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Wednesday 11 July 2012
The owner of Chelsea football club Roman Abramovich is set to play a crucial role in a bitter dispute between two oligarchs over the ownership of a stake in the world's largest aluminium company.
Saturday 30 June 2012
Maybe it's a remnant from an encyclopaedia-browsing childhood (or just early exposure to the Guinness Book of Records), but I still love chunky illustrated reference books – a taste for bulky blocks of print incompatible with the price per square foot of property anywhere in southern England. Earlier this year, I bought Dorling Kindersley's wonderful History Year by Year – nugget after shiny nugget of the human past over the millennia, all the way from the Great Rift Valley in Kenya to Silicon Valley in California. Checking the credits page, I found that the smart design work on this multi-handed monument of editing came from India, where publishers now often outsource not just routine office functions but almost every skilled task. DK began to operate in India even before the reference giant was swallowed by Penguin in 2000.
Friday 15 June 2012
It is almost 30 years since England threw an uncapped midfielder into the fires of a Test in South Africa without the rugby equivalent of an asbestos suit and found themselves being burned alive collectively as a consequence. That centre was John Palmer, a wonderfully creative playmaker from Bath who might have caused the Springboks some problems had he not found himself playing out of position against Danie Gerber, one of the great centres of the post-war era. Gerber scored one try in the opening match and three more in the second.
Wednesday 30 May 2012
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has posted the highest profits in it's history. The luxury car maker said that pre-tax profits grew from £1.1bn last year, which was also a record, to £1.51bn.
Wednesday 30 May 2012
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has posted its biggest-ever profits. The luxury car maker said pre-tax profits grew from £1.1bn last year – the previous record – to £1.51bn.
Monday 28 May 2012
England 57 Barbarians 26
Thursday 10 May 2012
Martin Hardy answers the questions we all wanted to ask about the Blackburn owners
Tuesday 08 May 2012
The head of a nuclear power company was shot and wounded as he left his home in the northern city of Genoa.
Friday 20 April 2012
Outlook Sighs of relief all round at Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW).
Saturday 31 March 2012
No Pain, No Gain
Sunday 18 March 2012
Out of America: Party political bankrollers are mounting a takeover of think tanks. If they succeed, US politics will become more partisan than ever
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