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There were emotional scenes as firestations across the capital closed their doors

Tom Hodgkinson: 'I never learnt to 'ollie', but my son sure as hell will'

It's often said that those who have failed in adult life look to their children to succeed. They become pushy parents and live vicariously through their children's achievements. This is now happening to me. But I'm not hoping that my children will become lawyers or doctors or hedge-fund managers. I'm hoping that they'll be good at skateboarding.

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Dr Abbas Khan funeral: Brother in moving tribute to British doctor found dead in Syrian jail

32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from London was captured in November last year in the ancient city of Aleppo

Khan: he was arrested last year less than 48 hours after arriving in Syria

Funeral of British prisoner Dr Abbas Khan found dead in Syria to take place on Boxing Day

Doctor was on the verge of being released when his family were told of his death by what the Syrian government calls suicide and they say was murder

What would be left of our lovely park?

As a long-time resident, I have seen Crystal Palace become gentrified. There’s an artisan bakery now, a friendly independent bookshop, a charming indoor market, and some decent pubs and restaurants, including an outstanding Thai establishment. A new rail connection arrived a few years ago and has transformed our connections with central London.

New College of the Humanities

History: Founded in the summer of 2011 by the philosopher A.C. Grayling with the participation and advice of some of the world’s top academics, New College of the Humanities is a private undergraduate college.

The lucky winner has until 11pm on Wednesday to cash in the ticket which was bought in the Stevenage and Hitchin area of Hertfordshire for the EuroMillions draw on Friday June 8.

Will they go public? £81m EuroMillions lottery winner claims prize

A British jackpot winner who scooped a massive £81 million in the EuroMillions lottery has claimed the prize.

Old Money, Hampstead Theatre, London

Women who get a new lease of life through merry widowhood aren't a rare breed in either life or art.

Rail passengers hit by long delays on London-Scotland routes

Rail passengers endured delays of up to two hours today on busy routes linking London and Scotland.

Culture clash: visitors at previous Frieze Art Fairs

If a Hirst breaks your budget, don't despair

London's Frieze week caters for the poorer collector, too, says Anny Shaw

Red alert: an exhibit at Moniker Art Fair in Village Underground

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Brrrr… can Frieze get any cooler?

Ten years ago, an art fair pitched a tent in London's Regent's Park. Now film stars and oligarchs queue to get in to the HQ of the see-and-be-seen art scene. Charlotte Philby examines its cultural significance

Cultural Life: Yinka Shonibare, artist

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3,500 soldiers set to bed down in a 'prison' warehouse

Grade 1 listed Tobacco Docks tops MoD's barracks shortlist, writes Andrew Johnson

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Kensington Gardens, London; Ragtime, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London; Atigone, NT Olivier, London

Two book adaptations join the season's outdoor productions, while a Greek tragedy exiles Antigone to Sixties corporate America

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