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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

'Uh Dad, I'm gay': Unilever distances itself from ‘homophobic’ Flora advert

Commercial seemed to suggest that receiving news that your child is gay was comparable to receiving a bullet to the heart

Ministers have refused requests to make changes to the legislation

Lobbying Bill: Government rejects warning by charities that new law will have 'chilling effect'

Downing Street has rejected warnings by charities that its new lobbying legislation would restrict voluntary organisations from campaigning on matters of public interest.

Angela Merkel had a 90-minute TV debate with the Social Democrat candidate for Chancellor, Peer Steinbrück

Angela Merkel’s rival Peer Steinbrück critical of eurozone austerity ahead of elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her centre-left rival sparred over Europe’s debt crisis and how best to keep Germany’s economy strong as they faced each other on Sunday evening in a televised debate ahead of elections on 22 September, with Ms Merkel’s challenger insisting that it makes no sense to apply a “deadly dose” of austerity to eurozone strugglers.

Councils sold electoral register data for £250k

Local councils have sold the personal information of individuals to more than 2,700 private companies – including lobbyists, estate agents and fast food outlets – according to new figures.

Doyle (pictured) bounced back last year from some thin campaigns to a seasonal best score of 80 domestic winners

Kingman proves perfect for James Doyle's arrival amid royalty

For a young jockey who seriously considered abandoning the saddle for the plumbing business three years ago there is now plenty in the pipeline. On Thursday, 25-year-old James Doyle's appointment as Khaled Abdullah's No 1 was announced; yesterday, on his first ride in the dream job, he made the perfect start by steering the exciting prospect Kingman, favourite for next year's 2,000 Guineas, to victory in the Solario Stakes.

Five questions about: Getting online

Isn't that a picture of World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks?

Labour attack David Cameron over party funding lobbying bill

Labour will today call on David Cameron to drop his controversial lobbying bill and return to the negotiating table to reform the way party politics is funded in Britain.

‘Badly drafted’ Government lobbying reforms will hit charities, watchdog says

Electoral Commission unhappy about new law’s potentially disastrous effect on campaigners

Wayne Routledge

Michael Laudrup talks up Wayne Routledge form after Europa League victory for Swansea

The Welsh outfit won their play-off against Petrolul Ploiesti 5-1

Ubuntu Edge fails to raise $32m but remains a record-breaking project

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth says the attention was a "huge boost" to Ubuntu phones in general

The Business Matrix: Thursday 22 August 2013

Beckham replays a winning move

Gael Clichy

Gael Clichy promises Manchester City will play attractive football 'from today to the last game'

Manuel Pellegrini's side began the season with a 4-0 win over Newcastle

Lance, left, with Jimmy Carter in 1977; he was soon out of a job

Bert Lance: Banker who joined Jimmy Carter's 'Georgia mafia'

Bert Lance was a genial Georgia banker who became President Jimmy Carter's budget director, only to be forced out after less than a year. Lance, who called himself a "country banker," was one of the more colourful members of the "Georgia mafia" that arrived in Washington after Carter was elected in 1976. He had been part of Carter's inner circle since the 1960s and had reportedly been the first person to recommend that Carter run for president. He was rewarded with the plum post of director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Fulham striker Darren Bent

Darren Bent hits out at Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, claiming he was 'alienated'

The England striker has joined Fulham on a season-long loan deal

Jake Humphrey

View From the Sofa: Performances phoned in from the evil scientist's lair

There are few things which better distil the futility of existence and the unending presence of the cold, steely grip of death on your shoulder than being put on hold by your broadband provider.

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own