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New chief Andrew Mackenzie confident BHP Billiton can achieve 16% growth in two years

Artist lends a helping hand to car lovers

Lorenzo Quinn's Vroom Vroom sculpture is installed in its new setting on Park Lane in central London yesterday. The 4m (13ft) sculpture consists of a vintage Fiat 500 – the first car that the sculptor bought – grasped by an oversized aluminium child's hand, which was modelled from Quinn's son.

Album: Stacie Collins, Sometimes Ya Gotta...(Blue Rose / Rev)

Hard-rockin', trouser-scrunchin' Southern boogie, ridden like a bronco by a young woman in a cowboy hat.

The Secret History Of: Moka Express coffee maker

As it sits on the hob merrily bubbling and hissing away to make your coffee, who would have thought that this classic piece of Italian design was inspired by a washing machine?

Bentley Continental GT

Dismissed as a flashy 'footballer's car' in the past, the refurbished Bentley is wonderfully indulgent

Evacuees return to toxic-sludge town

Refugees from the town flooded by toxic red sludge began returning to their homes yesterday.

Letters: Using the term 'gay'

'Gay' becomes a term of abuse

Sludge plant boss is held over toxic Hungary leak

The boss of the aluminium company responsible for Hungary's flood of caustic red sludge was arrested today.

Leading article: When the Danube turned crimson

Aluminium is all around us, an indispensable part of modern life, taken for granted in applications as diverse as planes and chocolate wrappers.

Vedanta revises production plan

Vedanta Resources confirmed yesterday that it has postponed its planned aluminium expansion after it was denied a licence to mine bauxite by the Indian government in August.

Business News in Brief: 03/10/2010

John Laing prepares for £600m listing

Fund manager Henderson Global Investors is preparing to list infrastructure subsidiary John Laing on the London Stock Exchange.

Einstein's theory is proved - and it is bad news if you own a penthouse

Scientists use atomic clocks to show that time moves faster at altitude, even on Earth

Aston Martin Rapide Saloon

Six years on, and they've finally got the DB9 right

Two-thirds of SIG shareholders vote against executive pay rise plans

The building supplies group SIG faced a revolt yesterday when two-thirds of shareholders voted against plans to give its chief executive a 15 per cent pay rise.

Rusal hands Deripaska $70m despite trailing share price

Oligarch nets huge bonus in middle of executive pay controversy
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Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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