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By Tim Archer

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What's more important homes or cars? Despite a housing waiting list of 23,000 people, Tower Hamlets Council is buying a prime piece of land on the Commercial Road near Limehouse DLR station, not for building new homes but for creating a new car pound - somewhere to take cars that get towed away for being parked illegally.

Concrete Pencil: Fast food isn't best served chilled

By John Hill on August 5, 2009 12:05 PM |

Dan Bourke discovers that you can't get a decent Big Mac without confusion, alcohol abuse and centuries of haphazard town planning


McDonald's in Liverpool Street. Between closing time and the last train to Braintree. Simply one of the most efficient economic units you'll ever see.

A hyper-motivated international team of variously-starred crew members who with a brutal swiftness surprise even their crowd: a crowd of drunken, tubby, wealthy, hungry men to whom patience is akin to poorness.


McDonald's has finally secured clearance for Helix-London at the third time of asking.

The international fast food giant's plans for a twin-tower development at its Trafalgar Way site have been rejected twice by Tower Hamlets Council, but were cleared at Tuesday's Strategic Development Committee meeting.


Union Square, the newest arrival at The O2, is a bar and restaurant that aims to be cool America.

Its ambition is to offer a relaxed dining experience in contrast to the often chaotic scenes in and around the arena.

By John Biggs


Last week I was taken around the Olympic Park to view progress. In simple terms, from a pile of mud and rubble it has now been transformed into an emerging park with venues rising on it.

The stadium has taken shape, and the curvy swimming complex, while still a pile of steel and trestles, is shaping up too - it will without doubt be the iconic building of the games.


Once On This Island, Hackney Empire

Sparkling production lives up to the hype surrounding it with slick direction and a snazzy set, writes Miriam Gillinson

By Jim Fitzpatrick

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Parliament has begun its 82-day summer recess - and the campaign group, 38 Degrees, is asking: "What do MPs do in that time?"

Parliament's 82-day recess does not translate into an 82-day holiday for me. I take a standard fortnight's holiday, with the rest of the time spent working.

What We're Listening To

By John Hill on August 4, 2009 10:52 AM |


Foot of the Mountain, A-Ha

A-Ha are more comfortable back in the world of synth pop, even if it's not entirely a spectacular effort.


An annual motorcycle ride across the capital to remember victims of the 7/7 London bombings is under threat due to a change in police legislation.

The Unity Ride has already cancelled next month's event, which was due to start at the Excel Centre, and there are fears for its future.


A woman has been sent to prison for beating a fellow DLR passenger around the head with a metal dog chain.

Lauren Gregson, 20, of Beaumont Grove in Stepney Green, was given a 40 week sentence for what police described as a "vicious attack".

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