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Angry depositors ran amok at a bank in central Harare on Monday, breaking down a door and smashing windows after money ran out to pay withdrawals as cash shortages worsen.

Mandelson criticises behaviour of bank managers

Lord Mandelson today criticised the "alarming" behaviour of bank managers' in their treatment of businesses.

Credit crisis diary: Jamie picks the wrong time to expand

The Diary bows to no one in its admiration for the "naked chef", right, but is it possible that Jamie Oliver's sense of timing has gone awry? Fresh from a gruelling stint persuading the people of Rotherham to eat more healthily, Oliver's next venture will be in a slightly more glamorous location. He plans a trendy new eatery in Canary Wharf. Shame the once-bustling malls beneath Docklands' finest investment banks are now beginning to resemble the south Yorkshire industrial wastelands with which our favourite chef is now all too familiar.

My Way: 'At interviews, I always watch how someone walks in'

Richard Denny is a motivational speaker and business guru who has written six books on selling. He is chair of the Richard Denny Group, a business consultancy

Man cleared of £26.5m bank robbery

The man accused of the £26.5m Northern Bank robbery in Belfast walked free from court today after charges against him were dropped.

Howard Jacobson: Resistance is futile when in the circle of hell known as banking

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Terence Blacker: A debt we still owe to Madam Cyn

Without wishing to be disloyal towards a person for whom I once worked as a ghostwriter, I am surprised by the regularity with which Cynthia Payne returns to the headlines. This week, the walk-on part that she plays in Julie Walters' autobiography That's Another Story has was a feature of the book's nespaper serialisation.

Hit & Run: A gorgeous comeback?

Prepare yourselves for what could be the greatest comeback in television history. Forget Lazarus-like Dirty Den, or Bobby Ewing – or even Harold from Neighbours. The producers of ER have claimed that they are "optimistic" about persuading George Clooney's character, Dr Doug Ross, to hop on a plane from Seattle, where he and Hathaway have been building boats and raising their kids (now in third grade) ever since season six.

House prices plunge again – as estate agents raise their fees

Many of Britain's biggest estate agents are raising their prices in a desperate bid to increase their earnings from the ever-dwindling number of homes they are now able to sell.

Trifty Living: The cheque's in the post, the nice lady says. Yeah, right

Oh god, my bank manager calls me with news of impending Armageddon on my bank account. Money I've been pounding the doormat in expectation of has mysteriously been held up on the magical "cheque run" from one of my many employers. It's two months late! I'm fed up with sending polite invoices and email reminders. I decide to call them in a thinly disguised fury. Got to be careful, though, shouting at employers, particularly as this lot pay lavishly.

New banking code aims to win back public trust

Banks have agreed a "new deal" with the public after a series of attacks on their behaviour, ranging from reckless lending to the closure of the accounts of people who make complaints.

Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Moazzam Begg, ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee

'All we had to read was Danielle Steel'

I Want Your Job: Bank manager

'You need to be a very good listener'

Leading article: Retirement plans

Who says the Third Way was a load of nonsense, cooked up to give a patina of ideological respectability to New Labour's impatient lurch to power? Just consider what Tony Blair has been up to lately. Since leaving Downing Street, our former prime minister has made his peace with God through his conversion to the Catholic Church. And now he has made his peace with mammon too (or at least his bank manager), by taking on a reported £500,000 a year job with the US investment bank JP Morgan.

Don't panic! Thetford guards the memory of 'Dad's Army'

Thetford has something of a penchant for erecting statues to its famous sons and daughters. For the past 30 years, a golden statue to the 18th century revolutionary Enlightenment leader Thomas Paine has stood at the centre of the small Norfolk market town where he was born, alongside the inscription: "Justice is due to every man: I seek no recompense I fear no consequences."

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