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The novelist passed away in her home in Suffolk

CCTV captures the shocking moment an innocent London commuter is choked with a scarf in an unprovoked attack

37-year-old victim left 'highly traumatised' by random attack that saw him pass out while being choked

Luke Blackall: It's the return of wood panelling, but wood panelling with a sense of fun

I had been planning to eat healthily. You see, I am getting married in two weeks and while I am not concerned that I'll block the aisle with my girth, I also think it's a good day to try to look one's best.

How do rent levels compare around the major London football clubs?

New figures provide good news for Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace fans

Restaurant Michael Nadra, 42 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1

This week's review comes with its own soundtrack – the bass-driven "I Shoulda Loved Ya", Narada Michael Walden's 1979 disco hit. Damn, that song is catchy. From the moment I booked a table at Restaurant Michael Nadra in Primrose Hill, it lodged as an earworm; I was still humming it while I waited for my guest in the restaurant's Martini bar.

George Osborne: The Austerity Chancellor, By Janan Ganesh

The dispassionate political player who is 'up for anything'

One Minute With: Terry Pratchett, novelist

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16 rioters who terrorised Notting Hill during last August's civil unrest jailed for total of more than 73 years

Sentencing each individually, the judge told them to compare themselves to the athletes competing in the Olympics

Arifa Akbar's Arts Diary: The word on the street is that Walliams is happy to book a date with his big fan

As far as the art of pairing and chairing goes, Nick Barley, the director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, seems to be very inspired this year.

London: the Modern Babylon (15)

Julien Temple's kaleidoscopic portrait of London since 1900 is sprawling and uneven, yet vibrant and humorous, rather like the city itself.

Simon Cowell break-in woman sentenced

A woman who admitted smashing a window with a brick at music supremo Simon Cowell's London home was given a 12-month community order today.

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Julie Walters' old hippy is still young at heart in this well-cast and strongly-written drama about bricks, mortar and the legacy of the 1960s

Britain now home to a quarter of a million property millionaires

Zoopla's annual Property Rich List shows Kensington is the most expensive neighbourhood - an area the size of an iPad there costs over £550

Sara Galvin began her career working front of house at The Ritz and The Lanesborough

My Life In Food: Sara Galvin, restaurateur

Sara Galvin began her career working front of house at The Ritz and The Lanesborough, where she met her husband Chris Galvin. Along with her husband and his brother, Jeff, they opened Bistrot Deluxe and Michelin-starred La Chapelle in London. She is now the patron of the latest Galvin outpost: Demoiselle in Harrods, which opened in March, designed and built to her specifications.

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First Night: Big and Small (Gross und Klein), Barbican, London

Magnificent Blanchett draws in the crowds

Simon Cowell has waved goodbye to Paula Abdul, Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger

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A woman appeared in court today accused of breaking in to Simon Cowell's home wielding a broken brick.

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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