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Londoner Sam Roberts has been obsessively documenting Britain's brick adverts for posterity and has set up a blog to document the signs

Diane Abbott apologised today after claiming 'white people love playing 'divide & rule'

Former leadership challenger Diane Abbott axed as shadow Health Minister by Ed Miliband

'I'll live' said Labour MP Abbott upon hearing the news 

Wanted: Police reveal list of 17 high-risk foreign criminals believed to be hiding in UK

A wanted list including a rapist, robbers and pimps all thought to be on the run in Britain was revealed today.

Aarron McKoy murder: Gunman jailed for life over New Year's Eve shooting

A gunman was today jailed for a minimum 31 years for killing a teacher's son celebrating his birthday in a wine bar.

Woman becomes latest victim of London's iPhone bicycle muggers

170 iPhones are being stolen every day in London with pedestrians being targeted by muggers on bicycles

Schoolboy Miles Alura jailed for armed robberies he carried out using prosthetic old man disguise

A schoolboy who wore a prosthetic disguise and hair pieces to carry out armed robberies has been sent to prison.

Trending: Babyccinos? Been there, got the milk 'tache

Oh, Brooklyn, capital of all things hipsterish and well-coiffured, we love you, but you are losing your touch. Early last week New York mag reported that the plaid-clad parents of on-trend Fort Greene and Park Slope in Brooklyn are all in thrall to the "babyccino" – oodles of foam and a sprinkle of cocoa in a tiny mug.

Let down: Lena Corner in her east London home

Is it really so easy to rent out your house at medal-winning prices during the Olympics?

Lena Corner reports on her struggle to turn her three-bed into a 2012 money-spinner.

Beyond Retro looks to expand

Second-hand clothing retailer Beyond Retro is gearing up for UK expansion and has signed up for a fourth store.

Letter from the editor: Life in the printed word yet

A few sore heads around here yesterday after our little shindig to mark the 100th issue of i.

Jamie Norton: 'I transformed my poky north London apartment into a spacious modern space'

The musician and songwriter can teach all cramped city dwellers a thing or two.

Liberals: The secret elitists

Being a liberal means sharing – schools, streets and jobs. The uncomfortable truth is that most of us forget our high-minded principles when it gets close to home, says Bill Tuckey

School highlights achievements of world's leading gay figures

"What," asks the teacher, "have Sir Elton John, Alexander the Great, William Shakespeare and Clare Balding got in common?"

Men jailed for life for stabbing murder



Two men were jailed for a minimum of 19 years today for stabbing a young father and running over his body.

Outside the Box: Shock defeats for Milibands as political football gets serious

There were obviously mixed emotions in the Miliband household last Saturday night after the afternoon's shock result; whoever would have thought that David's favourites Arsenal would be beaten at home by West Bromwich Albion? No wonder he was having to put on such a brave face for the cameras. Ed, of course, was in much better form, after Leeds' late winner in the Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United, for we can confirm that it is at Elland Road where his heart lies (he might not have been feeling quite so smug after the astonishing 6-4 defeat at home to Preston in midweek). The Miliband family lived in Leeds during the 1970s and Ed is now a Doncaster MP. As Leeds followers sing whenever they play Donny: "You're just a town full of Leeds fans." Of the five candidates for the Labour party leadership, only Diane Abbott did not declare her football allegiance, although as the representative of Hackney North and Stoke Newington she could reasonably choose between Tottenham and Leyton Orient (tough call, Di). Andy Burnham, who recently said he would rather play for Everton in the FA Cup final than become Prime Minister, had a bad day last Saturday as he finished fourth out of five and the Blues hit rock bottom in the Premier League; the other candidate, Ed Balls, was also in mourning after Norwich managed to lose 2-0 at home to Hull.

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