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aa-oct1-JillianMacLean.jpgCanary Wharf's newest bar is getting ready to open and the woman behind it is confident it will appeal to Wharfers' sense of quirkiness.

The Parlour opens its doors on October 12 in Canada Park Pavilion and for Jillian MacLean, managing director of parent company Drake and Morgan, it will offer something a bit different from other establishments in the area.

FF-Oct1-AmandaKelly2.jpgAmanda Kelly is a woman who knows how to pack a punch and she hopes it will bring her global glory next month.

The Poplar Dock resident will be part of England's Thai boxing team heading to the World Championships in Bangkok at the end of November.

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By Andrew Williams

Renewable energy is destined to be a huge topic in the aftermath of the Copenhagen climate change summit at the end of the year. Whether it's solar power, wind turbines or wave technology, the race is on to develop alternatives to polluting fossil fuels.

strauss.jpgEngland cricket captain Andrew Strauss has had his Canary Wharf book signing next week cancelled.

Strauss was due at the Waterstone's store in Jubilee Place mall next Tuesday but England's progress in the Champions Trophy has put paid to that.

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Caribbean chef Collin Brown is reaching for the stars, and he's hoping to get there via Poplar Dock.

The three-time Caribbean Chef of the Year fought his way from selling his distinctive cakes on the streets of Dalston to handling catering for Virgin Atlantic flights to his homeland.

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A teenager who was stabbed just yards from the Isle of Dogs police station has joined the chorus of voices calling for it to open later in the day.

Hanif Ali, 14, was "jumped" by a gang of ten youths as he got off the D7 bus on Manchester Road last month. The mob stabbed him in the stomach, severed two tendons in his wrist, and left him with further injuries to the head and arm.

What We're Reading

By Giles Broadbent on September 30, 2009 4:35 PM |

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BOOK
A Week In December
by Sebastian Faulks

Hutchinson, £12.99
4/5

IN A NUTSHELL
In an authoritative and biting state of the nation novel, the author aims to capture turbulent times through the eyes of seven characters that typify the times, including a Muslim extremist, a hedge fund manager and a Premiership footballer.

Click here for factfiles of the local haunts in the 2010 Good Beer Guide

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If you're a real ale lover, this particular stretch of the Thames hasn't always been seen as a beacon of pint-related pleasure.

Aside from the Grapes in Limehouse and the North Pole in Manilla Street, the E14 postcode is often no more than a footnote in Camra's extensive Good Beer Guides.

What We're Listening To

By Louisa Emery on September 30, 2009 3:54 PM |

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The Boy Who Knew Too Much, Mika
Universal, £8.98
2/5

IN A NUTSHELL
Dust off your disco slippers, Mika is back and this time he's feeling a bit boisterous.

Blonde's Eye View: The case for cars?

By Rob Virtue on September 30, 2009 2:52 PM |

Angela Clarke swaps waiting for trains with waiting for the AA

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I wish we had a mainline station at the Wharf.

Then, when I wanted to leave London, I wouldn't have to lug my suitcase to Paddington, or any of the other big stations that suddenly feel a million miles away when you are carrying your heavy duty cosmetics and six pairs of shoes.

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