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Tehran bazaar shuts its doors in anger at Ahmadinejad tax hike

Everything from dried rose petals to $5,000 (£3,300) silk carpets to cheap sweets and gaudy plastic sandals could be found on sale in Tehran's grand bazaar. The vast covered market, its narrow lanes typically heaving with shoppers and the raucous sounds of busy commerce, stands empty now, though. The bazaris, the city's merchant classes, have shut their doors in protest at tax hikes proposed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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How comforting to discover that in this sophisticated age of iPads, eBay and Twitter there are still people out there who are happy to rummage through the unwanted contents of someone else's wardrobe. Two enterprising women, Alice Watson and Rachel Bevis, have been organising jumble sales around London. And demand for stalls is so high that they've had to introduce a rotation system. "Hipster jumble sales" are apparently the latest trend. And just like in the old days, they've become part of a fun day out. The difference is that today's jumble sales, rather than being accompanied by morris dancing and stalls selling jam tarts, include massage booths and DJs. Traditional values in a modern setting, one might say.

Fashion-conscious discover a hot new destination: the humble jumble sale

They are the stuff of childhood nostalgia, dimly remembered but not necessarily missed. The traditional British jumble sale was a quaint affair. Frequently manned by primary school mothers and grannies, and enacted in the functional confines of the church hall or school gym, it wasn't noted for its glamour.

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A suspected suicide bomber attacked Pakistani police after a protest rally against power cuts in Peshawar yesterday killing 23 people. The blast went off in an area of the old city known as the Storytellers' Bazaar as a protest against power cuts organised by a religious party was breaking up. Several officials of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) religious party, which organised the protest, were among the dead, party members said.

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Alice-Azania Jarvis: 'I'm getting ready to jumble again – and this time I mean business'

Istill haven't decided what to do for my birthday. But, not to worry. For now, at least, I have a temporary distraction: tomorrow I'm taking part in another jumble sale to raise money for my Save The Rhino marathon fund. Actually, I can't quite believe that this one – my second – has come round so quickly. I'm sticking with the same hosts – Let's Get Ready To Jumble, at Bar Music Hall in Shoreditch – since last time it was perfect: the exact right combination of not-too-much-pressure and plenty of foot traffic. I raised just over £140, which I was thrilled with, since very little that I sold broke the £2 threshold.

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Charity jumble sale draws star crowd

Sunday is a holy day for bargain hunters, who flock to car parks and playing fields around the country to rummage through stalls of second-hand clothes, toys and bric-a-brac in the hope of finding a hidden gem. But while boot sale-goers wouldn’t spend hours queuing for the privilege, a fashion-conscious crowd arrived at the car park of London's Selfridges early yesterday morning in the hope of bagging a bargain and spotting some celebrities at a charity jumble sale.

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