Property

When the British fashion design duo Antoni & Alison bought a derelict 1820s house, they spent a year, they say, "Going, 'Agh! What do we do with it?'" They wanted to respect its history but not to the point that it resembled an English Heritage property. The result is a surprisingly beautiful blend of giant Mr Blobby ornaments and painstakingly salvaged authenticity (above). On 17 September, as part of London Fashion Week, they open it to the public (open houselondon. org.uk). I asked Antoni what he'd learnt during the restoration...

Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang (U)

Second time out for the warty child wrangler with magic powers in her walking stick.

Other departments: Slashed budget for Mandelson's ministry

Lord Mandelson's department faces some of the deepest cuts, promising to slash its budget by £300m within three years. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said nearly half – £120m – will be found by streamlining the quangos it has responsibility for, including bringing separate regional organisations together in one building.

Robber gangs target UK war memorials

Heritage groups warn of rise in thefts of metal and statues from Britain's monuments to fallen soldiers

Katy Holland: Woodland to Wonderland: Easter escapes that won't break the bank

Are We There Yet? Spring is in the air and plenty of new family-friendly attractions are opening up

Revealed: Britain's Olympic triumph

The Games will cost between £8.8bn and £8.9bn

London Games worry over funding

The London Games still has "plenty of hurdles to jump" amid continued concern over the potential need to use the contingency fund and the legacy of sections of the Olympic Park.

Reaction to Portsmouth plight

Former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric believes the club can rise from the ashes and become a force once again.

Clamp down on lads' mags to avoid 'pornification' of society, says study

Airbrushed images and billboard nudity 'contribute to sexualisation of children'

Boyd Tonkin: Secret passions of an author at Number 10

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EMI vows not to sell Abbey Road

The ailing music group EMI has vowed not to sell London's Abbey Road, the recording studio made world famous by The Beatles, following months of intense speculation that it could be offloaded.

Newspapers' fury at BBC's mobile push

Publishers attack moves to launch new applications for latest smartphones

Battle to save Britain's Brutalist buildings from the bulldozer

Snub by Culture minister raises fears that another Modernist construction is doomed

My Stories, your emails, The Pit, Barbican, London

Let's imagine you have a teenage son. He comes home one evening and says he has been to an "investigation into identity, relationships, loneliness, and political incorrectness". You praise him. Later, you overhear him telling a friend he has just seen a film of a woman stripping naked and pulling a red handkerchief out of her bottom, then the real woman reading out emails from lonely admirers and projecting photographs of their erect penises and finally stripping in the flesh. "Wicked boy!" you cry. (I'm imagining you're the old-fashioned kind of parent.) "Lying boy!" He is puzzled. "But, mum/dad, I was talking about the same thing."

If you're interested in preserving the environment, English Heritage will train you

I could go on all day about my job," says Clara Turlington, "it's hard not to be enthusiastic about it." It's not often that you hear people speak with such passion about their work, but not everyone gets to hold their morning meetings in stately homes or hike up the highest peaks and be paid for it. York-born Turlington is a trainee on English Heritage's Historic Environment Managers scheme, an experience she describes as "exceptional and unparalleled".

Cinema's golden age reaches the final reel

They brought glamour into simple lives, but Britain's Art Deco picture palaces are being pulled down by developers with grand ideas
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