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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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells