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Blonde's Eye View: Twitter-off

By Rob Virtue on July 8, 2009 2:44 PM |

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Angela Clake is holding firm in the face of twitterati

I was the last person to hear about the death of Michael Jackson, not because I was passed out in a tent at Glastonbury (as if I'd go anywhere near a muddy field), but because I'm not on Twitter.

Twitter is a micro-blogging service that enables people to post short comments for other users to read.

By John Biggs

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We recently discovered that cycle hugging Mayor Boris has a vice - taxis.

That is not to say that taxis are a bad thing but when you present yourself as the outdoor type it seems like a bit of a cheat.

There were more than £4,000 of taxi bills for his first year, which is about £80 a week.

By Andrew Williams

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Many of our traditions have a timeless quality to them. I'm thinking of late-night kebab shops, burnt pink shoulders, not talking to each other on the Tube, that kind of thing.

Yet some truly fantastic British traditions have fallen by the wayside. The great British street party, for instance.

aa-jul9-ainsley3.jpgTelevision cooks all have their own particular schtick, whether it's potty-mouthed ranting, barely concealed sexual innuendo or just a propensity to get hammered on screen.

For Ainsley Harriott, presenter of BBC's Ready Steady Cook, that means being possibly the most cheerful man currently on the telly.

Timewaster: Homeless Sims

By John Hill on July 8, 2009 10:36 AM |

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You haven't slept for four days, but you've won a great victory. Sadly, none of your friends want to know about your success in Warcraft or Championship Manager. Some even flee the room.

For some reason, role playing games don't make good fireside tales. Apart from this story about two homeless characters on The Sims 3.

Click here for The Wharf's photo gallery of the festivities at West India Quay

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West India Quay's hitting all the right notes during its festival with at least one of the area's bars having to take on more staff to deal with an increase in customers.

The third week of the British Big Splash has seen jazz and folk artists playing at the Wharf's hot summer location.

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Falling consumer spending has been blamed for Coffee Republic's descent into administration.

The high street chain announced the news on Tuesday, and job losses appear likely as administrators sift through the performance of each individual coffee shop.

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Conservative leader David Cameron has demanded more rigorous controls on the influence of Quangos in Britain.

In a speech at Canary Wharf's Clifford Chance building yesterday, Mr Cameron rounded on the "relatively unaccountable" bodies with control over "almost every part of our life".

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A man has appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting a woman on the DLR.

Michael Taylor, 43, of no fixed abode, was also accused of possession of an offensive weapon and affray at the hearing at Thames Magistrates Court.

AA-jul9-JAMIE19.jpgJamie Oliver fans have less than a month to wait for the popular tv chef's Canary Wharf restaurant to open.

Jamie's Italian, in Churchill Place, will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, August 5, with Oliver heading down to the Wharf to cut the ribbon himself.

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