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Like Jacques Brel if only he'd been born in Falkirk, this drink-sodden song-cycle of an ageing roué's developing self-disgust is nasty, brutish but absolutely compelling.

Album: Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat, Everything's Getting Older (Chemikal Underground)

The scarily rendered "future portraits" of Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat on the sleeve signal the unflinching nature of the latter's reflections on ageing, underscored by Wells's wistful piano progressions, allied to lachrymose cello.

Rapid ageing poses threat to nation's economic boom

China's population is ageing rapidly, the government said yesterday, though its leaders are still refusing to relax strict family planning controls.

David Prosser: Ageing laws holding back the high street

Outlook One of the micro-measures the Chancellor should explore next week is a review of the aged laws that govern the relationship between the owners of commercial properties and tenants such as retailers. As Stephen Marks, the boss of French Connection noted yesterday, these laws are now creaking badly – so much so that they are a serious impediment to a recovery on the high street.

Poor nutrition in womb leads to early ageing

Babies born to women who eat a poor diet during pregnancy are more likely to suffer prematurely from chronic age-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, say scientists.

Business calls to delay changes to retirement age

Business leaders today urged the Government to delay planned changes to the retirement age, warning that firms faced "huge uncertainty" and greater risk of tribunal claims if they went ahead.

CBI calls for delay to end of enforced retirement

Leading British businesses face a legal minefield because the Government has failed to spell out properly how reforms to the official retirement age will be introduced in just four-and-a-half months' time, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) warned today.

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Grosvenor launches £200m fund to buy up ageing offices

The Duke of Westminster's property company, Grosvenor, has launched a £200m fund to tap into London's improving office market in its first UK commercial fund launch since 2005.

Councils warn of £20bn shortfall

Town hall chiefs will today warn George Osborne, the Chancellor, that local councils face a £20bn funding shortfall that will cost thousands of jobs and jeopardise services to children and vulnerable adults.

Kazakhstan President may seek another 10 years

Kazakhstan's aging leader will seek to extend his rule until 2017 in the energy-rich central Asian nation's next election and may even seek to stay in power until after 2020, dampening speculation about potential successors.

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