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For all the cuddly Thomas the Tank Engine nostalgia that surrounds Britain's railway history, it should never be forgotten that this was the story of capitalism in the raw. In the 19th century, fortunes were made but more typically lost and the winners were only too keen to signal their grand ambitions to the world.

Man About Town: Turning a morning after into a full-on day rarely makes for happy endings

Tuesday morning is an ambitious time to invite anyone for cocktails. You run the risk that entirely the wrong sort of guest will turn up – the under-employed and overly thirsty. Not the sort with whom you necessarily want to spend your weekday mornings.

Coca-Cola drops its backing for vigilante pressure group

Coca-Cola has ended its relationship with a conservative pressure group that supports "Stand Your Ground" laws such as the one being used as a defence in the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Florida.

Five thousand people were chosen at random to take part in the National Lottery Olympic Park Run

Cheers for 5,000 Olympic amateurs, the first to finish

A Slice of Britain: It's not Usain Bolt but Tommy Davies, a 26-year-old administrator, who makes sporting history by winning a five-mile trial run round the Olympic Park and into the stadium that will host Games events this summer

Ceviche is quirkily decorated in nostalgic flea-market chic

Ceviche, 17 Frith Street, London W1

Peruvian cuisine, it's probably fair to say, is something of an unknown quantity in Britain. In fact, before my visit to Ceviche, a new Peruvian restaurant in Soho, I would have struggled to name a single dish from that country – apart, perhaps, from Lima beans, which don't really count. Here, in the frenzied international zone that is the London dining scene, you'll find Mexican food a go-go, and a growing flirtation with Argentina. But Peru hasn't been invited to the party yet.

A molecular mixology kit

Alcohol may benefit heart patients says new study

Turning to drink can help men live longer after a first heart attack, a study has shown.

Leading article: We could do with a few more dry eyes in the House

Britain has often looked on inebriate MPs with indulgence, hence the many tales of encounters between boozy MPs and their detractors, often featuring Winston Churchill or Harold Wilson's deputy, George Brown, about whom the phrase '"tired and emotional" was invented. All amusing stuff. But as the fracas involving Eric Joyce in a Commons bar shows, drunken MPs are not always as entertaining as was Churchill when arguing with Lady Astor.

Research reveals concerning deficiencies on kids these days

Trending: Kids today can't even tie their own shoelaces ...

Kids these days, what do they know? Luke Blackall on the disappearance of everyday skills

The rice being shaken after it has been washed ready for steaming at the Urakasumi Sake Brewery in Shiogama, Miyagi

Sake's comeback symbolises Japan's recovery

One year on, the drink is the spirit of a nation's recovery from the tsunami

Watson has carefully peppered her career with choices that pertain very closely to her own interests

Emma Watson: The girl with the magic touch

Emma Watson grew up on screen but as an adult, she's making her mark in the fashion world. Harriet Walker meets the new face of Lancôme

Being Modern: Beards

With london Fashion Week in full swing, what better time to celebrate the stylish diversity and fierce individuality of the beautiful people. Stylishly diverse and fiercely individual unless, of course, we are talking about the men. Because something strange has happened to male A-listers and front-rowers that appears to have made them all, simultaneously, sprout facial hair as if this were Afghanistan in the late 1990s.

With its stained-glass windows and airy feel, Quo Vadis has simply been pared down further from its already quiet elegance

Quo Vadis, 26-29 Dean Street, London W1

Soho institution Quo Vadis undergoes an unfussy makeover to get tongues wagging.

John Walsh hosts a cocktail party for friends and colleagues using a mixture of homemade and packaged cocktails

Can a ready-made cocktail ever eclipse the real deal?

A raft of new products claims to take the shakes and pains out of making cocktails. John Walsh puts the potent pretenders through their paces.

Ben Foden admits he was at fault for a French try during England's World Cup quarter-final defeat

Ben Foden: A back for the future

England full-back Ben Foden opens up to Hugh Godwin about his pregnant pop-star girlfriend, rubbing shoulder pads with Elton John and that infamous World Cup diary

Women sailors row into record books

An all-woman team have completed a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, storming into the record books along the way, organisers said today.

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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

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Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable