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By Andrew Williams

When Naomi Klein published No Logo in 2000 she took aim at a business world obsessed with branding and image. Her view was that the superficiality of modern living, with its Nike swooshes and Adidas stripes had robbed us of a basic sense of choice.

Concrete Pencil: It's party time

By John Hill on September 23, 2009 12:20 PM |

Dan Bourke spent his early days at college watching people get drunk and try to sound clever

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I'd like to tell you that I always skived off the first week or two of uni because I was raging drunk or plotting violent revolution or both.

I did bunk off, but any cool points that gains me are nullified by my real reason: I did it to watch the party conferences. (I was often raging drunk too, but that's not why I stayed home.)

What We're Watching

By John Hill on September 23, 2009 12:13 PM |

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RELIGIOUS ADVENTURE
Angels and Demons (12A)
2/5

IN A NUTSHELL
Tom Hanks embarks on another Catholic artefact treasure hunt in this iffy Da Vinci Code sequel, which thankfully isn't as awful as the first effort.

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ART
Turner And The Masters
Tate Britain
5/5

IN A NUTSHELL
JMW Turner pits himself against the great names of art in a blockbuster exhibition that tells a compelling story.

Food review: Locale, Blackheath

By John Hill on September 23, 2009 9:39 AM |

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COCKTAILS AND ITALIAN CUISINE
Locale, Blackheath
4/5

IN A NUTSHELL
It's a bit of a hop from Canary Wharf, but Locale's decent Italian menu is bolstered by a cocktail menu that's among the best in the area.

Carling Cup Trophy.jpgWest Ham suffered Carling Cup heartbreak as they crashed out of the competition in extra time last night.

The Irons looked set to win the third round tie at Bolton's Reebok Stadium, leading 1-0 with just four minutes to go thanks to Herita Ilunga's first goal of the season.

ff-jul23-pele.jpgLegendary footballer Pele's planned appearance at The O2 in November has been cancelled.

The Brazilian superstar had been due at the Indigo2 on Sunday, November 1, for an evening of reminiscences alongside ex-England stars Jimmy Greaves and Gordon Banks.

What We're Reading

By Giles Broadbent on September 22, 2009 4:10 PM |

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BOOK
Sure And Certain Death by Barbara Nadel
Headline, £19.99
1/5

IN A NUTSHELL
An East London already subject to the Luftwaffe's attentions fears that the Ripper is at work once more.

Candidates resort to lying on CVs

By Rob Virtue on September 22, 2009 3:03 PM |

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The recession and growing unemployment is causing more and more young people to lie on their job applications.

That's the view of Powerchex, a Wapping-based pre-employment screening company, which carried out a survey of more than 4,700 CVs between June last year and May this year.

Carling Cup Trophy.jpgGianfranco Zola could hand a debut to new signing Guillermo Franco in tonight's Carling Cup clash with Bolton.

The Mexican striker, signed on a free transfer last week, is in line for at least a substitute appearance at the Reebok Stadium as West Ham aim to progress to the fourth round.