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Many of us will have booked our holidays by now and bought the sun-cream too. But what to read under the palm tree or on the beach or the staycation sofa?

Ohhhh no! Churchill Insurance did not want to insure a bulldog as it was too old

Advertising: Will you insure me?

Ohhh no, we can't insure your bulldog. This was the response from Churchill Insurance when Timothy Taylor, of Leicestershire, tried to get a quote to cover his six-year-old bulldog, Monty, who'd just been given a clean bill of health.

Thomson Holidays child-free advert 'misleading', rules ASA

A Thomson Holidays ad that promised a child-free resort has been ruled misleading after the company said it could not guarantee the claim.

Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt banned by ASA

A Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt has attracted a third round of complaints, this time over misleading claims about doubling "everyone's" broadband speeds.

Wayne Rooney waits patiently to return to live action

Watchdog bans Wayne Rooney Nike tweets

Tweets sent by footballers Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere have been banned after a watchdog ruled they were advertisements for sportswear giant Nike.

Northgate Solar Controls 'terror threat' glazing advert banned

An ad for an anti-shatter window firm warning of the possibility of a terrorist attack during the Olympics has been banned for causing undue fear and distress, a watchdog said.

KFC (2005) - Viewers said call-centre workers singing with their mouths full set a bad example. The ASA ruled it would not harm parental authority

KFC advert is the most complained-about campaign of all time

The ASA has received 430,000 complaints during its existence, with a record 31,548 in 2011

The billboard campaign for Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Weddings prompted hundreds of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority

A Big, Fat victory for Travellers as 'racist' adverts to be investigated

Advertising watchdog finally orders inquiry into Channel 4 campaign for Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Amazon warned over delivery claim

Online retailer Amazon has been ordered to clarify advertising about its premium one-day delivery service after customers complained that they had been left waiting for orders.

Alcohol adverts 'target teenagers' despite strict code

Seven years after strict new rules were introduced to stop drinks companies marketing alcohol to children, teenagers are again being targeted, a report finds.

Misleading BT broadband adverts banned

A BT campaign has been banned for misleading customers about the speed of its Infinity broadband service, a watchdog said.

An ad featuring actor Vinnie Jones carrying out CPR has been cleared

Watchdog clears Vinnie Jones CPR advert

An ad featuring actor Vinnie Jones carrying out CPR has been cleared following complaints that he performs the technique incorrectly, a watchdog has ruled.

Speeding ticket avoidance advert banned

An ad for a website promising the "top 10 tricks" for getting out of speeding tickets has been banned by a watchdog.

Bar apologises over 'midgets' advert

A bar that promised revellers the chance to party with "our very own Xmas midgets" acted offensively and irresponsibly, a watchdog has ruled.

Regulator clears NSPCC publicity

Publicity for children's charity the NSPCC has been cleared by the advertising regulator after complainants described its reference to child abuse as "disturbing and offensive".

Harvey Nichols escapes ad censure

Upmarket department store Harvey Nichols has escaped censure following complaints that a Christmas ad showing women doing the "walk of shame" was offensive and demeaning.

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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis