London Lite Monday, 19 October 2009 3 Inbrief Net brain boost for silver surfers IT MAY be possible to teach old dogs new tricks after all. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles found that older people who had never used the internet could boost their brain power by going online -- they were able to trigger key centres in the brain that control complex reasoning after just one week surfing the net. Army boy band to storm charts A TRIO of soldiers are set to become the first group of serving British troops to release an album. Calling themselves The Soldiers, Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, 41, Sergeant Richie Maddocks, 37, and Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi, 24, will release Coming Home, which features cover versions of songs including Lean On Me and He Aint Heavy, next Monday. New IVF screen doubles chances A PIONEERING IVF screening test could more than double the chance of pregnancy for women using fertility treatment. A trial using the procedure -- which checks for abnormalities in embryos before they are implanted in the womb -- had a success rate of 80 per cent per IVF cycle. Dr Dagan Wells, from Oxford University, described the results as astonishing. OxfordStenjoys spendingspree WEST END retailers have received a boost after shoppers sent sales figures soaring last month. Sales in Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street shot up by 25 per cent from August, according to figures released today. Retailers hailed the results as evidence of a return of confidence in spending. Squat of the dayRomans ex is teased with Man U and Liverpool strips WillSmithwantstobecometheFreshPrinceofAlbertSquare WILL SMITH has revealed he is a massive EastEnders fan and would love a cameo role in the soap opera. The Hollywood hunk said he was addicted to Enders after seeing an omnibus edition while in the UK to promote his film Seven Pounds. He said: I didnt even know what it was, but I literally could not stop watching it. Before I knew it, all I had done was get room service and waste a whole afternoon watching this show. Smith, 41, added: Im a bit busy but, when things quieten down, Ive love to do a cameo. I could make a big entrance in the pub, as you guys call it. Smith, who started his career in sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, said he loved the grittiness of EastEnders. He said: American soaps are all about beautiful people and being cheesy. This soap had it all! And he pleaded with the BBC to put the programme back on BBC America. He said: If the BBC boys are reading this, sort it out, man and start showing it again! Peoples palace: from left, inside the Belgravia Square squat, Roman Abramovichs ex-wife Irina, and the exterior of the property covered in the colours of Chelseas rivals EastEnders fan: Will SQUATTERS have decorated a multi- million-pound home near the former wife of Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich with Manchester United and Liverpool scarves and shirts. The gang of serial squatters has being moving from home to home in the past month, first occupying the former Sudanese Embassy in Knightsbridge and then a 4.5m home near Harrods. Now they have reappeared in Belgravia Square only days after being evicted from a 12m house there close to the home of Baroness Thatcher. The six squatters claim they gained access to the 15m property legally, through an unsecured window. They have decorated the balcony of the seven-storey Georgian home with football strips of Chelseas rivals to send a message to Mr Abramovich. Last night Mr Abramovichs ex-wife Irina arrived at her nearby home accom- panied by a large security presence and looked horrified to see the display. The squatters claim the billionaire owns the property they are in. But a spokesman for Mr Abramovich, 42, denied he had anything to do with it. He has reportedly spent about 40m on proper- ties in the square and the mews houses behind. It is believed they were given to his former wife as part of their alleged 155m divorce settlement in 2007. The garden square has been called Britains most expensive street. A house sold recently for over 20m. BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html