Property

When the British fashion design duo Antoni & Alison bought a derelict 1820s house, they spent a year, they say, "Going, 'Agh! What do we do with it?'" They wanted to respect its history but not to the point that it resembled an English Heritage property. The result is a surprisingly beautiful blend of giant Mr Blobby ornaments and painstakingly salvaged authenticity (above). On 17 September, as part of London Fashion Week, they open it to the public (open houselondon. org.uk). I asked Antoni what he'd learnt during the restoration...

John Walsh: Time to throw the book at Ed Vaizey

The year of library closures rumbles on. Despite local protests, five libraries in Lewisham, south London, closed down in May. Residents had been graciously allowed to meet chaps from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for discussions, but they might as well have talked to themselves. Last Friday, Gloucestershire locals won a High Court injunction to halt the closure of their libraries, but 393 more are still under threat.

Hunt set to give go-ahead to BSkyB deal next week

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has agreed with Ofcom, the media regulator, the terms that will allow News Corp to proceed with its bid to take complete control of BSkyB, with the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt expected to approve the deal next week.

Coalition u-turns: The government <i>is</i> for turning

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William Hague, Foreign Secretary

Plan to make to cut the money the Foreign Office contributes to the World Service. It will now provide an extra £2.2 million of funding to shore up the corporation's Arabic Service after widespread criticism.

Cost: £2.2 million



Mary Dejevsky: Too edgy for their own good

Notebook

Editor-At-Large: Stop scapegoating our parents, you spineless politicos

I can't think of any job tougher than being a parent in modern Britain, and I've edited this newspaper, walked the length of Britain, climbed Kilimanjaro and regularly mouth off on live television. Parents are our unsung heroes, but you'd never guess. Week in and week out they get criticised – told they're not as good as previous generations.

British Land defeats English Heritage at battle of Broadgate

The Culture Secretary has turned down a request to list Broadgate in the Square Mile, clearing the way for British Land to redevelop part of the City estate for UBS's new European headquarters.

David Prosser: Rebuilding Broadgate isn't cultural vandalism

Outlook Given that the Government rarely ignores the recommendation of English Heritage that it should give a building listed status, the decision of Jeremy Hunt to do so for the Broadgate buildings in the heart of the City is worthy of scrutiny. And anyone who looks at the facts will conclude that the Cultural Secretary has put financial considerations first in this case.

Market Report: Bid talk helps Tui Travel to enjoy its day in the sun

The blue-chip index may have closed last night at its lowest level for nearly three months, but Tui Travel was sunning itself at the top of the leaderboard following renewed speculation the tour operator could be in line for an approach.

BBC puts landmark Television Centre up for sale

The BBC has put its landmark Television Centre up for sale and said it is looking for a deal which will "maximise the value" for the corporation and licence fee-payers.

A computer dating revolution (of the archaeological kind)

Innovations in programming are changing archaeologists&rsquo; perception of how settled life and early agriculture spread through Britain, David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent, reports.

Platini tries to limit Fifa damage amid 'some strange days'

A week ago Michel Platini was favourite to be the next-but-one president of Fifa. Uefa, the confederation of which he is president, had promised to deliver its 53 votes (aside from the Football Association, which will abstain) to the incumbent Sepp Blatter on the understanding that he would ease the passage for Platini to succeed him in 2015.

Strong results at British Land as property recovery gathers pace

British Land posted a 12.5 per cent increase in net asset values yesterday, a key indicator of the health of property companies, although analysts said the results were not as strong as the recent update from its FTSE 100 peer Land Securities.

The Photography of Bedford Lemere &amp; Co, By Nicholas Cooper

The self-assured structures of an empire at its height were the stock-in-trade of Bedford Lemere & Co, the architectural photographers, whose archive of 20,000 glass negatives is the source for this bitter-sweet glimpse of a vanished world.

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, supported by Arts Council England in association with Champagne Taittinger, celebrates an exceptional work of fiction by a living author which has been translated into English from any other language and published in the UK.

David Cairns: Roman Catholic priest who became MP for Inverclyde and a rising star of the Labour Party

David Cairns, Labour Member of Parliament for Inverclyde, has died at the age of 44. He was a rising star in Labour's Westminster ranks and had he lived it would have been inconceivable that he would not have been a leading member of any future Labour Government.

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