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The Met appeals for witnesses of EDL graffiti on burned Muswell Hill Somali community centre

The Met has appealed to anyone who saw EDL graffiti daubed on the walls of a Somali community centre before it was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

Firefighters tackle the blaze at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association and the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre

Police make fresh appeal over English Defence League graffiti on destroyed Islamic centre

The letters EDL were spotted on the wall of the community centre

Right-wing arson attack? 'EDL' graffiti found after Muswell Hill mosque is burnt down amid fears of Woolwich link

Right-wing group denies involvement as police investigate potential connection to Woolwich attack

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JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin marked his company's 20 years as a listed company today by opening trading on the London Stock Exchange.

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Dicks, right, with his writing partner Myles Rudge; they met after Dicks saw Rudge in a production of ‘Salad Days’

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The songwriter Ted Dicks wrote "Hole in the Ground" and "Right Said Fred", comic songs whose humour and vitality reflected his own personality and interests. He was a very pleasant and gregarious man with a passion for writing about the working man.

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Honey, I saved my first swarm...

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A century of blasting and blessing: The history of hectoring

For the past 100 years, artists and writers have launched manifestos to sell new ideas and kill the old. Did they change the world, or make a noise? Alex Danchev looks at the history of hectoring

IT boss jailed for Nectar card fraud

A Sainsbury's IT manager who stole millions of Nectar points after finding a "loophole" in the system was jailed for 20 months at the Old Bailey yesterday.

Brian Viner: I'm a Christmas card failure. Apologies

Every year it happens, with the utter predictability of my children saying no to the Christmas Day sprouts, and my father-in-law to the parsnips. Somewhere around 25 November my mind turns to Christmas cards, and in particular those destined for friends and relatives in the United States and Australia. This year, I assure myself, will be different. The cards travelling to distant lands, with a bespoke accompanying letter and perhaps a clutch of photographs, will be in the post by the beginning of December. And with that done, I will sit down with the dozens of cards meant for friends in the UK, and actually enjoy writing them, without the pressure of Royal Mail deadlines.

Collage artist’s unusual 'paper faces' may look familiar

An unusual style of portraiture has been developed by British artist Rosalind Freeborn, who uses shreds of torn wallpaper, magazine pages, tissue and newspaper to make pictures of famous faces like actor Bob Hoskins (pictured).

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