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Lisa Markwell: It's a new Olympic sport – the race to sell tickets

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Lisa Markwell: It's a new Olympic sport – the race to sell tickets

Just 64 days to go. Sixty four days till the Olympics is over, as the already-old joke goes. You can see that fatigue has set in among Londoners already, in their weary tread on the Underground staircase (while the escalator undergoes "essential maintenance for the Games"). Also, there appears to be competitive holiday booking – who can get away further, for longer, during the London 2012 fortnight.

Rhodri Marsden: Hot weather demands skills of me that I simply don't possess

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On the road in Ibiza: Drawn to the good life as inspiration kicks in

Today a few fellow travellers and I are taking part in an art class in the cute garden studio of Can Amonita, a quiet Ibicencan villa in the north of the island overlooking the San Juan valley. It is stunningly hot and I am glad to be inside, standing at a giant easel with a smooth piece of charcoal in hand, pretending I'll be able to draw the heavily pregnant naked woman in front of me.

The Olympic Park in Stratford, east London

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To those of us who own an underwear drawer full of greying, baggy cotton, renowned lingerie label Agent Provocateur might seem a far-off foreign paradise of silken wonder.

Five-year-old Sayef Ala’a with his father who hopes that foreign surgeons can rebuild his son’s ear

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Ken Livingstone says he meets lifelong Labour voters who back Boris Johnson because he is funny

Ken Livingstone today admitted that he encounters lifelong Labour voters who are backing Boris Johnson in the London mayoral election because he is funny.

Five-Minute Memoir: Alexandra Shulman on a first-home disaster

I have a recurring dream. I am standing in the hallway of the flat where I spent my childhood and where my mother still lives. The wallpaper is dark green stripes and through the windows of the sitting room I can see trees in full leaf in the sun outside. I am in a state of some agitation as I am very concerned that I am still living 'at home' and then suddenly, I remember that it isn't true, I do have somewhere else to live after all. I have a home of my own.

Jonathan Edwards, who is chair of the 2012 athletes' panel, in an apartment bedroom in the Olympic village

London Eye: Where Beckham will meet Bolt - inside London's Olympic village

Athletes will find single beds and shared rooms in neat yet basic apartments in Stratford

For sail: Vendors on Xochimilco canal

Journey to the source: Get a flavour of Mexico City

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Not too shabby: Because the distressed look needn't mean worse for wear

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Journalist Paul Conroy 'in good spirits' after Syria rescue

British journalist Paul Conroy was "in good spirits" today after escaping from the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Deaf girl tells court the details of her life 'kept as a slave in cellar'

A deaf and mute woman who claims she was kept in a cellar and treated as a virtual slave for almost a decade told a court of her former life in terrible conditions sleeping on a concrete floor.

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