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An underwear factory championed by Mary Portas, the retail guru and government advisor, has gone bust – in a blow to her attempts to revive UK manufacturing.

Album: Jim Moray, Skulk (NIAG)

Jim Moray's filtering of traditional folk music through a mesh of modern sensibilities continues on Skulk, where eight adaptations of old ballads are punctuated by impassioned versions of Anais Mitchell's fretful "If It's True" and Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love".

Tougher tests for trainee teachers to be introduced

Tests taken by trainee teachers are to be toughened up amid concerns that too many take several attempts to pass.

DVD: 50/50

This well-judged comedy-drama stars Joseph Gordon Levitt (500 Days of Summer, Inception) as a young radio producer diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

James Moore: Beware, The Apprentice can be very addictive

Outlook: It might seem strange now, but business leaders sometimes used to complain about being excluded from popular culture. It was felt that bright and talented young people shunned their blandishments in favour of the professions because business was seen as, well, a bit grubby and best left in a ghetto.

Spotlight On... Steve Ingham, chief executive, Michael Page International

The serious chap who's top dog at the jobs giant?

Marcus du Sautoy (left), Craig Revel Horwood, Josie Lawrence and Trevor Nelson at the Royal Opera House in London today, where it was announced they would be the new contestants of the BBC show Maestro at the Opera

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood to face opera challenge

Strictly Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood is swapping the ballroom for the baton - as he learns to become a classical conductor.

Marcus du Sautoy (left), Craig Revel Horwood, Josie Lawrence and Trevor Nelson at the Royal Opera House in London today, where it was announced they would be the new contestants of the BBC show Maestro at the Opera

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood to face opera challenge

Strictly Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood is swapping the ballroom for the baton - as he learns to become a classical conductor.

Joe Moretti: Session guitarist whose work graced a string of hits

From 1955 to 1962, it seemed only the Americans could create convincing rock'n'roll, and few British records could compete. One exception was the atmospheric "Shakin' All Over" from Johnny Kidd and the Pirates (1960): the tense stop/start song, Kidd's belligerent vocal and Joe Moretti's dramatic guitar breaks combined to make a remarkable record.

Luck chronicles the shady world of a Sixties racecourse in Los Angeles. It stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte

Learn the trackside slang of HBO's new hit

This weekend sees the UK premiere of HBO's latest gritty drama, Luck, which chronicles the shady world of a Sixties racecourse in Los Angeles and stars Dustin Hoffman. The show's dialogue has been noted for its tough-to-comprehend racetrack lingo. Here's a quick jargon-busting primer:

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has been accused of shifting his party to the right

Nick Clegg champions youth jobs drive

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg appealed to businesses today to sign up to the coalition's drive to tackle youth unemployment.

Harry Redknapp arrives at Southwark Crown Court yesterday

FA will be happy 'clean Harry' is free to take reins

He may be impulsive, even reckless, but he's not dishonest – and that will be enough to seal the England job

PM promises better training for apprentices

Apprenticeships will no longer be considered a "poor man's degree" with the introduction of higher-level training, David Cameron promised yesterday.

BERNARD TOMIC: The Australian’s exploits came to an end at the hands of Roger Federer

Federer hands Tomic a lesson

Because of a major systems failure there was no internet access around Melbourne Park for more than four hours yesterday. Officials here at the Australian Open had to stay in touch via walkie-talkies, umpires had to record scores with pen and paper.

Jobs at risk as teacher training courses dwindle

Meanwhile universities reveal they expect up to 30,000 fewer applicants this year compared to 2011

Widow died after surgeon's error

A widow died on the operating table when an experienced surgeon unintentionally tried to remove her liver instead of a kidney, an inquest heard.

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