News High-street retail guru Mary Portas

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.

Travelodge to create 1,000 new jobs

Budget hotel chain Travelodge is to create 1,000 new jobs at 41 new hotels across the UK this year.

The Gilder's Apprentice

An exclusive short story for the new year by Stella Duffy

Becoming Dickens, By Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

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Trainee teachers must try harder as thousands fail basic literacy test

Thousands of trainee teachers had to re-sit basic literacy and numeracy tests last year, it has emerged – with one candidate taking a literacy paper 36 times.

Demos staged over working agreement

Construction workers staged a series of demonstrations at sites across the UK today in the continuing row over pay and conditions in the industry.

The original of a 1970 'Sunday Mirror' cartoon

David Langdon: Cartoonist who depicted the incongruities of everyday life for six decades

Once described by The Evening Standard as "The greatest comic artist of our time... the Phil May of our day", and by the Punch historian RGG Price as "the great master of the topical comic idea", David Langdon was one of Punch's longest-serving and most prolific cartoonists, drawing at least 5,000 cartoons for that magazine alone over a period of 55 years. In addition he was a regular contributor to the Sunday Mirror for more than 40 years and to The New Yorker for more than half a century, as well as being a successful book illustrator, writer and advertising artist.

Unions and youth campaign groups will warn that 16- to 24-year-olds are bearing the brunt of the UK's jobs 'crisis'.

Expectations of 'grisly' jobless figures prompts call for action

The Government will face calls for urgent measures to tackle unemployment today amid expectations of "grisly" new figures showing that the youth jobless total has gone over a million.

You're fired! Lord Sugar utters dreaded catchphrase to YouView staff

The catch-up television venture chaired by Lord Sugar has made its marketing team redundant just months before its proposed launch

Interview with Nick hewer of the apprentice

The Young Apprentice starts on Monday. What's the difference between the teenagers and the adults?

Nicholas Parsons: My Life in Comedy, By Nicholas Parsons

Few surprises from our genial host

Harriet Walker: This is high fashion that appeals to the masses

When I went to the Met in June, the queue snaked through the post-Renaissance portraiture wing and included people of every nationality, age and creed. What Savage Beauty has – and it is something that many other fashion exhibitions do not – was universal appeal.

Tom Pellereau still waiting for Apprentice business

Tom Pellereau still hasn't set up his business with Lord Alan Sugar.

A Dance with Dragons, By George RR Martin

It is hard to accept that something that enormous and that popular can be as good as people tell you it is. A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin's vast fantasy epic – simply reading that phrase will close some minds instantly – has been appearing at irregular intervals since 1996. It is now being adapted as a television series. The first season, A Game of Thrones, recently aired on HBO and Sky Atlantic.

Can a nice guy really be top dog in The Apprentice?

Tom Pellereau is thoughtful, likeable – and he may get Lord Sugar's nod

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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