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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

1m pocket guides issued for Pope's UK visit

A million copies of a handbook including hymns, prayers and articles about the Pope's visit will be distributed to parishes across England, Scotland and Wales, the Catholic Church said today.

Catholic Church struggles to raise funds for Pope's visit

With just over a month to go before the Pope arrives in Britain, the Catholic Church is facing a £2.6m shortfall in donations needed to pay for the visit.

Papal visit will see public paying up to £25 for a ticket

The faithful are to be charged up to £25 a head to see Pope Benedict XVI when he comes to Britain later this year.

Jay-Z, Wireless Festival, Hyde Park, London

Jay-Z is not a humble man, nor should he be. A colossus of modern urban music, he has achieved a level of popularity in the industry and with all walks of the public unrivalled by his contemporaries. What was clear from his performance at London's Wireless festival was that he didn't scale these heights through charm alone.

Kings of Leon, Hyde Park, London

Just how have Kings of Leon got so big? For ages they were no more than a middleweight indie band with a little bit of underground cachet and a smattering of profile. Suddenly, they're everywhere, headlining festivals, rocking daytime radio playlists, and soundtracking Saturday afternoons in Argos.

Grizzly Bear, Serpentine Sessions, Hyde Park, London

It was with their championed 2009 album Veckatimest that Brooklyn quartet Grizzly Bear jumped from cult status to being much, much bigger. Their Glastonbury show on the festival's Other Stage on Sunday had the crowds and critics talking, while at tonight's Serpentine Sessions they attract such adoration that their fans throw roses onto the stage exclaiming, "We love you!"

Bruce Anderson: Of course traditional architecture is better

Any fair-minded person should ask themselves why this creative, dedicated, and invaluable public servant is subjected to so much captious denigration

Lives Remembered: Harry Baldwin

When Harry Baldwin was growing up in south London, political meetings on Sunday mornings and evenings were a feature of social life. His father introduced him to these popular events, in which the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB) held up to 1,000 meetings a year. Harry, who was born in Brixton on 17 October 1930 and was a conscientious objector to National Service, became a party member in 1950. He was a plumber by trade throughout his working life.

Labour takes two in by-elections

Labour gained two seats from Liberal Democrats in the latest council by-elections with just 15 weeks at most before Gordon Brown's date with destiny.

No Distance Left To Run: A Film About Blur (NC)

A rather indulgent documentary on the career-arc of Britpop's favourites, following their reformation last year and the triumphant headlining gigs at Glastonbury and Hyde Park.

Talent 2010: The entrepreneur, Callum Negus-Fancey

Callum Negus-Fancey dropped out of school in the middle of his A-Levels. Formal education, he explains, was just a little two-dimensional. Rather than continuing his studies in economics, philosophy and politics, the head-strong 20-year-old decided to pursue his burgeoning career as an underage party promoter, putting on late-night music events for 16-18 year olds.

The Sketch: He's forgotten the first rule of leadership: indifference

They have strong stomachs in the lobby. I'm not sure I can go through another one of those press conferences.

How the forces finally learnt to take pride

Nine years after the military lifted its ban on gays, the army has put an openly homosexual soldier on the cover of its magazine.

Tom Sutcliffe: An open space to remember

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

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