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The oil-Rich Qataris failed to note those three basic requirement for success in the UK property market: location, location and – you guessed it – location

Joan Smith: We're had enough of this one-man psychodrama

Narcissism is the curse of our age. Celebrity is its more familiar manifestation, spawning countless magazines and TV shows, but its tentacles have spread into every area of public life. France recently terminated an unhappy experiment with a hyperactive President, suggesting its appetite for constant self-promotion has its limits. Now a similar proposition is being tested in the UK by the saga of the celebrity-hacker, Julian Assange.

Assange is accused of raping a woman in Sweden in 2010

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange faces arrest for breaching bail

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is subject to arrest after he breached his bail conditions while applying for political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy last night.

Assange is accused of raping a woman in Sweden in 2010

Julian Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador embassy

WikiLeaks founder takes refuge in London embassy in bid to avoid extradition to Sweden

Album: London Philharmonic, Orchestra (Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant)

This official soundtrack to the recent festivities has an unashamedly populist slant, David Parry and the LPO presenting what are effectively a succession of musical figureheads commensurate with the celebration of a national figurehead.

How to be beautiful: How to get your beauty sleep

Owning a separate set of night-time beauty products is not in itself a sign of serious discipline in your skincare regime. It's actually using them every evening that signals a higher state of being, cosmetically speaking.

Joy Lo Dico: Now the middle classes are being squeezed out

London estate agents are hiring French-speaking staff to prepare for a flood of well-heeled Gallic buyers

Tim Walker: Give me dinner, not Dinner, any day

Tales From The Watercooler: The formality of eating in one of the world's top restaurants made me feel like a teenager borrowing his dad's suit

Next stop Michael Phelps: London tube map given Olympic makeover

Many visitors pouring into London this summer for the Olympics will arrive at Nadia Comaneci. They'll need to travel by tube to Simon Whitfield (via Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) before changing there and heading to Michael Phelps (via Carl Lewis).

Broderie anglaise shirt, £2,080 and skirt, £2,260, both by Louis Vuitton, 160 New Bond Street, London W1, 020-7758 9288; night-time crystal Bracelet, £190, by Swarovski, Swarovski.com

How I was taken in by 'Britain's Madoff'

The mastermind in Britain's biggest Ponzi fraud lived like a playboy until his scheme collapsed, leaving a trail of broken lives. Cahal Milmo spoke to one of his victims

Apple goes Dutch with new Amsterdam store

Dutch shoppers flocked to the opening of their country's first Apple store, which opened in Amsterdam yesterday, ahead of the US company's expected launch of its new iPad 3 tablet on Wednesday. Apple chief executive Tim Cook will be making his first major product announcement since the death of founder Steve Jobs last year but the company has not confirmed whether this will be the new iPad.

Lace top, £1,110, by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, 5 Portobello Green, London W10, 020-8968 1542; silk skirt, £927, by Rochas, from Joseph, 16 Sloane St, London SW1, 020-7235 1991; earrings (worn throughout), £320, by Prada, 16-18 Old Bond St, London W1, 020-7647 5000

Reubens in £25m swoop on Battersea heliport

The Reuben Brothers, who amassed a £6bn fortune through property and internet interests, have bought London's only licensed commercial heliport for about £25m. David and Simon Reuben bought Battersea's heliport from Andrew Davis, the former chief executive of the bust hotels group Von Essen. Mr Davis bought the heliport through the separate Von Essen Aviation company for £50m in 2007.

The diamond was stolen from Graff in 2007

How did a giant diamond stolen in a daring London raid end up in a Hong Kong pawnshop?

They arrived at the London showroom of Graff diamonds in a chauffeur-driven Bentley, wearing the tailor-made suits, chunky watches and expensive suntans of two well-heeled shoppers looking to splash serious cash.

Deborah Ross: Get the Thatcher look: snatch some milk

If you ask me, which is always a mistake – darlings, what I don't know may well be the only stuff worth knowing; I'm not entirely without self-awareness – I would still like to help you achieve "The Thatcher look" which, in the light of the film The Iron Lady, is being promoted here, there and everywhere.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links