Homeowners are more inclined to improve their current property rather than move house, research carried out by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has found.

Brazil 4 New Zealand 0: Ronaldo kick-starts Brazilian crackdown on Kiwis

Ronaldo, Adriano and Kaka each scored last night to help Brazil defeat New Zealand 4-0 in its last World Cup warm-up match before flying to Germany to defend its title.

James Sherwood: 'Fairer sex, watch out'

As the mother of the miniskirt, Mary Quant, says: the secret of a happy marriage is simple, separate bathrooms. A woman's intuition tells her that men may appreciate the results of waxing, buffing, exfoliating and moisturising. But the mystique is lost when he's faced with a work in progress.

Sun, sea and censorship

It seems hard to believe now, but Donald McGill's saucy seaside postcards got him in trouble with the law. Even George Orwell baulked at their bawdy images

World's biggest ocean liner does not meet fire regulations

The Queen Mary 2, the world's biggest and most expensive cruise liner, does not meet fire regulation standards, it was revealed today.

Sleepover: Jeake's House Hotel

A bed for the night in Rye


My wife has asked me for a pashmina for her birthday. I understand this is some kind of shawl-type thing for tossing over one's shoulders to keep the wind out. I have also been told that pashminas are very expensive. I was wondering whether, on the grounds of economy and practicality, a woolly scarf would be an acceptable alternative.

Blue Circle focuses on acquisitions as six-month profits slump by 18%

BLUE CIRCLE Industries vowed to push on with a drive to refocus its business yesterday as its shares slumped sharply following a poor set of first-half figures.



USI bids pounds 82m for Spring Ram

SPRING RAM, the kitchens and bathrooms company which nearly collapsed in the early Nineties, yesterday said it was being sold for pounds 81.7m to USI, the US bathroom company that makes Jacuzzis.

Obituary: Sir Alf Ramsey, 1922-1999 - True talent revealed as manager

In 1966, when it mattered, he produced a marvellous, attacking, positive team

Reckitt cuts costs to halt profit fall

RECKITT & COLMAN, the troubled household products company, yesterday launched a worldwide cost-cutting exercise in an effort to halt a dramatic fall in profits which has wiped half the value from its shares in the last year.

Poetic Licence: The Headless Lover

The `headless' lover of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll may have his identity revealed soon. Two 1963 Polaroids of the Duchess performing a sex act showed only her lover's torso. A new book about her will reveal that the man, who is still alive, is not an ex-government minister but someone more famous.

Limelight takes direct line

LIMELIGHT, the Moben kitchens and Dophin bathrooms group run by chief executive Andrew Stanway (left), is to follow the success of its direct-sales brand Kitchen Direct by launching equivalent services in the bedroom and bathroom sectors. Bedroom Direct will be launched on Monday with Bathroom Direct following within a year.

Mind your pees and qs

Posh Spice and David Beckham are thinking of installing 'his' and 'hers' loos in their bathroom. Has privacy finally gone down the pan? wonders
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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