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A measure in George Osborne’s 2013 Budget which made no headlines outside the financial pages was the abolition of stamp duty reserve tax on UK-domiciled asset management funds. That may not sound like an attention grabber, but it was manna for Britain’s hedge-fund bosses, who by the Government’s estimate saw £145m drop off their companies’ collective annual tax bill.

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Nine to Five: Wendy Hall-Shelton

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Football: Taylor in step with different rhythm

Steve Tongue tips the former Under-21 coach for club success

Obituary: Sonia Chadwick Hawkes

SONIA CHADWICK HAWKES was a leading authority in the field of early Anglo-Saxon archaeology, especially that of Kent. Born Sonia Chadwick in Dartford in that county in 1933, she added the name Hawkes after her marriage in 1959 to Professor C.F.C. Hawkes, Professor of European Archaeology at Oxford University.

Football: Three changes for Taylor's last hurrah

PETER TAYLOR is still waiting for the call that could offer him continued employment after he bows out as the most successful England Under-21 manager in history.

Noye in court for M25 death

THE M25 MURDER suspect Kenneth Noye was in British police custody last night after losing his fight against extradition from Spain.

Parliament - Health: Row over privately built NHS hospital

BRITAIN'S FIRST privately built National Health Service hospital may not save the public purse any money, the Government's spending watchdog warned Parliament yesterday.

Education: Your views - Rewarding profession

I'm sorry that Caroline Millar did not find teaching to be such a Nice little Number (Personally Speaking, EDUCATION, 1 April). I have taught for 27 years and loved most of it. Yes the profession has changed and there is more bureaucracy, but it has never been easy! Why should children deserve any less than people dedicated to their profession? Are journalism, medicine, the police force etc etc family friendly? I would argue that any profession requires commitment and if people decide to have a family, then this has to be carefully worked out to ensure that being a parent and working is beneficial to all. I have two sons, now both at university. During the years they were growing, I worked full- time and felt relieved that at least I earned a salary that would allow me to pay for childcare. There are many people who do not earn enough to work and have children. Teaching is a demanding and very rewarding profession. I still enjoy every day. Yes I am frustrated by the wealth of new initiatives, but my answer is to think of the children in school and remember when the lights go on what a wonderful feeling it is to be the teacher of that child!

New Analysis: Bluewater's ripple effect on retail

The UK's biggest shopping centre opens tomorrow. Does the ailing sector need it?

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Cricket: Wells nudges to front of queue

Leicestershire's opening batsman is used to being a latecomer and at 33 he is making a good case for inclusion in England's World Cup squad.

`I keep thinking he'll breeze back home'

THE MOTHER of one of the avalanche victims told yesterday how she learnt of her son's death after seeing a newsflash on Teletext.

Wall of snow kills four in Highlands

THE BODIES of four climbers killed in the worst avalanche disaster in the Scottish Highlands were recovered yesterday.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there