Meateasy, above the Goldsmiths Tavern, 316 New Cross Road, London SE14

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Jeweller reports glittering sales

The group behind the Mappin & Webb, Goldsmiths and Watches of Switzerland retail jewellery chains defied the dire weather to achieve sparkling Christmas sales.

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Huge fire brings Nottingham traffic chaos

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The Ecologist: Four decades of global warning

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Watchdog reviews Goldsmith's election spending

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The Electoral Commission is considering allegations that millionaire Tory MP Zac Goldsmith breached election spending rules when he won his Commons seat in May.

Harvey Goldsmith sets his sights on London's biggest gig

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The Comedy of Errors, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London

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