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The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

For a nation of animal lovers, we are surprisingly unconcerned about the food we give our pets. Julian Baggini reports on why there is such a lack of ethical options and the hypocrisy at the heart of the way we show animals love

Cranes and building work dominate the skyline on October 24, 2013 in London, England. Reports of recent figures show that London is bucking the national trend, with economic growth continuing after the 2008 crash.

Map of middle-class London reveals zones where only the super-rich can afford to buy property

The middle classes are moving further out of central London

Some purists are displeased with the direction Crufts is taking

Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

A British institution is under attack from foreign pooches with their fancy products and unscrupulous owners. Gillian Orr reports on the dog-eat-dog world of Crufts

Builders are again catering for families with children

Detached houses make comeback as developers shift away from flats

We have failed to build the number of new homes we need to keep up with our population

The average property price increased by £15,191 over the last year to reach £268,895, according to Zoopla

House price increases likely to spell ‘buoyant start’ to 2015

The property market has maintained momentum during 2014

Many people are leaving London due to high prices, over crowding and the city being an unsuitable place for raising children

London housing: High prices and overcrowding drive thirtysomethings to provincial cities

Official figures show record numbers in age group left the capital last year – and were heading for other UK cities

Aquaclean Sela available wall hung or floor-standing (wall hung shown) At the touch of a button, it washes you clean with a gentle, airy water spray at body temperature. The intensity of the water can be adjusted to one of five levels, while the oscillating spray provides a particularly beneficial clean. The toilet seat can easily be removed to facilitate cleaning. Ceramic . RRP £2,386.00 inc vat

Game of thrones: Make a big style statement in the smallest room

Big changes are taking place in lavatory design

Seats with high numbers of rental properties have traditionally been inner-city Labour strongholds

MPs urged to prepare for shift among voters towards renting

Rising house prices are changing the profile of middle-class areas

Jordan Manor - Joanna Briscoe

Where the heart is: Stars talk about their childhood homes, and what they mean to them

Joanna Briscoe writes evocatively about why she still cherishes hers, while Wayne Hemingway, Lemn Sissay, Campbell Robb, Stephen Bayley and Sarah Beeny talk about what they loved – or loathed – about theirs

Smarter tartans: Give your home a Scottish flavour with this cosy range

Add velvet, damask and chenille to up the cosy ante, or mix with bright new-season prints on cotton/linen for fashion fun

Hundreds of apartments in Battersea Power Station are soon to go on sale

Take a peek at the Battersea Power Station apartments - which include a £495,000 studio

The homes have been designed by the practices of Lord Norman Foster and Frank Gehry

How filament bulbs can give you that east London uber-hip industrial vibe

Filament bulbs are part of a stripped-down, utility look in lighting that is bold and masculine – and as far away from pearlised bulbs and fancy lampshades as you can get

Tories plans for starter homes include using brownfield sites and exempting them from a raft of taxes

David Cameron sets out 'discount' starter home plan for first time buyers

Starter homes would be exempt from a range of taxes, meaning they can could be sold for 20% below market rate

Generation rent: Flat prices jump by £50,000 and nine buyers are now chasing every property

Renters are giving up hope that they can ever find anywhere affordable to live... and are giving a thumbs down to 'time-wasting agents

Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid has designed a homeware collection for Harrods

Dame Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods

Line includes £9,999 serving platter with signature curves

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence