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Smut, By Alan Bennett

Smut is a curious mix of the Alan Bennett we know of old, whose clucking, mid-life Northern treasures - Thora Hird and the like - divulge their secrets in gently subversive sotto voce, and the Alan Bennett we are coming to know, post-cancer scare, who might one day be seen as late, uncloseted Bennett, with sex increasingly on the brain.

Angry Birds heads for US listing

Rovio, the developer of the Angry Birds game for mobile phones, is looking at an initial public offering in the US.

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US bank is next target for major leak, says Assange

Banking will be targeted in the next batch of WikiLeaks releases, the website's founder, Julian Assange, has said.

Freud set for buy-back

Matthew Freud, the publicist closely linked to the Conservative Party leadership, is making a bid for freedom from his parent company.

Captains should have board role says PFA chief

Professional Footballers Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has called for club captains to be given boardroom roles in order to try and improve the link between players and club hierarchies.

US author takes Rowling's rich-list crown

Patterson's £45m puts him top of the Forbes highest-earning authors list, but he admits to not writing his books

In Office Hours, By Lucy Kellaway

Just when you might be thinking of escaping work for a couple of weeks, Lucy Kellaway's must-pack summer read will take you straight back to office life.

Ben Chu: Jeffrey Sachs’ Keynesian man of straw

A curious critique of Keynesianism from Jeffrey Sachs in the Financial Times today.

£1m expected for Churchill memorabilia

A huge private collection of memorabilia celebrating Winston Churchill, from diary entries and letters to an unsmoked cigar, is set to raise £1m when the first part of it is sold next month.

Bella Union's Simon Raymonde: 'Major labels' difficulties are all self-created'

Following last week's Q&A with Sean Forbes of Rough Trade shops, next up in our preview to May's Camden Crawl weekend of gigs in London is Simon Raymonde, founder of Bella Union records, one of the UK's most interesting independent labels.

Crystal Palace advertised for sale in Financial Times

The administrators in charge of Crystal Palace have taken out an advert in today's Financial Times in a bid to sell the Coca-Cola Championship club.

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Tiger Woods' reputation has taken something of a knock over the last few weeks and apparently so will his earnings.

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