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By Tim Archer

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I've spent the first week of the new year visiting Bangladesh. A third of the constituency I hope to represent, Poplar and Limehouse, are from, or their families originate from, Bangladesh.

It's important to get to know and understand as much as possible about all the people of the constituency and my second trip to Bangladesh has really helped me to do this.

dd-jan14-icepenguins.JPGCanary Wharf will be an even cooler place to be this weekend when it hosts the London Ice Sculpting Festival.

The free event will take place next to the ice rink in Canada Square Park on Friday and Saturday, when five teams of international sculptors will work against the clock to carve 2x2m blocks of ice into works of art in front of the public.

westhamnew.jpgWest Ham have been found guilty of two charges of failing to control their fans at the Carling Cup game against Millwall last August.

The Football Association charges that the Irons failed to prevent violent behaviour and failed to prevent fans entering the field of play were upheld by an independent tribunal.

Angela Clarke has a rare case of 'outside Zone Two envy'


I can't write this and not mention the snow can I? It's all over the country, on the news, in the papers, and it is all anyone talks about.

I risk sounding like an old codger, but in all my years, I can't honestly remember it being this chilly, for this long.

Concrete Pencil: Clearing your head

By John Hill on January 13, 2010 11:30 AM |

Dan Bourke can't wipe away that night on the Green Bridge


I've got a new thing on my Mac called Time Machine. It takes me back.

I went to see the Clash in '77, the Stones in '66 and Elvis in '55. I got drunk in Soho with Dylan Thomas and in Bloomsbury with Virginia Woolf. I was there when John Wesley Powell sailed down the Colorado into the Grand Canyon and I drank fine wine as Rome fell.

MillwallLOGO142.jpgIt was penalty heartbreak for Millwall as they lost in a shoot-out lottery to Derby County in last night's FA Cup third round replay.

Danny Schofield was the Lions' fall-guy as he saw his spot-kick saved by Rams keeper Stephen Bywater to send the home side through.


Police powers to randomly stop and search citizens have been declared illegal by the European Court of Human Rights.

Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 enables individuals to be searched "without reasonable suspicion". But the court declared yesterday that this carried "a clear risk of arbitrariness" and was not in accordance with the Human Rights Act.


It's a new year - time to reflect on the last 12 months and re-appraise your personal and career goals.

It's time to get a grip and make important changes to help your work life balance - so says the Careers Advice Service which has teamed up with life coach Carole Ann Rice to offer a checklist of progress.

aa-jul30-oliver142.jpgJamie Oliver's chain of Italian restaurants has been given the seal of approval in the latest edition of the Hardens Restaurant Guide.

The food-lovers bible complimented the chef on the quality of the food at the mid-market restaurants, where the average spend is £30 a head.

MillwallLOGO142.jpgMillwall head up the M1 as their quest for FA Cup glory continues with a third round replay at Derby County.

The Lions have new one injury doubt, with defender Tony Craig struggling with an ankle injury. If he fails a late fitness test Scott Barron will come into the squad.