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The Xtra Diary: Celebrations as zoo packs in the puppies

Mum Branca with her litter of African hunting dog puppies at London Zoo

Mum Branca with her litter of African hunting dog puppies at London Zoo

Published: 18 December, 2015

It’s a nativity tale with a twist as Soho youngsters perform Born in a Barn

The Soho Parish Primary School choir.

The Soho Parish Primary School choir. Below: Jackson Steele, left, and Olivia Saunders-Rennards

Jackson Steele, left, and Olivia Saunders-Rennards

Published: 18 December, 2015
by CHRISTOPHER MARCHANT

LETTERS: Festive cheer? Eighty per cent of Britons would not offer a refugee a room in their home

Published: 18 December, 2015

• AT this time of seasonal festivities it is shocking to be informed that 80 per cent of Britons wouldn’t offer refugees a room.

MP says children and families ‘are paying the price of cuts’ as play service staff face new year axe

Councillor Danny Chalkley

Councillor Danny Chalkley: 'All affected staff have been invited to face-to-face individual and group meetings over the past weeks to present their views and put forward alternative proposals'

Published: 18 December, 2015
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Festive fair returns to Leicester Square

Christina Jemelkova, 23, tries her luck at one of the many games at the Fair in the Square [Photos: Molly Fleming]

Published: 11 December, 2015
By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Christmas has come to Leicester Square, as all the fun of the fair returns once more, this time with a huge observation wheel.    

Author’s great, great nephew says ‘misunderstood’ Peter Pan is such a profound work as plaque goes up outside JM Barrie’s former home

David Ogilvy Barrie at the unveiling in what is now Downing Court

David Ogilvy Barrie at the unveiling in what is now Downing Court

The plaque

Published: 11 December, 2015
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Alika welcomes her baby brother at London Zoo

Western lowland gorilla Alika

Western lowland gorilla Alika. Below: Gernot. Picture: © ZSL.

Gernot

Published: 11 December, 2015
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

TWO little gorillas are fast becoming the best of friends at London Zoo.

Fir flies as artist Damien Hirst’s medically-inspired baubles go up on Christmas tree outside hotel

The festive tree outside the Connaught Hotel

The festive tree outside the Connaught Hotel boasts medical decorations. They are the work of artist Damien Hirst, below. Picture: Christian Görmer

 
Damien Hirst

Published: 11 December, 2015
by THOMAS MACAULAY

Campaigners lose bid to save Bayswater dairy site from flats development

Campaigners outside Esca House last week

Campaigners outside Esca House last week

Published: 11 December, 2015
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Neighbours’ fears over privacy and light as councillors back youth centre and homes development

Neighbours have called a meeting for Tuesday evening

Neighbours have called a meeting for Tuesday evening

Published: 11 December, 2015
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA