A celebration of the Saatchis – with one notable absentee?

A stellar cast will gather next month in honour of advertising's poster boys. But will the reclusive Charles turn up?

Fallon finished with his 'killer' racing schedule

The former champion jockey looks for quality not quantity as he adopts a more mature approach

Global growth in advertising set to lift Britain's media sector

The surprise recovery of the global advertising markets in the past three months yesterday prompted a leading media agency to boost its forecasts for industry spending this year by more than 50 per cent, and to predict a further spike in 2012.

John Rentoul: Will Cameron support electoral reform?

Time to remind you what the voting reform referendum might look like (click here for a pdf), according to the advertising agencies The Independent on Sunday commissioned last month.

OFT to investigate outdoor ad market

The Office of Fair Trading is to investigate Britain's £780m billboard advertising market.

My Way: Rita Clifton, UK chairman of Interbrand

'You should listen, ask questions and radiate a positive attitude'

Should the Gold Blend couple get back together?

In the 1980s, the Gold Blend couple kept viewers hanging on, in serialised ads that made sales soar. Nestlé may want to reheat the idea, but times have changed, says Claire Beale

DVD: Mad Men: Season 3 (15)

The penny-pinching Brits may now be running the show, but little else has changed at the Manhattan ad agency.

Claire Beale On Advertising: The creative talents of a genius emerge again

London advertising has few gods. David Abbott is one of them – a genius, a legend, a gentleman. A creative icon and a man whose legacy still infuses and enthuses adland, Abbott is quite possibly the best copywriter that we have ever had.

Negative thinking: the return of the Saatchis

The creators of Mrs Thatcher's legendarily cutting advertisements are back on the campaign trail – and gunning for Gordon Brown. Ivan Fallon reports

Campaign goes negative with Brown-baiting posters

First they went for the positive approach – posters of a fresh faced (and rather airbrushed) David Cameron offering voters a brighter and more optimistic alternative to Labour. But when that election campaign was mercilessly lampooned by bloggers, the Tories decided to adopt a different tactic: get negative and get personal.

The Tory message isn't working... so Saatchi has been called back in

Conservatives return to advertising brothers in face of closing opinion polls

Claire Beale On Advertising: Fighting crime is clever marketing

Isn’t it interesting that it’s taken vulnerable corporate balance sheets to really get big businesses thinking carefully about how to make life better for all of us.

Observations: First Capital Connect launches book club

Isn't it frustrating when you've just started the first few chapters of a new book, one that has you gripped after only several pages, and then all of a sudden you have to put it down? Maybe it's because you were on a First Capital Connect train earlier this week, and you finished reading one of the 32-page free book samples that were handed out to commuters.

Football accused in homophobia row

Players refuse to appear in video designed to combat prejudice
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste