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Tony Blair On The Eve Of The Chilcot Inquiry Publication

Blair Inc. on the Move … but not to Brexitland

Tony Blair’s office has issued a denial about the former prime minister preparing to muscle his way back into British politics to shape Brexit talks. Mr Blair who lives in west London’s Connaught Square had announced he was winding up some of his lucrative consulting businesses – which has earned him millions of pounds since he left Downing Street in 2007 – based in plush offices in Grosvenor Square leading to intense speculation over his future. The Blair Office twitter feed statement read: “Lots of speculation around about new organisation but further and more accurate information will come soon.” Earlier a spokeswoman had denied the former PM was positioning himself to play a role in shaping Brexit talks describing the speculation published in the Sunday Times as “wholly wrong”. She also denied a report that the former Labour prime minister branded incumbent PM Theresa May as “a total lightweight” and Jeremy Corbyn a “a nutter”. Lots of speculation around about new organisation but further and more accurate information will come soon! — Tony Blair Office (@tonyblairoffice) November …

Julian Assange's cat sits at the window of Ecuador's embassy as prosecutor Ingrid Isgren from Sweden interviews Assange in London, Britain, November 14, 2016.

Julian Assange ‘Cat and Mouse’ Continues

And the Julian Assange saga goes on in west London’s Knightsbridge at the Ecuadorean Embassy where the WikiLeaks founder is holed up. Four years, £12.6m police surveillance costs, a UN ruling of unlawful detention and several balcony appearances later the Swedish chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren has finally braved the press scrum to question Assange over allegations he sexually assaulted  a woman in Stockholm in 2010. The Australian has continued to protest his innocence saying consensual sex took place claiming the charges are politically motivated. He has expressed his fears of extradition to the US where he is unlikely to be welcomed with open arms after embarrassing data dumps masterminded by his whistleblowing organisation. However, Assange still has his die-hard supporters with Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson also dropping in with a tray of delicacies for the Australian. Harrods’ food hall is quite handy, but it could turn out to be a foolhardy jaunt for nibbles when Scotland Yard is lurking around the corner and ready to pounce. But under no risk of imminent arrest is Assange’s recently …

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 20:  Actress Meghan Markle attends ELLE's 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Prince Harry Goes Public over Meghan Markle ‘Press Attacks’

Prince Harry, 30, has issued an unprecedented statement confirming the identity of her new girlfriend, U.S. actress Meghan Markle and condemning her treatment following intense media coverage of their fledgling romance. He said the past week had “seen a line crossed”. Saturated coverage of his burgeoning romance had indeed filled the tabloid press, online news websites and social media. In the press release issued by his communications secretary Jason Knauf, Kensington Palace acknowledged the prince’s well-documented tensions with the press stating: “He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.” He has had a history of unflattering tabloid coverage when he dressed as a Nazi captain at a fancy dress party and in 2012 when he was photographed naked during a debauched party in Las Vegas. There has also been various skirmishes outside popular night spots with paparazzi in the intervening years. …

prince george princess charlotte photo

Cambridges Reveal Charlotte & George First Christmas Portrait

Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte have appeared in their first Christmas portrait together with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. The Cambridges also announced the nursery Prince George will be attending. The new picture shows the family in the garden at Kensington Palace and was taken in late October by photographer Chris Jelf. Mr Jelf said: “I thoroughly enjoyed photographing a very lovely family, although you have to be sharp as you don’t have long when there are two young children involved! “I hope everyone enjoys this photo and I am honoured that the duke and duchess have decided to share it with the public.” Kensington Palace said that the royal couple were “very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four” and “hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year”. Two-year-old Prince George will go to the £33-a-day Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk from January. A nursery spokesman said: “We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery.” The …

Legal tussle: Kensington's Candy-stripe house has generated a lot of media interest and has now ended in court

Kensington Candy Stripes Home Repaint Ruling Set for 2016

A woman who painted her Kensington townhouse in candy stripes has to wait till next year to know if she will have to restore it back to its original colour after the council ordered her to do so. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, had been accused by neighbours in the affluent enclave in South End of trying to “get her own back” after failing to win planning permission for a mega basement construction. Her previous appeal for the redevelopment had been thrown out after the council brought in stringent rules for basement makeovers in the borough. Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard the red stripes had been painted on to the house on March 2 this year in “about five-and-a-half hours”. Giving evidence Ms Lisle-Mainwaring claimed the planning order forcing her to repaint the house was “a response by the council to a press campaign”. Andrew Parkinson, representing the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, disagreed saying: ‘There is nothing at all to suggest that the press campaign played any part in the council’s actions.” He added: ‘The council would have …

£8m Kensington Road Has Most Expensive Homes in UK

For the second time in as many years Victoria Road in the heart of Kensington is England’s most expensive residential street. Filled with beautiful period properties, it has an average house price of £8,006,000 according to latest research from Lloyds Bank. Just a short stroll from Kensington Palace it is right bang in the area speculators and estate agents like to describe as ‘super-prime’ central London. it is £7.2m dearer than the average price of a house in Cardiff on sale for £793,000. Kensington and Chelsea dominate You will have to have very deep pockets to afford a property here as the pull of living in Kensington and Chelsea ensures 12 streets in the Royal Borough are in the list of the 20 most expensive in the country. These include Egerton Crescent with an average price of £7,550,000, followed by Manresa Road (£7,359,000), De Vere Gardens (£6,606,000), Drayton Gardens (£5,954,000) and Chelsea Manor Road (£5,523,000). Other Central London locations featuring prominently in the list of most expensive streets are in Westminster, including Eaton Square (£6,727,000), Chester …

Michael Winner and his girlfriend Geraldine

Geraldine Winner’s ‘Goodbyes’ in Knightsbridge Robbery Ordeal

LATE film director Michael Winner’s widow, Geraldine Winner has recounted how she said her ‘goodbyes’ during a 2-hour robbery ordeal at her £4m Knightsbridge flat on Saturday 10 October 2015. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the break-in and said there had been no arrests, adding: “Police were called to a flat in SW7 at about 2am on Saturday, October 10, to reports of an aggravated burglary at the property.” Mrs Winner, 77, is believed to have inherited around £20m after her husband died in 2013, downsizing from their palatial Holland Park home to the flat near the Household of Cavalry Barracks. The neighbourhood would normally be regarded as one of London’s safest, but Mrs Winner believes she was targeted by a sole female assailant. “I am supposed to be in the safest place in London. I cannot believe this has happened. The woman told me she was going to knife me, to kill me, in my head I was saying my goodbyes I thought I was going to die. “The woman came in through my …

Meteors, streak past stars in the night sky near Amman, in the early hours of August 12, 2004. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, and was clearly visible to the naked eye

Perseid Meteor: Where to See the Shooting Stars

E ven city dwellers can see this year’s meteorological phenomenon from their back gardens as it reaches its peak tonight (12 August 2015) according to scientists. The Perseid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus as it appears to originate at the same point in the sky as the constellation. Meteors are bright streaks of light that shoot across the sky so fast they can be seen in the blink of an eye. Commonly known as shooting stars, they can sometimes turn into bright fireballs that can last a few seconds. The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor. The Perseids can be seen from the end of July with one meteor an hour crossing the skies. By the 10 August up to 15 meteors an hour can be seen on a clear sky. The peak dates to see the Perseid meteor shower are between the 12-13 August when up to 100 meteors an hour can be seen! There will also be good rates between 11-12 August and 13-14 August, although to …