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Monday 19 March 2012
The Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, is fond of dismissing George Osborne as an "out of touch" public school toff whose primary interest is feathering the nests of the wealthy. But the Chancellor is a cannier politician than his opponents give credit for. It seems likely now that he will indeed cut the top rate of income tax from 50p on Wednesday; given the opportunity to scotch that incendiary rumour, yesterday he failed to do so. But just as anger mounts over what Labour, not to mention many Liberal Democrats, fear will be a Budget for the rich, he announces an intention to come down "like a ton of bricks" on tycoons avoiding stamp duty.
Sunday 11 March 2012
Thursday 08 March 2012
This autumn, don't be surprised if you find hordes of tween girls huddled over the debut book by Pattie Mallette. She's not the new JK Rowling or Stephenie Meyer – Mallette is, in fact, Justin Bieber's mother, and it has just been announced that in September she will publish Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom. Although mainly chronicling her own troubled childhood, naturally it will include details of what it's like being the mother of the most famous teenager on the planet.
Tuesday 21 February 2012
Statistics have been telling a tale for several weeks now and yesterday the man at the wrong end of one of the lines on the graph, Paul Nicholls, confirmed his concerns for the health of some of his Manor Farm charges. The six-times champion trainer has saddled just one winner this month – Zarkandar at Newbury on Friday – and all his 16 runners on Saturday lost. "It's fairly obvious we had a moderate weekend," he said, "and I have several horses coughing."
Sunday 19 February 2012
Stevie Wonder leads tributes to a troubled star as 1,000 mourners cram New Jersey church where the singer trained her voice
Tuesday 14 February 2012
My fingers were achingly sore and my head was spinning. I still had a sticky label stuck to me that read Lady Audley, and the phrase ‘goal-mate’ was echoing in my ears. There was a stick on moustache stuck to my handbag, and I had spent all night avoiding penalties and red cards. I had been speed dating.
Monday 13 February 2012
It has emerged that Beyoncé and Jay-Z applied for a patent application for the name of their daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 26 – just three weeks after she was born.
Wednesday 01 February 2012
PCC chairman heralds industry consensus for new body and tougher regulations
Thursday 19 January 2012
Celebrity magazines were last night blamed for driving down standards in British tabloid newspapers and contributing to the climate that led to the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World.
Wednesday 18 January 2012
Celebrity magazine editors gave a cautious welcome today to a proposal for an official register of famous people who want to remain private.
Tuesday 10 January 2012
A new exhibition of star-hunter photos, faux movie star poses and archive magazine images turns the lens on our celebrity culture
Sunday 01 January 2012
Saturday 17 December 2011
Hunter, the maker of upmarket wellies beloved by the likes of Kate Moss, has been bought by a private-equity firm in a deal which sees its current shareholders cash out part of their investments.
Wednesday 14 December 2011
Sir Humphrey wanders into the study at Number 10. "I have Mary Portas on the phone for you Prime Minister." The PM is wading through "her vision for the future of our high streets" and is suddenly feeling very depressed. "Tell her I'm out to lunch," he sighs. "On second thoughts, tell her she is."
Wednesday 14 December 2011
Outlook Sir Humphrey wanders into the study at Number 10. "I have Mary Portas on the phone for you Prime Minister." The PM is wading through "her vision for the future of our high streets" and is suddenly feeling very depressed. "Tell her I'm out to lunch," he sighs. "On second thoughts, tell her she is."
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