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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?

Website's Kate Moss quote slammed

A website which stocked a range of children's shirts emblazoned with a controversial quote from Kate Moss has been censured by the Advertising Standards Authority.

The pitfalls of boasting about your brand

The integrity of your business begins with your brand. Andrew Wigley, chief operating officer at All About Brands, looks at the pitfalls of making bold claims about what a brand can deliver and the ramifications if it can’t live up to them.

Business Diary: More trouble ahead for Piers

After tweeting triumphantly about making the front page of The Independent as part of a phone-hacking story on Thursday, former Mirror editor Piers Morgan was strangely silent yesterday about a front page headline on the Daily Telegraph.

Advertising watchdog bans airbrushed L'Oreal ads

Make-up adverts featuring the airbrushed images of actresses Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington have been banned by the advertising watchdog following a complaint from an MP.

L'Oréal ads banned over 'airbrushing'

Cosmetics company argue the flawless image of Julia Roberts was inpart because of the film star's naturally healthy and glowing skin

Stephen Foley: The need for speed and some tough regulation on broadband promises

Outlook Broadband speeds are rising – hooray – but not as fast as the UK's internet service providers are claiming. The conclusion of the latest Ofcom report is that ISPs are telling bigger whoppers than ever about the speed of their connections. Their advertising is more BS than Mb/s, you might say.

Business Diary: An awkward diary clash for Darroch

Spotted at the Marks & Spencer annual general meeting yesterday afternoon: one non-executive director in the retailer who was keeping a very close eye on his mobile phone and then leaving the bash well before the end. No doubt M&S shareholders will just this once forgive Jeremy Darroch – for it was he – for taking an early bath. After all, back in his day job, as chief executive of BSkyB, there were just one or two things that needed his attention reasonably urgently.

ASA says Cadbury was not racist when it compared Campbell to chocolate bar

A Cadbury's advertising campaign which compared Naomi Campbell to a bar of chocolate was not racist, the industry's watchdog has ruled.

Violent film trailer banned by watchdog

A violent film trailer featuring a man's head exploding which was broadcast during an episode of cult teen dance show Glee has been banned by the advertising watchdog.

Letter from the editor: Cleaning up our act

Revived and refreshed after a few days away, I arrive back to a storm of controversy. It seems the advertising watchdog has barked at us for making a TV advert which made i appear less interesting and fun than it actually is.

Hair loss supplement advert banned

An advert for a supplement that claimed to reduce hair loss has been banned by a watchdog for being misleading.

Simon Read: Doorstep sellers must not be allowed to get away with dodgy deals

Dodgy doorstep sellers were issued a legal warning this week. Surrey Trading Standards successfully prosecuted the energy giant Scottish and Southern Energy for misleading selling practices. In short, one of the company's salespeople knocked on doors with a sheet of paper which he claimed showed that people were overpaying on their energy with a rival supplier. In fact the print-out showed no such thing.

Most complaints for 'kicking cat' ad

An advert in which a cat was kicked across a football pitch by blind players attracted the most complaints in 2010, according to the Advertising Standards Authority.

Eco labels 'mislead consumers'

The UK is failing to deal with greenwash – the practice of making products sound more environmentally friendly than they really are. The problem arose because government guidelines to ensure "clear, accurate, relevant and verifiable" environmental claims were "non-binding". Ministers last year rejected MPs' calls for "direct intervention" to remove inaccurate and misleading claims. Instead they preferred to rely on eco-labelling schemes sponsored by industry or non-governmental groups.

Budget airlines have 'misleading' ads pulled

EasyJet and Ryanair have been criticised by an advertising watchdog for "misleading" holidaymakers in the latest battle of the budget airlines.

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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

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London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
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