Earls Court

Bloc Party, Birthdays, London

Celebrating the top spot of their new album Four in the midweek charts, Bloc Party announced this intimate show at Birthdays in Dalston on Twitter. Stating that it would be free and on a first-come, first-served basis, the bar recommended that Bloc’s numerous fans not attempt to camp overnight but from 8am the next day they were already queuing for the show.

Would you sell so Chelsea can quit the Bridge?

Chelsea have announced that they will ask the 12,000 shareholders of Chelsea Pitch Owners to sell back the freehold of the pitch and four stands to the club in order that – should the decision to build a new stadium be taken – they can sell the Stamford Bridge site.

Olympic volleyball will be Earls Court swansong

For more than 70 years its striking art deco entrance has towered over the surrounding area. Millions of people have traipsed through its doors on their way to events as varied as beer festivals and the Brit Awards. But once the 2012 Olympics is over, London’s Earls Court exhibition centre will be flattened.

Competition: Win a trip to Ecuador

The Independent Traveller and Wanderlust magazine have once again teamed up to present the Travel Photo of the Year competition. The winners get the chance to see their shots printed in The Independent Traveller and Wanderlust, as well as receiving a photographic commission to Ecuador, and Nikon camera equipment.

Fashion: Spot the next Stella

Graduation to most of us meant rented gowns trimmed with itchy fake fur, worn in the summer sun while queuing up to be photographed holding a rolled-up piece of paper. These images then duly haunt you forever, gazing down from proud relatives' mantelpieces. But for fashion graduates, it's a very different story: the only gowns involved are worthy of the red carpet, and pictures are taken by catwalk pros rather than "watch the birdie" amateurs.

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Gordon Brown reveals himself as angry young man

As unheralded arrivals go, it hardly ranked with the parachute landings and jet-ski leaps that might have satisfied James Bond. But the London Book Fair still staged a small turn-up for its own appointments book yesterday. The latest chronicler of 007 encountered another sort of chief: not M, but PM.