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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

Leona Lewis: Hackney beats Hollywood

She's a sensation Stateside, but Leona Lewis is refusingto swap the East End for the West Coast. Rob Sharp explores her home turf

Marcus Tanner: Let's hope gentrification's had its day

So the slump is coming, house prices are crashing and there's a gnashing of teeth among the City traders, yuppies and young professionals. It's the bonfire of the bankers, the Notting Hill chronicler, Rachel Johnson, writes at the weekend. Boo hoo! Well, not me.

Move to allow abortion in Northern Ireland

MPs are to stage a fresh attempt to make it easier for women in Northern Ireland to have an abortion.

Preview: UBS Soundscapes, LSO St Luke's, London

An explosion of sound as two worlds collide

Education minister's family school 'failing'

The school attended by Schools Secretary Ed Balls' children has been placed in special measures, inspectors said today.

Ofsted will criticise school attended by minister's son

Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, is facing a major embarrassment next month as his children's school is set to receive a devastating inspectors' report criticising standards.

Ashlyn Gibson: The children's boutique owner on her bright and bohemian home

My bedroom is my sanctuary. It's here that I do my dreaming and wake up with ideas. The light in here is amazing. I live with my four–year-old daughter Olive and she loves this room too. She and her friends like bouncing up and down on the bed and trying on my shoes.

Mahta Hassanzadeh: Forget the stereotypes: teen crime is a plea for help

The figures are rising 26 teenagers have been murdered in London this year. For me, a 19-year-old female, it causes sadness, anger and unease. I'm not scared of walking out my front door and being gunned down but it does worry me that many teenagers wouldn't hesitate to do just that, regardless of how minor the motive may be. A momentary look, an accidental shove, a minor disagreement, your postcode.

Boxing: Cook takes heat off streets

Former stablemate of Calzaghe is busy tackling gang culture on 'Murder Mile'

Paul Mason

Stone carver in the Moore tradition

The Leaf Police

Leaves on the line - the words commuters dread. But they can also be disastrous. Julia Stuart spent a night with the gangs who battle the green menace

Christina Patterson: The fear that always follows me

The other day, in Stoke Newington High Street in north London, I saw a man and woman having a row. Suddenly, he punched her hard in the face. Then he turned round and walked away. I phoned the police and followed him. When they arrived, an impressive eight minutes later, I heard him deny it all.

Joggers warned after knife attack

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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