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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

Team GB's discus thrower Abdul Buhari moved from a tough Brixton estate to working in finance thanks to his Olympic aspirations

Team GB's discus thrower Abdul Buhari says Olympic challenge transformed his life

Team GB's Abdul Buhari says that setting his sights on the Olympics changed his life and helped him move from a tough Brixton estate to working in finance.

London: the Modern Babylon (15)

Julien Temple's kaleidoscopic portrait of London since 1900 is sprawling and uneven, yet vibrant and humorous, rather like the city itself.

New IPCC investigation into custody sergeant in Sean Rigg case

A new investigation into the custody sergeant who was found to have lied under oath at the Sean Rigg inquest has been launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission amid criticisms about its original investigation which found no wrongdoing against any of the officers involved in his death.

Police restraint 'more than minimally' contributed to Sean Rigg's death in custody, inquest jury finds

The police were criticised by an inquest jury today for using an “unsuitable level of force” before the death in custody of a schizophrenic.

Ice-T, Chuck D, Melle Mel & Raekwon, Hammersmith Apollo, London

As they say in the US, "game recognises game" - and hip-hoppers rarely hesitate to bestow honour upon its pioneers for teaching those next in line a thing or two - especially those who are doing it so well. So there's moments tonight when, despite being age-mates, Public Enemy's venerable Chuck D pays tribute to the legendary Melle Mel, calling him "teacher" ("You snatched the pedal out of my hand son!" Mel shouts back, beaming). Later, the PE frontman nods like a proud dad as he watches fellow New Yorker Raekwon take his turn on the mike - and when the latter introduces "the man of the hour, my brother, your brother" Ice-T, you can't help notice the smallest gesture of respect.

In The Studio: Richard Deacon, artist

'Having too many people around made me feel paralysed'

Custody sergeant accused of 'gross failings'

The custody sergeant in charge of a mentally ill man who died at his police station has been accused of "gross failings" after CCTV showed that the officer did not check on the detainee for almost 15 minutes, despite giving contradictory evidence under oath.

PC 'covered up dying man's mistreatment'

A police officer wasted valuable minutes trying to cover-up the maltreatment of a mentally unwell man who was dying on the floor of the police station instead of calling for an ambulance, an inquest has been told.

Met officer denies treating man with 'wanton disregard'

A Metropolitan police officer who was assaulted by a mentally ill man who later died in police custody has denied treating him with "wanton disregard" because he was angry, an inquest has been told.

Civilian call handlers could have been overruled by police Sean Rigg inquest hears

Civilian call handlers who disregarded several 999 calls requesting urgent help for a seriously mentally ill man behaving violently could have been overruled by the police, an inquest has heard. 

Sean Rigg, 40, died in custody after being picked up by police in August 2008

'Not really a police issue': Police ignored five 999 calls about psychotic man who later died in custody

Emergency calls where a hostel manager desperately tried to warn police about the condition of a seriously disturbed man were played to a court room today.

Of those stopped by police, 17 per cent were Asian and 10 per cent black

Fact File: Race and the Met

Thirty-two years after the first black officer Norwell Roberts applied to the Metropolitan Police “as a joke” the inquiry into the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation released its report. Apparently little had changed.

Jury fails to agree in Alfie Meadows case

A student who suffered a brain injury at a protest against university tuition fees is likely to face a second trial after jurors failed to reach a verdict on whether he was guilty of violent disorder.

He says: 'The Church has always stood out – Jesus actually was the odd man out.'

Dr John Sentamu: Next stop Canterbury?

This Easter, all Anglican eyes will be on the outspoken Archbishop of York in a year when he could reach the pinnacle of his denomination

Alfie Meadows has been charged with violent disorder

In court: student who had brain op after police clash

A student who suffered severe head injuries during clashes with police during a demonstration against the rise in university tuition fees was "intent" on confrontation, a court heard yesterday.

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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there