Premier Inns earn extra £2m from Games

Whitbread's Premier Inns earned an extra £2m from the Olympics as the hotel chain pegged prices at £199 a room.

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Struggled in the first half, often out of place, but after two crucial covering tackles he recovered form. 5/10

Jeremy Laurance: Mild uppers and downers unlikely to explain lacklustre performance next day

Caffeine is the world's most widely used performance-enhancing drug. Sportsmen and women use it, students use it, long-distance drivers use it. "Nature's stimulant" improves short-term memory, boosts muscle power and increases alertness. An average cup of filter coffee contains 100mg of caffeine and millions are drunk each day. It is also in tea, cola and chocolate.

Paul Merson said he was given caffeine tablets at Arsenal

Players' use of caffeine pills to boost performance is ridiculous, claims expert

The disclosure that England players used caffeine tablets before Tuesday's postponed World Cup qualifier against Poland – and then required sleeping pills in order to allow them to sleep – was met with bemusement and dismay yesterday by experts in sports medication.

<b>STEVEN GERRARD</b><br/>
Started from deep but is better further up the pitch. Some of his passing was too ambitious and wasteful. 5/10

FA silent after it emerges England players needed sleeping pills after taking caffeine tablets

The Football Association has so far declined to comment after it emerged that some England players were required to take sleeping pills having taken caffeine tablets before Tuesday's postponed match against Poland.

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Good bean counters? Starbucks has paid no tax in UK since 2009

Probe shows coffee chain used clever accounting to minimise bills – despite UK sales of over £1bn

Postcard from... Berlin

The east Berlin district of Prenzlauerberg is famous for being hip, environmentally conscious and for having one of the highest birth rates in Germany.

George Clooney, face of Nespresso

Coffee pods: Why we all want what George Clooney is having

They're eco-unfriendly and cost the earth to run – but does that deter us from buying capsule coffee machines? Does it heck, says Samuel Muston

Pot boiler: Coffee grounds, used to keep slugs at bay, are an illegal pesticide under EU regulations

No coffee for slugs

Gardeners who sprinkle grounds on the soil to deter them break the law

Tiffany Stevenson: Uncomfortably Numb, Underbelly, Edinburgh

Youth-preserving tips from a dermatologist inspired this latest hour from Tiffany Stevenson, known to television audiences from a stint on ITV’s ‘Show Me The Funny’ comedy competition.

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David and Samantha Cameron relax outside a Spanish cafe today on the first full day of their summer holiday.

Full of beans: expensive coffees have become an 'essential' in many people's lives

Alice Jones: Hold the artisanal coffee. I'll put the kettle on

It is a good time to bury bad news so it is just possible that, in the midst of the gold rush, you may have missed the news that the apocalypse is upon us. Citizens, gird your loins, man the barricades and make a witty placard: the attack of Tescobucks is upon us! This week, Britain's most ubiquitous supermarket chain (2,975 shops and counting) announced its plans to launch a chain of "artisan" coffee shops across the UK. The chain, named Harris and Hoole after two coffee-house wits who feature in Samuel Pepys' diaries (it's arty and artisan), will open its flagship in Amersham at the end of the month. A dozen or so will follow and, before long, the entire nation will be being drip-fed chai lattes and bran muffins by baristas in felt aprons while leaning artfully on scrubbed wood stools.

On their marks: Jack Whitehall and the young cast in 'Bad Education'

A class act

The young stand-up Jack Whitehall writes and stars in BBC3's new sitcom, Bad Education, set in an inner-city comprehensive, and his sharp script has lured some top comedy talent. By Gerard Gilbert

Coffee can help control Parkinson's tremors, shows research

Coffee can help tame the tremors caused by Parkinson's disease, research has shown.

On their marks: Jack Whitehall and the young cast in 'Bad Education'

A class act: Jack Whitehall's new BBC3 sitcom Bad Education has lured some top comedy talent

The public school-educated comedian writes and stars in the new sitcom, set in an inner-city comprehensive.

Last night's viewing: Line of Duty, BBC2; Imagine, BBC1

Even if you didn't see the opening sequence of Line of Duty last night you'll still have seen it. That's because we've all seen it a hundred times before – the operational prelude to a police procedural with urgent radio calls and stressed men saying things like, "Bravo. Are you visual?", and armed officers on a crouching run to flank a door.

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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
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Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
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New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

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Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

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