Opinion: For Your Diary

24 August: London 2012 Paralympic Flame Festival London. The first UK capital city to light its cauldron ahead of Tuesday's Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony in Stoke Mandeville and the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday.

25 August: National Family Week begins. National Family Week celebrates UK family life and raises awareness about issues facing modern UK families.

26 August: Notting Hill Carnival Notting Hill, London. Annual street party and cultural festival in west London.

27 August: Disabled People Against Cuts protest London. Disabled People Against Cuts and UK Uncut begin 'The Atos Games' - a protest against the company's sponsorship of the London 2012 Paralympic Games when the Government has appointed Atos to carry out assessments for those claiming disability benefits.

28 August: What You Will: Pop-Up Shakespeare project London. Shakespearean characters 'pop up' across London as part of the London 2012 Festival.

29 August: Venice International Film Festival begins Venice. The 69th edition opens with the world premiere of Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

30 August: WPP interim results. Interim results for the advertising and marketing firm headed since 1985 by Sir Martin Sorrell.

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