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Boyd’s Bond is driven but torn

Dorchester's rates bill to double to £7.5m

Owners of landmark buildings across the UK face rates bill increases as great as 115 per cent after an Inland Revenue review.

Woolworths: Opening the shutters

A former Woolworths executive aims to plug the gap in our high streets left by the collapse of the chain this year, reports Virginia Matthews

'Hero' phone is gadget of the year

A phone which uses technology developed by internet giant Google has been voted Gadget of the Year.

'Woolworths' set to return to the high street next month

New chain looks to re-employ laid-off staff at pick 'n' mix stores

Behind the baize door at the Dorchester

The revered hotel reveals all to 20 lucky people on an exclusive tour later this month as part of the London Open House weekend. But you don't have to win the ballot because Adrian Mourby has had a sneak preview

A slice of Britain: Carrots and leeks do battle for the vegetable crown

The National Vegetable Society's annual championships attract growers from all over the country – and they take the contest extremely seriously. Even the judges have to pass a 90-minute exam

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The tour

Outside the Box: Conference calling as recession leaves empty pockets in crowd

With the Bank of England now forecasting the worst recession in modern history, attendance figures for the new Premier League season will be studied with interest.

Cyclist jailed for seven months after fatal crash

A cyclist who knocked down an 84-year-old pedestrian who later died has been jailed for seven months.

Cutting deals in La La Land

Christena Appleyard takes a green ANZ flight to join Redford and Jagger – well, almost – at two of The Dorchester Collection's hotels, in Los Angeles

Michael McCarthy: The countryside teems with life now

Science notebook

Stuart Alexander: People's champion is living his dream

From restoring old cars to restoring an old racing yacht and then sailing (no, make that racing) it solo, non-stop round the world, Steve White has more than lived up to a billing that described him as living a dream. While all the big-ticket competitors were signing autographs and smiling into television cameras at the start of the Vendée Globe, the 36-year old from Weymouth was working flat out in solitary splendour on the public quay. Three of his four children, Jason, Isaac and Euan, and wife Kim were on hand to watch and work; the fourth, Eryn, was at home in Dorchester studying for GCSEs. Money was tight, time was short, and the first hurdle was to make the start line on time. The finish line was just an unlikely dream. Still wielding spanners and screwdrivers, he made it, though the repair toolbox was to be his constant companion.

Philanthropy: Please can I have £500,000 cashback?

A former model and a Cambridge economist devise innovative charity scheme to prise donations for Africa from the world’s wealthiest people. Andrew Johnson reports
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