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Man About Town: It's no surprise that Thatcher bestowed 'The Look of Love' on the King of Soho

Paul Raymond's way of life is the perfect metaphor for not only Thatcher’s boom period of the 1980s, but also our own society (if there is such a thing...) today

Postcard from... Moscow

Foreign workers killed in series of bomb blasts in Bahrain

A series of bomb blasts in Bahrain's capital killed two people today, according to authorities, a sign that some factions within the opposition may be increasingly turning to violence in the nearly 21-month uprising against the Gulf nation's Western-backed rulers.

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While Blackburn struggle this season both on and off the pitch, one of the few positives at Ewood Park has been the performances of central defender Chris Samba. The Congolese has been a rock at the back for Rovers and is easily Blackburn's most saleable asset. With the club reportedly in dire financial trouble they must be tempted to cash in, although it's rumoured they've put a price tag of £15m on his head. That's unrealistic, but so is the bid of £5m they received recently from QPR. Somewhere between the two could see the 27-year-old move, and with Redknapp a confirmed admirer, it could be to White Hart Lane.

Steve Kean holds meeting with Chris Samba

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has held talks with Christopher Samba and told the unsettled defender he will not be sold.

Westminster council abandons parking plan

One of Britain's biggest councils is to scrap controversial proposed parking charges, it said today.

Michael Kiwanuka, Barfly, London (4/5)

It is rare for any artist performing in rowdy Camden to get reasonable concentration, but when Michael Kiwanuka plays quietly, you can rattle the change in your pocket as percussion.

Luke Blackall: Down in celebrity clubland, Monday is the new Friday

Man About Town: Anyone can fill a nightclub at weekends, it is presumed, but to create a successful mid-week venue is far trickier.

Album: Hot Club of Cowtown, What Makes Bob Holler (Proper)

The Bob of the title is Bob Wills, one of the daddies of western swing, that jovial place where jazz and country convened to slap their thighs in merriment in the middle of the last century.

Man due in court over death outside nightclub

A man will appear in court today charged with killing a 28-year-old who suffered a head injury outside a nightclub.

Not looking so good on the dance floor for Luminar

The struggling nightclub operator Luminar unveiled another sales slump and a £123m slide into the red yesterday.

Hart confirmed as new Crystal Palace manager

Crystal Palace have today named Paul Hart as their new manager to replace Neil Warnock.

Neil Warnock: Leaving Palace for QPR was really tough

You will know by now I am making the short trip (only about two hours by car) across London from Crystal Palace to QPR.

The ten best islands in Europe

Hotel price comparison website trivago.co.uk has compiled the ultimate guide to the top 10 European islands. The list is based on the most researched destinations on their website in May 2009, and includes the best destinations for sun, sea, culture and nightlife.

Click on the picture to the right to see the top 10 islands in Europe.

The Ten Best Great British Victories

Andy Murray is bidding to end Britain's 73-year wait for a men's Wimbledon Champion at the All England Club this week.

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...