Athlete/I Am Kloot, Old Royal Naval College, London

Rock festivals get everywhere these days. It seems every local authority with a small patch of grass wants to be in on the action, to earn kudos from having one or two mid-table bands play their back yard.

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With the intensity and detachment of a sleepwalker, a Chopin recitalist strikes the softest notes in the Proms' first week

The Old Brewery, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10

This fine summer's evening we are travelling downriver to Greenwich, to partake of a whitebait dinner and a glass of Hospital Porter. How delightfully mid-19th century. In Dickens' time, Greenwich was famous for its whitebait – the small fry of various fish which bred abundantly in this polluted stretch of the Thames – and visitors would journey from far and wide for an infanticidal fry-up. The fish may come from Billingsgate Market these days, but the traditional Greenwich whitebait dinner is enjoying a revival, thanks to an appealing new venture from local brewers Meantime.

Album: John Eliot Gardiner Bach Cantatas Vol. 11 (Soli Deo Gloria)

SDG's series deriving from John Gardiner's epic 2000 pilgrimage around European churches performing Bach cantatas with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists reaches Genoa and Greenwich on this latest CD set.

My Name Is Daphne Fairfax, By Arthur Smith

This droll and wise comedian's testament almost ends with a joke-free bout of acute necrotising pancreatisis (like "a mad rodent inside me").

Minor British Institutions: The English Democrats

A minor British institution that would rather be a major English institution, by the looks of it. Obviously they want an English parliament, and they want everyone to speak English, which is either a racist attitude or plain common sense, depending on what you can make of their motives.

Social workers were 'enthusiastic removers of children'

A leading judge accused social workers of appearing 'arrogant and enthusiastic removers of children' for the way they went about permanently removing children from their mothers.

Father 'stabbed to death at end of night out' in London

A young father was stabbed to death as he waited for his partner at the end of a night out, the Old Bailey heard today.

New Tudor find could block Olympic event

Rains uncover brickwork which allows Greenwich campaigners to claim 'Queen Elizabeth stood here'

Greenwich Park approved as Olympic venue

Plans to use Greenwich Park as an equestrian venue for the London 2012 Olympics were approved by local councillors at a planning meeting yesterday.

Book Of A Lifetime: Nineteen Eighty-Four, By George Orwell

Growing up in Sixties suburban London was rather like lying in tepid bathwater for several years. Into this sleepy complacency fell Nineteen Eighty-Four, a book that entrapped me for life. I was on the cusp of adolescence, reading voraciously, gradually testing the limits of my smug world, and bought it in the Popular Book Centre Greenwich, a seedy secondhand shop with a nice line in top-shelf smut. As we were still 15 years away from the novel's date, I naively assumed it would provide futuristic rocket adventures.

Rev Simon Boxall: 'I forgive my daughter's killers'

Vicar's child Rosimeiri Boxall leapt to her death from a third-floor window, at the age of 19, to escape the vicious attack of two teenage girls. They were jailed at the Old Bailey last week, but the Boxalls take no pleasure in that. Rachel Shields meets Rev Simon Boxall

Beckham academy to close in Greenwich

David Beckham's football academy will continue to reach children across the UK despite the closure of its London venue, the managers insisted today, after pleas by parents to keep the site open.

Three arrested over flat murders

Detectives investigating the murder of two men found bludgeoned and stabbed to death in a south London flat have made three more arrests, Scotland Yard said.

As the clocks go back... 10 winter warmers

If the clocks going back leaves you with nothing to look forward to until spring, you need the <i>IoS</i> guide to raising your spirits
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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