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A man with a bloodied knife flees moments after a reveller is stabbed at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Police criticised over cocaine custody death

Police did not implement procedures "appropriately" when they dealt with a man who had a wrap of cocaine in his mouth, an inquest concluded today.

Talent 2010: The politician, Nick Boles

Nick Boles is a good bet for a fast-track promotion if the Conservative Party wins the general election. Although he would be a new MP if he wins the normally safe Tory seat of Grantham and Rutland, he would already be on the inside track of a David Cameron government.

London's film locations: Time for some new ones?

From its dystopian underpasses to the leafy avenues of Notting Hill, London has always offered evocative backdrops for film. But must we keep seeing the same old places?

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The Kreutzer Sonata, Gate, Notting Hill, London

Multi-cultural Burnley is viewed through the travails of a youth drama group, and a short story by Tolstoy gets a long-awaited staging, with a violin sonata at its heart

Dominic Lawson: Only prison will deter the thugs that roam our estates

We imprison just 12 people for every 1,000 crimes, compared to 33 in Ireland

Movie heaven: Anthony Quinn's 100 Best Films, Day 1, 100-81

The Independent's film critic selects his favourite films ever made

Dom Joly: Restaurants come and go, but the memories linger

Another trip to London, another landmark of my youth gone. Bertorelli La Toscana in Notting Hill Gate has closed and a nondescript Mexican restaurant has risen effortlessly on the ashes. I loved this restaurant more than any other. It was one of the last surviving Italian trattorias. You know the type – big in the Seventies, with bad paintings on the wall, all by a "local artist" and available to buy. There were also wicker-basket Chianti bottles and signed photos of grateful celebrity patrons. They had China Crisis, Simple Minds, Chris de Burgh and an unsigned photo of Sophia Loren that took centre stage.

The Other Notting Hill, Radio 2

A bit of smirking from Hugh Grant and bang goes the neighbourhood

Observations: Duke Vin is the toast of Notting Hill

Early on Monday evening, when Notting Hill Carnival was approaching its frenzied climax, a cool-looking elderly West Indian man sporting a black beret could be seen picking his way unsteadily through the crowd, his presence causing the music to come to an abrupt stop.

Dom Joly: Such were the joys of my Notting Hill years

I have been back in my old neighbourhood. Wandering down the All Saints Road in Notting Hill brought back so many memories – witnessing a man shooting three people directly underneath my window, watching Paula Yates's body being driven away from her flat, spotting a tipsy Mick Jagger leaning out of the window of the flat opposite, bumping into Paul McCartney in the Photo Gallery and him putting my then tiny little daughter, Parker, on his shoulders while I secretly cursed the fact that I didn't have a camera on me. It all makes the Cotswolds seem very parochial. Even leaving the area was a Notting Hill moment, as I sold the place to Salman Rushdie but chickened out of retiling my roof garden so that it read "Salman lives here" for the next time that the Google Earth cameras swept over.

Recycled homes: Derelict to des-res

Disused car parks and empty shops might not sound like ideal homes, but a new scheme is making use of empty council space. Jenny Knight reports

Noel Clarke: 'I'm not the next anyone'

In February Noel Clarke made a little bit of history. Beating off stiff competition from the likes of Rebecca Hall and Juno geek Michael Cera, he became the fourth winner of the Bafta Rising Star award. He also became the first black British male in the 62-year history of the awards to take home one of the coveted golden masks. Striding up to the stage, past Brangelina and the assembled cinematic elite, cool as a cat in a white cravat, he delivered a brief and quietly inspiring acceptance speech, ending with the words, "yes we can".

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