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Ryan Lochte has something to smile about after winning the 400m individual swimming medley

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Director Stephen Daldry has promised that the closing ceremony will be 'the best wedding party you’ve ever been at'.

London 2012: Closing ceremony director Stephen Daldry vows best party ever

When is the closing ceremony? It starts at 9pm London time on Sunday and is due to finish before midnight.

Aung San Suu Kyi mingles with MPs and peers after addressing both Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall

Aung San Suu Kyi appeals to Britain to help drive her country's transformation

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Jimmy Carr doesn't believe that he's done anything wrong

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Not to be confused with Ridley Scott's alien thriller Prometheus, another reinterpretation of the Greek myth arrives in Greenwich next week. Prometheus Awakes will be a piece of theatre on a grand scale - providing the weather stays fine.

David Thomas: Who needs a knighthood when you can be a National Treasure?

Gary Barlow was reinvented as an all-purpose Good Guy of Pop

Being Modern: Online ticketing

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We love: Getting our fix - Lux-fix is a new members-only boutique that’s free to join and brings customers pieces direct from the studios of 50 designers courtesy of a weekly email and pop-up shops as well as a common or garden online shop. lux-fix.com

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Take That star Mark Owen to be a father again

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Robbie Williams to become a father

Robbie Williams is to become a father, as he announced his wife Ayda is pregnant.

One Direction have a Hot 100 hit

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