News The fashion designer Henry Holland has transformed a former ice-cream van, into his new flagship store. Instead of cones and lollies he will sell House of Holland clothes

The tinkle of "Greensleeves" was once a familiar sound in every residential street. But for many, that quintessential sound of summer is a fading memory as the traditional ice-cream van has declined to the point where only an estimated 500 are still operating, down from 20,000 in the 1950s.

Kremlin tightens grip on Russian media

The most influential newspaper in Russia is to come under Kremlin control as the government tightens its grip on the media in the run-up to elections next year.

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A whole different kind of terrible, Bart Freundlich's romantic comedy seems to distil the very essence of unfunniness. It focuses on two New York couples undergoing some heavy weather in their relationships. Julianne Moore is a stage actress married to David Duchovny, an ex-adman-turned-house husband whose need for sex leads him into an affair, while aspiring writer Maggie Gyllenhaal dreams of a big family but can't get layabout boyfriend Billy Crudup to commit.

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The country house market has been affected by the economic climate, but there is good news for buyers and sellers alike. By Robert Liebman

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Date of Birth: 1805.

Obituary: Dorothy Stroud

Dorothy Nancy Stroud, museum curator and author: born London 11 January 1910; staff, Country Life 1930-41; staff, National Monuments Record 1941-45; Assistant Curator, Sir John Soane's Museum 1945-84; MBE 1968; died London 27 December 1997.
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