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Emma Harrison stepped down as chairman of A4e this week

I was bullied out of A4E, says company founder Emma Harrison

The founder of a welfare-to-work firm has claimed she was “bullied” out of her job in a Westminster “maelstrom” as she rejected claims that it was missing targets for a Government work scheme.

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Helena Pozniak asks school luminaries to name inspiring works of literature

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg maintains that his website is not motivated primarily by money

Facebook opens UK engineering base

Facebook opened an engineering office in the UK today - the first of its type outside the United States.

Adele record label on song as profits surge tenfold

Adele's Midas touch continues to benefit her record label XL Recordings, which has reported a tenfold increase in annual profits to £41.7m on the strength of her record-breaking second album 21.

A happy ending – if you play the waiting game

Former proprietor of the Independent Tony O'Reilly has struck oil. It's enough to make you believe in happy endings

Tourist attraction boss considers suing Met Office over 'pessimistic' weather forecasts

A tourist attraction boss says he is considering legal action against the Met Office after “a series of overly pessimistic” forecasts which he says is threatening to bring the tourist industry to its knees.

Market Report: All the chat is of a US suitor for Cupid

According to the dating website Match.com, one in five relationships are now started online. City traders reckon Match's US owner, InterActiveCorp, wants to start a relationship with AIM-listed Cupid. The rumours did the rounds in August but some dealers now reckon it is a bit more than vague speculation.

Richemont buys Swiss watch firm

The Swiss group behind the luxury brands Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC has snapped up a small watch parts maker.

Odessa By Charles King Norton

The free-spirited port of Odessa, now uneasily located in Ukraine, was Russia's Black Sea window on the south – and a haven for exotic styles of life and art.

Shoppers rush to pay credit card bills

Nervous shoppers are paying off their credit cards at the fastest rate for nearly six years, the Bank of England said yesterday.

High-street revival plans at risk in legal battle

Plans by Mary Portas, the retail expert and television presenter, to revitalise the high street could be fatally undermined by a case in the High Court that has just been set for early October.

Darius Guppy’s friend and fellow Old Etonian Boris Johnson

Notorious friend of Boris Johnson sues blogger over claim he's Iran's stooge

Darius Guppy, the convicted fraudster who once sought Boris Johnson's help in a plot to beat up a journalist, has launched a libel action over claims that he has become a stooge of the Iranian regime. Guppy achieved notoriety in 1993 when he was jailed for an £1.8m insurance fraud involving a faked robbery. Guppy, best man to Earl Spencer, asked his friend Mr Johnson to give him the address of a journalist investigating the case, so that he could have him beaten up.

Lawrence Okoye made his Olympic debut today

London 2012: Team GB discus thrower Lawrence Okoye puts Oxford on hold for Olympics

Team GB's discus thrower Lawrence Okoye put his academic career on hold so that he could pursue his Olympic dreams. 

A rally in support of Sean Quinn

Sean Quinn: Former billionaire remains a local hero

He was once Ireland's richest man. But now Sean Quinn is bankrupt, under siege from the Irish government – and an unlikely local hero

Market Report: Resolution's payout freeze chills shares

There is not much worse than being promised something before it is cruelly snatched away. That's the situation in which unimpressed investors in Resolution found themselves yesterday after the insurance conglomerate cancelled a £250m handout.

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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