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Scores of small businesses have withdrawn their legal challenge to the organisers of the Olympics over planned road closures and security restrictions which they claim will put hundreds of jobs at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