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The Olympic closing ceremony will be a fun tribute to British music, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said.

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When is the closing ceremony? It starts at 9pm London time on Sunday and is due to finish before midnight.

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Rumours that the Spice Girls will be reuniting to perform at the Olympic Games closing ceremony look to be true after the band were pictured apparently rehearsing for Sunday's extravaganza.

A view of the Olympic Stadium

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Following up on their Diamond Jubilee performance Madness will be taking centre stage at the Olympics closing ceremony.

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Gary Barlow fans set up charity in memory of stillborn baby Poppy

Fans of Gary Barlow have started a charity fund in memory of the star's stillborn daughter Poppy.

Gary Barlow mourns stillborn daughter

Pop star Gary Barlow and his wife were today mourning the loss of their baby daughter.

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Gymnastics: Multiple directions – do GB5 a boyband make?

"Britain has a new smash-hit boy band – a five-strong well-muscled group that brought more noise to the O2 last night than Guns N' Roses," roared The Times yesterday after the heroics of Britain's male gymnasts on Monday. But how do GB5 compare in the boy band stakes with the likes of One Direction:

Baby joy for Take That star Mark Owen and wife Emma Ferguson as daughter Fox India is born

Take That star Mark Owen has become a father for the third time after his wife gave birth to a baby girl.

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Sir Richard Branson is considering buying back Virgin Records more than 40 years after founding the business that spawned his empire.

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Ed Miliband mocks David Cameron over Jimmy Carr tax row

David Cameron was accused of using his attack on the tax affairs of comedian Jimmy Carr as a distraction from the G20 summit's failure to secure a route out of the economic crisis.

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Carr apologises for 'error of judgement' as PM is accused of hypocrisy over tax comments

Under fire comedian Jimmy Carr today issued an apology for what he called a 'terrible error of judgement' as the row over his tax avoidance embroiled the Prime Minister in a hypocrisy row.

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David Cameron joins the attacks on Jimmy Carr over 'morally wrong' scheme to avoid tax

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Observations: Prometheus lives again – and takes to the streets

Not to be confused with Ridley Scott's alien thriller Prometheus, another reinterpretation of the Greek myth arrives in Greenwich next week. Prometheus Awakes will be a piece of theatre on a grand scale - providing the weather stays fine.

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