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Police have named a mother and daughter who died in a Bank Holiday boating tragedy on Lake Windermere.

The City Diary: Dragons' fire: Burning enmity or bright publicity? You decide

Slackbelly exposes the Good the Bad, and the Ugly of the Square Mile

Liz Hoggard: What sport teaches us about men

I feel like I've been witnessing some extraordinary male romantic comedy all week. The signs are there: drinking, binge eating, excessive anger, followed by weepy reconciliation. In the office, on the bus, grown men pour their hearts out. You watch in trepidation – of course we're going to lose. We've never been in a bloody final since 1966.

Business Diary: 12/06/2010

How Bannatyne can clear the air

Ping. An email arrives from Dragons' Den judge and recruitment company boss James Caan, inviting people to "Ask me anything" via the social networking site for professionals, LinkedIn.

Diary: No mistaking this figure

Danny Dyer's latest cinematic gift to culture, Pimp ("Sex. Betrayal. Murder. All in a day's work."), enjoyed a record-stretching opening weekend, making a grand total of £205 at the British box office. No, there are no zeros missing from that figure; just 24 people deigned to watch Dyer's critically puréed performance as a Soho sex kingpin. Dyer-watchers will wonder whether this non-response is retribution for the 32-year-old's recent regrettable "agony uncle" column in Zoo magazine, where he advised a jilted boyfriend to disfigure his ex (Dyer claims he was misquoted). More likely, the film is rubbish. Dyer's effort was unable to beat the record set in March by Uma Thurman's Motherhood, which made only £88 on its opening weekend – but Thurman's film was shown in just one cinema. It's said Dyer produces football-themed DVDs and oddly convivial documentaries about criminals that are considerably more entertaining than his movies. But that's not saying much, is it?

Lib Dems get sprinkling of celebrity glitz

The Liberal Democrats were given a sprinkling of election magic on Monday after the party said Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe had given his support days before Britain goes to the polls.

The City Diary: Goldman spat: Stein weighs in and Blodget blogs back

Slackbelly exposes The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of The Square Mile

Bannatyne calls for apology from fellow dragon

Scottish entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne called for an apology from fellow Dragons' Den investor James Caan in the wake of their ongoing 'spat' over Caan's non-dom tax status.

Business Diary: Credit crunch chroniclers stranded by ash

The volcanic ash cloud has done the world's banks one small favour. Writers Michael Lewis and Vicky Ward both have books out chronicling different aspects of the credit crisis and both had planned trips to Europe this week to promote their tomes, two of the most accessible portraits of the crunch. Sadly, neither has been able to get here due to the travel chaos – so maybe a few less readers will now hear about the banks' behaviour.

The City Diary: A show to promote? Don't worry, all's fair in love and PR

Slackbelly exposes The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of The Square Mile

Business Diary: Digging deep to help out the Greeks

This newspaper reported last week that the National Bank of Greece had set up an account into which patriots could contribute in order to help pay off the national debt. Now a kind Brit has got in on the act too, launching his appeal to help the Greeks at www.justgiving.com/ savegreece. The bad news for Athens is that only £420 of the £100m target has been raised so far.

The City Diary: Still squabbling But James Caan't make up his mind

Slackbelly exposes The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of The Square Mile

My Life In Travel: Duncan Bannatyne, entrepreneur, philanthropist and TV personality

'I've really fallen in love with Africa'

The halo effect: Who are the real philanthropists – celebrities or the megarich?

Leonardo DiCaprio will be there, rubbing shoulders with Stella McCartney, who will no doubt stop for a polite chat with Tobey Maguire and Sigourney Weaver. This will not be another awards ceremony – replete with glad-handing and mutual backslapping – but one of the biggest-ever charity events, intended to raise millions of pounds for the environment.

Business Diary: 26/03/2010

Titchmarsh has pulling power for B&Q

Ian Cheshire, boss of B&Q's owner, Kingfisher, reports a new attraction in its stores around the country: the life-sized cardboard cut-outs of Alan Titchmarsh whom it recently signed up to advertise its wares. Many customers have been posing for photos with the cut-outs, while others have demanded to know why B&Q hasn't actually got round to selling them.

Business Diary: Royal Bank of Scotland still getting it wrong

Another success for the state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland, whose research department put a note out on Wednesday following the news that bus company Arriva had received a bid approach. The bidder was widely rumoured to be Germany's Deutsche Bahn, but RBS poo-pooed the idea. "Overall, we're sceptical," its analysts concluded. A day later, Deutsche Bahn confirmed that it was indeed the suitor.

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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The Downton Abbey effect

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