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Colin O'Brien spent three weeks photographing the children of travellers in Hackney 25 years ago.

Andreas Wesemann with members of staff – before the photoshoot was interrupted by hecklers

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Controversial plan includes compulsory music lessons and 'nomadic ' teachers

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As international design fair PAD descends on London, three of the UK’s brightest new talents invite Holly Williams into the studios where they find their inspiration

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The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, found dead in a canal, now accepts responsibility for killing her, the Old Bailey heard today.

Warning over 'Afro combs' as teenage girl is jailed for 10 years for killing 16-year-old in dispute over boys

A judge today warned of the dangers of wearing Afro combs as fashion accessories as he handed a life sentence to a 16-year-old girl who used one to fatally stab another girl in a dispute over boys.

Bus ban for Hackney 'race rant' probe woman

A woman who was arrested by police investigating claims of a black woman making racist comments about white people on a bus has been released on bail, with the condition that she does does not travel on any London bus.

Professor Green's rap sheet for EMI

The rapper Professor Green has launched an attack against his record company EMI, accusing executives of damaging his career by "not doing their jobs properly".

August 7, 2012: Phillips Idowu failed to answer the critics

Triple jumper Phillips Idowu makes 40 minute Olympic cameo

Britain's athletes have a day to regret in the Olympic Stadium

Ryan Gander in his east London studio

In The Studio: Ryan Gander, artist

'We do not sit down here to come up with ideas. Ideas come in the car'

London: the Modern Babylon (15)

Julien Temple's kaleidoscopic portrait of London since 1900 is sprawling and uneven, yet vibrant and humorous, rather like the city itself.

Cyclist killed by official Games bus on road near Olympic Park

A cyclist died last night after being knocked down by what police described as an "Olympic bus" on the border of the Games site.

The real east London: an Olympic view from Hackney

Long before they even began, the London 2012 Games became - in the minds of many - deeply immersed in and reliant on corporate sponsorship. And there were many in Hackney's Haggerston Park, in east London, where thousands of locals not able to get their hands on tickets came to watch last night's Ceremony, who felt that the non-ticketed, non-sponsored party was more akin to the ideals of the original Olympics than the shindig going on just up the road in Stratford.

Huge Olympic effect on value of homes in London's East End

Prices have risen by over £200 a week since London was awarded the Olympic Games

Mole man home sold for £1m

The house where a man spent almost half a century tunnelling a labyrinthine network of caverns has been sold for over £1m.

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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