Money

Many people will have made a resolution to reorganise their money matters this year – it's probably one of the top three 2014 promises, alongside shedding a bit of weight and doing more exercise.

Meet the woman who put lead in Darling's pencil

Former chancellor settles scores in his must-read memoir on Labour's dying days – but did his 'firebrand' wife, Maggie, egg him on?

Brown is like dental treatment with no anaesthetic, said Blair

Tony Blair found it so difficult to work with Gordon Brown that he complained that "dealing with GB is like having dental treatment with no anaesthetic", Alistair Darling recalls in his memoirs.

Rising number of graduates still jobless after three years

A study of 50,000 graduates who left university in 2007 has found that they are more likely to be unemployed than their predecessors.

How dentists are saving Borneo's rainforest

Dentists are offering free treatment to patients who oppose illegal logging. Stanley Johnson visits an award-winning clinic to find out more

Cinema, hot tub and a trampoline: welcome to Saif's London pad

Huddled on a neon-pink sofa in Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's palatial sitting room, six young men shout abuse at a giant television mounted on the wall. As an image of their absent host, Muammar Gaddafi's son and heir, flashes across the screen, they shout in Arabic: "Die you murderer, you dirty dog."

Sherry Cracker Gets Normal, By DJ Connell

Sherry Cracker, the far from normal heroine of Connell's second novel, is a loner, obsessive note-taker and lover of tartan trousers. She works for Mr Chin, who runs a business buying used gold from dentists.

Expand your horizons with an education from the east

Leon Hood explores UK students’ options for pursuing medicine and dentistry in eastern Europe

Swap one island lifestyle for another

Head to the Caribbean to enrol on a course that could change your life, writes Simon Midgeley

Why travel can be the best medicine if you miss out on a UK place

With competition to get into medical schools hotting up, many students are looking abroad, says Russ Thorne

A glorious climate makes Spain particularly appealing

Spain has a lot to offer aspiring medical or dental students. Entry requirements tend to be slightly lower than they are in the UK, and it usually costs less to live there. Yet that doesn’t mean you’ll receive a poorer education. Spain offers advanced teaching facilities in modern universities, courses taught in English, and the chance to experience Spanish culture first-hand.

Sean O'Grady: Only right kind of jobs will avert a new lost generation

It is impossible to think about the latest depressing figures on youth unemployment without remembering the riots.

Chef who couldn't stand the heat of AA Gill's review attacked kitchen worker

An "intoxicated" chef has admitted attacking a kitchen worker after the restaurant critic AA Gill told him that the food was "disgusting".

Charles Nevin: A dentist's chair is better than the floor

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The 10 Best electric toothbrushes

They’re supposed to get your teeth shinier and whiter than a manual brush, but which will give you the most gleaming smile?

Universities accused of 'hiding' £1bn fraud crisis

Fraud costs the higher education sector more than £1bn a year, a report published yesterday found. The study shows that the sector has the worst record of any public service in tackling the problem. Dr Mark Button, director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the University of Portsmouth, said there was a tendency for universities to keep the problem "hushed up and hidden away". By contrast, the NHS "goes after consultants, doctors and dentists who are on the fiddle," he said.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project