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Slot machines gambling

Gambling in numbers: 7 stats that show the UK’s gambling problem

By Robyn Vinter

Today we discovered people aged 18-24 are doubly at risk of developing a gambling problem, because of technology and advertising.

England fan reflects on Englands 4-1 World Cup exit to Germany, 2010

Why 16-24 year olds are twice as likely to be addicted to gambling and how the World Cup didn’t help

By Robyn Vinter

Young people are twice as likely to be in the “at risk” category as the UK population as a whole, and the problem is getting worse.

David Bagleys Ferrari

Video: We meet the man behind luxury supercar extravaganza Salon PrivéVideo

By Harry Cockburn

David Bagley on his love of cars and setting up his dream supercar festival

London's weird pub names

London’s weirdest pub names and what they mean

By Robyn Vinter

Ever wondered about the origns of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese or The Pyrotechnists Arms?

Commonwealth kiss

Robyn Vinter: Scotland showed the world the true meaning of a "Glasgow kiss"Video

By Robyn Vinter

Combine a world-famous sporting event and former European Capital of Culture and you’re always going to get some pleasant surprises. When that city is Glasgow, you know it will be memorable too.

Millionaire wealthrich - Who wants to be a millionaire with Chris Tarrant

One in 30 Londoners is a millionaire - but one in four live in poverty

By Sophie Hobson

There are 281,000 dollar-millionaires based in London, according to new research – the equivalent of almost one in 30 of the capital’s population (including those who work in London).

Leicester Square

John Nugent: Why I don't care that Leicester Square is no longer the home of British Cinema

By John Nugent

RIP Leicester Square - home of misguided tourists and soulless sports bars - says our new film columnist

Stirling Shard

The Shard makes the shortlist, but what are the greatest new buildings in the UK?

By Harry Cockburn

All Londoners have an opinion on the Shard. The 87-storey Qatari owned skyscraper on the Southbank has become a dominating aspect of the London Skyline, and is now among several British buildings in contention for a major architecture prize.

Parrot 1

Why is there a huge “dead parrot” on the Southbank?Video

By Harry Cockburn

Deceased “Norwegian Blue” Photograph: Twitter

Trader Vics

Review: Trader Vic’s W1 – a retro tiki delight

By Robyn Vinter

Trader Vic’s is somewhat unassuming from the outside considering its location. Barely signposted compared to the grand entrance of the Park Lane Hilton beneath which it’s snugly tucked, you’d perhaps need to have heard of Trader Vic’s to know what’s in store, and would have no idea of the scale of the restaurant below.

Brazil Lose

Best internet reactions to Brazil v Germany, the most Tweeted event in sporting history Video

By Harry Cockburn

Brazil is in the throes of national catastrophe after their football team’s unceremonious elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Germany.

Luna cinema

7 of the best outdoor cinemas you have to experience in London this summer

By Robyn Vinter

2014 is shaping up to be the year of the open-air cinema. If you thought last summer’s pop-ups were exciting, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The 7/7 memorial last night, before it was defaced

7/7 memorial defaced with anti-Blair graffiti on anniversary

By Sophie Hobson

Source: Guy Bell/REXThe 7/7 memorial last night, before it was defaced

Sherlock Holmes

Why did the British government organise a screening of the BBC’s Sherlock in North Korea?

By Harry Cockburn

The revamped and modernised Sherlock Holmes drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the oddball PI, has gained a vast global following.

Burger King Proud Whopper

Burger King launches world’s first pro-gay burger – but in the wrong wayVideo

By Sophie Hobson

I’m all for brands flying the flag for LGBT rights. A bit of brand activism can get important messages to wide audiences while boosting brand engagement – the ultimate win-win.

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