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Retailer has recalled more medicines as a precaution after a possible manufacturing fault was identified

Essential festival gear you don't want to forget

Dave Taylor identifies the things you'll need to make your next event memorable – for all the right reasons

Struck-off doctor jailed for selling slimming pills

A struck-off doctor was jailed for selling slimming pills to patients across the country, police said.

Has the elixir of youth come of age?

Scientists claim that by 2012 they will have developed drugs that delay the ageing process

Business diary: Boots products on sale at half the price

There has been a little bit of embarrassment for Boots, courtesy of Poundland. The discount retailer has been quietly selling the pharmacy chain's products at cheaper prices with new labels just stuck over the original branding. It turns out to be excess stock that the international arm of Boots sold to Poundland, but it might have waited until Boots' UK shops had run out of the identical products.

Consuming Issues: Which chemist is cheapest: high street or online?

Websites offer cut-price deals for packaged goods that remain the same regardless of vendor such as stereos, perfumes and DVDs. In the past few years online chemists have promised to undercut high-street prices charges, so how competitive are they?

Simon Calder: Mayday - insure your travels to the axis of risk

The man who pays his way

Album: The Fall, Your Future Our Clutter (Domino)

Indolence lost: how boredom refired a rock'n'roll maverick

Dom Joly: Stuck in LA, I watch TV and brood about cat litter

I've been stuck in LA all week – another victim of the volcano that nobody outside Iceland can pronounce. Every time I thought I was getting out of here, Twitter or the BBC would warn me about bigger, better volcanoes getting ready to blow. Eventually, like many stranded Brits here, I started to make it my home.

Scientists call for ban on danger chemical

Experts back <i>Independent</i> campaign to outlaw bisphenol-A in baby products

Labour will stamp on recovery, insist Tories

Labour will stamp on the green shoots of recovery if the party remains in power, shadow chancellor George Osborne said today as he unveiled the latest Conservative campaign poster.

Hearing aid man wins porn case appeal

A director of a hearing aid company who kept adult pornographic images on a work computer in a file named "Dirty" won a High Court battle against being struck off today.

Ex-SS man, 88, guilty of wartime deaths

An 88-year-old man was convicted of murder today for the killing of Dutch civilians during the Second World War as part of a Nazi SS hit squad.

Forget a trip to the chemist: try the garden

Need a painkiller, tummy soother or something to help you sleep? Join the people who are growing their own remedies. Rob Sharp learns how to use plants as everyday drugs

My life in active travel: Simon King

'Holidays are often peppered with work'
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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
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Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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Join the tequila gold rush

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12 best statement wallpapers

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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