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In another universe, this would have been the mother of all office parties. Senior editors would have been caught on smart-phones dancing Gangnam style on their desks, a bottle of bubbly in one hand and a hunk of birthday cake in the other. Arses would have been hoisted on to photocopiers, with the choicest images used to add a layer of soundproofing to the Loose Ends studio. Chris Patten and George Entwistle would have popped by, all smiles and laughter, for a spot of karaoke. And we, the licence-fee payers, would have tipped our hats and said: "Nice job, chaps. Have a drink on us."

Is China starting to turn its back on bling?

What have Tiffany, Burberry, Mulberry and Hugo Boss got in common? Yes, they all make expensive products for the global wealthy. But they also all recently warned of a slowdown in sales in once-booming China.

New City jobs 'rise 10% in October'

The number of jobs created in the City of London increased by 10% in the past month, according to a new study.

The 10 Best women's watches

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A rising star who's at the cutting edge

Attica Locke's first novel, Black Water Rising, was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize. It took on murky municipal politics, union disputes and the slow death of the 1970s activist dream in Texas.

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Jean Taittinger: Champagne scion who transformed Reims

The businessman and politician Jean Taittinger played a major part in transforming Reims from a city trading on its rich history and its traditional role as one of the three centres for champagne production, alongside Épernay and Ay, into a dynamic regional capital. The irony was that the man who served as mayor of Reims between 1959 and 1977, was a member of French Parliament for the Marne department from 1958 to 1974, and Secretary of State for Finance, Minister of Justice and Minister of State from 1971 to 1974 under President Georges Pompidou, belonged to a family associated with one of the grandes marques.

Anthony Rose: 'There are excellent co-operatives producing quality wines throughout France'

Bastille Day: an opportunity to arm yourself with a bottle in celebration of the revolutionary fraternity of that horny-handed son of the terroir, the French vigneron. The Gironde was once the breeding ground of the counter-revolution and the Bordeaux château remains today a symbol of capitalist enterprise. The French co-operative movement, in contrast, bands together groups of like-minded individuals with small vineyard parcels.

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Foreign visitors could be forgiven for thinking the British are fanatics

Pippa tells you how to 'Celebrate' with her new book

Trending: Party royalty turns cover girl

I'd certainly be in the mood to Celebrate if I had just received a £400,000 advance for my first foray into publishing. But what can we learn from the cover of Pippa Middleton's forthcoming party-planning bible.

Hunt for winner of £63.8m EuroMillions prize continues

Lottery organisers took to the streets today as they stepped up the hunt for a mystery millionaire.

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