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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

Firms abandon Olympics legal challenge

Scores of small businesses have withdrawn their legal challenge to the organisers of the Olympics over planned road closures and security restrictions which they claim will put hundreds of jobs at risk.

Knowledge is power (or scientia potentia est, as they say in east London)

Oxford dons bid to improve inner-city pupils with centre for classical education in Hackney

Dalston cola has been created to combat the takeover of East London by the Olympics

Promoter slams BBC's free festivals

Vince Power demands Government explains why broadcaster is allowed to spend taxpayers' money on massive music events

Mole Man's house can be yours – minus 33 tons of once-buried debris

The house under which the notorious “Hackney Mole Man” dug an extensive network of tunnels and caves in a decades long subterranean campaign is to be auctioned next month, it has been announced.

AfroCubism, Theatre Royal, Norwich

In 1996, Djelimady Tounkara and Bassekou Kouyaté from Mali were due to fly to Havana to record with a group of Cuban musicians, including veterans Orlando "Cachito" Lopez and guitarist Eliades Ochoa.

Two found guilty of Olympic money-laundering

Two men have been jailed for money laundering following a £2.3 million fraud against the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Graham Phelps and other business owners plan to sue Locog over congestion around the Olympic Park in east London

'The only Olympic legacy we'll have is fewer customers,' businesses warn

Graham Phelps doesn't have much time for the idea of an "Olympic legacy". "If we lose customers during the Olympics, we'll lose them for ever," he says. "That's our Olympic legacy."

Simon Kelner: The driving force behind a great London institution

It's a safe bet that you didn't pay much attention to the National Luxury and Lifestyle Awards last weekend. No, me neither. And you may not have heard of John Griffin, the recipient of a special award as Entrepreneur of the Year. But if you live in London, he's a constant presence in your life.

Picture preview - Raw Energy: YPA Mentoring 2011

First look at young photographers' exhibition

Former Eastenders actress Gemma McCluskie, 29, from Bethnal Green - missing since 1 March

Brother remanded over Gemma McCluskie murder

The brother of a former EastEnders actress was remanded in custody at the Old Bailey today accused of her murder.

Not enough books and no sherry: why the fake don's study fails

In a bold experiment, a London sixth-form college has created a mock-up of an Oxford don's study in order to make "students from disadvantaged backgrounds" feel less intimidated by the prospect of applying to the university.

Pair in court on shooting charge

Two men appeared in court today charged with shooting dead a man.

Trending: Babyccinos? Been there, got the milk 'tache

Oh, Brooklyn, capital of all things hipsterish and well-coiffured, we love you, but you are losing your touch. Early last week New York mag reported that the plaid-clad parents of on-trend Fort Greene and Park Slope in Brooklyn are all in thrall to the "babyccino" – oodles of foam and a sprinkle of cocoa in a tiny mug.

Chalk Talk: An inspector calls – but not everyone will be very pleased to see him

I always like to see a touch of optimism in the face of what is perceived to be adversity.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there