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Italian luxury notebook maker Moleskine has picked Canary Wharf and Covent Garden for its first standalone UK stores.

Katherine Jenkins performs at Epsom in June 2012

Katherine Jenkins: 'I'm hooked on Downton Abbey and Homeland'

Cultural Life: The singer on her favourite music, film, tv and theatre picks

Kara Shay Thomson performs in New York City Opera's production of Schoenberg's 'Erwartung'

New York City Opera needs to raise millions fast– or the fat lady sings

70-year-old company says it plans to file for bankruptcy unless it manages to reach its fundraising goal

Director General Lord Hall on his first day of work, back in April

Lord Hall: The Director-General who pledged to clean up BBC told to return cash

MPs tell Tony Hall to pay back £24,500 he received when he quit for Royal Opera House in 2001

Andris Nelsons and Kristine Opolais

Opera's double act: Kristine Opolais and Andris Nelsons

It's a family affair at the Proms. The Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, 33, will be conducted by her husband Andris Nelsons (both left) of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She will perform Desdemona's “Willow Song” and “Ave Maria” from Act 3 of Verdi's 1887 opera Otello and Tatyana's letter scene from Tchaikovsky's 1879 opera Eugene Onegin.

Simon Callow says he is fascinated by Wagner’s ‘monstrous personality’

Simon Callow gets inside the ‘anti-Semitic, psychotic’ head of Wagner for one-man show

The actor Simon Callow has promised to take audiences to a “dark, murky, unsettling place”, with a new one-man stage show that explores the composer Richard Wagner’s “toxic” and “disgusting” anti-Semitism.

Premier Inn to launch compact 'city centre' spin-off chain

No-frills hotel group Premier Inn is to launch a new compact “city centre” spin-off chain, with bedrooms that have an area of just 11.4 square metres each.

David Wall pictured in 1984

Ballet dancer David Wall dies of cancer aged 67

He was the Royal Ballet's youngest male principal at 21 and danced with Dame Margot Fonteyn

The Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau and his 12-day old daughter demonstrate the Nipper Clipper

The Apprentice 2012 winner Tom Pellereau turns talons to safe nail-clippers for babies

Apprentice boffin Tom Pellereau is hoping his latest invention is up to scratch as he unveiled a safe nail-clipper for babies.

Christopher's, 18 Wellington Street London WC2

How many restaurants which survive for more than 10 years are actually any good? In the restless churn of the London food scene, the answer is arguably: not very many. Chefs move on, managers are poached, the owner loses interest and that exciting new concept grows as stale as last week's leftovers. Inevitably, the sizzle subsides and the quality drops. At which point, it's only a matter of time before the nice chap from Cote, or Jamie's Italian, or Bill's comes knocking to ask about the lease.

Banksy’s Slave Labour should be ‘returned to its rightful place’ in north London, says the local MP

'Disappeared' Banksy set to sell for £900,000

A mural which disappeared from the wall of a north London shop last year but resurfaced  in an auction in Miami – only  to be withdrawn at the last minute – has gone on sale in London and was on Sunday evening expected to raise £900,000.

New house price figures show London continues to be a driving force

Annual house price increases in England were driven by a 7.6% rise in London and a 3.3% increase in the South East

Australian cricket fans during a Test match at Lord’s

Strewth mate. Aussies wave goodbye to Britain as it becomes too pricey to stay

The recession has seen Australian expats leave in droves, damaging a specialist economy

Newsman: Tom Bradby in The Agenda studio

Tom Bradby steps out of Kate and Wills' shadow

It's two years since that interview, and now the 'Agenda' host has two feature films in the offing

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Hackney Empire, London

Embarking on its spring tour with a new production of Cosi fan tutte, ETO offers its audiences a typically provocative essay by the late Edward Said, as a way of intellectually limbering up.

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