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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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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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