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

Nederlands Dans Theater, Sadler's Wells, London<br/>Slow Dancing, Trafalgar Square, London

A fiftieth anniversary show by NDT is expert but empty, while an installation at the foot of Nelson's Column is mesmerising

Protesters appeal against Parliament Square eviction

Peace protesters called on senior judges today to let them stay in a makeshift tent village outside Parliament.

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The end of homophobic discrimination

Helena Pozniak looks at a movement that involved changing society rather than adapting to it

Londonderry turns swords into ploughshares

With Bloody Sunday report imminent, barracks at the centre of the shootings takes key role in bid to become UK City of Culture

Antony Gormley, White Cube, Mason's Yard, London

Antony Gormley has come to embody what we might think of as a "public" artist. You might think about popularity, or the populace when you think of his work: commuters zipping past the Angel of the North on the A1, or last year's One and the Other, his project for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square that saw members of the public standing on the plinth. He is popular, and perhaps feels that his popularity is looked down on by the art world. Is he really an artist of the people, then? Perhaps not.

Nelson's 'Victory' joins him in Trafalgar Square

It is Trafalgar Square, named after the naval battle of 1805, so it might seem fitting that the space on the square's celebrated empty fourth plinth should be occupied by a memorial of the battle – and, as of yesterday, so it is.

Nelson's ship in a bottle unveiled on Fourth Plinth

A scale replica of HMS Victory - Lord Nelson's ship - in a bottle was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square today.

Jury still out in Trafalgar Square killing trial

Jurors trying three teenagers accused of killing a 62-year-old man in Trafalgar Square began a fourth day of deliberations at the Old Bailey today.

Historic Morris Singer metal foundry to close its doors

The company which cast two of the lions that have guarded London's Trafalgar Square since 1867 went into administration yesterday, after suffering mounting losses.

Outside the Box: Legacy, legacy as World Cup team try to keep clear of the Germans

As the Football Association team delivered their 1,752-page bid book for the 2018 World Cup on Friday – hoping it would inspire Fifa bigwigs rather than put them to sleep – "legacy" was again a buzzword. While the England bid has been careful to emphasise its lasting benefits for football all over the world, as opposed to merely making the rich richer, the Premier League points out that one of the reasons Germany's Bundesliga has the largest crowds in Europe (as pointed out in Outside the Box last week) is that many stadia were rebuilt or upgraded for the 2006 World Cup, thanks to support from regional and national government. As attendances can fluctuate from season to season when, say, Newcastle are replaced by Burnley, the Premier League uses percentage occupancy as its criterion and claims by that measure to be ahead of the Germans. Clubs close to full houses all season included the top three plus Stoke, Spurs and West Ham. It was also good to know that Lord Nelson is posthumously supporting the bid (a scarf having being hung round the column in Trafalgar Square). Being one-eyed, he would have made an excellent football manager.

Student 'hit gay man to protect female friend'

A student accused of killing a gay man in Trafalgar Square said he punched the victim because he saw him strike a girl and feared she might get hurt.

Teenage girls go on trial for homophobic attack

Drunken girls beat man to death in Trafalgar Square in scene recalling 'A Clockwork Orange', court hears

Travel Agenda: Holland House; Heathrow Airport Great British Food Fortnight; new links from Britain to the Mediterranean

Today: Celebrate all things Dutch in London. Holland House, now in its fifth year, marks the national day of the Netherlands with a free party from midday to 8pm in Trafalgar Square. Expect live music, DJs, children's activities, clog-making workshops, a Dutch market and free tours of Dutch paintings in the National Gallery (holland.com).

'We have more cameras than any broadcaster in the world'

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