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Keri-Anne Payne all set for Olympics

London 2012 moved a step closer today for the 44 swimmers that will represent Great Britain as they arrived at the Olympic village for a brief stay before heading to their holding camp in Edinburgh in midweek.

'My songs come out of a mature viewpoint on my life' - Elizabeth McGovern

Lady Cora turns to rock'n'roll – but don't expect youthful rage and heartbreak

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Blur are to play a live show for BBC radio ahead of their Hyde Park comeback and warm-up gigs.

Blur to play live on Twitter

Reunited Blur are to debut new songs on Twitter.

The Olympic Stadium will require extra stewards because of fears of overcrowding

Olympics to be delivered £476m 'under budget'

With 43 days until the Games, the Government still has £476m left of its Olympic contingency fund, and ministers are "increasingly certain" they will deliver the event for significantly less than the £9.3bn agreed in 2007.

The Olympic Stadium will require extra stewards because of fears of overcrowding

An Olympic record? Games set to be under budget

With six weeks to go, organisers say they hope to return up to £476m to Treasury

Speculation grows on Marks & Spencer bank launch plans

Speculation was growing today that Marks & Spencer is planning to shake up the financial services industry by launching a chain of bank branches.

Keri-anne Payne prepared for anything in pursuit of open water gold at Olympics

When Keri-anne Payne dives into the Serpentine on August 9, she knows she will have to be "the ruthless one" if she is to add the Olympic open water title to the world crown she won in Shanghai last year.

Damon Albarn, confirming that Blur will perform at Olympics closing ceremony, said, 'We're rowing in, going for gold, grabbing the baton, for the high jump'

Blur's Albarn says Games are too corporate

Damon Albarn, the multi-faceted musician and lead singer of Blur, has criticised the Olympics for being "too corporate," despite agreeing to play a concert to celebrate the closing of the Games.

Tipping point: I win the 25km open water swim in Shanghai last year
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Never gonna give you up: The Hit Factory returns

In news to dismay many music fans, Stock, Aitken and Waterman are getting the gang back together for a reunion gig. But will Kylie come too? By Simon Usborne

Hyde Park will have a big screen

Pay £10 to watch Olympics on screen

People who missed out on Olympics tickets in the first and second ballots are to be given the first opportunity to buy tickets when the remaining 1 million go on sale in April. Games organisers are considering allowing a 24-hour headstart for the estimated one million people who bid for tickets but didn't receive any.

Hyde Park concerts reduced from next year

High-profile gigs by stars including Madonna will go ahead as planned in London's Hyde Park this summer after a decision by councillors.

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