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The local high street jet shop

Got a spare $50m and can't stand the queues at Heathrow? Get yourself down to London's first private plane dealership. Tim Walker checks in

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 My fingers were achingly sore and my head was spinning. I still had a sticky label stuck to me that read Lady Audley, and the phrase ‘goal-mate’ was echoing in my ears. There was a stick on moustache stuck to my handbag, and I had spent all night avoiding penalties and red cards. I had been speed dating.

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Military fitness: sun, sea and sweat

There are plenty of press-ups to be done, but a new military-style fitness break in Fuerteventura is no boot camp

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Who'd want to be a Knightsbridge billionaire?

First it was One Hyde Park. Now London has a new most expensive address – just up the road. But with awful traffic and nowhere to buy milk, it's a wonder the super-rich want to live there at all

The Keys of Babylon, By Robert Minhinnick

I'll intercede," promises Roly in "A Welcome for the River God" as the Lithuanian narrator is abused by passing yobs in a Mazda. The fifteen linked tales of Robert Minhinnick's collection have an intercessive quality, mediating the voiceless condition of migrants in lands far from home. Minhinnick's powerful work has an epic quality. While each short story is an individual fragment of testimony, in a minor key, the geographical range encompasses every continent - Albania, Mexico, China, Iraq, Israel, the United States, Britain. Perspectives challenge habitual norms: in the eyes of a Polish visitor to Bridgend, Wales, the writer's native land, is "the fag end of Europe". Minhinnick's twelve characters arouse in the reader a rising sense of dismay at the sheer variety and yet the lonely monotony and ubiquity of their plight.

Radical Gardening, By George McKay

Books Of The Year: Vegetable plots, and the red roots of a green revolution

The art of protest: Placards go from street to gallery

The banners ranged from crude political slogans to a witty depiction of George Osborne as Edward Scissorhands.

King of Shaves smoothes out £45m deal

The founder of King of Shaves, the British maker of shaving oils and razors, is set for a hefty windfall after receiving takeover approaches that could value the independent UK business at up to £45m.

Brownlee brothers qualify for 2012

European champion Alistair Brownlee won the men's race of the London triathlon yesterday, completing a British double on the Hyde Park course for next year's Olympics.

Rearguard action: There's no slacking at the back in Emma Townshend's borders

In ye olden days of yore, gardens possessed herbaceous borders, great big wide strips of earth either side of the lawn with plants arranged in rows according to height, like a school photo. At the very back, peering over the rest, there would be the floral equivalent of the 5ft 11in schoolgirls of the netball team: delphiniums, hollyhocks and flowering shrubs such as lavatera, all traditional cottage favourites, providing a colourful backdrop for other planting.

If you thought One Hyde Park was luxurious...

Sir Norman Foster-designed Chelsea rival to Knightsbridge enclave for the super-rich offers a swimming pool - in every apartment

Arcade Fire, Hyde Park, 30 June 2011

Arcade Fire’s live shows always seem to present a sort of organised chaos that you either love or hate, but judging by this sold-out Hyde Park gig – their largest UK show to date – they don’t have to worry too much about the latter.

Wireless Festival, Hyde Park, London

Over three days, Hyde Park became a sunny mass of music lovers, as a variety of genres and names took to the stage.

Arcade Fire, Hyde Park, London

On recent tours, Win Butler has wondered how his band can fill arenas despite having no hits. On this evidence, while they may not dominate the charts in the manner of Adele or Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire brim over with hummable tunes.

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