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Even now, political leaders are advocating wholly orthodox approaches to managing deficits and currency volatility

Why middle-class women get ahead in their careers

Middle-class working mothers are forging ahead with their careers, while their unskilled sisters are staying firmly at the bottom of the heap. Barrie Clement, Labour Editor, finds that lone mothers - the target of benefit cuts - have the worst time of all.

Letter: Spectral handbag

Sir: Considering the central role of Cambridge's Peterhouse in the Thatcherite revolution, the strange apparitions reported on 20 December ("The ghost of Peterhouse") must be the Ghost of Toryism Past.

Obituray: Sir Isaiah Berlin

Isaiah Berlin, philosopher and historian of ideas: born Riga, Latvia 6 June 1909; Lecturer, New College, Oxford 1932-38, Fellow 1938- 50; Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford 1932-38, 1950-66, 1975-97; CBE 1946; Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, Oxford University 1957- 67; FBA 1957; Kt 1957; Vice-President, British Academy 1959-61, President 1974-78; President of Wolfson College, Oxford 1966-75; Professor of Humanities, City University of New York 1966-71; OM 1971; married 1956 Aline Halban (nee de Gunzbourg; three stepsons); died Oxford 5 November 1997.

Just like home: a students' guide to housing

Got the results, got the place on the course. Well done. But now you've got to find somewhere to live.By Gareth Lloyd

Artificial brains to stop fraud

Audits of the big corporations are about to go through a revolution to cope with a phenomenal growth in use of the Internet for business-to- business transactions. That is increasing the risk of hackers and internal fraud, forcing auditors to become experts in data encryption, "firewalls" and on-line identity authentication.

Herd of dinosaurs ready to pounce on Bank

People & Business

Society: Lack of basic skills can mean a miserable life

Those who leave school without basic skills are heading for unemployment, loneliness and illness, according to a survey published yesterday.

George voices strongest warning on single European currency

Eddie George, Governor of the Bank of England, last night delivered his strongest warning so far against launching the single European currency. The move would be fraught with risk if some member countries had not improved the flexibility of their jobs markets, he said.

Microsoft finally gets its man

The US software giant spent seven years trying to lure Professor Roger Needham away from Cambridge. Charles Arthur profiles the man whom Bill Gates simply couldn't do without

Tighter laws planned on surrogate mothers

Capping of expenses paid to mothers likely in experts' review of legislation

CV : JO WHILEY DJ, Radio 1

I TURNED ON MY MICROPHONE FOR THE FIRST TIME AND THOUGHT 'I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY', SO I MADE SOMETHING UP ABOUT THE LEVELLERS' TOUR DATES; THEY WEREN'T EVEN ON TOUR

Embarassment of riches

It is sometimes supposed that all MBAs are very similar and follow the same syllabus. This is a fallacy. A school may offer several MBA programmes. There are full-time and many types of part-time courses.

New Labour, new sales figures?

Conventional wisdom says national newspapers do best when the party they support is out of power - but maybe the rules are about to change.

Letter: At risk of baffling everyone

One reason why experts and the public disagree about what is risky is that experts focus on objective measurables such as mortality rates while the public also give weight to what is novel, dreaded or seen as uncontrollable (Lewis Wolpert, Review, 6 April). Arguably, therefore, the public has a richer concept of risk. Am I irrational to fear what is new or horrible or out of control more than what is established, accepted and understood?

CV : ASHLEY HEATH senior editor, 'The Face', editor, 'Arena Homme Plus'

AT THE INTERVIEW SOME VERY SERIOUS NEWS EDITOR TYPES ASKED ME WHOM I'D REALLY LIKE TO INTERVIEW. I SAID MARVIN GAYE. THERE WAS A STONY SILENCE ...
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform