In 2011 some £6,000 per square foot was paid for flats in One Hyde Park

A perfect storm: The forecast for the property market in 2012

House prices are down, supplies of new homes are below target and frustrated first-time buyers are struggling to get mortgages...

World Cup Diary: Victory parade, Monday. Maybe

So now we know: there will be an All Blacks victory parade here in Auckland on Monday, starting near the harbour in Queen Street and covering what locals call the "Golden Mile" to either Aotea Square, near the town hall, or the Domain, the city's oldest park.

The National, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

"We've been doing festivals over the summer and playing the greatest hits," the Brooklynite rockers The National pointed out, on the first date of their UK tour. "So now we're gonna play the obscure songs." It made little difference, because their most devoted followers know all of them anyway. The setting wasn't ideal – a concert hall might have been better than a mini-arena – but this was a beautiful show, rich in lyrical poignancy and tenderly epic music.

Tuition fee system is discriminatory, say Muslims

Muslim students could be forced to abandon hopes of a university place under the new fees and loans regime which will come into place next year.

Osborne's watchdog sounds alarm on economy

UK unlikely to meet its growth targets, warns OBR chief

Government plans 'tougher approach to organised crime'

The Government today promised a "much tougher approach to organised crime" as it outlined a new strategy to tackle drug gangs and fraudsters.

Natalie Haynes: How can I tell if I've been nudged?

The thing is...

Latitude, Henham Park, Suffolk

Fine festival, shame about the music

Glasgow and Edinburgh: the architectural rivalry

The cultural rivalry between Glasgow and Edinburgh has been reignited by two striking new museums. But who gets the bragging rights? Jay Merrick finds out

A plum idea for Cornish cottages

Local produce and holiday rentals are part of a reinvention that is bearing fruit for the Tregothnan Estate, says Rhiannon Batten

CSI, but not as we know it: Will the Forensic Science Service live up to the TV fantasy?

Samuel Muston takes a tour of the "brain stem" of British policing to find out

Caught in the Net: Fruitful grooves for summertime

Dev Hynes is best known for his indie-folk-leaning one-man band, Lightspeed Champion.

Nick Starr: Planning for growth as bet on the horses pays off

The Business Interview: The National Theatre owes much to a thoroughbred of a play

UK set for even slower growth, warns NIESR

Economic growth will be weaker than expected this year and incomes per head will fall more sharply, a respected think tank forecast today as Bank of England policymakers meet to decide interest rates.

Together: How small groups achieve big things, By Henry Hemming

In praise of the group mentality
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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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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?
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