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The Kumars (Sky1) are back. They've left number 42 at their street in Wembley and moved to Hounslow, where a divorced Sanjeev Kumar/Bhaskar is hosting his TV show from behind his dad's shop where they're renting from new landlord Hawney (pronounced "horny").

HS2 chief will be paid £200,000-plus

Downing Street and senior civil servants have approved a pay packet in excess of £200,000 for the next chief executive of High Speed Two, the heavily criticised £32bn London to Birmingham rail link proposal.

And they're off! Civil Service told to 'work' from home

It is known as the "silly season": the month when politicians and civil servants go away for their holidays and shark sightings off the coast of Cornwall take on a national significance.

Leading article: Turn the scandal to good account, Prime Minister

The spectacle of a Conservative Party treasurer hawking access to the Prime Minister in return for "premier league" donations to the Tory coffers is deplorable. But it is hardly surprising. And until party political funding is reformed, and big-money donations outlawed, such shady practices will inevitably continue.

Whitehall in private sector shake-up plan

Up to 75,000 jobs at stake in coalition plans to move civil servants into 'John Lewis economy'
Labour MP Eric Joyce who has has been charged with assault following a late night fracas at a House of Commons bar in which a Tory rival was allegedly head-butted

MP Eric Joyce: I'm lucky to avoid jail

Shamed politician Eric Joyce admitted he was lucky to avoid jail today for brawling in a Commons bar then telling police: "You can't touch me, I'm an MP."

Cameron fights it out with Osborne over 50p tax rate

David Cameron and George Osborne are divided over how quickly the Government should scrap the 50p top rate of tax on earnings above £150,000 a year.

Sir Ian Blair: Yesterday, the Leveson Inquiry heard how, in July 2005, Sir Ian Blair arranged, through Scotland Yard’s head of press Dick Fedorcio, for his 15-year-old son Joshua to have a week’s work experience at The Sun. Sir Ian said he saw nothing unusual in the arrangement, pointing out there had been numerous interns in his own office. Sir Ian later recalled how Joshua was on the work placement on the day of the 7/7 terror attacks and had been travelling to The Sun’s offices by bus. His father called him and told him to get off the bus and walk to Scotland Yard. As these examples show, the work experience path between News International and the Met is well trodden...

Yates of the Yard 'withheld phone records' from police leak inquiry

John Yates, the former Scotland Yard senior detective who dismissed the need to re-open the police's investigation into phone hacking, refused to let other officers examine his own phone records during a leak probe because he was "very well connected", the Leveson Inquiry heard yesterday.

Mary Ann Sieghart: The Tories will need more blue-skies thinking to win the next election

Years ago, back when Boris still needed a surname, a young Steve Hilton hoped to run for Mayor of London. But the Tories were nowhere near ready to choose a shaven-headed, tieless iconoclast as their candidate. Later, Hilton tried to be selected as an MP, but although he looked like many a metropolitan media professional, he was far too modern for the Conservative local associations. They preferred the throwback of a good-looking, public-school banker in pin-stripes.

Leading article: A new start for the health watchdog

The resignation of the chief executive of the Care Quality Commission comes not a moment too soon. Indeed, we would argue that Cynthia Bower should rightly have been sacked several times already, given the litany of scandals that has beset the health and social care watchdog during her years at the helm.

Leading article: The tax system is credible only if fair

When the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, was summoned to the House of Commons to explain why the head of the student loans company was being paid as a private contractor, rather than as a government employee, he just about defused the scandal. He announced that Ed Lester would in future have his tax deducted at source, he said that he, Mr Alexander, was setting up a review to discover the extent of the practice throughout Whitehall, and he gave the impression that such pay arrangements were highly unusual.

Parsons with Prince Charles at her 80th birthday party

Betty Parsons: Inspirational childbirth expert

Betty Parsons' strapping mental and physical good health until virtually the end of her long life was a testament to her own teachings. She taught 20,000 women to "relax for childbirth and for life", as she put it. A trained nurse and opera singer, Parsons began in London in 1946 teaching stressed businessmen to relax. She was diverted into teaching expectant mothers at a time when the process of childbirth was viewed with trepidation.

Council plans £80 fine for spitting

Footballers do it. Wine tasters have to, as part of the job. But spitting in other people's presence is an unpleasant habit that may soon become illegal in part of north London.

Simon Kelner: Pedants' Revolt seems to be gathering momentum

It looks like I may have been on to something, On Monday, I exhorted i readers to rise up and join my campaign against the debasement of grammatical standards, which I coined the pedants' revolt. Never have I had such a response to a column and through the modern channels of communication – Twitter and Facebook – you responded in such numbers to make me believe that this is something you truly care about.

Food shop creates inhouse treats

Hotel Chocolat will today open the UK's first shop that sells and makes chocolate under one roof.

All work out and no play? Despite group drills, beach runs, ex-military instructors and some super-fit guests, BMF's new holidays are a fun way to boost your fitness - and to eat, drink and be merry

Military fitness: sun, sea and sweat

There are plenty of press-ups to be done, but a new military-style fitness break in Fuerteventura is no boot camp

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Jury still out on Pellegrini

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Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

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Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

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Mad Men returns for a final fling

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Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

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