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Damon Albarn, confirming that Blur will perform at Olympics closing ceremony, said, 'We're rowing in, going for gold, grabbing the baton, for the high jump'

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Damon Albarn, the multi-faceted musician and lead singer of Blur, has criticised the Olympics for being "too corporate," despite agreeing to play a concert to celebrate the closing of the Games.

Locked horns: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake of Wolves (left) battles with Michael Turner

Connor finds 'delight' in a true bore draw

Sunderland 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0: Wolves manager accentuates the positive but eight-point gap to safety shows need for miracle

Hyde Park will have a big screen

Pay £10 to watch Olympics on screen

People who missed out on Olympics tickets in the first and second ballots are to be given the first opportunity to buy tickets when the remaining 1 million go on sale in April. Games organisers are considering allowing a 24-hour headstart for the estimated one million people who bid for tickets but didn't receive any.

Hyde Park concerts reduced from next year

High-profile gigs by stars including Madonna will go ahead as planned in London's Hyde Park this summer after a decision by councillors.

A view of what was formerly known as St James' Park

St James' Park sign on way out

The St James' Park sign has been removed at Newcastle United's ground to make way for the venue's new name.

All work out and no play? Despite group drills, beach runs, ex-military instructors and some super-fit guests, BMF's new holidays are a fun way to boost your fitness - and to eat, drink and be merry

Military fitness: sun, sea and sweat

There are plenty of press-ups to be done, but a new military-style fitness break in Fuerteventura is no boot camp

Matthew Norman: Do unethical lobbyists feel any pain at the dirty, seedy role they play in politics?

For all the Michelin meals, first-class air travel and fat salaries, they are not to be envied

Parks act to protect deer food – but shoot them at night

Last week, it was Fenton the dog harassing deer in Richmond Park, London. Now the authorities are having to protect the deer from humans scavenging their food supply for conkers or to revive the Christmas tradition of chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Field Day, Victoria Park, London

A one-day festival in east London's Victoria Park, Field Day is awash with names faintly familiar from ones-to-watch and best-new-album lists. Now in its fifth year, Field Day has a swelled capacity of 20,000. You can feel it; just getting under canvas to see certain bands can be a challenge.

Arcade Fire, Hyde Park, 30 June 2011

Arcade Fire’s live shows always seem to present a sort of organised chaos that you either love or hate, but judging by this sold-out Hyde Park gig – their largest UK show to date – they don’t have to worry too much about the latter.

The Beggar's Opera, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London

With its bosky setting, there is no better venue in London for presenting a pastoral play than Regent's Park's Open Air Theatre. As such, it's also the ideal place for staging an anti-pastoral. The pointed and piquant counter-intuitiveness of such a project is proven by director Lucy Bailey and designer William Dudley's cunningly conceived and splendidly spirited production of John Gay's groundbreaking 1728 satire. Gay replaced the far-removed trappings of fashionable Italian opera with the criminals and prostitutes of contemporary London, swapping elaborately artificial arias for vernacular ballads set, ironically, to pre-existing airs.

Get Loaded in the Park, Clapham Common, London

Beneath a grey sky, a sea of umbrellas bopped up and down on Clapham Common as a crowd wearing anoraks and Wellington boots braved the rain to listen to some great British talent.

Lord of the Flies, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London

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Wombles creator dies, aged 84

Elisabeth Beresford, creator of the much-loved Wombles, has died aged 84.

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