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You’ve read the book – now try the underwear.

London 2012: West End shop owner urges Boris to help boost trade during Games

A West End shop owner is calling on London Mayor Boris Johnson to visit her shop in an attempt to boost Soho's "disastrous" Olympic trade.   

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It was the week the Radio 4 programme handed over control of the airwaves. Jane Thynne replays the highs – and lows

Sam Taylor-Wood has baby girl

The artist and director Sam Taylor-Wood, 43, has had a baby girl with her fiancé, the actor Aaron Johnson, 20.

Baby girl for director Sam Taylor-Wood and fiance



Artist turned film-maker Sam Taylor-Wood has had a baby girl with her 20-year-old fiance Aaron Johnson.

YBAs: the next generation on show

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The British film industry has lost its edge, says BFI boss

Artists, not movie directors, are the only ones now willing to push the boundaries

Kathryn Bigelow wins battle of 'exes' as 'Hurt Locker' storms Baftas

Carey Mulligan takes Best Actress while Colin Firth awarded Best Actor

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Britrock on film

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'Nine' is not the only disappointment. Sam Taylor-Wood's biopic of a young John Lennon is more drab than fab

Tom Sutcliffe: Let's be clear about what we're eating

It hasn't really been a good few days for this Government, when it comes to the relationship between simple scientific facts and public health. Their commitment to giving the people the facts doesn't apparently extend to giving them facts that might contradict current political orthodoxies. But they do have a modest opportunity this week to show themselves to be on the side of useful scientific intelligence. Tomorrow, the House of Commons debates a 10-Minute Rule Bill put forward by the Labour MP Helen Southworth, in which she calls for a legal requirement for a uniform system of food labelling on the front of packaged food.

In her life: Sam Taylor-Wood

A film about the young John Lennon is another unexpected departure for an artist who has known pain and success in equal measure

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