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It’s odd how many collaborative teams wrote sparkling comedy together but not drama; John Wells teamed with John Bird for a series of inspired political duologues called “The Long Johns”, which managed to predict the seriousness of the banking crisis, while John Fortune and John Wells found common ground to produce a now-forgotten surreal comic masterpiece.

Monty and Poulter in mix Down Under

Colin Montgomerie and Ian Poulter are three shots off the lead after the second round of the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth, Australia yesterday. Scotland’s Montgomerie shot a two-under 70 while England’s Poulter returned a three-under 69. American Anthony Kang (67) and Ireland’s Damien McGrane (68) share the lead on 10 under par. England’s David Howell is six under, while countrymen Lee Westwood and Paul Casey are five off the pace.

John Humphrys

In a report on the events behind David Frost's interview with Richard Nixon in yesterday's Independent, we published an article, " I never agree that certain subjects are off-limits". This was bylined "by John Humphrys". We should make it clear this was not an article written by Mr Humphrys, but a report of what he had said to our interviewer. Apologies.

£20bn state bailout for smaller firms is not enough, says CBI

Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, has insisted that he is offering "real help" for small and medium-sized businesses bearing the brunt of the credit crunch, despite criticism of the measures he unveiled.

Business aid package 'unveiled in days'

Ministers are about to announce measures to help small and medium sized businesses that are having difficulty getting access to credit, Downing Street said today.

Brown launches jobs plan as 3,000 more face the dole

Businesses offered £2,500 bonus for recruiting and training unemployed staff.

MEPs vote to scrap working hours opt-out

The European Parliament voted today to scrap Britain's opt-out from the maximum 48-hour working week.

Small business lending forum announced

The Government today announced the creation of a forum for small businesses to address the problem of curbs on lending.

Energy saving 'a high priority for firms'

Firms have made over £1bn worth of energy savings in the past year as environmental issues have risen up the business agenda, according to a new report today.

Brown faces a £7.5bn black hole

New figures reveal public finance shortfall

Look beyond London, urges British Chambers

One in four British companies has already begun to feel the effects of the credit crunch on the running of their businesses, the British Chambers of Commerce said yesterday, but the business group also claimed that the economy was being much less seriously affected outside London.

Last Night's TV: A tragicomic postcard from the edge

Poppy Shakespeare, Channel 4; Marty Feldman – Six Degrees of Separation, BBC1

BA chief warns passengers of further delays at new terminal

British Airways' chief executive, Willie Walsh, has insisted he will not be resigning, as he warned passengers using Heathrow's Terminal 5 that they faced more travel misery this weekend. Despite another day of cancelled flights yesterday after hundreds of travellers were forced to spend the night at the airport, Mr Walsh pleaded for more time to allow his staff to adapt to the "quirks" of the new system.

BAA reveals proposal to double size of Stansted

Campaigners have criticised proposals to double the size of the UK's third-busiest airport, Stansted, labelling them "beyond environmental vandalism".

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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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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
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...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
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

Paul Scholes column

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

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
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?

Sarkozy returns

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

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game