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The First Ladies of Rome, By Annelise Freisenbruch

Despite the authorial sketch ("She now lives in Dorset, where she teaches Latin"), anyone expecting a genteel account of "the women behind the Caesars" will be in for a shock. It includes a contemporary account of how Messalina (Mrs Claudius), passed her leisure hours: "She stood there naked and for sale, with her nipples gilded, under the trade-name of She-Wolf."

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The car dealership Lookers is set for an acquisition spree after a review of the business concluded that its best way forward was to expand rather than split up its car retail and parts businesses.

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BMW motors thanks to China

BMW's profit more than doubled in the second quarter on the back of soaring demand from China. The car manufacturer, which also owns Mini, reported a 115 per cent jump in net profit to €1.8bn (£1.6bn), as record car sales pushed revenues up by 17 per cent to €17.9bn.

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Osmond's five-year plan for APR

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Pendragon launches rights issue to deal with debt

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Hacking Scandal: Why student journalists should be the most worried

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5,962 flights, 10 million miles: car salesman flies into the record books

Even those nearest and dearest to Thomas Stuker would probably admit that he is no George Clooney. But like the character played by the actor in the film Up In The Air, Mr Stuker's flights around the world have seen him reach the milestone of 10 million miles on board a single US airline.

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