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London skyline filled with hot air balloons

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More than 50 balloons filled the London skyline at dawn today to raise money for charity. They took off from Shoreditch Park in Hackney for an hour-long flight at around 5am this morning.

The stunt, which was the first of its kind in more than two decades, was to raise awareness of the Lord Mayor's Appeal which is supporting Scope and Mencap. There were a number of novelty balloons, including a minion and a special Lord Mayor's Appeal balloon.

Got a head for heights? You'll love this giant Helter Skelter

If you've got a head for heights you can already abseil down Britain's tallest sculpture at the Olympic Park - and soon you might be able to slide down it too.

Credit: London Legacy Development Corporation

Plans have been drawn up to turn the Orbit into a giant Helter Skelter. If given the go-ahead, the spiral design would take in five circuits of the famous sculpture, before a final speedy descent to the ground.

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We are committed to ensuring our visitors have the best possible day out every time they visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and as with all our venues we are constantly exploring ways to ensure we are leading the way with the latest visitor experience.

The addition of a slide would be an exciting and alternative way to descend from the viewing platforms, and will give a different perspective of Britain’s tallest sculpture.

– London Legacy Development Corporation
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London's most reluctant millionaire misses out on a fortune

Someone in London should be a million pounds richer. But they've missed the deadline to claim the life-changing fortune.

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The reluctant millionaire bought a ticket in Tower Hamlets, and was one of 10 lucky players from the EuroMillions Mega Friday draw on 28 November, 2014. They were guaranteed a £1m prize plus the trip of a life time to Australia, Peru or Brazil.

But no one came forward with a winning ticket before Wednesday's deadline. It means the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

We tried very hard to find the ticket-holder and it’s a real shame that they have missed out.

– National Lottery statement

The winning code on the ticket was TFB893929.

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