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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Agatha Christie [inset, courtesy of Mathew Prichard] and the scene at Tenerife

A cruise that immerses you in the world of Agatha Christie—the woman who for many is still the undisputed ‘queen of crime’—follows the crime-writer’s visit to Tenerife in the late 1920s. It is one of the themed cruises the travel trade offers, tested by travel writer and Christie fan Allis Moss:

Meribel

The friendliness and professionalism of our VIP Ski chalet hosts were put to the test when we got stuck in Friday night rush hour traffic in Geneva – meaning that we turned up at Chalet Club Pierre in Meribel two hours after dinner should have been dished up and at precisely the time they should have been heading off home.

Wagtail in Water [photos: Christopher Andreou]

It doesn’t matter how cold it gets—even the sudden winter snap this week hasn’t deterred our feathered friends taking a dip in the water in east London.

This Wagtail was snapped dipping its toes in running water at Canary Wharf.

Annie Leibovitz unveils her latest 'Women New Portraits' collection [photos: Vickie Flores]

An exhibition by world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz begins its global tour in London’s East End on Saturday.

Her Women New Portraits show opens to the public for the first time at Wapping, running for three weeks at the historic Hydraulic Power Station, before it starts its global tour.

Children at Wetherell Nursery say a big thank-you to the elves from the bank for making their grotto

A children’s nursery was transformed into a Christmas grotto in east London complete with presents for all the children after an 11th-hour operation by teams of elves.

Kim Wilde leads Mildmay Christmas carol concert

A host of showbiz stars brought a sparkle to Mildmay Hospital’s Christmas carol concert in London’s East End to raise funds for its unique, world-renowned HIV treatment.

It's little Giovanni Cappella's first Christmas at seven months, meeting Santa at Poplar's 'Chrispmas' festival  [photos: Rehan Jamil]

Families turned out for the free “Chrispmas” festival—in East London’s famous ‘Chrisp Street’ Market, of course. It was the big extravaganza on the Christmas calendar for hundreds of children.

'Santa rescue' alert... RNLI's Tower Lifeboat crew

Fears for a lost Santa in the River Thames sparked a major search-and-rescue mission for the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat crew.

Bow Haven charity holds party with Christmas food gift from new Tesco store

People using a mental health centre in London’s East End had a Christmas party with food and decorations donated free by staff at their new local branch of a major supermarket chain.

Tourist Christina Fraile Carceles snaps the 'bright lights' of London

One visitor came to London to see the bright lights—and found hundreds of them on the doorstep of a modest little terraced house in the East End.

Dickie Beau channels multiple personas in his LOST IN TRANS

Disembodied voices emanating loneliness on a bleak theatre set might not be your idea of getting into the festive spirit.

Children's illustrator James Mayhew performs with Docklands Sinfonia

Children’s author and illustrator James Mayhew returns to London’s East End tomorrow to join Docklands Sinfonia on stage for a tribute to Sibelius.

James—famed for his Ella Bella Ballerina and Katie’s Picture Show books—reads from Finland’s epic folklore poem The Kalevala at St Anne’s Limehouse to mark the 150th anniversary of the classical composer’s birth.

MP Jim Fitzpatrick throws switch to light up Chrisp Street Christmas tree [photos: Rehan Jamil]

MP Jim Fitzpatrick slipped away from Westminster to switch on a Christmas Tree for hundreds of kids in London’s East End.

The release of the John Lewis advert has become an much-anticipated event in recent years. Picture: John Lewis/PA

Christmas adverts have boomed in recent years with the likes of John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Tesco leading the way.

Ian Cumming shares a nibble of his 'frangipandi' with ‘burlesque’ baker Charlotte White in her vintage 1920s outfit

There’s more food than you can shake a wooden spoon at with TV’s Great British Bake Off rolling up in London’s East End at the Old Truman Brewery tomorrow and the weekend.

Sammy the Seal in Canary Wharf

A wildlife photography competition is being run for keen amateurs to discover the diversity of flora and fauna at Canary Wharf where Sammy the Seal famously resides.

Rockin' Santa!

If the answer is yes then test your knowledge of Christmas songs with our quiz.

Jack the Ripper 'museum' at 12 Cable Street

Protesters are getting ready to march again on the infamous Jack the Ripper museum near the Tower of London tomorrow.

swimmers' gruelling pace in the Thames at Blackwall Reach

Tens of thousands of spectators across East London cheered on 13,000 competitors in the world’s biggest triathlon at the weekend.

Barclay's mentor Ashley Calvert with graduate Leah Simpson

Six unemployed people struggling to find work in East London have all landed jobs after graduating from a mentoring scheme run by East Thames Housing with Barclays Bank.

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