News Emergency workers battle to contain the flames

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Lee Ryan assault charge withdrawn

An assault charge against boy band singer Lee Ryan was withdrawn at the request of his partner when he appeared in court today.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

The Tips

The website

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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Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there