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The Kumars (Sky1) are back. They've left number 42 at their street in Wembley and moved to Hounslow, where a divorced Sanjeev Kumar/Bhaskar is hosting his TV show from behind his dad's shop where they're renting from new landlord Hawney (pronounced "horny").

The iconic cover of The Beatles album, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club

Diary: YouTube gold as BBC query sends Oliver round the twist

A superb video went up on YouTube yesterday, a revelation to anyone who has never witnessed a real life spin-doctor haranguing a journalist.

Baroness Warsi, co-chairman of the Conservative Party, has admitted failing to declare rental income received for more than a year on a north London flat.

Labour demands inquiry into Warsi expenses claim

Baroness Warsi faced calls last night to stand down as the Conservative Party co-chairman following allegations she claimed House of Lords expenses while staying rent-free at a friend's house.

Hunt under more pressure to quit

With three days to his appearance at the Leveson Inquiry, fresh pressure was piling on Jeremy Hunt over his links with News Corp. The Culture Secretary, pictured, was urged to quit by one of his Tory predecessors, while Nick Clegg delivered a warning about politicians ending up "in the pockets of media moguls".

Calls grow for Warsi to step down as Tory co-chairman

Baroness Warsi faced calls last night to stand down as the Conservative Party co-chairman following allegations she claimed expenses while staying rent-free at a friend's house.

Met officer in court on attempted child sex charge

A serving Scotland Yard officer appeared in court today charged with trying to meet a child on the internet for sex.

In pictures: Static - layered art from London's East End

The idea that visual art is only what can be spread flat across a canvas is one that has long since been abandoned. With sculpture and large-scale installations, the 2D print has become not so much outdated, but rather had to give up its monopoly over the art world and make way for more innovative uses of space.

A source of tension in Whitehall has been disputes between David Cameron's combative head of strategy, Steve Hilton (pictured), and the Head of the Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake

No 10 and top civil servants at loggerheads

Relations between senior civil servants and Downing Street are at an all-time low, with both sides engaged in a bitter blame game.

A source of tension in Whitehall has been disputes between David Cameron's combative head of strategy, Steve Hilton (pictured), and the Head of the Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake

David Cameron aides at war with Civil Service in battle of Downing Street

Strategy chief's 'Bungalow Bob' jibe at top mandarin in clash over reforms

The embattled Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt leaves his home in London yesterday

Inquiry tells No 10: It's your job to decide whether Hunt broke rules

David Cameron's strategy to prevent an independent probe into his Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was last night dramatically undermined by the Leveson Inquiry.

Party donor loses government cab contract after bus lane row

The minicab firm run by Conservative donor John Griffin is to lose a lucrative contract with the Government, it emerged yesterday, hours after the company was banned from encouraging its drivers to illegally use bus lanes.

Spotlight On... Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster

So the Duke of Westminster has fallen on hard times?

David Cameron takes time out to help Boris Johnson on his London mayoral campaign trail yesterday

It's as if he'd never been away... PM back as charity tax row rumbles on

Labour surges to biggest poll lead since election while new Coalition split on 'green deal' emerges

Third of top civil servants have quit

More than a third of Britain's most senior civil servants have left their jobs since the Coalition government took power, new figures have shown.

A new serif in town

You might not notice them, but the fonts used on signs and shops can define a city, discovers Simon Usborne

Trajan-style typeface

A new serif in town: The fonts used on London's signs and shops have an army of fans

It's the dots that do it, on the "i's". Except that they're not dots at all, but diamonds. The adornments on an otherwise beautifully simple typeface are an identifying quirk of Johnston Sans, a font that is as synonymous with London as Big Ben. It has become known as the "handwriting" of the city, but can you identify it? Did you even know its name?

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