News Francois Hollande and his then partner Valerie Trierweiler greet thousands of gathered supporters at Place de la Bastille after victory in French Presidential Elections on May, 2012

In interviews published today, Trierweiler says she “fell from a skyscraper” when she learned that Hollande was having an affair with an actress

From cyberspace to reality: Google’s £650m British HQ

Camden Council set to approve plans for the search engine’s new base in King’s Cross

A man reacts to a shaft of intense sunlight reflected from the glass windows of the new

Walkie Talkie skyscraper: Faulty tower given sunscreen to stop it frying neighbourhood

Glass facade of the unfortunate curved building to be covered up as temperatures set to soar to 29C in the capital

Wikipedia announces open initiatives: 'We're a startup in stealth mode'

Wikipedia wants you: 'We're a startup in stealth mode', says Jimmy Wales as he plans to open data to all

Changes include a simplified user interface and a better-publicised API to attract developers

Prim but sexy: How to wear court shoes

You know nobody sees your feet on jury service?

Protesters from Greenpeace scaling the tallest building in western Europe, The Shard

The height of madness? Or a lofty ambition as six women scale Shard to make a point? It all ends in arrest anyway

Ambitious Greenpeace stunt drew neck-craning crowds and widespread media coverage for protest against Shell's Arctic drilling

A land-hugging complex in King’s Cross that will be longer (at 330m) than the Shard is tall (310)

Google's latest London office is no Shard, but a massive footprint 'groundscraper'

It pretty much owns the internet, all of our data and, well, us. It flogs phones, controls YouTube and makes more money than many countries. It’s also introduced us to new levels of wackiness when it comes to the work place. Football tables, air hockey, padded cells (sorry, chill out “snugs”), hi-tech roof terraces, it’s all very groovy, and all very Google. Jealous? Of course we are.

Up and away: rugby fullback Ben Foden gets ready for the Gherkin Challenge

Stair-climbing: A step change in keeping fit

Climbing stairs is possibly the best and cheapest route to fitness ever invented. It's even a sport in its own right. Jane Taylor explains why we should give the lift a miss

Skyscrapers could double in size

UltraRope: 'Revolutionary breakthrough' in skyscraper lifts means they could double in size

Innovation could transform the skylines of the world’s major cities

The Big Six: Hotel rooftop bars

Kick back with a cocktail from the 34th floor

Chilean rose tarantula

A cure for my spider phobia? That doesn't have legs

London Zoo must immediately stop sending me emails inviting me to get up close and personal with eight-legged freaks. Otherwise known as spiders.

Great Works: New York (1911) by George Bellows

National Gallery of Art, Washington

Grant Cameron, left, and Karl Williams allege they were beaten and electrocuted after being imprisoned in Dubai

Dull, frustrating and legally tortuous - the three jailed in Dubai face a fate shared by many

The prison where the Londoners will be held is at least relatively safe and clean

The pinnacle of The Shard

High anxiety: More than 200 visitors stranded 800ft up The Shard after lift stops working

The unlucky visitors were left stuck on the 68th floor for more than an hour after a fire alarm was "accidentally activated”

Video: the London Community Gospel Choir

Gospel singing is staging a comeback, and next week the London Community Gospel Choir are hoping to break the record for the most gospel singers gathered together under concert conditions (target: 1200). Get a taste of gospel by watching the choir in action around London below:

Five-Minute Memoir: Tash Aw recalls the relentless pace of life in Shanghai

Life in Shanghai was beginning to get me down. I could feel myself tiring, feeling breathless from the pollution and breaking out in a nagging cough. The fresh autumn breeze gave way to a bitter winter chill that seeped into my bones, making my joints ache.

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