Severe delays affect key Olympic transport routes

Passengers travelling on key Olympic routes endured delays today as a series of problems hit Tube and light railway systems in London.

Torchbearer Phillips Idowu 'full of emotion'

British medal hopeful Phillips Idowu was "full of emotion" today as he carried the Olympic Torch in Stratford - just a stone's throw from the Olympic Park in east London.

Protesters plan to target equestrian star with links to Assad regime

Syria is sending its largest Olympic team since the Moscow Games in 1980
London's Camden Beach

City beaches: Britain's coastal explosion

You might not be able to see the sea, but a wave of temporary beaches inspired by hip European hangouts are bringing summer to our cities

Rebecca Armstrong: Hen nights can be amazing – or horribly embarrassing

I caught sight of a rather unusual list on a work friend's notepad recently. I won't go into the graphic details, but she was compiling a list of synonyms for the male member. After having a good goggle at it (and suggesting a few additions), I asked why she'd put penis to paper. It was all in aid of a forthcoming hen night, she explained, where each attendee would be given an alternative name for the night, chosen from the fruits of her labour. There was also going to be a stripper from the Full Monty school of disrobement. Luckily, I don't know the hen in question, so won't be invited to the festivities (and if I was, I'd already be compiling my own list – of excuses as to why I couldn't come).

John Munday, museum curator and artist, born Portsmouth 10 August 1924

John Munday: Respected curator at the National Maritime Museum

When the full history of British national museums in the 20th century is written, the late 1960s and '70s may seem rather a golden age.

London's brand new £60m 'flying bus' route opens

Having been waved off by a group of north London delicatessen workers, one of a rotating smorgasboard of sectional groups beaming out from an enormous screen in the “terminal building”, a jolt of acceleration begins one's journey on London's brand new £60m flying bus route. “You are cruising at an altitude of 295 feet. Please remain seated at all times,” informs the piped in stewardess.

The London 2012 Olympic stadium has been at the centre of a long-running saga over its future

50,000 more Olympic tickets go on sale

Another 50,000 Olympic tickets were put up for sale today.

London cable car to launch

The UK's first urban cable car system will open next week.

Observations: Prometheus lives again – and takes to the streets

Not to be confused with Ridley Scott's alien thriller Prometheus, another reinterpretation of the Greek myth arrives in Greenwich next week. Prometheus Awakes will be a piece of theatre on a grand scale - providing the weather stays fine.

Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips hoping it's third time lucky after being selected for Olympics

Zara Phillips hopes it can be a case of third time lucky after being selected for her Olympics debut.

Doreen Lawrence tells of reaction to guilty verdict

Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, has described how she had to hold herself back from screaming when her son's killers were found guilty.

Fire crews battle south-east London factory blaze

Around 70 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a factory today.

Olympics missiles plan unveiled

Military chiefs said today that they hoped to “allay people's fears” as they unveiled surface-to-air missiles which could be deployed at six sites across London during the Olympics.

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