<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/09/un-summit-dia-3.html" target="_blank">UN Summit diary: the pledge conveyor belt</a>

At 6.45am I leave our rented apartment, which after three days and nights of all-male living is very reminiscent of my first year in college. I make a quick attempt to clear up - which involves moving the half-finished takeaway trays from the living room to the kitchen - and Ben and I head down the road to Kinko's copy shop to pick up some banners we've had produced for our event inside the UN today on child and maternal mortality.

Cost Of Living: Made-to-order sofas

In an episode of Friends, the group attempt to carry Ross's new sofa up the stairs to his apartment – and get stuck. Sitcoms the world over are littered with such furniture moving-inspired calamities and most homeowners can offer similar tales of these uncompromising beasts.

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Guy Maddin's homage to his home town of Winnipeg is an outstanding and often hilarious piece of film-making

Preview: Three Sisters, Gate Theatre, London

It's Chekov but not as you know it

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Not surprisingly, the MP Derek Conway and his generously rewarded family command the headlines. Conway's sons must have had a ball at university picking up pay and bonuses from their father's parliamentary allowance as they frolicked miles away from Westminster. Cash for no work is a more clear-cut political scandal than the so-called cash-for-honours affair and the allegations whirling around various candidates of Labour's deputy leadership campaign, a contest that has got far more attention since it ended.

Dom Joly: Family holiday centres make me head for the rapids

One of my favourite films ever, if I'm being honest, is 'National Lampoon's American Vacation'. If I'm ever actually asked, then I reply with more sophisticated choices such as '37.2 Degrees le Matin' (Betty Blue) or 'Being There'. The truth, however, is that I love this light comedy starring Chevy Chase travelling across the USA with his dysfunctional family for a holiday at Wally World, a nightmarish Disney-type destination.

Aram's family values: How design store owner Ruth Aram embraced her parents' cutting-edge style

My style has definitely been influenced by my parents - an eclectic mix of old and new. My father [Zeev Aram of Aram Design] taught me to appreciate cutting-edge design from an early age, while my mother studied textiles at St Martins and runs an antique shop in Wimbledon, so they have certainly left their mark on me.

Washington sniper guilty of six murders in Maryland

Former American soldier has been convicted of six more killings carried out during the 2002 spree of sniper shootings that terrorised the Washington area. John Allen Muhammed had already been convicted in Virginia of another sniper killing and may receive the death penalty.

My Home: Rita Konig, housework guru

Changing colours to make Rita's small flat look bigger - a trick she learnt from her mother. By Tessa Williams-Akoto

My home: Cressida Granger

The owner of the Mathmos lamp company lives in a thatch - but her interior is light years away from chocolate-box chintz

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Scots prove you can have it so much better second time around

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