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Shakespeare's church found in Shoreditch

Bard's place of worship is located in London's East End

Album: The Kills, Midnight Boom (Domino)

The game's up for this kind of who-you-know-not-what-you-know Shoreditch smack-rock. Alison "VV" Mosshart and Jamie "Hotel" Hince have been peddling designer dangerousness for the best part of a decade. ("I want you to be crazy cos you're boring baby when you're straight/You're stupid when you're safe" is a typical trying-too-hard-to-sound-sleazy line from 'Midnight Boom'.) "Last Day of Magic" is mildly reminiscent of Robert Palmer's "Looking for Clues", and that's as close as I can get to a positive. "M.E.X.I.C.O.C.U." is so offensively stylised and fake it makes you want to punch something.

Retro Delights: The Ercol chair

It probably started with a little shop in Shoreditch. I always used to pop in there to have a look; they sold mostly Danish design, but one day they had a little coffee table by British company Ercol, from the Fifties, and a chair – what's now called a stacking chair – and I suddenly saw that style afresh. I grew up with it, but I remember realising how simple, elegant, quite modern and very well made it was. From then, I gradually started collecting good British design from that time. There was a house clearance shop that I used to drive past when I had a studio in Battersea, and I'd always immediately recognise a piece of furniture from that era. And because I'm associated with British design, this appreciation seems somehow appropriate.

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Conran's timeless style takes no chances

To his critics, his consistency is condemned as predictability. To his fans – and there are many of them, both of the ladies-who-lunch variety and from the designers at Debenhams, budget-conscious stable – Jasper Conran is the ever-reliable provider of classic, timeless style.

Pete and the Pirates, Mean Fiddler, London<br />Modernaire, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, London

These devious pirates have nicked the lot: Over-hyped and derivative - surely it can't get any worse than this. Can it?

Beach Blanket Babylon, 19-23 Bethnal Green Road, London

The burgers might be stone cold, but at least Beach Blanket Babylon serves a mean Porn Star Martini

Bites: Calabrian cuisine takes centre stage

The first big restaurant opening of 2008 comes from Francesco Mazzei, last seen as the launch chef at St Alban, the follow-up to The Wolesley from Jeremy King and Chris Corbin.

Penitent Mel Gibson turns on the charm to plug film

With a movie coming out and a tattered reputation to mend following his drunken anti-Semitic tirade this summer, Mel Gibson is embarking on a renewed charm offensive.

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Small wonder: Opera in Wexford

The annual festival of opera in the tiny town of Wexford is proving so popular that it is raising money for a state-of-the-art venue, reports Jessica Duchen

David Lorimer: A Prince for the spiritual and practical

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