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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."

Lookers will be looking to buy

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.

An unqualified success: multi-millionaires who prove you can prosper without a degree

What hope is there for the thousands who can't get on a course this year? Plenty, a new rich list suggests

Angus MacDonald: 'I would hate to ever retire. At 85, I still want to be doing this'

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Car sales fell by 3.5 per cent in July, the 13th consecutive month of declines as economic fears takes their toll on motorists, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said yesterday.

Former Whitbread boss to chair Mothercare

Alan Parker, the former Whitbread chief executive, is to join Mothercare as a non-executive chairman later this month. Mr Parker, pictured, will replace Ian Peacock, who is stepping down from the role after nine years.

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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Hugh Osmond's APR Energy is readying a plan to turn it into a business with a revenue of $1bn (£0.6bn) within five years.

Pendragon launches rights issue to deal with debt

Pendragon, Britain's biggest motor retailer, is to raise £71m through a discounted rights issue in order to tackle its debts.

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Hacking Scandal: Why student journalists should be the most worried

Journalism students are told they will be mistrusted, disliked and belittled in the first week of studying the trade. The public will always hate you, they are told, and you have to be fierce enough to go after the story they will read the next day despite this. Persistence and harassment are taught as means to get the truth and the byline.

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

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