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

Director Stephen Daldry has promised that the closing ceremony will be 'the best wedding party you’ve ever been at'.

London 2012: Closing ceremony director Stephen Daldry vows best party ever

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

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Spice Girls 'set for Olympics closing ceremony'

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.

Pop star Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn

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:

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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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Aung San Suu Kyi appeals to Britain to help drive her country's transformation

Burma's opposition leader tells MPs her people can only get 'so far' on their own. By Nigel Morris

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.

Jimmy Carr doesn't believe that he's done anything wrong

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

But Prescott accuses PM of double standards with tweeted reference to Lord Ashcroft

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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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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
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A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
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