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The proposal has dropped the amount of 'affordable' housing to a derisory level

A chapter on writing erotic fiction is to feature in the 'Writers' & Artists' Yearbook' for the first time following the success of EL James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (pictured)

Fifty Shades of Grey inspires new chapter on erotic fiction in Bloomsbury Writers' and Artists' Yearbook

A well-established handbook for writers and artists is to include a chapter on writing erotic fiction for the first time.

Paperback review: Mrs Robinson's Disgrace, The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady, By Kate Summerscale

When Isabella Robinson's unpleasant husband read her account of her relationship with the married Edward Lane in her diary, he immediately sued for separation, then full divorce.

Ever since the transport authorities in Madrid began selling sponsorship rights to their subway system, London Underground has gone a bit LOL-tastic
Simon Green of Bonobo

Music review: Bonobo, The Roundhouse, London

Let’s face it, live electronica can often leave the audience rather nonplussed. The ability to be able to transfer perfectly produced masterpieces crafted in the studio to the stage can be something of a holy grail. But Bonobo’s gig at the Roundhouse tonight is an ideal blueprint for any other artists daring to make the leap to a live show.

Cyclist Ella Phillips was helped by Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband my hero: ‘Action Man’ Labour leader rescues injured cyclist

They have called him a geek; they called him Red Ed. They have noted his resemblance to the jug-eared hero of Wallace and Gromit. But never in his 43 years has anyone cast Ed Miliband as “Action Man” – until now.

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband described as 'action hero' after coming to aid of (possibly concussed) cyclist

Ella Phillips, 29, was thrown off her bike in Kentish Town, North London, when she was forced to make an emergency stop

Peggy who appears in BBC Four documentary The Road: A Story of Life and Death

Lost in Cricklewood: the immigrants who wound up living on the A5

Filmmaker Mark Isaacs describes the inspiration behind his latest BBC Four documentary The Road: A Story of Life and Death

Almacantar revives flat plans for Centre Point

The owner of London's infamous concrete tower, Centre Point, will relaunch £350m plans to transform the 1960s-built block into luxury flats within weeks.

Investigation launched after man is killed by metal sign that fell from betting shop in Camden Town, North London

Unnamed man was walking past the William Hill bookmakers in Camden Road when the shop's sign fell

Paperback review: Jack Holems and His Friend, By Edmund White

Holmes and the mystery of sexuality in the Sixties

Amy Winehouse joined the '27 club' in July of last year

'I don't want to die': Amy Winehouse's words just hours before her death

A second hearing into the singer's death has returned a verdict of death by 'misadventure'

OAP Ezekiel McCarthy avoids prison over murder of nephew

A pensioner who killed his nephew after mistaking him for a burglar walked free from court after a judge took pity on him.

Man given life for Liverpool fan's murder

A man who killed a Liverpool football fan at a bar in London was jailed for life at the Old Bailey yesterday.

Man jailed for football fan murder

Alex Jarmay suffered three stab wounds. He collapsed after staggering outside a club

IoS album review: Tulisa, The Female Boss (Island)

The public image of Tulisa Contostavlos has taken a battering over the past year, her positive approval ratings diminished by factors both beyond her control (the leaked sex tape), and very much within it (the tacky tattoo she flashed to pimp her perfume on The X Factor).

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