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It probably contravenes some unwritten rule to begin a light-hearted examination of the week in technology with a reference to Jimmy Savile, but a few days ago I remembered an episode of Jim'll Fix It in the 1980s where some lucky youngster had his room kitted out with all the latest gadgets from the Ideal Home Show, including some automated curtains. These curtains elicited gasps of wonder from my teenage self as I entertained the notion that, in the future, we'd be relieved of the endless, life-sapping drudgery of having to drag light pieces of material along a rail, sometimes as frequently as twice a day.

Mitt Romney goes into tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” boosted by his wins in Michigan and Arizona last week

Romney aims to regain aura of inevitablity as 'Super Tuesday' electoral contest looms

Exasperated with a primary process as protracted as it has been vicious, Republican Party grandees are looking to see if Mitt Romney can at last regain an aura of inevitability in tomorrow's "Super Tuesday" contests across 10 states.

Flamenco Festival, Sadler's Wells, London
At Swim Two Boys, Riverside Studios, London

In case of power failure: deploy the man-eating matron and a tipper-load of bricks

Amol Rajan: Stressed at work? Spare a thought for the Chinese

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We Love: Vault couture -
Nineties screen classic Clueless is a continual inspiration - especially for Cher's automated wardrobe. Now wardrobes can be catalogued, photographed and stored at home - or shipped worldwide. From £2,000, vaultcouture.com

The Fashion Audit: Vault couture, Getting to grips, Specs appeal and Kat Maconie

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Archie Bland: The Internet is just too big to censor the dirty bits

You couldn't fault him for a lack of ambition. But for a telecommunications minister, India's Kapil Sibal appears to be lacking in an understanding of telecommunications.

Webchat: How to get the best out of your bank

Log on to our web TV show for advice from money man Lawrence Gold on getting the best deals, best advice and best service no matter who you bank with

EDF Energy customers overcharged

An energy firm has apologised and reimbursed nearly £200,000 to tens of thousands of customers after identifying a fault with its automated telephone meter reading system.

Eckoh lands Royal Mail extension

Speech recognition specialist Eckoh has landed a two-year contract with a major client, believed to be the Royal Mail.

Being Modern: Call centres

"Hello. I wonder whether you could explain something on my bill..."

Investment Column: Johnson Matthey has formula for growth

Headlam; Craneware

Charter chief quits after profits alert

The chief executive of Charter International, Michael Foster, quit with immediate effect yesterday, just days after the tool and equipment maker warned on profits.

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Call to young entrepreneurs

Sea of Bees, Bush Hall, London

Such is the interest in Sea of Bees that revered stars of the indie scene, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, are fans. The latter even listed California singer-songwriter Julie Ann Baenziger's debut album, Songs for the Ravens, as one of his top albums of last year.

Handbagged: the jewel thieves foiled by a passing pensioner

A woman in a red coat, dubbed the handbag heroine, has apparently fought off robbers armed with sledgehammers during a raid on a jewellery store.

Album: Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester, Dresdner Kammerchor, Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Decca)

Bach's Christmas Oratorio is a complex work in six parts, designed to be performed over the six feast days of the Christmas period.

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Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
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Compton Cricket Club

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It helps a winner keep on winning
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Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
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Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
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Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

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The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

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