Twenty thousand people handed out a record number of tomes across the country for the first World Book Night
For many years Frank Critchlow played a central role in the Notting Hill's black community. He set up the Mangrove Restaurant, the first black restaurant in "the Grove". This apparently innocuous activity set him on a collision course with the local police, who equated black radicalism with criminality. Police persecution of the Mangrove became emblematic of the experience of the black community at large, and Critchlow's struggle brought the British Black Power movement its first major victory.
The precursor to the west London event revellers know and love was an indoor event held in St Pancras Town Hall. Organised in January 1959 by Claudia Jones, founder of the West Indian Gazette and so-called "mother of Notting Hill Carnival", it was intended as an uplifting response to the riots of the year before, when a crowd of 400 white men rampaged through the streets of Notting Hill, breaking into homes and businesses owned by the area's West Indian community. The violence had escalated over the course of the bank holiday, with the crowd swelling to 1,000, and continued for five nights.
It was one job that Nick Clegg could not deputise for. In one of the more surprising interruptions to a family holiday, David Cameron was at his wife's side in a Cornish hospital last night after she gave birth to the couple's fourth child yesterday.
Bright outlook for the rain man
The message is that leadership by tiny clique, besides poor, is wildly unpopular
If the provenance of its talent is anything to go by, 'Married Single Other' could be on to a winner. Lucy Davis, Miranda Raison and Ralf Little, from The Office, Spooks and The Royle Family respectively (just forget Two and a Half Pints, OK?), star in ITV's new drama, which follows the ups and downs of three couples at different points in their relationships. With an executive producer (Andy Harries) who was the brains behind Cold Feet, and two hot directors in tow (one of whom, Charles Martin, helmed three Being Human episodes), the signs are promising. The truth – witty ensemble or another soapy dud – will be revealed at 9pm on ITV1 tomorrow.
White House opens its doors to 10 Islington pupils as personal guests of the First Lady
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
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".
The stereotype is that they're for key workers living on grey estates. But as Ginetta Vedrickas discovers, the truth is much more interesting
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.
A contrite David Cameron apologised today after he was spotted apparently breaking a series of traffic laws while cycling to Westminster.
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
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.