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Fires Of Love, "Remember Me My Deir" (Delphian)

Tom Sutcliffe: When there are a few too many stereotypes on the streets of London

I visited New York and found, to my great delight, that the city really did feature large chimneys funnelling steam out of the pavement.

Father Christmas arrives early as Harrods opens Christmas department

Father Christmas arrived a full 151 days early today as Harrods opened its festive department to cater for summer visitors from abroad.

The Secret Olympian, by Anon

If there's any secret, it's that those seduced by the title into expecting explosive revelations will be disappointed. Because this is an interesting, insightful examination of the experience of being an Olympic athlete rather than a sensational exposé, and all the better for that.

These delightful exercise books by the Scottish interiors doyenne Donna Wilson are among the Create 2012 Souvenirs. Createlondon.org
We love: Jubilations - You can’t get far without encountering a Union Jack at the moment, but this Henry Holland number is The Audit’s favourite souvenir by far and will polish up one’s memorabilia a treat. £25, houseofholland.co.uk

The Fashion Audit: The Jubilee, Anti ant pants, Jo Malone cologne and bikini weather

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Banksy gets the bunting out in north London

A new piece of street art bearing all the hallmarks of a Banksy (pictured, above) appeared overnight in north London.

Simon Calder: What joyless advice. Port Said is like Liverpool – with sunshine

While some of the grandeur has crumbled with Egypt's fortunes, the main arteries are infused with commerce and humanity
Fanny Blankers-Koen, left, wins the 200m at the 1948 London Olympics; her name on the commemorative Tube map will replace either Mary Decker or Zola Budd

Fanny takes the Tube: new London victory for the Flying Dutchwoman

Protest sees Blankers-Koen promoted to Transport for London's Olympic map

'Femme', 1980 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Miro: Sculptor, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Everyone knows Miro as the artist of big, colourful canvases – but this survey of his sculpture gives him another dimension

Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh looks on after he formally handed power to newly elected president Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi

Ousted Yemeni leader Saleh to seek exile in Ethiopia

The ousted Yemeni leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, plans to go into exile in Ethiopia, his aides said yesterday, as the newly inaugurated leader, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, took over from his predecessor of 33 years.

Ghost the Musical and dinner at Hard Rock Cafe for £45

Nominated for nine major theatre awards Ghost the Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.

French say adieu to the franc

Six centuries after the first one was minted and a decade after they went out of circulation, the last French francs are being exchanged for euros.

High lights: Mess about in boats, sample the pastries, or soak up Ghent’s architecture, both inside and out

See the light in festive Flanders

City Slicker - Ghent: This historic Belgian city is making its mark on the winter calendar. David Atkinson offers some tips for visitors

Raikes, left, shows the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore, the controls of HMS ‘Sovereign’ in 1974

Vice-Admiral Sir Iwan Raikes: Decorated submariner

Vice-Admiral Sir Iwan Raikes won a Distinguished Service Cross in combat in the Mediterranean before a Cold War career in which Britain gave increasing importance to his specialty, submarines. By the time Raikes equalled his admiral father as Flag Officer Submarines in the 1970s, a much smaller Navy had abolished centuries-old traditions such as the rum ration, and submarines had superseded RAF aircraft as the platform for carrying Britain's nuclear deterrent.

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Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

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Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
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General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

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Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

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The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

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Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

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Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

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Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

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Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police