Clowns meet to honour the greatest of them all

Clowns from all over the world gathered yesterday to celebrate the life of Joseph Grimaldi, the famous English clown. The service, at Holy Trinity Church in Dalston, east London has been held every year since 1946 in honour of Grimaldi, who lived from 1778 to 1837. Grimaldi, who, as Joey the clown, delighted audiences, was born in London, the son of an Italian pantomime artist getty

Police feel the heat as crime rises along with temperatures

For most people the arrival of summer provides the perfect excuse to try to master the tricky skill of cooking on a barbecue, sunbathe in a garden they usually never use and walk shirtless in places they otherwise would not. But for the police the hot weather signals one thing: a spike in crime.

Observations: Chip-lit is in the bag at this year's London Word

Now in its third year, the 2010 London Word Festival has been serving up the kind of verbal gastronomics we have come to expect from the east end's most collaborative literary event, with Toby Litt, Iain Sinclair and physicist Brian Cox just some of the treats on this month's menu.

Best in Show: The Army (Publicis)

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the British Army's recruitment drive is its trial of experiential showrooms where you can go and see what it's really like to risk your life to save others. The first one opened in Dalston, east London, last month, if you fancy a day out.

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