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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?

Clashes as police evict squatters

Struggles between police and 50 squatters broke out on the streets of Brixton in south London yesterday, as the community were forcefully evicted from the flats they had lived in for 10 years.

Man jailed for 1991 sex attack

A serial sex offender who subjected a doctor to a "pitiless, wicked" attack two decades ago was jailed for nine years today after a cold case review.

Working windmill brings rural life to ... Brixton

Urban development, steam power and the industrial revolution all contributed to their decline in Britain, but a community in south London was yesterday celebrating the reopening of a historic 19th century windmill, the last remaining of its kind in inner London.

Thirty years after the Brixton riots, a cultural intifada continues

Yesterday marked the thirtieth anniversary of a spark; the beginning of the Brixton riots. Our struggle, however, continues today.

Brixton riots - in pictures

It is 30 years since people took to the streets of Brixton in what became one of the worst 20th century disorders London had ever seen.

The real alternative lies in the estates of Brixton, Peckham, Hackney...

It is no use simply complaining about injustice or inequality; if we want to really advocate for change in society, then of course, we must offer an alternative.

London: Roads to nowhere

Imagine a London where the best-known districts no longer exist, crushed by vast, elevated motorways. It's a chilling vision – and one that almost came to pass

Antic to expand and launch its own beer

Antic, the London pub group that owns the Dogstar in Brixton, is set to expand from 16 to 24 sites.

Chase And Status snub Rihanna

Rihanna has been snubbed by drum and bass duo Chase And Status.

Skunk Anansie, Brixton Academy, London

It's enough to to give you the willies. Silhouetted against a screen that stretches across the entire stage, three figures appear with the menacing shapes of a gangster, a vampire and some kind of bat/crow hybrid. The figures, when the screen drops, turn out to be the majority of Brit-rock veterans Skunk Anansie.

Working The Room, By Geoff Dyer

On the catwalk of the mind

Teenagers killed man after sex abuse case was dropped

A boy and girl killed a suspected paedophile "to teach him a lesson" after discovering that a sex abuse case against him had been dropped.

Murder accused teen weeps over 'abuse'

A teenage girl accused of murder broke down and wept today as she told the Old Bailey she had been abused at the age of 12

Boy 'stabbed suspected paedophile after he grabbed girl'

A teenage boy told the Old Bailey today that he stabbed a suspected paedophile to death after the man grabbed a schoolgirl round the neck.

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