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What's next for the fourth plinth?

It's been home to a blue cockerel, a ship in a bottle, and now a giant 'thumbs-up', but what will be next to sit on Trafalgar Square's famous Fourth Plinth?

We'll get one step closer to finding out this morning, when a shortlist of commissions is announced.

You can view the proposals at the National Gallery.

David Shrigley's 'Really Good' currently sits on the Fourth Plinth Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/PA Images

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Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square

The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square Credit: PA

Daily Christmas carol performances begin on the evening of Monday December 8 around the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.

More than fifty groups will take part between now and December the 23rd. They will be raising funds for voluntary and charitable organisations.

The focal point of the performances is the Christmas tree, which has been a gift from the people of Norway to Londoners every year since 1947. It is seen as a token of gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during the Second World War.

Carol performances will take place from 4-8pm on weekdays, and 2-6pm at weekends.

Africa festival for Black History Month

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed the African festival in Trafalgar Square today is part of the capital's Black History Month. The festival will feature inspirations from many African traditions and cultures, supported by Lebara, Air France and The Voice newspaper.

One of the weekend's highlights will be the the Square Celebrates Talent (ACT) which is a show for performers under 25 in front of a live audience. There will also be a fashion show featuring designers from the African UK fashion scene. The festival will take place today from 12pm to 6pm in Trafalgar Square

'London is home to a large and diverse number of African communities, who contribute to the cultural and economic life of the capital and reinforce the historic ties we have to that great continent. As we mark Black History Month I am delighted to be welcoming this celebration of African culture to Trafalgar Square. It will be an opportunity for all Londoners to explore Africa's rich heritage and traditions.'

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
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