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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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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

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