Five-Minute Memoir: Alexandra Shulman on a first-home disaster

I have a recurring dream. I am standing in the hallway of the flat where I spent my childhood and where my mother still lives. The wallpaper is dark green stripes and through the windows of the sitting room I can see trees in full leaf in the sun outside. I am in a state of some agitation as I am very concerned that I am still living 'at home' and then suddenly, I remember that it isn't true, I do have somewhere else to live after all. I have a home of my own.

Eclectic collecting: The living-room, complete with Indian puppet

Home and away: Graham Hollick's home is proof that great ideas can come from near and far

Graham Hollick has just come back from Nepal; he's working on a humanitarian project that encourages women's groups there, and in India, to make money through embroidering textiles. It's obviously a worthy initiative, but a quick glance at his home tells you this must be a cause close to Hollick's aesthetic heart too. He acknowledges the influence on his style, commenting that he "loves India" – a passion reflected in the masks and puppets that stride above his fireplace or adorn his walls.

Riots investigation police find looted shop tills

Police carrying out raids in connection with looting during the London riots have recovered cash tills taken from a shop during the disorder, Scotland Yard said today.

Wolf Gang, Camden Barfly, London

Five well-dressed young men are assembled on the Barfly's narrow stage, each sporting a trendy haircut and stylish blazer. Many such bands have played in this tiny-but-renowned Camden venue, but Wolf Gang's ambitious blend of multiple styles lifts them above the host of UK acts who have passed through its doors.

Video: 7/7 mother calls for public inquiry

Marie Fatayi-Williams, whose son Anthony died on July 7 at Tavistock Square, says there are issues that still need to be resolved.

Review: Camden Crawl 2011

The Camden Crawl has come a long way since its arrival in 1995, when tickets were a mere £5 to see 20 bands playing gigs across five venues.

Win one of 10 pairs of tickets to see Little Eagles

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit around the earth, Rona Munro’s Little Eagles is a gripping new play charting the space race from the perspective of the Soviet Union. It brings to life the fascinating and little-known story of the brilliant man behind their success, Sergei Korolyov, and of the cosmonauts, his beloved ‘little eagles’.

Pathologist Freddy Patel guilty of professional misconduct

The pathologist at the centre of the row over the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests, has been found guilty of professional misconduct in another case.

Pathologist found guilty of misconduct

A pathologist was today found guilty of serious misconduct over his post mortem examination reports into the death of a victim of so-called "Camden Ripper" Anthony Hardy.

Pathologist's reports flawed

A pathologist's post-mortem reports on the first victim of the "Camden Ripper" Anthony Hardy were partially flawed, a disciplinary panel has found.

Driver hired for school run had sex assault record

A taxi driver operating a school run service was hired despite a string of convictions for sexual assaults, an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman reveals today.

Designer dens: Regal sells homes for £12m each

Regal Homes has sold two of its exclusive mansions in north London to overseas buyers for around £12m each, writes Margareta Pagano.

Bella Union's Simon Raymonde: 'Major labels' difficulties are all self-created'

Following last week's Q&A with Sean Forbes of Rough Trade shops, next up in our preview to May's Camden Crawl weekend of gigs in London is Simon Raymonde, founder of Bella Union records, one of the UK's most interesting independent labels.

Win tickets to the Camden Crawl

Where better than the urban sprawl of Camden with its filthy alleyways and tucked-away boozers to catch a glimpse of the new generation of indie and rock and roll acts?

About Time, By Irma Kurtz

Having moved to Bloomsbury after two decades in Soho, Kurtz describes herself as a "last-time buyer". Her book about "growing old disgracefully" should have been great: a sassy broad reports from the final frontier. But the results are disappointingly bland.

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