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The quickest way to update your home is to add concrete to the mix, and from lamps to flooring, the high street has it covered. By Trish Lorenz

A giant yellow footprint on our landscape

Years ago I had a friend who lived in New York and often came to Europe to enjoy things she couldn't find in America. Ruined castles. Antiquarian bookshops. Small tomatoes grown for taste, not size. Little old tea shops. Things like that.

Man on incendiary device charges

Police in Bristol have charged an unemployed man with intent to cause explosions following the recovery of six incendiary devices in Birmingham. The devices - "all live and ready to go" - are thought to be linked to an animal rights campaign. Barry Horne, 44, will appear before Bristol magistrates today on two charges alleging he acted with intent to cause explosions. The charges relate to the discovery of two devices in a BhS store and a Cancer Research charity shop in Bristol's city centre. A third charge alleges Mr Horne had possession or control of explosive substances. All the charges allege explosives "of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious damage to property".

Saddled with a sense of shared adventure

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Problems Storehouse can't shelve

The Investment Column

Cassidy swings axe in shake-up at Liberty

Denis Cassidy, the former British Home Stores and Boddington chief, swung the axe yesterday at Liberty, the prestige department store and fabrics group. Nine months after taking over as chairman, he saw off chief executive Patrick Austen and three other board members, promised lower profits for the year to January and a radical restructuring of the group, and warned that the dividend would be passed.

Tesco and BhS speed up foreign expansion

NIGEL COPE

Shakeup talk boosts Fraser

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Rescue offer mounts for Mark One

Rescue offer mounts for Mark One

There's the feeling of utter dread when you realise that another year has passed and nothing's changed except for the things that have got worse

What's the worse thing you've ever seen? I am excluding such horrors as war, pestilence and plague, starving children, tortured animals and ecological disasters. That's not the kind of thing I'm after, this column being essentially light-hearted. But given those constraints, what have you seen that has made your mouth go dry with dread and your whole world tilt for a moment? I am prompted to ask this question by a visit to a new show in town; an appalling melange of mime, awful bloody clowns and naff acrobats called Saltimbanco (apparently that's Italian for unfunny wanker) presented by Cirque du Soleil. When I phoned people to tell them about my terrible experience, they all said: "Oh God, if you'd asked, we could have told you how awful Cirque du Soleil were. We saw them in LA/Paris/Ulan Bator and we walked out after 11 seconds - they were so crap."

Mixed fortunes on high streets

NIGEL COPE

Green sells retail chain holding

BY NIGEL COPE

FASHION: kids' stuff

Children's clothes should be bright, fun and funky - and this season, they are. Mix colourful quilted jackets, stripy shirts and chunky boots - and what have you got? A winter wonderland

Mothercare lifts Storehouse

A strong performance from the Mothercare chain of children's shops has boosted profits at Storehouse, the BhS retail group. Mothercare profits jumped 120 per cent to pounds 9.3m in the six months to October, helped by better stock control and fewer discounts. Profits at BhS also improved, though sales were affected by the heatwave. Group profits were up 42 per cent to pounds 34.5m.
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links