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Adrian Hamilton: We don't have to live with a mendacious mayor

Yes, yes. I know everyone is getting tired of the London mayoral election,. Outside of the city most people couldn't care less. Even within London there's a mood of weariness with a campaign that seems to have been based entirely on personality preferences.

Stamps showcase the beauty of our endangered butterflies and beetles

Ten endangered British insects will feature on a new series of Royal Mail postage stamps to be issued on Tuesday. The insects, which range from the stag beetle to the Adonis blue butterfly, and from the red-barbed ant to the hazel pot beetle, have been photographed from the collection in the Natural History Museum in London, which has 28 million specimens.

Urban regeneration may create slums of future, says Rogers

To the cheerleaders of urban renewal, the rapid march of glass and steel monoliths and asymmetric housing blocks across Britain's skyscape represents a shiny future. For Lord Rogers, one of the world's foremost architects, they are part of an ill-conceived building boom that is in danger of creating "the slums of tomorrow".

Leading article: Architects of misfortune

When Lord Rogers of Riverside gives his views on the state of architecture in modern Britain, as he did this week, he demands a hearing. After all, he is responsible for a good deal of it. From the Lloyd's building in the City of London, the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, to the new terminal at Heathrow, we live in a landscape increasingly defined by the sort of architectural aesthetic that Lord Rogers has pioneered.

Rusal scraps £5bn London float

Rusal, the Russian aluminium giant owned by billionaire Oleg Deripaska, has decided to ditch plans for a £5bn flotation that had seemed destined for the London market.

Hot Spot: Southend-on-Sea

Plans to regenerate the Thames Gateway could bring many more visitors to the pleasure pier, says Robert Liebman

Parliament: Agency attacked over Dome

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