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City hopes of an early a sell-off of the taxpayer’s stake in Royal Bank of Scotland were dealt a massive blow today as its finance director, Nathan Bostock, was poached by rival Santander UK.

Housebuyers poised to kick the CAT

The Government's new mortgage standard may be a let-down, but flexible loans are coming of age

Home-loan outsiders cross the threshold

Flexible loans can save on interest and help the self-employed

A Family Affair: `We must be to blame somehow'

Jacqueline and Tim Reilly live in Barnstaple, Devon. Jacqueline is in her late 50s; her husband, a retired English teacher, is 76. Their son Matthew, 29, an artist, was living with them while he tried to get established. Nearly a year ago he vanished, and they have heard no news of him since

House prices have multiplied 135 times in 70 years pounds 600 in Thirties now sells for pounds 81,000

HOUSE PRICES have multiplied by 135 times in the last 70 years, according to a survey by the Halifax. In the 1930s, the earliest available records show that the average house cost pounds 600. That has now risen to pounds 81,002. And and prices are expected to rise by 11 per cent next year.

Telewest set for pounds 9.2bn Flextech takeover

TELEWEST, BRITAIN'S number two cable company, and Flextech, the thematic TV channels group, are expected to unveil this morning an all- share merger valuing the combined group at about pounds 9.2bn.

Investment: Some kids do save their money

The number of accounts aimed at children who think ahead is growing fast, writes Clare Francis

Nationwide stops offering endowment mortgages

NATIONWIDE, the country's largest building society, has dropped endowment mortgages from its product range as demand for the controversial product slumped.

pounds 3bn of forgotten toys lurk in British cupboards

THE AVERAGE British home contains pounds 254 worth of discarded toys and games, with almost one in five households saying they have unused toys in storage worth more than pounds 400.

Bank appeals for discarded toys

Bank appeals for discarded toys

Byers may halt cash machine charges

THE GOVERNMENT threatened to intervene yesterday to stop high street banks and building societies charging customers pounds 1 for every cash withdrawal from rivals' machines.
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War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital

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Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

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Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

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

The ethics of pet food

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