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

Pandora: Dragons denial... the book is not about you, Duncan

As the star of the BBC's Dragons' Den, Duncan Bannatyne enjoys giving aspiring entrepreneurs a grilling, but the idea of seeing his own business practices put under the spotlight seems to make him jumpy.

Injured Craig impresses at Bond premiere



Daniel Craig arrived at the Royal World Premiere of Quantum of Solace last night looking every inch James Bond - except for the fact his right arm was in a sling.

Dom Joly: The train can take my strain, but only if it's first class

Trains are hard for me. They are the Ground Zero for anyone who wants to make a "HELLO, I'm on the train" joke about me while shouting and waving their mobiles around in an "isn't this hilarious?" kind of way. I know I brought it upon myself: the big-mobile character I created in 'Trigger Happy TV' will be a millstone around my neck until the day of my funeral at which someone will inevitably set off their mobile and shout "HELLO, I'm dead", to the accompanying titters of the three ageing friends who turn up.

Pandora: Can't buy me lunch: Roman holiday leaves Chelsea owner feeling hungry

Roman Abramovich's billions may have secured him property, boats and one of the world's most fashionable football clubs, but it doesn't always open every door.

Last Night's TV: It's hard to believe he was a lady killer

Was Dr Crippen Innocent? Revealed, Five; Duncan Bannatyne Takes On Big Tobacco, BBC2

From the PM to the Dragons' Den, reasons for the Scottish to be proud

Sophie Morris explores the wealth of opportunities for students north of the border

Vic and Bob, Soho Revue Bar, London

This really is no laughing matter

Pandora: Pall Mall's bad day in Basra

Smoke and the crump of mortars drift from Pall Mall on the warm evening river breeze, following the eruption of Iraq-style hostilities at the customarily sedate Oxford and Cambridge Club. An awards ceremony to promote peace in the Middle East descended into unhelpful fist-throwing when the final gong, for "cutting edge" journalism from the region, went to a female Iraqi hack flown in especially from Basra. "The bloke presenting was Iraqi and starting arguing with someone in the audience," says Pandora's lass in the pearl necklace. "He called him a thug and a murderer because of a past association with Saddam's regime. The guest did not take this sitting down, it went right off. The host had to wind things up over the marquise au chocolat before blows landed."

Diary reveals reality of African slave trade

On 13 July 1823, a young Royal Navy officer called Cheesman Binstead noticed a large number of sharks in the water as his ship patrolled in the seas off west Africa. His superiors left him in no doubt about the cause. To avoid a fine, an intercepted slave ship had thrown its human cargo into the waves and the jaws of the predators.

Adams wins historic vote from Sinn Fein to back Irish police forces

Irish republicans have voted overwhelmingly to support the policing systems in both parts of Ireland, in a move which was hailed as a historic change of heart and a key moment in the peace process.

Deloitte Indy 100: Flexing some business muscle

Nearly losing his legs spurred Duncan Bannatyne into developing a chain of health clubs

Market Report: Securicor rescues a depressing session

IN A DEPRESSINGLY dull session, it was left to Securicor to set the stock market wires buzzing. At one time the shares, in busy trading, were up 12p; they settled for an 8p gain to 581p.

Quality Care in frame for takeover

Quality Care Homes, the Darlington-based nursing home group, saw its shares soar 37p to 311p yesterday after revealing that it was in bid talks. Any deal close to last night's closing price would put a price tag of pounds 42.6m on the company and bring a windfall of more than pounds 20m for the group's founder and executive chairman, Duncan Bannatyne, a local entrepreneur. Michael Fallon, the former Conservative sports minister, is another director who could be expected to benefit from any takeover.

Equities surge with encouragement from New York

Shares surged to their highest since February last year, the month they reached their all-time peak. In often busy trading the FT-SE 100 index jumped 35.5 points to 3,327.3, with New York again providing much of the encouragement.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee