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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Phone calls reveal 7/7 Tube chaos

Dramatic phone calls revealed tonight how the emergency services struggled to cope with the chaos sparked by the July 7 suicide bomb attacks.

Lee Ryan assault charge withdrawn

An assault charge against boy band singer Lee Ryan was withdrawn at the request of his partner when he appeared in court today.

Sixth man questioned over KFC shooting

Police were questioning a sixth man today over the murder of a fast-food restaurant customer caught up in a gang shooting.

Media Lunch: Max Clifford, publicist

The venue: Colony, an Indian fusion restaurant which is walking distance from my office in Mayfair. There are areas there where you can be very private.

Man quizzed over KFC gun murder

Police were questioning a man tonight after another man was gunned down outside a fast-food restaurant.

24-Hour Room Service: Sanctum on the Green, Berkshire

Mark Fuller used to be in the business of keeping people up at night. The nightclub impresario has been responsible for London venues including Sugar Reef and Embassy (where the door policy, incidentally, might as well be if-you're-not-fake-tanned-then-you're-not-comin'-in). Then in 2003 he radically changed direction when he took over a rural bolthole – Inn on the Green – in Berkshire with Iron Maiden manager Andy Taylor.

Pub landlord thanks 'unsung heroes of Cumbria tragedy'

A pub landlord blasted by crazed gunman Derrick Bird thanked the tragedy's "unsung heroes" from his hospital bed today.

Peter Porter: Poet celebrated as among the finest of the second half of the 20th century

Peter Porter, who published Better Than God on his 80th birthday in February 2009 and whose substantial The Rest on the Flight: Selected Poems is due next month, is recognised as one of the best poets of the second half of the 20th century – though not as widely as his poems deserve.

Colony Bar and Grill, 7-9 Paddington Street, London

It's a truism in marketing that you sell the sizzle, not the steak. The sizzle-sellers have been hard at work building a story for Colony, the latest venture from star chef Atul Kochhar, of Benares fame. According to the pre-publicity, Colony's tapas-style menu would be inspired by Indian street food, specifically "the marinades, aromatic flavours and grilling methods" of the street traders of colonial Asia. Sounds great, doesn't it? But hang on – street food and the Raj? Isn't that two different stories we've got going on there? Surely only the most educated palette would be able to differentiate between colonial and post-Independence street food?

Flooding hits London broadband and phones

Flooding at a BT exchange affected broadband and telephone services today.

Ambitious £30bn high-speed rail network proposed

An ambitious £30 billion plan for a high-speed rail (HSR) network was proposed today by the Government.

Discreet luxury and courage on show in Paris

Celine continues its rebirth under Phoebe Philo as the status label to watch

Paddington Bear: To marmalade's rescue from darkest Peru

With the industry in a pickle, Paddington Bear has been enlisted as the face of the fruit preserve

Leading article: Orange revolution

It is the biggest transfer in the world of fruit preserves in many a season. Robertson's Golden Shred has signed up Paddington Bear to front the marmalade maker's new campaign to dominate the breakfast table.

Tips and Deals of the Week: 31/01/2010

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eBay.co.uk is offering holidays to UK shoppers for the first time in association with Octopus Travel. It says more than 50,000 deals will be on offer from 99p.

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