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Ken Costa former Chief Executive of Lazard who now runs the Christian organization Alpha International arrives for a meeting with representatives of Occupy London at the St Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London

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Ken Costa former Chief Executive of Lazard who now runs the Christian organization Alpha International arrives for a meeting with representatives of Occupy London at the St Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London

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Union Jacks' music, décor, drinks and tableware are suitably witty and pretty but the food is dire

Union Jacks, 4 Central St Giles Piazza, London WC2

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Being Modern: #45 Christmas lights

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Sales boost for London shops

Retailers in London's West End saw a 3.4 per cent rise in sales last month, according to the New West End Company, which represents 600 retailers in the area.

Winehouse 'not on drugs the night she died'

The singer's public battle with drink and drugs meant her death at 27 prompted suggestions that they were the cause

No illegal substance found in Amy Winehouse's body

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Teenagers held over fatal stabbing

Two teenagers were in police custody today after a 14-year-old boy died in a pool of blood near a playground.

14-year-old found stabbed in Enfield

A schoolboy sports enthusiast died in a pool of blood near a crowded playground after being stabbed in daylight by another youngster.

John Lewis to branch out with range of smaller stores

John Lewis is to increase its presence by opening at least 10 smaller department stores, kicking off with a shop in Exeter next year.

Gilmour among mob who set on Prince's car, court hears

The son of the Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour jumped on the bonnet of a protection car escorting Prince Charles during last year's student tuition-fee protests and helped ransack a nearby Topshop store, a court heard yesterday.

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