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

Portobello, By Ruth Rendell

The fine art of mystery in Notting Hill

A third crack at the Cabinet – courtesy of his sworn enemy

Twice he has held ministerial office, and twice he has been forced to step down. But Peter Mandelson has been given another chance by Gordon Brown, despite their history of feuding.

White riot: The week Notting Hill exploded

Today, Notting Hill is one of the nation's most exclusive enclaves, home to the rich, famous and fashionable. But it hasn't always been an oasis of affluence. Fifty years ago this week, it was gripped by the worst racial violence ever seen in Britain. Mark Olden hears the inside story of the riots and their aftermath

Violent end to Notting Hill Carnival

The end of the Notting Hill Carnival was marred when a street mob clashed with the police.

Michael X: A Life In Black And White, by John Williams

Notting Hill to death row

David Cameron's bike stolen while he shopped

David Cameron has become another victim of crime, it was disclosed today.

Victim of diarist's mudslinging chooses act of revenge in kind

When John Major inquired what sort of treatment he should expect from The Sun on the evening of Black Wednesday, the newspaper's editor Kelvin Mackenzie replied: "Well, John, it's like this. I've got this big bucket of shit on my desk and I'm going to tip it all over your head."

Tim Lott: I've become so disillusioned with interior design

What is interior design? Those who evangelise it will claim it is all about beauty, elegance and making an ugly world a little more lovely. But to me it is far more about the pursuit of "good taste" – that great, and yawningly empty, holy grail for the anxious middle-classes.

Cameron 'sorry' for cycling offences

A contrite David Cameron apologised today after he was spotted apparently breaking a series of traffic laws while cycling to Westminster.





Rise of the gazunderers

In the fight to drive a hard bargain, hundreds of home-buyers are no longer playing fair. Jamie Merrill hearshow one man’s move turned to chaos when the offer he’d accepted was slashed – at the very last minute

Cameron's family-friendly policy undermined by leaked report

David Cameron's drive to turn the Conservatives into "the party of the family" has been undermined by a leaked report suggesting people switch to Labour once they have children. The document was seized on by Labour, which claimed it showed that Mr Cameron's decision to allow ITV News to film his family at their Notting Hill home on Thursday was a "cynical" act in response to Tory polling showing the party's weakness on family policy. The leaked report suggested the Tories echo Barack Obama's "Change we can believe in" slogan by adopting "Change you can trust" as a campaign theme.

Last Night's TV: I don't know how they can sleep at night

Freezing, BBC2; Ice Road Truckers, Five

Holding role is made for me, says Hargreaves

It is a perilous business making bold predictions about Sven Goran Eriksson's England but there is one certainty in Cologne tonight that the most conservative of gamblers would find hard to resist; it is now or never for Owen Hargreaves.

Film: And the winner is... who cares?

They're dull and political. No wonder the European Film Awards are a flop.

Property: Place your bids, please

Inviting bids for a property is becoming increasingly common, and is seen as the quickest way of securing a good price for the seller. But are housebuyers being forced to pay over the odds? By Ginetta Vedrickas
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