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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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