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Emilio Lavazza was to Italians il re or il papa del caffe, or sometimes "Mr Espresso". He had dedicated more than 50 years of his high-pressure life to driving the development and international expansion of a family grocers' business which had struggled to regain its feet after the Second World War. Thanks largely to him, Lavazza is now the world's sixth-biggest coffee roaster, with very nearly half the Italian coffee market, 2,000 employees and total sales last year in more than 90 countries around the world worth more than £1bn.

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The oldest working woman in Britain has died aged 102 after briefly being admitted to hospital for the first time in her life. Connie Brown worked six days a week for more than 80 years in the Pembroke chip shop she had opened with her late husband, Sydney.

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It is hard to argue that chocolate is an issue of strategic national interest

Martha Wainwright, Jazz Cafe, London

For once, the guest really is special. The unannounced treat at Martha Wainwright's first show since her son Arcangelo was born two months premature in November is his granddad, Loudon Wainwright III – aka the "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" of the savagely raging song which made Martha's name. "We won't be singing that song tonight," she assures him. Its fury at his parenting had clearly blown itself out anyway, even before grandparenting became the new priority, with Martha guesting on Loudon's latest record and at a New York show. Still, when he strides onstage, the healing hug you might expect becomes a professional passing of an acoustic guitar. They do embrace when he leaves, détente achieved.

Cosmen battles National Express over board seat

National Express management and the transport group's deputy chairman, Jorge Cosmen, are set for yet another confrontation, this time over the terms that give the Spaniard the right to sit on the board.

Agustin Pichot: How the Pumas learnt to roar

Once he provided flair on the field. Now Agustin Pichot is driving Argentina's success behind the scenes, leading them into the Tri-Nations. He tells Chris Hewett about his dream to equal Australia's success

Billy Griffiths: How St Dunstan's gave me back my independence

Billy served in the Royal Air Force as an aircraftsman in the Second World War. Having become a Japanese Prisoner of War in Java in 1942 he lost both his hands and his sight as a result of a sudden explosion.

After 60 years, family feud that made Puma and Adidas is over

Thet are two of the world's most instantly recognisable sports brands and they hail from the same medieval German town. Indeed Puma and Adidas, which have shod millions of runners and footballers over the years and graced the feet of some of the greatest ever athletes, trace their origins to the same family of cobblers.

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