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Field Day, Victoria Park, London

Now in its sixth year, East London’s Field Day festival has built its reputation on being one the best places to encounter brand new talent before it hits the mainstream.

Take one for the team: David Beckham’s good-natured reaction to Obama’s teasing

Putting the boot in to David Beckham

Our most famous footballer really is a good sport. He'd have to be, to tolerate the non-stop jokes at his expense

Twig picture: Ron Mueck with his piece 'Woman with Sticks' (2008)

Ron Mueck: Sensational sculptor who's branching out

Model-maker Ron Mueck's new show at London's Hauser & Wirth gallery features only four works, but they are enough to leave Adrian Hamilton overwhelmed

One of the toys that will be given away with Happy Meals

Would you like a relay baton with that Happy Meal? McDonald's goes for Olympic gold

Obesity campaigners criticise sponsor for linking Games with unhealthy fast food

Jacqui Smith happy for her legislation to be repealed to allow same-sex marriage

The former minister who championed civil partnerships today said she was happy for her legislation to be repealed - and replaced with plans to allow same-sex marriage.

Big Ben: Behind the clock face

Ahead of the the clocks going forward this weekend, Gary Cansell meets the men who ring the changes at Big Ben.

Touch screen: two children play with Skylanders' 'Portal of Power'

Figures of fun that are big business

Skylanders combines a video game with collectable toys. You may not have heard of it yet, but it's changing the way children play, its creators tell Will Dean

Touch screen: two children play with Skylanders' 'Portal of Power'

Figures of fun: How Skylanders is changing the way children play

Skylanders combines a video game with collectable toys.

This is Paradise, By Will Eaves

This is a novel about ordinary lives that, at times, dips – or perhaps rises – into the extraordinary. It is about an averagely muddled middle-class family, the Alldens, who live in a ramshackle three-storey house in Bath: parents Emily and Don, and children Liz, Clive, Lotte and Benjamin. The book starts in the late Sixties, with Emily pregnant with Benjamin, and ends sometime in the recent past, with the children coping, more and less well, with the deterioration and death of the older generation.

<p>1. Storysack</p>
<p>From £42, storysack.com</p>
<p>A cloth bag packed with items – book , CD, activity guide, games, props, scenery, soft toys and more – that bring a story to life.</p>

The 10 Best pre-school toys

1. Storysack

From £42, storysack.com

A cloth bag packed with items – book , CD, activity guide, games, props, scenery, soft toys and more – that bring a story to life.

Quite a Toy Story: Vivid looks for offers of £80m

The owner of the toy developer Vivid Imaginations has hired advisers at KPMG to sell the company for up to £80m.

Phoenix looks to sell toy developer Vivid for £80m

The owner of the toy developer Vivid Imaginations has hired advisers at KPMG to sell the company for up to £80m.

Decca’s Dick Rowe, left, turned down the Beatles

The man who rejected the Beatles

Exactly 50 years ago, Decca's Dick Rowe turned down the Fab Four, so heading an unenviable club of talent-spotters who passed up their biggest chance. But is it all an urban myth? A new book suggests so

Flashbacks haunt Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene, Sean Durkin, 101 Mins (15)

Feel-awkward tales of two women: one recalls sex abuse by a charismatic leader; the other is an alcoholic who tries to reclaim her old high-school beau

Police raids aim to stamp out sales of Barbie dolls

Iran has opened up a new front in its propaganda war with the West – by cracking down on the sale of Barbie dolls. Iran's feared morality police has raided shops selling Barbie dolls, confiscating the popular toy from stores and forcing some shopkeepers to close.

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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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