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London's housing boom is pushing businesses out of the West End, a leading commercial property advisor has warned.

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Shakespeare writes of the bagpipes in the Merchant of Venice: “And others, when the bagpipe sings i' the nose, cannot contain their urine.”

Flowers for Agnes, but dope and guns for the boys

A weary community mourns 16-year-old Agnes Sina-Inakoju, the latest victim of a seemingly unstoppable gun culture

Dylan Jones: 'While we like to think of ourselves as egalitarian, we still care about class very deeply'

I like to think I am above filling out questionnaires in magazines and newspapers, but apparently I am not. Not at all. A few weeks ago I was idly working my way through the Sunday papers, when I came across the following quiz: "How posh are you?"

Observations: Mercy beat's poetry in motion

Has performance poetry got something to learn from pop music? Mercy thinks so: the Liverpool arts collective have been teaming some of the city's best young poets with its most innovative musical exports for some special one-off events.

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This is Plan B: How has pop's angry young man suddenly turned into a blue-eyed soul smoothy?

Four years ago, Ben Drew, aka Plan B, was a rapper with an acoustic guitar, a belly full of fire and lyrics to make a navvy blush.

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Yuill returns with a new album Movement In A Storm

Private Lives, Vaudeville, London<br/>A Day at the Racists, Finborough, London <br/>Moonfleece, Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London

A starrily-cast Noel Coward farce fails to strike the right balance between gaiety and bad behaviour

Alice-Azania Jarvis: 'I'm getting ready to jumble again &ndash; and this time I mean business'

Istill haven't decided what to do for my birthday. But, not to worry. For now, at least, I have a temporary distraction: tomorrow I'm taking part in another jumble sale to raise money for my Save The Rhino marathon fund. Actually, I can't quite believe that this one – my second – has come round so quickly. I'm sticking with the same hosts – Let's Get Ready To Jumble, at Bar Music Hall in Shoreditch – since last time it was perfect: the exact right combination of not-too-much-pressure and plenty of foot traffic. I raised just over £140, which I was thrilled with, since very little that I sold broke the £2 threshold.

Celebrating future art stars

The Catlin Art Prize and the guide to emerging art

Observations: Book club open to browsers

If you thought book clubs were a bunch of people sitting around, discussing what they had read the night before, you'd be wrong – well, about this book club, anyway. Since it opened in London's Shoreditch in the autumn, visitors to the Book Club, which describes itself as taking an intelligent approach to social activity, have taken part in talks, cultural happenings, workshops and the odd unconventional club night.

The Diary: The Enchanted Pig, Delaroche, Sarah Palin, Ruth Padel and Spencer Tunick's 'naked' installations

When playing a pig is no fairy tale

Swine flu threatened to hamper the progress of the Royal Opera House's rehearsals of 'The Enchanted Pig', Jonathan Dove's opera for children, which opens in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 11 December.

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International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable