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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

mutuals pay out

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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Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

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Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

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Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
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Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
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Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
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Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

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America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone