleyball...

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

But if a real smoking gun is found, that might change things, says Tom Peck
Twenty two years later Jurassic Park series faces questions over accuracy of the fictional dinosaurs in it

Tyrannosaurus wrecked?

Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
Genes greatly influence when and how many babies a woman will have, study finds

Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
12 best olive oils

Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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