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Outlook Now just how does that saying go about sinking ships and desertion?

Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi yacht heads down the Solent yesterday

Injured servicemen dip a 'toe in the water' with entry to gruelling yacht race

Amputees among 2,500 competitors in biennial 608-mile race featuring more women than ever

British Gas has said it could offer free electricity on Saturdays

British Gas plans to offer free electricity on Saturdays

British Gas has said it could offer free electricity on Saturdays in a bid to reduce demand on weekdays.

Centrica said an 11 per cent rise in profits at British Gas residential came after last year's colder-than-normal weather saw gas use leap 12 per cent

British Gas owner Centrica criticises tax regime as it announces residential profits of £356m

Residential arm sees 3.2% rise after raising tariffs in December

Industry figures Lord Browne, Baroness Hogg, Sam Laidlaw, and Lord Howell all advise the government

Revealed: Fracking industry bosses at heart of coalition

Campaigners warn of potential conflicts of interest from energy-sector leaders advising on policy

Centrica eyes move for top BP executive

One of BP’s top executives has emerged as a surprise candidate to become the next chairman of British Gas owner Centrica.

Shale gas: Centrica puts £160m into fracking fields around Blackpool

Parent group of British Gas will take 25% stake in six Lancashire wells

Defence: Sir Roger Carr confirmed as BAE chairman

The defence giant BAE Systems hailed Sir Roger Carr's skills with investors and government as it confirmed him as its new chairman. He is viewed as a safe pair of hands following a year that saw the collapse of a £30bn merger with the Airbus manufacturer EADS.

Sir Roger Carr named as new BAE chairman

Sir Roger will replace Dick Olver, who has held the role for nine years

British Gas owner poised for role in UK fracking

Centrica, British Gas’s owner, is in talks to buy into Cuadrilla Resources, chaired by the former BP chief executive Lord Browne, in a move that could boost the UK’s nascent shale gas industry.

British Gas owner Centrica sets sights on shale gas drilling licences

News that British Gas owner Centrica is in talks to buy into Cuadrilla Resources, chaired by former BP boss Lord Browne, could prove a major boost to the UK's nascent shale gas industry.

British Gas pledges to put lid on prices after cold-weather boost

Bonanza from tough winter 'will be used to benefit customers for as long as possible'

James Ashton: Here’s the way to hand real power to women

Sir Roger Carr was back beating the drum for greater diversity at the top of British companies at an Ernst & Young reception on Tuesday night.

Business week in review

In profit...

A snow plough clears the A66 near Bowes where the road was closed for several hours due to heavy snow as forecasters have warned that another cold snap is on its way -

Snow and cold weather in March adds £80 to cost of home heating

Increases in energy prices threaten to push much of the population into fuel poverty

Trouble in store as snow and cold weather hits gas supplies

Britain's supplies are at the mercy of the weather and volatile markets unless it increases its meagre storage capacity, says Tom Bawden

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003