Carlyle cashes in with ATMs sale to Japanese rival

The US private-equity firm Carlyle is set to almost double its money by selling UK cash systems and automatic teller machines business Talaris to a Japanese rival in a deal worth £650m.

Serco axes 500 jobs in shake-up

Prisons to defence giant Serco is to chop 500 UK jobs as part of a shake-up in the way it provides back-office services to public and private sector organisations worldwide.

Industrial estate hit by huge blaze

More than 100 firefighters from three counties tackled a large blaze on an industrial estate early today.

Chinese firms seek London hub

London is fast becoming a hub for Chinese businesses looking to expand globally.

Resolution plans to shut two offices

The insurance takeover specialist Resolution is to close its offices in Manchester and Basingstoke, affecting 295 jobs, as it integrates the three acquisitions it has made since it launched in 2008.

Brian Viner: The joy of what's overheard

Those of us long-sufferers who regularly rely on Britain's benighted railway network to get from A to B, preferably not via C, let alone with buses laid on from D to E, all have our pet irritations. One of my latest is the failure, more often than you'd believe possible, of the seat reservation service.

Orchestra of the Academia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia/ Pappano, Anvil, Basingstoke

The Orchestra of the Academia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Rome, brought a little something home grown on this their fleeting UK tour. While their counterparts at the Royal Opera in London were tracing out the ethereal opening measures of the Prelude to Verdi’s Aida, over at the Anvil in Basingstoke the self same music was about to spring a sizeable surprise.

Peter Popham: He held his people together – but they must move on

The Dalai Lama has exasperated many young Tibetans in recent years by his refusal to yield on non-violence

Break-in disrupts Vodafone services

Millions of Vodafone customers in southern England lost services today when burglars smashed their way into a building and stole vital network equipment.

Joan Smith: Grovelling and indignation are English specialities

A prince marrying a commoner, with time off for the serfs; two posh blokes and a squeaky-voiced footballer pleading for England to be allowed to host the 2018 World Cup; who says this country doesn't know how to present a bold modern face to the world? Me for one, and I'm still squirming with embarrassment when I think of the antiquated, snobbish and indeed delusional image the English (not the Scots or the Welsh, obviously) have projected in recent months.

The great British enthusiast

Plane spotters, chess champions, marathon runners and historical re-enactors are just a few of the British ‘enthusiasts’ captured through the lens of street photographer Matt Stuart.

Timber-framed buildings 'pose risk to firefighters'

An urgent review is needed relating to regulations concerning the fire risk of timber-framed buildings under construction, fire chiefs have said.

In the Penal Colony, Music Theatre Wales, Linbury Theatre

As an expression of ecstatic joy in ultimate self-harm, Kafka’s ‘In the Penal Colony’ has never been bettered. A prison officer describes in fetishist detail how he intends to put a condemned man to death, using a contraption which will carve the victim’s judgment on his naked back as he dies by slow degrees.

Firefighters battle construction site blaze

More than 100 firefighters battled a blaze which broke out at a construction site.

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