Arts and Entertainment The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a portrait of Tony Blair by Alastair Adams

A painting of the former PM for the National Portrait Gallery tells us much about him

Admiral Lord Nelson's anti-French tirade has sold for £9,000

'They are thieves, murderers, oppressors and infidels': Letter from Lord Nelson declaring his dislike for the French sells at auction for £9,000

The four-page letter was written shortly after the Battle of the Nile in 1799

The Osbornes’ cat Freya on the prowl in Downing Street

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Downing Street insiders have noticed that Osborne’s cat is inquisitive... perhaps a little too inquisitive

Woolwich backlash: EDL supporters march through London

Supporters of the English Defence League marched through central London today.

Borussia Dortmund fans in Trafalgar Square

London party for German football fans: About 150,000 descend on Wembley for Champions League final

German football fans painted London town red – and yellow and black – last night as the capital opened its doors to an estimated 150,000 who travelled to experience the atmosphere of the Champions League final, even if they didn't have tickets.

Campaigners have claimed the fibreglass bird is 'totally inappropriate' for the fourth plinth

Controversy and a cock-up on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth

Positioning a blue cockerel next to Admiral Lord Nelson in London landmark seen as ‘inappropriate’

Margaret Thatcher funeral: Procession passes Downing Street

In life she was a symbol of this small but significant London location and now, in death, Baroness Thatcher passed Downing Street for the last time today.

Thatcher discord sets the clock back 30 years

I arrived back from holiday to find the country divided and inflamed once more

Matthew Norman on Monday: Introducing Maggie - the consensual PM

Francis Maude gave a contender for the Most Balanced Thatcher eulogy this weekend. Plus, why Lady T was an (almost) total supporter of democracy

The London Mayor Boris Johnson has told LBC Radio that police in the capital are prepared for a riots and disorder over Baroness Thatcher this weekend.

Boris Johnson accused of 'hyping up' the threat of violence at Margaret Thatcher's funeral

Organisers accuse mayor of using riots warning to provide excuse for pre-emptive arrests

Death parties: One thing for Hitler, but another for Thatcher

There is a difference between tyrants with a consistent record of mass murder and democratically elected politicians

Row over Margaret Thatcher statue location

A row has broken out over suggestions that a statue should be built in honour of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Police speak to protesters during Monday night's unrest in Brixton

Police ask Margaret Thatcher protesters to identify themselves

The Metropolitan Police has asked groups planning to demonstrate during or in advance of Margaret Thatcher's funeral to make themselves known to officers so that their "right to protest can be upheld".

Disunited in mourning: police fear Thatcher funeral may turn into security nightmare

Fears of civil disorder in capital as plans are revealed for partially state-funded ceremonial funeral, as MPs gather to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher

The News Matrix: Wednesday 10 April 2013

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A reveller holds a sign to celebrate the death of Britain's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher death parties are not just mindless morbidity, they can be a community coming together

Everyone I spoke to in Brixton had a clear and political reason for being there

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