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The Z1 Compact offers identical hardware to the S1, but shrinks the screen from 5 inches to 4.3 - David Phelan gives us the first full UK review

Racing: Rails cause division among bookmakers

YOU WOULD not expect to walk into Tesco and find no prices on the shelves. You would steer well clear of any shop which demanded that you ask an assistant for a quote on every single item. So why is it that some of the bookmakers in Britain's betting rings are allowed to display their prices on boards, and others are not? This question, the source of much anger and bitterness among racecourse bookies, is about to be asked yet again.

Return to sender

The great Christmas card swindle is underway again. And it's coming to a letterbox near you. By David Newnham

Dobson faces new campaign scandal

FRANK DOBSON'S campaign to secure Labour's nomination to run as London Mayor was yesterday embroiled in a fresh scandal after allegations that the ex-Health Secretary had been given an unfair advantage over his rivals.

Network: Web Design - A resolution to the worst of nightmares

Learn limitations, push it to the limit, but always keep an eye on the visitors

The loneliness of the long-distance teleworker

As millions more people make the switch to working from home, one freelance warns of the psychological dangers of isolation

Events; PICK OF THE WEEK

Thames Festival tomorrow

pounds 97m spent on `silly' revamp of museum

A DISPUTE has broken out over a new pounds 97m science centre in Bristol after its top scientific advisers branded the exhibits "puerile and silly" and "totally inappropriate to the spirit of science".

The hi-tech investor: Websites show they're up to the minute on shares

THE BATTLE to win the hearts and minds of internet investors is becoming more intense by the week. Share prices and information are clearly this summer's favourite features for websites. The latest company to join the fray is Freequotes, which has just launched its own share information service. As the name suggests, the data is free.

Chimpanzees learn how to ape human speech

SCIENTISTS SAY they have trained chimpanzees to understand simple English sentences although the apes have not shown they can communicate in a true, spoken language.

Interiors: Skeletons in the closets

Emma Hawkins shares her Edinburgh townhouse with hundreds of birds and animals. They may all be dead, but the house, as Suki Urquhart finds, is very much alive

Marek Kohn column

Second site Monitor your eyesight

Network: Typography - a language in its own right

The right type helps to get your message across on the Web

Travel UK: Greenwich's other dome

The British at sea, from Captain Cook to cross-Channel lager louts, all find a place under the National Maritime Museum's new glass canopy.

Secretarial: Nightmare of a job share

The Temp

The Trader: Liquid lunches with those media men

"WHAT YOU have to remember is that success is one-tenth what you know and nine-tenths what other people think you know." This is one of Rory's favourite themes, but on this occasion it has special significance. Rory, you see, has just appointed a team of media specialists to produce a glossy brochure about what we do, and if that works they may create a website as well. It's the sort of project that fills our top man with boundless enthusiasm and the rest of us with dread.
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Former helicopter pilot Major Tim Peake will become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own