Arts and Entertainment Window of opportunity: the Forgan family outside Abbey Lane in Warwickshire in 'Restoration Home: One Year On'

Don't the people on property restoration programmes watch property restoration programmes?

Spotlight: Mortgages

Abbey has launched a market-leading, fee-free three-year fixed mortgage at 5.99 per cent for existing current account customers who have only a 10 per cent deposit. To qualify, you must have had an Abbey or Alliance & Leicester current account for at least six months. But if you are eligible and are looking for a new mortgage, and need to borrow up to 90 per cent, then Abbey's three-year fix is worth considering.

Abbey acclaimed a 'champion'

Official handicapper and Timeform agree in assigning high rank to Trophy winner

St Nicholas Abbey's brilliance may be a mirage – or a miracle

Doncaster winner now hot favourite to follow in Classic hoofprints of Sea The Stars

St Nicholas delivers Post with aplomb

As the runners for the Racing Post Trophy paraded before their defining moments here yesterday a rainbow appeared in the sky to the east, arcing with perfect clarity against a clearing charcoal sky. The timing was perfect; the winner St Nicholas Abbey emerged from the last Group One juvenile contest of the British and Irish season as clear winter favourite for both the 2,000 Guineas and Derby and surely a crock of gold awaits.

St Nicholas pursues path to Stars

Beresford victor favourite among unbeaten quartet who head Post trophy hopes

St Nicholas Abbey follows in Classic wake of Sea The Stars

Ballydoyle colt signposts Derby credentials with victory in Beresford Stakes

O'Brien on Abbey road for next year

Montjeu colt heads list of Classic prospects for trainer left bruised by Sea The Stars

Questions Of Cash: 'Why is it so hard to use my Visa card abroad?'

Q. I am having problems with Lloyds TSB Airmiles Duo Cards. My card expired on 31 July and I expected a new card to be sent automatically. No card arrived by 26 July. I was due to go on holiday abroad three days later so I phoned and was told it had been despatched. Still it didn't arrive and, when I phoned again, I was told it had not been sent out as part of efforts to improve fraud control. I had wanted to use this card to collect the Airmiles. When I returned from holiday on 11 August there was still no card. I rang Lloyds again and was told it would arrive within seven days. It didn't. I phoned again and was told a block had been put on the card. The block is normally placed because of arrears, which I don't have, or because there has been fraudulent behaviour, which there hasn't been. I have now been assured the block has been lifted and the card will arrive within five working days. I'm not convinced. RN, by email.

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Home-buyers must hurry to catch stamp-duty holiday

The end of the stamp-duty holiday is nigh and mortgage lender Abbey is urging home-buyers to complete their sales in time to avoid a sizeable tax bill.

Questions Of Cash: 'Abbey refused to admit I was a victim of holiday fraud'

Q. I went on holiday to Turkey where I attempted to withdraw cash from a Link machine. My card was retained by the machine: I assumed I had entered the wrong PIN number. I went to the gendarma [police] office opposite to ask advice. I was told where the bank was: they said I should go back the next working day with my passport, when I would get my card back. But when I did this the card was not there. I immediately informed my bank, Abbey, which told me there had been a series of suspicious transactions on my account. On my return, Abbey gave me an extended overdraft to cope with the fraud without incurring charges. I heard nothing for a week and then found even more fraudulent transactions had taken place. I have now lost nearly £1,000 and I earn less than £900 per month. Abbey's fraud department has written saying: "It is the cardholder's responsibility to ensure that the PIN is not discovered... Abbey cannot be held responsible for the loss on your account." SB, by email.

BBC to broadcast rare Beatles footage

Unheard outtakes from The Beatles' final recording sessions in Abbey Road will be broadcast for the first time as part of a BBC Fab Four season, it was announced today.

Come together Beatles fans mark 40 years of 'Abbey Road'

Forty years on from the album cover that turned it into a place of pilgrimage, hundreds of Beatles fans gathered at the Abbey Road crossing yesterday to celebrate the anniversary of the band's 1969 recording.

Questions Of Cash: 'Lloyds ignored my calls after I was a victim of fraud'

Q. In September last year, someone strolled into the Highgate Village branch of Lloyds TSB and withdrew £2,400 in cash from our account, using only a driving licence as identification. They also conducted some transfers between accounts, using my cash ISA allowance. On the following Monday I was called by Willesden Green branch to ask where I was and was I withdrawing more cash. Lloyds TSB repaid the money into my account promptly. I asked for a copy of the fake driving licence to see if it had my own identification number. I was called by someone telling me that all proper procedures had been followed. I didn't believe him. My letters and phone calls have since gone unanswered. The Financial Ombudsman Service told me it is not concerned with lousy service, only with financial loss. Eventually, Lloyds admitted it hadn't taken a copy of the driving licence. It added that even if it had it could not give it to me on data protection grounds as, by definition, it was not about me! Lloyds offered me £40 for a new driving licence, but I want the bank to promise to train staff to prevent it happening again. SA, Twickenham.

Spotlight: 6% on current and savings accounts

Abbey and Alliance & Leicester (A&L) are offering market-leading high interest current accounts paying 6 per cent on credit balances. They are linked to a regular savings account also paying 6 per cent.

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