Five questions about: The Bitcoin bubble

This is the virtual currency, isn't it. Can I make a mint from it?

Bitcoin crashes after China bans banks from using virtual currency

The online currency Bitcoin plummeted more than 20 per cent today after Chinese regulators banned financial institutions from using it.

Man about town: I thought I should give cigars a try

Wine and whisky compliment them nicely...

Satyajit Das: Trapped central banks and the semiotics of monetary policy

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has introduced the term ‘taper’ to the lexicon of central banking. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s stated strategy is “whatever it takes”. Economic Commissioner Olli Rehn recently clarified that European policies were directed at ‘diluting’ not ‘breaking’ the link between banks and sovereigns.

The smart money's on a female for the Fed

The leading contender to take charge of America's purse-strings as head of the Federal Reserve would be the first woman in the job
Jonathan Creek (ALAN DAVIES), Joey Ross (SHERIDAN SMITH)

TV review: Jonathan Creek (BBC1) was a melange of highly watchable gobbledegook

The Men Who Built America, History

Ben Chu: Are markets getting ahead of themselves?

Perhaps America's politicians should commit economic self-harm more often. Everyone feared that the $85bn in automatic spending cuts implemented by Congress this month after members failed to agree on a budget deal would hammer investor confidence. But the news has instead merely bounced off the flanks of bullish financial markets, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average confirmed yesterday when the venerable index of 30 large companies breached 14,198 for the first time in its history.

David Buik: Our dithering politicians should copy Singapore and act now to raise morale

It takes so long to implement legislation in the UK. Bureaucracy needs slashing now

'I'd like the record to show that I think you [Alan Greenspan] are pretty terrific too' - Tim Geithner then President of New York Federal Reserve

Crisis? Crash? Minutes of US Fed's 2006 meetings reveal little worry

America's top financial experts continued to heap praise on Bernanke as economy collapsed

The Flaw (NC)

If the material in this documentary on the financial meltdown seems overfamiliar that's because you've encountered most of it already in the superior Inside Job.

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, BBC2, Monday<br/>Four Rooms, Channel Four, Tuesday

A documentary on the evil of machines managed to be as entertaining as it was synapse-frying

Business Diary: Lorry firm wins race to the bottom

This is not meant to be disrespectful on the day after it emerged that the son of the founder of the logistics business Stobart has died, but there is no denying its latest transaction is a bum deal. It has signed an agreement with the Professional Jockeys Club that will see it, among other things, pay for a charitable scheme that supports riders whose careers are ended prematurely by injury. In return the Stobart logo will feature on jockeys' outfits – specifically, on their backsides.

The banks must be broken apart

Merely ring-fencing the retail and investment sectors doesn't go far enough, argues Geoffrey Lewis

Stephen Foley: The trouble with the FCIC is it agonised too long over who was wrong, rather than why

US Outlook: Since every man and his dog appears to have a dissenting opinion on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report, allow me, too.

Bankers, politicians and the people blamed for credit crisis

Wall Street's recklessness and specific frauds to be detailed today in report on US crash
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Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
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Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
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Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones