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Time to pension off Ronald McDonald, say campaigners

He has been the smiling face of the McDonald's fast food empire for more than 40 years, but doctors in the US are demanding that Ronald McDonald finally be ordered into retirement – for the good of everyone's health.

DoNation: 'If 50 people give up bottled water, I will run a marathon'

Forget hounding your friends for cash – a new sponsorship site asks people for good deeds, not their money. By Alice-Azania Jarvis

Nixon pulls out of Simonseeks

Simon Nixon, the entrepreneur behind Moneysupermarket.com, has walked away from his online travel venture after two years saying the business model was "simply not viable".

UK Coal struggling after £125m loss

The UK's biggest coal producer has admitted to "deep-rooted problems" after it recorded losses of more than £100m for the second year in a row.

The Mill - City of Dreams, Drummonds Mill, Bradford

When you are told to turn up for a night at the theatre dressed in "very warm" clothing and stout shoes it is clear that this is not going to be your typical kind of play.

Justin Francis: 'I want to be a challenger'

Justin Francis launched Responsibletravel.com a decade ago to bring an ethical dimension to tourism. Simon Calder catches up with a man on a mission

David Prosser: JJB steps back from the brink – for now

Outlook So JJB lives to fight another day. That it is not shutting up shop in the face of the problems that have plagued it in recent times is a tribute to the tenacity of its management. KPMG, its accountant, also deserves congratulations for the imagination it showed in coming up with a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that, while unpalatable for landlords, at least offered them some upside when (or if) JJB returns to health. That was an advance on the detail of other CVAs that the retail sector has come up with in the past.

Stephen Foley: Hunt's cameo can't hide Pinewood concerns

Outlook The Secretary of State for Culture, Jeremy Hunt, crowbarred his way into the press release announcing Pinewood Shepperton's plan to invest in small-budget UK films yesterday. Perhaps he is feeling guilty about the cavalier abolition of the UK Film Council.

Is this the start of a Mac-lash?

That Apple makes money from apps is not news. But it's the way it works that has hacked off fanboys and disenchanted developers. Ian Burrell examines how loyalty has been tested to the limit

Gold-buying companies told to polish up their act

Two companies that offered to buy gold jewellery through the post have stopped trading following an Office of Fair trading inquiry, while a further three have been forced to improve the way they treat customers.

Ghouls go to war over the tourist pound

Fake blood could soon be shed on the streets of Southwark as a feud between two of London's most macabre tourist attractions threatens to turn nasty.

The Oscars are all white

Why are there no black contenders among the nominees for this year's Academy Awards? Guy Adams lifts the lid on the failure of the film industry to represent people of colour

Investment Column: Babcock looks good for the long term

Games Workshop; International Ferro Metals

David Prosser: Give HMV a chance to find the right tune

Outlook It is time to back off HMV. Contrary to the impression givenelsewhere – including in the stock market, where investors continue to mark down its shares – should you go in search of, say, the Bruno Mars album today, you will not find branches of HMV boarded up. This is a retailer that will remain on our high streets for some time to come.

'We make stars, we don't buy them' says Gill in dig at City

The Manchester United chief executive, David Gill, has taken a swipe at local rivals Manchester City by claiming that his club develops world stars rather than buys them.

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