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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

The Friday Playlist: British image revisited

As Blur's reunion reaches an extended crescendo this week with a triumphant Glastonbury gig and their Hyde Park shows, it only seemed right and proper that this week's Spotify playlist would be Britpop thermed

Bon Iver, Hyde Park, London

The back story that accompanied Bon Iver's debut album For Emma, Forever Ago has already made the 28-year-old star from Wisconsin a legend in contemporary folk-rock. After a relationship breakdown, Justin Vernon retreated to his father's log cabin in wintry Wisconsin for three months, killing deer to feed himself, and in seclusion wrote the record that topped critics' lists of albums of last year.

Regina Spektor, Hyde Park, London

Acoustics subdue Spektor sound

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Hyde Park, London

With the sun slowly dropping out of the sky over Hyde Park and in front of tens of thousands of expectant fans, the pressure was on for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Hot on the heels of their celebrated headliner at Glastonbury the night before, they had a lot to live up to.

Barry Manilow headlines BBC Proms in Park

Barry Manilow is to perform at the BBC Proms in the Park concert, it was announced today - his only UK date this year.

'How to break through police lines'

G20 protesters are circulating detailed pamphlets advising people on how to win street battles against riot police and what to do if arrested.

Without Prejudice, By Andrew Rosenheim

Homecoming is a recurring theme in Andrew Rosenheim's fiction. His latest thriller, a heartfelt story of race and mixed motives, is set in Hyde Park on Chicago's South Side: now best known as President Obama's former neighbourhood.

Davy Graham

I saw quite a lot of Davy Graham, mainly in London's Notting Dale zone, from the mid-1960s on, writes Michael Horovitz. The newly swinging/anti-war underground was visibly dissolving boundaries between social and artistic media. In June '65 the First International Poetry Incarnation – the first large-scale gathering of countercultural tribes – transformed the hitherto rigidly establishmentarian Albert Hall into a hotbed of (a)political protest and Dionysiac revelry, at which Davy was the only musician featured alongside 17 poets from eight countries.

One Minute With: Julian Fellowes

Triathlon: Yorkshire lad who dared to win

Halfway through the final leg of the men’s triathlon today – the 10km run that followed the 1.5km swim and the 40km cycle ride - Alistair Brownlee must have thought he was cresting the peak of Pen-y-Ghent or Ingleborough rather than racing round the fringes of the Ming Tombs Reservoir north west of Beijing with Olympic gold in his sights.

Mother who devoted her life to fighting knife and gun crime is murdered

Police have arrested the grandson of a mother who led a high-profile campaign against knife and gun violence on suspicion of stabbing her to death.

Preview: Tosca, Royal Albert Hall, London

Rape, torture and murder in the round

The Renovation Game: Hyde Park, central London

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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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