Ethical gyms flex their muscles with £14.99 membership fee

Bridges Ventures, the socially aware private equity firm backed by the Apax founder Sir Ronald Cohen and Tom Singh of retail chain New Look, will begin an assault on the UK fitness market tomorrow when 'The Gym' is launched, charging customers just £14.99 a month with no contract or joining fee. The group's first business, in Hounslow, west London, will be open 24 hours a day and has already secured 5,000 members, who have signed up at the discounted £9.99-a-month tariff.

The Meaning of Life, By Terry Eagleton

Eagleton pre-emptively announces on page one that he's not a philosopher, but anyone tackling this subject is de facto a philosopher; the question is, how good? Eagleton indulges in some needlessly laboured analysis of terms, but is less interested in philosophical argument than in sticking it to his enemies, those pesky liberal humanists.

Surrey 326 & 227 Somerset 446 & 111-2: Hurry's work ethic helps Somerset rush to the top

That Somerset have marched up the County Championship to the top of the First Division should surprise no one, given the nature of the two men leading them.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Not much of a Woolf at the BAE door

Can the arms trade ever be given an ethical face? It seems a contradiction in terms, yet that hasn't stopped BAE Systems, stung by allegations of corruption over the Al Yamamah arms contract with Saudi Arabia, from commissioning Lord Woolf, a former Lord Chief Justice, to examine its conduct and suggest areas for improvement.

BAE review warns over ethics

A report into business practices at BAE Systems today said the firm admitted it previously failed to "pay sufficient attention" to ethical standards and avoid activities that had the potential to damage its reputation.

Humanism to be added to GCSE religious studies

The study of humanism is to form part of the syllabus for a GCSE in religious studies for the first time, one of the biggest exam boards will announce today.

MMR doctor admits he was unaware of child ethics rules

The doctor who triggered the MMR vaccine scare has said he had little experience of research on children and was unfamiliar with the ethical guidelines surrounding their treatment.

Mother denied daughter's organs

A woman in need of a kidney transplant has been told by medical authorities that she does not have the right to her dead daughter's organs, which have already been passed on to strangers.

Doctor who began MMR scare stands by research

The doctor who linked MMR vaccine with autism, triggering a collapse in vaccination rates, has defended his research, saying he adhered at all times to official ethical guidelines.

Labour MPs to get free vote on parts of embryo Bill

Labour MPs will be allowed a free vote on some controversial aspects of new embryology laws, Gordon Brown said today.

Big rise in ethical investments

The number of people considering investing in ethical investment funds has shot up over the last year, as a raft of new product launches has helped to drive a new boom in the sector.

Ethical: Uttarakhand, India

For many people, the most rewarding aspect of travel is experiencing other cultures. However, too often those other cultures are not themselves rewarded, the tourist's money going straight into the tour operator's pocket.

When did England last play well?

England's performance against Macedonia on Saturday was awful, but hardly unusual. Glenn Moore asks why England's 'golden generation' have turned into a bunch of serial under-achievers

First UK face transplants get go-ahead

London surgeons expected to win approval from ethics experts to carry out operations on four patients

Simon Carr: The Kitchen Capitalist

The story so far: the author has sold his house to finance a manufacturing project in the hope of making a small fortune to finance his old age...

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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

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...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
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

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
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

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn