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The battle for tips continues

A new code of conduct from the hospitality industry will still allow restaurant owners to keep tips intended for staff. The British Hospitality Association published the code on how restaurants and cafes should treat money left as a service charge, gratuity or cash tip.

Housing market shows more signs of recovery

The latest report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) was released this week. The report has proven to be a superb indicator of trends in the housing market that do not show up elsewhere for some time.

Senior's service leaves depleted Hull high and dry

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Travelport's 5% wage cuts are disgraceful, says union

The country's biggest travel union has branded pay cuts at the UK-based Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA) "a disgrace".

Hush (15)

Grisly British motorway shocker, with plenty of invention and energy to make up for what it lacks in budget, but a script dispiritingly indifferent to plausibility.

Win a masterclass at the Jemma Kidd Make Up School

Jemma Kidd Make Up is giving two Independent readers the opportunity to win a make-up masterclass at the Jemma Kidd Make Up School, together with a goodie bag of product worth £300. Workshops are kept small, with a maximum of four people, so there’s plenty of opportunity to practise those newly learnt techniques.

Daley and Waterfield through to semis

Teenage diving sensation Tom Daley and British team-mate Peter Waterfield both qualified for the semi-finals of the individual 10 metres platform competition at the Water Cube.

Cost of living: Oak beams

If you dream of rustic living, exposed beams are an appealing feature. Traditional styles imbue a home with warmth and character, while the modern variety can be sleek, minimal and suit any contemporary environment.

American whites 'will be minority by 2042'

White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new US government projections. That's eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004.

Dr Feelgood: Facial oil - greasy but good?

Your weekly health and beauty check-up

Former Body Shop worker fined £85,000 for market abuse

City regulators fined a former Body Shop employee £85,000 yesterday for insider dealing in the cosmetic retailer's shares before a profit warning it made in January 2006.

Credit card costs soar in spite of cap on fees

The war over unfair charges may have backfired on card-holders, according to the latest research on credit card costs, with credit card providers hitting back at charge capping with a 15 per cent hike in other charges.

Secret Agent: 'People would rather pull their own teeth than put their house on the market now'

It's a strange sensation for me, but I'm feeling a little sorry for our manager. After last week's knuckle-rap over the office's sales figures, he's gone a bit bonkers – and for good reason. Even he is capable of working out that sales figures can only be improved if there's something there to sell, yet when people are about as keen to put their house on the market as they are to remove their own wisdom teeth, it's not easy. As Justin astutely points out, "We can't sell thin air" – although I'm sure he'd give it his best shot.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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