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Manchester’s Chorlton along with Herne Hill, Muswell Hill and Dagenham in London are some of the worst afflicted areas while Mossley Hill and Waterloo in Liverpool also feature prominently

Karen Millen chief hails London tradition after Christmas record

The boss of Karen Millen has revealed how London is key to the company’s record trading over Christmas because of the fashion brand’s decision to continue making all its clothes in-house and in the heart of the capital.

American smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light, By Iain Sinclair: Book review

An Englishman crosses the Atlantic in search of the Beat generation heroes of his youth on a circuitous and magical tour

Tartan army: dungarees £150, top £75, all House of Hackney for Asos, asos.com

Style File: House of East-enders

Interiors brand House of Hackney has brought its signature bold prints and patterns to a capsule collection for Asos, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Home turf: The pitches of Hackney Marshes, where David Beckham honed his skills, have long been a home for amateur footballers

Hackney Marshes: Rising fees force the next David Beckham, John Terry and Sol Campbell off the pitches

Hackney Marshes, where some of England’s top players learned their craft, is driving  young talent away with over-complicated charging

Greg Wallace: Michael Gove praised him as one of the 'Magnificent Seven' superheads running state schools

Blow for Gove: One of 'Magnificent Seven' superheads resigns after IT contract probed

Greg Wallace's decision is said to have surprised staff at five schools he ran successfully in east London

Restaurant review: Angela Hartnett is at the helm of Shoreditch's latest high-ticket opening, the Merchants Tavern

Merchants Tavern, 36 Charlotte Road, London, EC2 (020-7060 5335)

Keith Blakelock was murdered 23 years ago

Man aged 45 denies murdering PC Keith Blakelock during Broadwater Farm riot 28 years ago

A 45-year-old man today denied murdering policeman Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm Estate riot 28 years ago.

Diane Abbott apologised today after claiming 'white people love playing 'divide & rule'

Former leadership challenger Diane Abbott axed as shadow Health Minister by Ed Miliband

'I'll live' said Labour MP Abbott upon hearing the news 

London's first cat café gets green light

New high street experience finally receives planning permission and announces location on Bethnal Green Road in Shoreditch, London

Man stabbed to death on busy London street in ‘row over a fiver’ as he made his way to mother’s birthday party

Incident took place in Homerton - an area once dubbed ‘murder mile’

‘I was desperate for my team to make it’: Adventurers caught in Greenland storm tell inquest of ordeal that killed friend

Philip Goodeve-Docker died from hypothermia after team became trapped in a tent where temperatures plunged to -20C

The News Matrix: Saturday 17 August 2013

Resource worries for 80% of GPs

Two charged over Lee Rigby video clips

A 21-year-old woman has been charged with terror offences over video clips about the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Man charged over Lee Rigby videos

A 22-year-old man has been charged with terror offences after allegedly making a series of video recordings about the death of soldier Lee Rigby.

Greg Wallace has been forced to stand down as head of the five primary schools in Hackney, east London, while allegations are investigated over the awarding of a computer contract to a firm run by a man with whom he has a close personal relationship

‘Superhead’ Greg Wallace suspended over claims he gave IT contract to boyfriend

Schools’ governing body, which includes one of Gove’s advisers, also has power removed

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own