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

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Five demonstrators were arrested during scuffles with police outside the Chinese embassy in London yesterday as they called for freedom for Tibet. It was one of several protests planned during the visit of China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who arrived in London on Saturday as part of a European tour aimed at improving trade between Europe and China and finding a way out of the global financial crisis.

Chinese Premier visit sparks demonstration

Pro-Tibetan protesters scuffled with police today as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived at the Chinese Embassy in London.

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The Business Secretary Lord Mandelson refused to comment today on questions over how he financed the purchase of a £2.5 million villa in London, saying he had a day job to get on with.

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Enjoy, Theatre Royal, Bath<br/>Class Enemy, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh<br/>Gigi, Open Air Regent's Park, London

Alan Bennett's dark comic drama dissects northern working-class family life and tantalises with its hints of autobiography

Gigi, Open Air Theatre Regent's Park, London

"Thank 'eavens for leedul girls/ For leedul girls get beeger every day." The Lerner and Loewe musical Gigi is not going to win any awards for political correctness with its story of a girl being groomed for the family business of high-class prostitution. So you could argue that it's wittily defiant of the Open Air Theatre to stage a revival now. This was the first musical I was taken to see at the cinema as a toddler and no one thought it incongruous. How times have changed.

Twelfth Night, Open Air Theatre Regent's Park, London

After opening with a dud Romeo and Juliet, the Open Air Theatre gives us another lame Shakespeare. Like the first play, Edward Dick's production has a charmless cast whose verse-speaking is pedestrian and whose emotions are exaggerated and hollow.

Jelly: Yearlstone and raspberry jelly

Serves 4

Romeo and Juliet, Open Air Theatre Regent's Park, London

These lovers leave a lot to be desired

Islamists guilty of inciting and funding terrorism

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Pandora: Heaven knows I'm Middle Eastern now

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