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.
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Wednesday 25 May 2011
A line of violent thunderstorms roared across middle America, killing six people in two states, with several tornadoes touching down in Oklahoma and high winds pounding rural Kansas.
Tuesday 24 May 2011
The smallest team on the grid may be set to influence the outcome of next week's Monaco Grand Prix, if HRT team boss Colin Kolles decides to protest the result because of what he believes are illegalities in the cars driven by favourites Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, among others.
Wednesday 18 May 2011
Tuesday 17 May 2011
Michael Nee was a man so full of life and its joys that his sudden and unexpected death from a pulmonary embolism left his family and countless friends not only heart-broken but incredulous. Born in Athlone in the centre of Ireland in 1942, he was brought up with a close awareness of his country's recent history, and was a warm, shrewd and witty commentator on the life, politics and literature of his native country. He was an outstanding schoolboy athlete, winning the Irish schoolboy sprint championship, and holding the Connaught long jump record for 30 years, as well as playing rugby as a fleet-footed fly-half at the highest schoolboy and university levels.
Sunday 08 May 2011
Monday 25 April 2011
Friday 22 April 2011
As soon as I read this bizarre murder story, I felt impelled to read it again. It is impossible to put down. In 2009, New Yorker writer Janet Malcolm – whose previous literary investigations include In the Freud Archives and The Journalist and the Murderer – attended the trial of Dr Mazoltuv Borukhova for the murder of her estranged husband, dentist Daniel Malakov. Borukhova was alleged to have paid a hit man. Malcolm's writing is not a cold courtroom analysis but an impassioned examination of a complex history which includes child abuse, sexual taboo and a ringside trial seat in front of the famous "hanging judge", Robert Hanophy.
Thursday 21 April 2011
Friday 15 April 2011
William Hill, Britain's biggest bookmaker, has put down a $39m (£24m) wager on the US market, buying two Nevada sports-betting firms in what it promises is just the start of its international adventure.
Tuesday 12 April 2011
Paul Kriwaczek was a radio and television producer and latterly an historian and author, a man whose cultural versatility and intellectual adventurousness were reflected in a richly variegated career.
Monday 11 April 2011
Saturday 09 April 2011
Thursday 07 April 2011
Every day, when I finish this missive, I ask one or two of my senior colleagues to read it through. They say that it’s just an expression of my need for external validation (thanks very much, boys, but I pay a shrink good money to tell me things like that).
Thursday 07 April 2011
After the breathless build-up, Silvio Berlusconi's hotly anticipated "Rubygate" sex trial came to a premature halt yesterday after just nine minutes – rather less time than it took for one of the Italian Prime Minister's alleged "bunga bunga" sessions.
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'
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