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People and Business: DTI panel

EIGHT NEW members have been appointed to the panel that is maintained by the Department of Trade and Industry for dealing with newspaper mergers that are referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC).

I Work For...: My stage in the City

Joanna Fyvie is PA to John Tusa, managing director of the Barbican Centre in London

Obituary: Eric Wolf

ERIC WOLF was an anthropologist, but not, he insisted, a theorist. "My primary interest," he said, "is to explain something out there that impinges upon me, and I would sell my soul to the Devil if I thought it would help." He avoided abstract debates and was never dogmatic. Nevertheless, he remained faithful to a conception of anthropology "that is not content merely to translate, interpret, or play with a kaleidoscope of cultural fragments, but that seeks explanations for cultural phenomena." And he was sure that any satisfactory explanation must grant central importance to material forces, as these operated historically.

Classical: Sight Readings - Back to Jewish roots

A unique archive of folk music has been given new life, as have historic piano recordings

MBA: Top men need training too

Senior executives need to update their skills as much, if not more, than others.

New York Diary: Plato - the transsexual musical

"DO YOU know who I am?" shouted the muscular, cowboy-hatted African- American drag performer, on stage at the Bowery Ballroom. The crowd at the Manhattan night-club - three floors of suspiciously straight-looking white people - screamed out wrong guesses at her name.

pounds 16bn of rail investment at risk in planning row

RAILTRACK HAS warned that pounds 16bn of investment needed to revitalise the railways will be jeopardised if it loses a test case on whether it needs planning permission for major work.

Greetings from Lewisham: wish we weren't here

AS THE "Virginia 12" returned to Britain yesterday to face police questions about a mass outbreak of "air rage", a leading aviation psychologist placed part of the blame for the rise in such incidents on bossy cabin crews and exaggerated claims by airlines.

Bug in computer could force aircraft to fly blind

PILOTS MAY be given a rehearsal of the effects of the "millennium bug" a few months early. Navigation systems used by pilots, sailors and lorry and taxi drivers could be thrown into chaos at the peak of the summer travel season because of a computer hitch.

JPs inconsistent on bail decisions erratic

MAGISTRATES ARE frequently inconsistent when making decisions about bail, yet are highly confident that they have made the correct decision.

Open Eye: OU Advances New US Link

A tie-up between Western Governors University in the United States, and the Open University sister organisation, OU-US, will create an unprecedented new distance learning initiative for students in the US.

Education: University of life is just the job for Torsten

ENGINEERING STUDENT Torsten Gerhardt looks intently at the array of gauges and instruments that are laid out in front of him for testing.

Education: Are our degrees working?

Universities are being urged to teach students employability skills. But, asks Lucy Hodges, is this really a good idea?
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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

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Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?