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The very worst example of wedding greed comes in the form of the wedding gift list, which is a smart name for begging

Foootball: Booth's bonanza

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Golf: Montgomerie mines $1m in the desert

Colin Montgomerie survived a few late scares to beat Davis Love by two holes in the 36-hole final of the Andersen Consulting World Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona.

TV review: Hotel

How was it that the rather overblown young lady, ejected by Eileen after a pursuit through the hotel's bars, was filmed arriving with her equally blowsy friends? Just good luck or a spot of private catering on the producer's part?

The Investment Column: Redlands needs white knights

What would Redland be worth in a break up? Lafarge, the French group, is offering 320p cash for its building materials rival. Rudolph Agnew, Redland's chairman and a veteran of hostile takeovers, is arguing that there is greater value in Redland's assets than that.

Windfall bonanza from Down Under

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Boom and gloom

Refreshed by my late summer break I am considering venturing once more into the property market. I do so in hope rather than expectation. My despondency has been inspired by the bulging mail bag awaiting me on my return from the Continent.

Outlook: Britannic bonanza raises questions

Bonanza time at Britannic, if you are a shareholder, that is. The company yesterday gave details of how much shareholders stand to gain from the distribution of its "orphan assets", surpluses that have built up over decades in many insurers' long-term life funds.

Uh oh ... Teletubbies hit the shops

BBC chiefs are expecting a Teletubbie bonanza this week as the first books and videos based on the cult BBC2 programme go on sale today.

Ealham launches rescue operation

Kent 356-7 v Leicestershire

Consumer boom fuels new jobs bonanza

Windfall spending helps to double Dixons' profits

Rain pulls plug on Oval floodlights

Floodlit cricket certainly came to The Oval last night. Around the flooded outfield, pools of water, which had formed following a day of torrential rain, glistened under pounds 40,000-worth of lighting which was to have brought one-day cricket in England out of the dark ages.

Former BR managers to share in pounds 40m sale bonanza

Another round of windfall profits for former British Rail managers emerged yesterday when Jarvis, the Essex construction group, moved to take control of a privatised track renewals company for pounds 50m, netting more than pounds 40m for directors and venture capital backers.

Bonanza for Akhter founder

Humayan Mughal, managing director of specialist computer manufacturer Akhter, will be worth up to pounds 42m, when the group floats on the London Stock Exchange this summer. Harlow-based Akhter, which is raising pounds 20m in a placing, will be valued at pounds 60m, writes Sameena Ahmad.

Nationwide set to be the next society to yield

More than 5 million members of Nationwide, the largest building society still committed to mutuality, will vote - albeit indirectly - next month on whether they want to join in the conversion bonanza that could net them up to pounds 1,500 of free shares each.

Thorn prepares for a tough year; THE INVESTMENT COLUMN

Thorn's promise to return pounds 87m of excess cash to shareholders is small comfort for battered investors who have seen shares in the rentals group more than halve from their 408p level since splitting from EMI last August.
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Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

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Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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